- Sep 14, 2003
Across the street?I'm not sure I'm buying the story fully. Obviously people do see an increase that sometimes should not be there and it can be nearly impossible to get it fixed or at least fixed quickly. Anyone who reads forums for the various providers see some stories about it from time to time that certainly do seem real.
But I am skeptical the increase is wrong as often as CBS is portraying even the cases CBS looked at. Just one example when CBS says it makes no sense that the Regional Sports fee varies wildly they are wrong. That is exactly how it works it is a surcharge based on what Directv is paying for your market.
This is why I don't like company mergers. And I have Charter myself for internet, and personally I think they are a pain in the ass.I've had issues with DirecTV billing since AT&T took over, but since I check my bills monthly they took care of things swiftly, You just can't rely on AT&T being on top of anything.
I have to say I've been pleased with Charter, even though I only have their internet service, their billing always been accurate.
Fwiw, you don't have to merge your bills.
If they ask, I just say No, I want to keep them seperate.
Monopoly ?That's not why I don't like them. I know AT&T were different types of companies with different types of services prior to AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, but I still think it brings it that much closer to a monopoly. I want as much of a free and open market as possible. I find that makes it better for the consumer.
With a company like D* when you were available everywhere, then that's a monopoly ...
Everybody is trying to be able to offer internet and TV ... that's no different.
As for Cable companies, yes , more than one would be nice, but in most cases not practical ... think about it, you currently have a Cable provider and your in an established neighborhood ... another Cable company wants to come in to the neighborhood , yes, I agree thats a good idea for peoples choice, however, remember what I said about an established neighborhood ... New company comes in and now they have to tear up residential areas (if in buried plant areas) in EVERYBODYS yards, to place new coax/fiber whatever ... thats great ... imagine all the people pissed about thier yards being dug up, now think about the 80% of those that are not interested in that new service at all, they don't understand why your tearing up yards ...I said mergers make it THAT MUCH CLOSER to a monopoly. I didn't say it already was. I just like as much competition as possible. For instance, I think there should be more than just DirecTV and Dish Network for satellite TV carriers. A lot of places only have one cable TV carrier while they should have a few. And Sirius and XM should never have merged and there should be at least one other satellite radio carrier besides those.
Directv charges the Regional Sports Fee based on your zip code. It can vary wildly from one zip code to another, even in the same sports market.Just one example when CBS says it makes no sense that the Regional Sports fee varies wildly they are wrong. That is exactly how it works it is a surcharge based on what Directv is paying for your market.
Me too, but I also had issues with Directv's billing more than 12 years ago when I first had them. In fact, it is hard to think of a provider that I haven't had billing issues with. (Maybe USSB. That's the only one that I don't remember having any billing issues.)I've had issues with DirecTV billing since AT&T took over...