I signed up about 8 months ago for Fox Advanced TV service. It started at $60 a month which I could accept. But then it rose to $70 a month and I started the second thoughts.
So I received noticed the other day they’re offering net, Advanced TV and phone for $75 a month. So I gave them a call and asked a couple of questions.
The net service is their Net Essential which is 3mpbs. I’m on Premier because I use the bandwidth so it’s a no go there.
The other question I had was about how much the service would rise to after the 12 month period. It goes to $89 a month after tha fact.
So I asked the rep what if anything we could do to lower the cost of service. He came back with “Well, you can add the phone service for $9 a month.”
It was at this point that my tolerance was broken. I asked how to REDUCE the bill and he’s offering a way to INCREASE the bill. No thanks!
As part of the upsell he mentioned to me that prices on TV and net services are going up by $10 each next month. Ut si!
My parting words were “Is Cox really trying to push me to move over to Verizon?” and after 25 seconds of silence, I hung up.
This brings my rant. There really is no competition in the wired services arena. What we have in RI is call a duopoly, it’s either Cox or Verizon. And they do in fact collude to set prices.
So the upshot of this is the $900 a year I’m spending for cable tv service? It’s going to drop as follows:
I’m going to bring them back their cable box and tell them exactly WHY I am doing so and that I am encouraging everyone to do the same.
Then I will spend $99 for a Roku box, $95.88 for a year of Hulu Plus and $79 for an Amazon Prime account. So first year post Cox Avanced TV will be a cost of $273.88, or an average cost of $22.82 a month, for no bullshit, watch what we want, when we want and without the every six or so month price increases.
In the second year the total drops to $174.88 or $14.57 a month.
In either case, it represents a saving of 70% over Cox the first year, %81 saving second year and on.
Yes, I know, it’s not like having the TV on all the time but I’ll be god damned if I’m going to pay near $100 a month for cable tv. So Cox, so long to your video service. When you finally get real and offer prices in the realm of reality I might consider returning, but until such a time as you can drop to $20 to $25 a month, you can kiss my lilly white ass.