I have met the devil I didn’t know, and his name is FiOS.
After nearly 13 years of living in Center City, I moved to the ’burbs in September. Along with ample parking and more Wawas than I know what to do with, the relocation also brought a new kind of freedom — release from the shackles of Comcast for my television entertainment needs. I’ve taken myshots at the cable giant on this site, usually after receiving an enormous bill or enduring a lengthy customer service call. If only Verizon’s FiOS was an option, I’d say to myself (and sometimes, loudly, to a Comcast phone operator). This fall, my wish came true. I’m almost three months into living my fiber-optic dream.
And guess what? Sit down for this, because it’s a real shocker:
Comcast subscriber? (Yes.) Starting in January, you’re probably going to start paying at least $1.50 more on your monthly cable bill (if you haven’t already been). What’s happening is that broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, NPR, CW) are charging cable providers more than they used to, so Comcast is passing that charge along to consumers.
If Xfinity Home had been in operation at Paris Hilton’s house in 2008, the Bling Ring would never have been able to break in — or get a movie made about them, for that matter. Comcast’s automation and control service goes above and beyond the typical “smart home” features that allow programming to save energy. Its security component is so rigorous, in fact, one might say it indulges paranoiac tendencies.
Example: Say you’re on a ski trip, but you want to be sure your home is safe. While you’re on the chair lift, take out your phone and view your house cam — live footage from strategically placed security cameras. If you don’t want to take the phone out because you might drop it, check your phone later to see if your house has texted to say a door was opened.
Obama, as we notified you yesterday, spent an hour at David L. Cohen’s house in Mt. Airy headlining a fundraiser for senate candidates. The goal–to raise a million bucks or so–was reportedly met. Here’s what Potus said when he got there, at 7:24 p.m., according to a White House transcript.
In light of the typhoon that has killed (at last count) 4,600 people and that the U.N. estimates has affected close to 11 million, Comcast is offering free phone calls to the Philippines from November 8th to November 23rd–for customers with Xfinity service. (Would have been nice for people to know this on the 8th, when the disaster struck, but a nice gesture nonetheless.) Here’s how many people might be taking advantage in the Philly area.
Want HBO, but don’t want to pay for all the other stupid channels that come with a premium cable subscription? (Is there anybody who said no to this question?) Well, our benevolent overlords at Comcast/Kabletown are debuting an intriguing deal.