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Alternatives to Comcast

Updated on April 26, 2009

There are several alternatives to Comcast. If you are lucky enough to live in an area of the country that Comcast does not serve, you will likely be able to find a company that works great! I have had a positive experience with a company identical to Comcast in features, but far superior in customer service and function. Click here to read about my issues with Comcast.Here are some alternatives to use instead of Comcast.

Satellite TV

Dish Network - Starting at $10 a month, the Dish Network offers several different levels of TV programming. Their most expensive package is $73 per month, and it includes an extremely large variety of channels, including several movie channels, sports channels, and everything else you could possibly want. Dish Network also offers DVR at an additional cost, and local channels are not included in certain packages.

DirecTV - Packages start at $30 per month, and range up to $90 a month. DirecTV boasts more HD channels than any other TV channel provider with over 130 HD channels. They offer free installation in up to four rooms in a household, and they offer local channels to most of the United States. DirecTV offers DVR at an additional cost as well.

There are, however, a few downfalls of satellite television:

  • Without a clear shot to the sky, satellite TV does not work. I have heard on several occasions that in order to get full service, trees had to be cut down in the yard.
  • In order to get as many channels as a cable company, a customer must pay for one of the more expensive plans.
  • Satellite TV does not offer Internet. Although, DirecTV will recommend some Internet service providers and will even give you a discount on your TV service should you decide to use one of them.


Verizon FiOS - Verizon is the only company offering fiber-optic television and Internet. They also offer home phone, similar to that of Comcast. Verizon is capable of bundling all three services for $100 per month, which is comparable to Comcast and other cable companies. In fact, Verizon is basically a cable company offering the exact same services at very similar prices. There really isn't much of a difference other than the technology used to transport the information to your home.

Bresnan Communication

I have experience with only one other cable company other than Comcast. I had absolutely great success with this company. They offered the exact same services as Comcast at a comparable price, but the good thing about this company was...well, everything.

The customer service I received was excellent. Not once did I come across a representative of Bresnan that rubbed me the wrong way. From technician to phone rep, I was treated as a valued customer.

The function of the cable and internet was second to none. I never had any issues with my cable. The DVR worked consistently, and the On Demand service was flawless.

If you have the opportunity to use Bresnan, I highly recommend it.

Overall, I would recommend any cable company other than Comcast. I have heard great things about DirecTV, but it is expensive and draws the inconvenience of forcing you to pay at least two different bills.

I have heard that Verizon FiOS is fast, however the function is not so great, so I would give it some time before making the switch.

Being able to bundle services is very convenient and the cable companies have this under control. They are cheaper than the competition with comparable services, and are able to offer better features.

Whatever you decide...if you can...STAY AWAY FROM COMCAST!


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      3 years ago

      i absolutely despise comcast /xfinity cable tv services; their phone-based support people are truly the worst; and their billing methods are fraudulent to say the least. Plus, our service w/ their on-demand irregularly shuts off for no reason, & the useless support people have NO CLUE. A 12-month credit promised was mysteriously revoked two days ago. Now they tell me it's been restored for 6 more mos., but REFUSED to retroactively apply the $20.00 /mo. credit for my always paid-in-full charges, and always in advance. They lie, coerce, falsely give all sorts of promises & supposed "incentives," only to pull the plug on them @ will! I'm considering going to DirectTV OR SOME THING LIKE Roku. I have had unbeliveably bad additional experiences w/ their home-visit installers /troubleshooters as well. CONSUMERS BEWARE of comcast /xfinity. They have literally made me sick with their deeply unethical business practices & money-gouging tactics, which they REFUSE to explain, & then tell me i have to pay an additional fee for the cable TV SERVICE FOR 1 month, now. Imagine!

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      frank j gomba 

      4 years ago

      all these providers do not give you the straight skinny as to charges and cover up the cost by saying plus fees and taxes. that is why while we in Maryland are paying through the nose for gasoline, at leas you pay what the meter reads. Have you ever rented a car.They may advertise lik $14 per day but those fees and taxes sure add up so you may actuallly pay close to $50 plus per day. Bah humbug !!

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      6 years ago

      Good article but there's a little flaw in one of the details. Bresnan Communications or Optimum as it's now known is actually Comcast in every state except a few.

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      6 years ago

      I will NEVER go back to COMCAST - even if they are the only game in town!!! I paid my bill on-line and made a huge mistake - my bill was $117 and I overpaid them by $1,000.00. Sent the check for $1,117....and it is April. They STILL have not refunded my money - said it would take 6-8 weeks.

      If I didn't pay my bill for 6-8 weeks after it was due they would cut off my service!

      Their customer service department sucks!!!!

      I have to find another company to handle my internet/cable needs - mostly internet though.

      STAY AWAY FROM COMCAST!!!!!!!!!!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for posting. Really want to change away from Comcast - this helps!

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      mike ohara 

      6 years ago

      today i am going to buy a roku, money is tight and i cant give the evil empire comcast another cent

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      Rod Potter 

      6 years ago

      Good Article! Personally, I got sick of paying over $200 a month on my cable bill. I decided to create some solutions that would help myself save money on Tv, Internet, home phone and Dvr services using the latest technology on the market. I was pretty surprised on great it turned out. So, as an an owner of a small video production company, I took those solutions and put them in “easy to follow” dvd. I wanted to show everyone how I did it and that they can also save money using products/technologies/tricks that actually work.

      Check out my video at www.savemoneyoncable.

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      6 years ago

      What frustrates me more than Comcast is that Verizon FIOS isn't available in my area yet!! Ives been here three years and it still isn't. Plus at our work, our neighbors across the street can get it but we can't.

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      Patty Gosney 

      7 years ago

      Unbelievable. I subscribe to Comcast Cable and it cuts off the end of a program not for breaking news or a presidential speech. No they cut off the program to broadcast a 5-8 minute pre-recorded program. That is like buying a mystery book where they rip out the last chapter and expect you to pay full price and be happy. This makes no sense and I can't figure out why they actually schedule their programs in this unorganized way. Not a sensible or fair business practice. Oh and the icing on the cake....I email to complain and they cut me off from my live agent and re-direct me to another website.....really ridiculous.

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      Giovanni Corvino 

      7 years ago

      Comast service will drive me back to rabbit ears - and I only half-kidding.

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      7 years ago

      if you dont like comcast... wait till you get a load of TWC. Time Warner Cable makes Comcast look like a Tech Wiz Kitten

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      Max's Uncle 

      8 years ago

      Over the past 2-3 years, Comcast has eliminated about a quarter of the channels from its standard service as a result of what they're calling a digital transition. Note that they haven't reduced their charges by 25%. In fact over this period, they've actually raised their charges almost 20%. Now they've announced the ultimate blow. No reduction in rates of course, but as of the end of April, the standard service lineup will be reduced by nearly 2/3 from where it was before this transition. Cable service will essentially be reduced to where is was circa 1980; local network stations and just a handful (less than a dozen) of very generic national stations. I guess it's no more mister nice guy with regard to their transition. I'm just wondering why the electric company hasn't caught onto this clever new means of revenue enhancement. Just imagine...

      Sure, Mr. / Mrs. electricity consumer, we will be happy to continue providing you with traditional electric service. Except every three months, we're going to reduce the amount of available power to your house. As you've probably noticed, you used to receive 100 amps service, but we've cut that back to 60 amps over the past year. And we're going to continue to reduce the supply. Three months from now, we'll be cutting your service to 50 amps. And a year from now it'll be only 20 amps. Ultimately, you'll only be receiving 10 amps and you won't even be able to use a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer. But that's fine with us, if that's what you want. We'll be here to provide you with traditional service just as long as you want it.

      On the other hand, you do have the option of enhancing your service to our new digital electric service. And we'll provide this service at the same base rate as your traditional service. So there's really no reason not to upgrade. Yes, really no reason at all. It'll look exactly the same as the service you're receiving right now, but with digital service you'll be able to go back to receiving 100 amps. All you'll have to do to start enjoying this wonderful new technology is to install outlet adapters. And we're going to provide those adapters to you. In fact, we'll provide an outlet adapter to you for no additional charge above that same base rate that you're presently paying. Sure, you may actually need a dozen or two of these around your house, but we can provide those as well, each for just a nominal monthly charge. Of course we're not forcing you to buy these. You could learn to live with just one electric outlet in your home. Or you could always just stick with traditional electric service. It's your option.

      So you may want to know what's so great about digital electric service anyway. You may be thinking, "Gee, after buying all those adapters, I'm going to end up paying almost double what I'm paying now. Why do I even need digital service? Why can't you just continue to supply me the 100 amps of service I used to have at the reasonable basic rate I'm used to paying?" Well, the answer is more power. You see, as a result of increased efficiencies with digital service, you'll now be able to increase your 100 amps of supplied power to 200 amps. Sure, between all the adapters and the increased base rate, it'll cost nearly 6 times as much as your present service, but just think how great it'll be to have all that extra power available. What's that? You never used the 100 amps you used to have, are managing with the 60 amps you have now, and therefore couldn't imagine ever needing 200 amps? Well that's okay, you don't have to increase your power. We're not going to force you to advance into the 21st century. If that's what you want, we'll be happy to keep providing the measly 100 amps you're used to at just double the rate you've been paying. That is, if you upgrade to digital electricity. If you don't upgrade, then as I said, we unfortunately will be starting to reduce the amount of power we supply to your house.

      I suppose it's just a matter of time.

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      Disgruntled Comcrapstik customer 

      8 years ago

      Comcast is the EVIL EMPIRE and now that they have bought a majority stake in NBC it's only a matter of time before they try to manipulate the market to bend at their will. The Government really needs to step in break up the cable tv monopolies.


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