Four days ago, my Comcast cable internet service began slowing down in the evenings. I know this is normal behavior for cable service, since bandwidth is shared within communities. However, my usual 25 Mbps has slowed to somewhere between 1 and 4 Mbps after 5 PM, with the occasional 20 (very rare). I've seen it as low as 300 Kbps. I checked last night at 2 AM and it was clocking in at 50, which is what I pay for. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman
on Dec 1, 2013 -
My new condo (built 2005) has a couple of holes in the wall with pink cables coming out and another hole with random wires. [more inside]
posted by globotomy
on Nov 29, 2013 -
Had the Comcast basic cable service. Saw a deal for HBO for just an extra $10 a month for a year. Ordered. Had to get a new Set Top Box in order to display HBO. The box included instructions for setup, they looked simple.
Except the instruction diagrams didn't match the box that was sent. [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet
on Nov 27, 2013 -
Ok, theoretically simple question that I can't find a simple answer to:
I'm currently a Comcast customer subscribed to low-tier tv and internet. I'd like to drop my tv service and replace it with an antenna for OTA channels and a higher internet tier for streaming and general internet'ing (Comcast is my only real internet option, so I won't be dropping them entirely).
I need advice as to how to get the best possible rate for the internet service. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear
on Nov 20, 2013 -
(I could have some misconceptions regarding my question, so if so help me clear up my initial incorrect assertions.) It seems if most, if not all HD network broadcasts are 720p rather than the higher resolution 1080p. Why? Networks won't upgrade their cameras/transmission facilities? I spoke to my cable provider (Telus) and they assured me they could transmit higher resolution signals but the networks only provide them degraded quality feeds. Are there any networks that broadcast the higher quality signal?
posted by Keith Talent
on Nov 10, 2013 -
My monitor uses a DVI port. Plugging in a DVI cable works perfectly except for one flaw: the 2 screw nipple thingamabobs are missing on the sides of the port on the monitor, which means the screws on the DVI cable have nothing to screw into to lock the cable in place. If anything bumps the DVI cable at all, it can fall out of the socket. So, I'm desperate to find a pair of those little nipple doodads, which should look like the nut looking things with screw holes to the sides of the blue VGA port in this image
. Instead of those things, my monitor has holes where those used to be screwed into. What are they called and where can I get them?
posted by 2oh1
on Oct 31, 2013 -
I have a new (to me -- it's about 10 months old overall, I think) HDTV that, unfortunately, doesn't have an Ethernet port nor does it have wireless connectivity. It was a gift, of sorts, so I'm kind of stuck with it. Since I had a very old standard set, it's still an upgrade. Now, I'm looking at options for HD television content, like maybe the Roku, AppleTV or any other neat solutions that I don't know about yet. [more inside]
posted by juliebug
on Oct 28, 2013 -
We've cooked a video card that was 1) supposed to be at least somewhat high end and 2) was hooked up to a VGA splitter, with one leg going 100' to a monitor. Coincidence, or did we overload/cook the video card? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Oct 17, 2013 -
With the change from the default broadcasting of cable signals in analog to digital, my mom has fallen into a terrible television conundrum and would like some advice on what the better/best alternatives are to Rogers Cable in Toronto. Can you help us out? The saga of what has been tried is inside. [more inside]
posted by machine
on Oct 13, 2013 -
We would like to watch "The Day of the Doctor" in our home on our TV during its initial broadcast on Nov. 23. We have a television. We do not have cable television. The only way we will be able to watch in our home during the simulcast is to get cable TV. (Optimum is the provider in our area; they provide our cable internet.) Is it possible to get cable TV for just one month? How simple is it to do? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Oct 2, 2013 -
Mr. Darling and I have been fantasizing about ditching cable and relying solely on over the air channels and streaming. We have the streaming, but our metal roof is apparently not compatible with successful antenna reception. We also probably can't mount the antenna on the roof because to receive the local stations, it would need to be mounted on the front of the house, which is unattractive and not what we want.
So, how can we still get our local channels without enriching the local cable company? Should we cut back to basic cable? Is there some other way around this?
posted by tafetta, darling!
on Sep 17, 2013 -
The recent blackout of CBS by Time Warner prompted this question. I understand the basic premise behind retransmission fees - if CableCo wants to carry broadcasts from XYZ network, they need permission from XYZ, who will charge a fee for the privilege. But this seems backwards to me. [more inside]
posted by trivia genius
on Aug 12, 2013 -
So I am currently using a VGA cable but would like to use an hdmi cable instead since I figure it would result in better quality. But apparently you can't just plug and play the hdmi cable as with the VGA cable??? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu
on Aug 3, 2013 -
I have cable for the internet and a basic cable package. I want to just keep my internet but get rid of the cable tv and go with an antenna package for HDTV. I have Roku and Tivo, now to tie this in with a cool antenna and associated hardware to save a few bucks! Any tips or suggestions for an antenna novice would be appreciated,thanks.
posted by Upon Further Review
on Jul 11, 2013 -
Living in on-campus housing for the next 3 years, and have school provided cable and no cable box. There is no dvr that I could get through the university.
What are my best options for dvr-like service? [more inside]
posted by rmless
on Jul 8, 2013 -
Does anyone have the new Comcast X2 box? Can you let me know what you think of it? Is it slow as dirt? Can you forward through commercials on recorded shows with ease? Can you access content easily? Do you prefer it to their previous DVR box?
posted by cashman
on Jun 29, 2013 -
I have some pretty basic questions that I'd rather ask someone other than the man with the power to charge me out the wazoo if he senses I am clueless. They pertain to wiring the house for cable and phone and internet, and they are as follows: [more inside]
posted by malhouse
on Jun 23, 2013 -
Does anyone have an internet/cable provider in this area that's not Comcast? We are fed up with their horrible service. We're in Northampton, MA if it helps.
posted by chaiminda
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I currently have Comcast cable internet at home. I hate Comcast. I'm curious about these newfangled internet delivery systems including Netzero, FreedomPop and - is there anything else? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip
on Jun 4, 2013 -
I am currently installing a HP Indoor-Outdoor Point-to-Point Dual Band 10/13dBi MIMO 3 Element Antenna (J9170A). It comes with three pigtails with N type connectors. I need to extend the pigtails 100ft but am unsure of which coax type to use.
posted by cheechman85
on May 22, 2013 -
It looks thusly
. My issue is that, despite the fact that it was originally barely taped down at all, I am unable to successfully, reliably
reattach it using the same method. ("it" in this case being the printed black strips on the left). I am reasonably sure that lack-of-contact is my problem, because if I physically hold the cable to the board, it will reliably work when I push a button.
Best I can do is that sometimes, after putting it all back together for the Nth time, one button will work. Maybe other buttons on its side will work, maybe not. Maybe it'll work for a few presses and then quit.
The cable looks fine, the board contacts look fine, no amount of scotch tape is helping me out here. How do I affix these suckers but good?
posted by curious nu
on Apr 19, 2013 -
Wall<>Cable Modem = Good. Wall<>Splitter<>Cable Modem + TV = Intermittent failures where the modem goes off line. What can I do to improve this? Is there such thing as a lower power splitter? Better cables? And did my cable company make a mistake? More details below!>>> [more inside]
posted by bluelava
on Feb 26, 2013 -
How do I buy a fast internet connection in Dallas / Fort Worth, TX? [more inside]
posted by GPF
on Feb 5, 2013 -
I use Comcast cable service to get online, but it's expensive and I never watch TV so I'm paying for a lot that I don't use. All I want is Internet access. Is there a cheaper way? I live in the San Francisco Bay area, near Oakland.
posted by eeby
on Jan 31, 2013 -
One of the longest-running modern-day battles is that of Cable vs. Dish Network. Both seem to basically offer the same stuff. Most everything I read says Dish Network offers everything Cable does, except it's cheaper. Which is better and why? Does Dish Network really go out when it rains or is cloudy? Do you have experience with both and a compelling reason for one over the other? Thanks in advance.
posted by dep
on Jan 28, 2013 -
How do cable shows that offer free video podcasts on iTunes make money off of my watching them if no ads are inserted? [more inside]
posted by lea724
on Nov 6, 2012 -
Is broadcast TV supposed to come in over coax when you're not paying for it? (or is it not actually coming over coax in the first place?) [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk
on Oct 8, 2012 -
I just called TWC to see if they'd offer some sort of retention deal - instead, right after saying "I'd like to cancel" the rep followed with "What day would you like us to pick up the equipment?" Crap. So right now we have someone scheduled to come out in a week, and we have to decide if we're going to call back and keep the cable service or really go through with this. (Or try this again?) We wouldn't even have cable were it not for our need of NHL coverage. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird
on Sep 24, 2012 -
We're moving to a new place in DC and would like to explore television that includes watching NFL games and do not include just paying for a big ol' Comcast or DirectTV contract. Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor
on Sep 16, 2012 -
Comcast just called me and says that something in my house is feeding noise back into their system, and that I need to schedule someone to come out and look around at everything. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by jquinby
on Sep 14, 2012 -
How do I tell Comcast I don't have a piece of equipment they claimed they sent me and avoid getting charged insane fees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 9, 2012 -
I want to get rid of cable, but don't want to lose the content my wife and I like. There are too many options, so I need help piecing together the right setup. [more inside]
posted by slogger
on Jun 27, 2012 -
In two weeks, I start a new telecommuting job, and I need to set up my home office. I'm totally confused about Internet access, though, and I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by trillian
on Jun 26, 2012 -
Please help me understand cable technology. Why is it that my cable company can deliver hundreds of high quality TV channels but not an internet service that seems just as fast? [more inside]
posted by mullacc
on Jun 25, 2012 -
Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server). [more inside]
posted by libbrichus
on Jun 23, 2012 -
Should I use slingbox as a permanent cable replacement for primarily sports games? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn
on May 30, 2012 -
I'd like to sign up for cable and internet at my new house that I just bought. One problem: the previous owner is out of the country and he has yet to disconnect his service. How can I get (in this case Comcast) to allow me to start a new account at my house?
posted by sandmanwv
on May 23, 2012 -