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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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RE: Regulation
By dmark07 on 5/25/2007 5:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you are stuck at a cable plant that is still using DOCSIS 1.x The max that you can get out of this specification is 10Mbps. Aside from the DOCSIS used you also need a very tight cable plant to sustain higher data transmission rates. Most cable companies are preparing for a jump to DOCSIS 3 in which multiple data streams can be tied together and speeds can be reached as fast as 160Mbps.

RE: Regulation
By drebo on 5/25/2007 6:17:34 PM , Rating: 3
That has nothing to do with it. I have Charter cable which is on DOCSIS 2. It's not a question of "can't" right now, it's a question of "don't want to". Cable companies simply don't supply as much bandwidth as they can. And, as it stands, there's nothing to make them. THAT is why regulation is needed.

US companies aren't going to do it on their own. That's not the nature of things. Hell, I work for an ISP. I know how it works. They sit and sit and watch their pocket-books grow fat. Only when someone complains loud enough will they ever do anything. And even then, it's minimal.

RE: Regulation
By dmark07 on 5/25/2007 6:34:25 PM , Rating: 1
I work for an ISP as well and in our situation it is an issue with the DOCSIS standard. If you are stuck at a lower speed then it is more than likely because your cable provider feels that they dont have the competition to warrant a spped boost either that or as I said earlier, your cable plant is not "tight" enough to sustain higher speeds. If you really want regulation on the cable companies so bad look at the push to cable card(meaning it is already there). For internet regulation, look at Ma Bell or the new AT&T as well as Verizon whose DSL speeds are sub-par compared to cable (unless they are utilizing Fiber to the home). I agree higher internet speeds would be great but place the blame equally.

RE: Regulation
By drebo on 5/25/2007 6:43:07 PM , Rating: 3
If you are stuck at a lower speed then it is more than likely because your cable provider feels that they dont have the competition to warrant a spped boost

And you don't have a problem with that?

Wow, you truely are a sucker for the crap the cable companies are spewing.

As for the DSL comparison, DSL has always offered the better deal. In my area (not to my residence, unfortunately), 3mbit DSL is available for less than 2/3rds the cost of 3mbit cable and less than half the cost of 5mbit cable. Slower? Maybe. Better deal? Without question.

RE: Regulation
By dmark07 on 5/25/2007 6:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
Every city and cable provider is different. Your cable provider must suck then. We are currently rolling out 35Mbps in newer subdivisions via Fiber to the Home. Everywhere else we have 10Mbps Premium and 8Mbps Standard. Lets see for a price comparison. DSL standard 1.5Mbps $19.99
6Mbps $59.99 Now for cable 8Mbps $39.99 10Mbps $49.99 As you can see in this area cable is the winner. In your case though, HAHA sucks to live there.

RE: Regulation
By drebo on 5/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: Regulation
By dmark07 on 5/25/2007 8:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well here you go:

Sorry AT&T are running Promos right now so it is $34.99 per month for 6Mbps.
Now if you are unhappy with cable, why do you still have it?

RE: Regulation
By jadedeath on 5/26/07, Rating: 0
RE: Regulation
By drebo on 5/27/2007 1:37:27 AM , Rating: 2
I have cable because I have no choice. I have Charter because I have no choice. End of story. If I had a choice, I would not have cable, because it is an absolutely horrible waste of money when compared with DSL. End of story.

I have no problem paying a fair price for a fair service. But, that is not the case anywhere in the US for any cable service.

RE: Regulation
By Christopher1 on 5/27/2007 7:27:18 AM , Rating: 2
That is true. Comcast with internet, cable and phone service is about $100 dollars a month.

That seems more than a little bit excessive to me, considering that cable internet and cable have been out so long now.

RE: Regulation
By Spivonious on 5/27/2007 10:45:57 AM , Rating: 2
Supply and Demand. As long as people still "have to have" cable the price won't come down.

And, there are still alternatives. Dial-up, DSL, FiOS for internet; antenna, satellite, FiOS for TV; cell-phone, Vonage, standard phone for phone.

It is possible to have tv (free), internet(9.95 dialup), and phone (pay as you go cell) for as little as $20 a month.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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