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Last year Time Warner Sued DirecTV for false advertising; now it's time for Comcast to join the party

Competition in the cable and television industry is as fierce as it is in the IT industry. This week, two major television giants DirecTV and Comcast go up against each other in a case over false advertising. DirecTV filed a lawsuit against Comcast this week over an ad campaign that DirecTV claims is untrue.

According to the suit, DirecTV charges Comcast with not only false advertising but also deceptive business practices in print, radio and Internet ad campaigns. Comcast's advertisements make claim that satellite subscribers feel that Comcast's cable HDTV service provides higher quality images.

In a bold statement, one of Comcast's ads claim, "Comcast wins the HD Picture Challenge, Satellite customers agree: HD looks better with Comcast."

DirecTV representatives indicated that there's no substantial evidence for Comcast's claim that its service is better. "The magid survey upon which Comcast relies does not provide or sufficiently substantiate the propositions for which Comcast cites the survey," the suit said. "Comcast's advertising and promotional claims, including the aforementioned, are literally false."

Comcast representatives indicated that the company stands behind the results of its survey.

Late last year, Time Warner sued DirecTV for the same, claiming that DirecTV produced false ads. DirecTV produced ads claiming that people would not be able to watch certain NFL football games without subscribing to its services. The ads appeared in newspapers nationwide.

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The problem is...
By Screwballl on 5/25/2007 5:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
...with any satellite is that if you get the sun in the right spot or a cloud laden with heavy moisture/hail/sleet then you get your precious HD picture pixelized or dropped signal. If you live in a colder region and get more than 1/4" of ice/snow on the dish then you can usually kiss the signal goodbye.
A problem with cable though is if a large number of people in the neighborhood has cable modem and/or digital cable services, they also get occasional pixelized times even in non-HD.
The only time we will get past this is hardwired Fiber Optical or superhigh bandwidth/very low interference wireless abilities.

RE: The problem is...
By Oregonian2 on 5/25/2007 5:23:32 PM , Rating: 2
Have you had this trouble with DirecTV (or Dish TV) yourself? We don't get much snow here, but those times we have had snow we've had at least an inch or so of covering on our DirecTV dish with no problems noted.

Not sure if hardwired fiber helps though for those kind of outages. They'll be using satellite feeds for the fiber distribution, and when the sun is in the right spot, it'll still have a dropped signal that reflects down the fiber (as it does on cable). Don't think they'd have video distribution nation-wide on land-based fiber the whole way.

RE: The problem is...
By Screwballl on 5/25/2007 5:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
I have had nothing but problems with any dish based setup (TV, internet, etc) in different places across the US.
I have had only a few problems with cable based setups in areas where the wiring has not been updated but the service is still offered.
Thats why I am happy where I am, with upgraded cable infrastructure (T3 down the road), 20 year old house with easily replaced cable to RG-6U (from RG-58). The only advantage dish has in my locale is after a hurricane, with a generator powering the TV, there is a satellite signal whereas cable is usually out for a few days.

RE: The problem is...
By dmark07 on 5/25/2007 5:56:16 PM , Rating: 2
The problem you are referring to with the picture breaking up when you have cable is not a bandwidth issue from there being too many customers. Tiling and pixelating occurs when one of many things happens: a) your cable signal is too weak due to old cables in/to your house or bad splitters b)noise migrating in from loose connectors c)bad equipment or d) an issue with the feed the cable company is recieving.

RE: The problem is...
By camped69 on 5/26/2007 9:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
Highly compressed signals will also pixelate. High compression is used to makeup for low bandwidth streams.

By the way, basic cable might as well be free network tv. Comcast has been raping people in the NW for years. 110usd for the "platinum" package. In the last 10 years they have raised their prices 60%. No regulation means they can sell you crappy service for as much as they want.

Enter Verizon. Fios is flat out a good thing for this area. They already offer 15/2 internet for 10 dollars less a month than Comcasts 5/768kb connection. The connection also does not clog at the hub during the evening when every Joe is on the net after dinner.

I hear Verizon is coming with Fios Cable and internet speed upgrade to 50/10 soon. Can Docsis 3 achieve those speeds? This Fios never slows. I'm curious if the even with the Docsis upgrade will Comcasts internet slow down during rush hour still

RE: The problem is...
By Oregonian2 on 5/29/2007 8:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I suspect FIOS internet might slow once the TV service gets into high gear and their overall bandwidth use goes up in the local switching nodes, but hopefully I'll get hooked up before then (still just with colored paint all over the street and some of my bushes ready for the guys with the underground tubing, so I'm probably a year off, hopefully less).

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