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  •  Does Comcast still block MSNBC from its standard (6+ / 0-)

    package?

    I seem to remember them doing that right after I moved out of one of their service areas in the late '90s.  

    •  I dont think so (4+ / 0-)

      now that they are part of NBC. Though everyone else is fair game..

      The telecom companies claim their chief interest is in providing better service to all customers, but that's unadulterated flimflam. We know this because regulators already have had to make superhuman efforts to keep the big ISPs from degrading certain services for their own benefit--Comcast, for example, was caught in 2007  throttling traffic from BitTorrent, a video service that competed with its own on-demand video.

      Amazingly, even after Comcast was found guilty of violating this basic standard of Internet  transmission, the FCC greenlighted its acquisition of NBC, which could only give the firm greater incentive to discriminate among the content being pipelined to its customers.

      "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

      by LieparDestin on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:42:45 AM PST

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    •  Yes. (8+ / 0-)

      They have Limited Basic, and Digital Economy packages that don't have MSNBC. You have to be in the 3rd tier of packages called Digital Starter to get MSNBC.

      Digital Economy is small, but it does have CNN and Fox but not MSNBC.

      •  This is part of why I tell my MSNBC-loving (4+ / 0-)
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        friend that MSNBC really doesn't matter in the scheme of things.

        He often wonders aloud "how does MSNBC 'get away with it?'" I tell him "because Comcast knows that nobody watches it except libruls, so they're not educating anybody...they're just tapping a unique advertising opportunity". The fact that Comcast limits distribution of its own network is further proof that they know exactly what they're doing.

        If anything, MSNBC is bad for the progressive and liberal causes, because it lulls people like him into thinking that somebody's speaking for us and somebody else is listening. Not true. We're on our own here. Comcast certainly does have an interest in promoting rightwing status quo, from a tax-cut point of view, from an executive-compensation point of view, from an anti-competitive point of view, and from an FCC point of view.

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 09:24:05 AM PST

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        •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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          MSNBC is bad for the progressive and liberal causes
          Who is no longer @ MSNBC is a far better representation of liberals than the people who are still there, with the exception of Maddow.

          I think its a horrible idea to make Ed Schultz the face of 'liberals'.

          "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

          by LieparDestin on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 09:38:37 AM PST

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          •  Maddow sold out long ago (2+ / 0-)
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            Her show is nearly as worthless as the rest of the garbage on MSNBC. Shame, as I used to look forward to it when it was paired with Countdown. Now every show on MSNBC has basically turned into a variant of Hardball.

            I will not touch Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid - Barack Obama

            by sloopydrew on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 10:44:34 PM PST

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      •  Well, that will decide it for us (0+ / 0-)

        Right now we have Time Warner cable mainly because of MSNBC, but we rarely look at anything else that isn't available over the air.

    •  Yes they do ... (5+ / 0-)

      And of course Fox is available on the cheapest package.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 05:43:48 AM PST

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    •  when they took msnbc off basic/standard (8+ / 0-)

      and moved it to expanded (or whatever the hell it's called)
      was the day I disconnected the wires and boxes, threw them in my messenger bag, and hopped on my bike to head down to the comcrap office.

      pushed the wires and boxes through the bullet-proof exchange window to the person on the other side and cancelled the whole mess.

      that was four years ago, and one of the best decisions I ever made.

      with freebies like hulu and low cost options like netflix ($8.mo), comcrap can take their monthly $60+ charge and stick it where the sun don't shine.

      every adult is responsible for every child

      by ridemybike on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 05:53:53 AM PST

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    •  yes (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes they do.

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