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March 8, 2013

I hate my #comcast DVR

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 7:49 pm

DVRs need to evolve and DOWNLOAD TV shows I want to watch, rather than record shows as they broadcast from the networks. I shouldn’t have to deal with conflicting recording schedules for content that’s already digital.  Since we all pulled the “analog plug” for TV almost FOUR years ago, why are we still “recording” shows instead of downloading them? The whole POINT of a DVR is to watch shows on my own time, and not when it’s airing. Most shows I won’t get the chance to watch for another week anyway. So if it takes longer to download a show rather than record it, so what?

I can already download shows off the internet on demand with out scheduling conflicts. I can download a DOZEN shows at the same time with out conflicts. Who CARES if DishNetwork or Uverse DVRs can record 4+ shows at the same time. the point is we shouldn’t NEED to “record” broadcast shows when they are already in a digital form. I could set up an RSS feed to download my favorite TV shows via Bit Torrent which come with the commercials already edited out.

On top of this my Comcast DVR is not very stable. There’s always a good chance that shows it records won’t play back for whatever reason. NEVER a problem when you DOWNLOAD a show since downloading it always has a built-in check the file isn’t corrupted. But a recording can easily be corrupted and be unplayable part way into the show or it won’t even start and the DVR isn’t even smart enough to skip over those corrupted parts so I can watch.

My biggest gripe with my DVR are the controls. They always lag, they don’t respond to when you press the buttons on the remote. Often times when I fast forward though commercial I smack into the END of the recording, or in odd cases it goes BACK to the start.  Some times i can get it to stop right after the commercial but then it rewinds back like 20 seconds so I’m forced to see the last ad. You can’t fast forward 20 seconds since it just puts you right back where you were when you need to stop it, or goes past two minutes into the next segment of the show.  So damn FRUSTRATING! So I’m constantly doing this DANCE with the remote to get it to play when i want it to. Sometimes i’ll spend more time fucking with the remote to skip over commercials than it would take for the 2 minutes to WATCH the bloody commercials.

I know they can’t put a 30 second button on their DVRs (they used too) but it’s always LAGGING or seemingly freezing up for a few seconds as the show whizzes by and often SPOILING the show’s story as I see something appear, but missed how it came about  because I couldn’t STOP THE STUPID DVR SOON ENOUGH.

Why can’t these DVRs be clever enough to realize that most shows repeat later that same week or even that same DAY?  So if there’s a conflict why can’t it just record the next re-airing of the same episode of the show?  Comcast DVRs are very stupid in regards as to what is a rerun and isn’t.  if it says “repeat” in the show’s description it sees it as a rerun even if it’s the same NEW episode that aired 3 hours ago. So if the description happens to omit that word, it thinks it’s new and it records it… even though it IS indeed a rerun that’s airing on an odd hour that isn’t it’s normal time slot.




December 1, 2010

Net Neutrality: Comcast vs Level3

Filed under: Political Rant — Tags: , , — Hugsie @ 8:43 am

Comcast is again being seen as a villain due to extra charges Comcast demanded on Level3.  Level3 is net backbone provider that is one of the contracted content providers by Netflix for their on-demand video streaming.  Because of this, the debate about net neutrality comes back again.

Comcast and Level3 have what’s known as a “Peer Agreement” who have agreed to share data back and forth. To put this simply, Level3 is sending more data into comcast’s network than comcast is sending into Level3. Because of the peer agreements they have together, Comcast is apparently entitled to compensation.

So are they really entitled to it? If the data going in and out of both networks is about the same, the costs to each other cancel each other out and it’s virtually free. So what differnece does it make if there are more bits flowing in one direction? There’s no proof that this exess data that comcast is getting causes any burden on their network.

I’ve had this pet peeve of mine that ISPs and simular service providers see “data” as something that causes wear and tear on their network and they need to charge fees, often to their customers, for maintenance and repair.  But does it really cause wear and tear? Sure perhaps under EXTREME load (say a DDoS attack) hardware can lock up, or over heat and go bad, but we aren’t talking about network overloads.  Level3 is simply sending more data into comcast’s network than comcast is sending into Level3. So this isn’t about some sort of hardship on comcast, but just some contractual loophole that Comcast thinks they deserve; which Comcast CHOSE to peruse; it wasn’t some automatic billing thing.

Problem is these Peer Agreements have been around for decades, back when internet users were on slow-ass dialup.  These agreements need to be reformed and updated to reflect the bandwidth needs of a typical user on the internet. After all, people don’t get high-speed fast broadband internet access to just read emails, read blogs, play Farmville, and tweet.  They can use cheaper dialup for that.  People want to download large amounts of content and not take a month to get.  Simple as that.

April 19, 2010

Mundane TV on comcast

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 7:26 pm

We just got these new cable boxes for the TV in the house that don’t have DVRs, that are our old analog TVs. It’s nice they get more channels now, and they can finnally kill off thier analog signals and give us more bandwidth for more internet bandwidth speeds (pr0n) and more channels.  But these little Motorola DTA boxes really don’t offer much useful functionality nor information, when you’re dealing with 250+ channels.

I don’t expect HDTV, and HBO to be on this but for fook’s sakes, at LEAST give us a channel guide grid/list so we can see what’s on. They even did away with that old “TV GUIDE” channel that would slowly scroll a list of all the channels and shows that are on.  So NOW we have to go back 20 years and MANUALLY click though all 250 channels ONE AT A TIME! My thumb is already sore trying to program those little crappy remotes so they work with this old TV, and now I gotta thumb though each channel.

Yeah the remote has an “info” button it just shows you what channel its on; as if you can’t tell with every network showing their network logo “BUG” embossed on the bottom right corner.  No info about the show you’re watching, no way to see what show is going to air next. So, you need to spend $100 a month on a fucking DVR for that luxury, and we already pay more than $200 a month on their “triple play” horse shit. These little things don’t even get the semi-decent channels like G4TV (which is owned by comcast, should be already FREE on basic cable.. but Nooooo!)  Most of the stations that I’ve seen were annoying shopping channels.  Even NBC has their own shopping channel (NBC owned by Comcast!!!)

Honestly, I find better choice getting an OVER THE AIR digital converter box, and picking up local digital broadcasts, even they offer movie channels, which apparently comcast isn’t picking up THOSE channels and piping them into our boxes.  Why they fuck am I paying comcast over $200 for then?

Fortunately, i don’t hardly EVER use these other TVs, so it’s no real loss to me.  The two DVRs we already have give me everything i need. Perhaps the DVRs spoil me, but I’ve seen much better cable service, even with basic cable using little boxes the size of a deck of cards, with way more functionality, than this insipid crap.  Motorola is the epitome of mediocre hardware. They make boring crappy phones too.

January 16, 2010

Docsis 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:32 am

I recently upgraded to 22Mbps via Comcast, got the new docsis 3 modem yesterday, however the new speeds weren’t apparent.  First after the new hardware was installed and running, i still had the same performance and IP address.  Usually the smallest hardware change will cause you to get a new IP address, but it didn’t this time. At best I was getting 17Mbps out of 22.

So i tried connecting my PC directly to the cable modem (which you should never do, it’s like having sex with out a condom, with an open wound on your penis, with a whore who hasn’t showered in a month)  Anyway to my supprise I was getting over 35Mbps speeds on a direct connection!  Holey shit! But this time I got a new IP address.

So, I reset my router to “factory defualt” setting, removing all the port forwarding and whatever else I had on it, even it’s MAC address to get a diffrent IP.  And it was getting something around 19Mbps.  I then decited to flash my firmware with Tomato (I had been using DD-WRT but they hadn’t updated anything in over 2 years) and now im getting 27Mbps. Yay!

I still don’t like Tomato firmware.  It’s bland to look at (well it is called tomato), confusing, and i can’t even find where to enable wireless encryption, or even change the SSID.  Oh wait nevermind I just figured that out! 🙂

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