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Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV

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Years ago, I was forced by my cable provider to switch from analog service to digital service.  I was not given the option to retain analog service, and the digital service was more expensive.  When I asked why the digital service was more expensive, they told me that it was because there were many more channels available.  What if I didn't want the additional channels?  Too bad, I have to pay for them anyway.

It seems that frustration with cable boxes is universal.

I discovered that my cable boxes use the same amount of energy whether they are turned on or turned off.  I have never been able to determine a reason to turn off a cable box.

Remotes provided by the cable provider are all but useless for controlling devices other than the cable box.  Until recently, I often found myself using more than one remote when I watched TV.

One particular member of my family has not been able to master re-synchronizing the on/off status of the TV and cable box, so I have to do this repeatedly.

Why can't cable providers make flipping through channels fast and easy?  Why is the guide useless?

I recently purchased a new TV that has NetFlix and other capabilities built into it.  Now I can ignore the cable box (and the defective BlueRay player that I previously used to access NetFlix) and use the NetFlix interface to find something I want to watch, using only one remote!  If I can convince one particular family member to stop watching cable TV, then I can rid myself of endless cable box frustration.

 

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