Frequently the worst
company for customer satisfaction, Comcast, isn't loved by many. But—it
being the country's largest cable TV provider—it's certainly used by
many. Today, self-pronounced Comcast-hater Matt Burns
grapples with that reality. He reflects on new, innovative products
like Google TV, Apple TV, Roku and Boxee Box. Unfortunately, they all
fall short. As much as he hates to say it, "nothing gives you the same
experience and service as *shock* cable":
Listen, I’m all for
canceling Comcast and joining the ranks of the cord cutters. I hate
Comcast so much. If Comcast had a large, fluffy mascot, I would punch it
in the face. That’s saying something if you know me. But the fact
remains that there is simply no way to replicate Comcast’s or any other
cable provider’s service right now...
The thing I like most about
cable TV is that when I turn it on, the content is there. I don’t need
to scroll through screen after screen after screen, trying to figure out
what episode to watch.
All these new media streamers have
various fatal flaws. Google TV is laggy and only a small amount of free
online programming can be watched through the device. Apple TV’s
available content is laughable outside of Netflix. Have you ever really
used a Roku streamer? They look great on paper, but are, well, lame in
practice. The Boxee Box is an awesome local media streamer, but big
media could shut off access to Fancast at anytime, leaving the device
with half of its original feature set... Sorry. Cord cutting is a lost
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