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Click vs. Comcast: Train Edition


by izenmania
on 11/18/2009 @ 8:50am
So for the last six months or so, one of the three Link trains running downtown was skinned up to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Click! Network Cable/Internet in Tacoma. Last week the advertising contract expired, and who decided they needed to swoop in? Comcast. Same train, different cable company.

The re-skinned Link was released into the world on Saturday. Monday it broke down and had to be towed off the tracks. This morning one of the doors broke and had to be forced shut.

Is Comcast's own bad karma following them? Did Click! leave behind a curse to thwart their cable nemeses? Is it just a few coincidences I am hyping up for my own amusement? Probably the third thing, but whatever.


by fredo on 11/18/2009 @ 9:13am
I don't know Izen, the Link advertising campaign was probably a big deal for Click network, but I doubt if anyone from Comcast knows or cares. As far as Karma goes, Click network probably wouldn't mind having a little bit of Comcast's bad karma, the market capitalization of this company is over $43,000,000,000.

by jenyum on 11/18/2009 @ 9:17am
Their rep in this area drives a giant yellow Hummer. That was enough to keep my husband away despite promises of lower prices. (And the acknowledgment that we wouldn't be getting that offer if Click didn't exist.)

by narndt on 11/18/2009 @ 9:33am
@jenyum Yellow Hummer? Thanks for pointing that out. I'm with your husband. Even if he's just a rep, that's enough to turn me off to a company. I'm switching to Click! when I move at the beginning of the year.

Also, I'm really going to miss seeing Lou Pinella on the Click! Link wrap. I thought that was a clever touch.

by seejane on 11/18/2009 @ 11:10am
We've had click internet for several years with no trouble. My Mom & Dad have comcast TV, internet and phone. They have the repairman out 4 to 5 times per year. Their phone is out even more often.

And before you assume the trouble is because they're old and not tech savvy.... while they may be at retirement age tech savvy is not the issue.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/18/2009 @ 11:45am
We are very lucky to have the Click! alternative here in Tacoma. I would like to see them do more to distinguish them from Comcast. Click! should lead, not follow. We need a la carte station selection and not these bogus "packages". We need an internet service that doesn't cap the bandwidth. Sure we get a better deal from Click!, but they need to do more, they need to innovate.

by thriceallamerican on 11/18/2009 @ 12:14pm
Unfortunately the media conglomerates are not supportive of a la carte cable, so I doubt a small player like Click! would be able to trailblaze in that area without full-on breaking laws, or at least terms of service...

by NineInchNachos on 11/18/2009 @ 12:39pm
the link is wrapped in a plastic comcast shell

and comcast is wrapped in a human-shield marketing campaign

www.comcastlocalheroes.com/

by Nick on 11/18/2009 @ 1:29pm
I'm a fan of Click! not only because it's local and the prices are decent. I also find Click! to be more worthy of my trust than Comcast, given that Click! ultimately answers to me as a voter. Comcast answers to its shareholders, which in a monopoly, creates a very dangerous conflict of interests.

by dltooley on 11/18/2009 @ 4:27pm
Digital a la carte might well get me to subscribe to cable. $40 bucks a month for ad supported Comedy Central doesn't cut it.

by Nick on 11/18/2009 @ 4:31pm
I don't know, I'm all for giving up cable altogether. We're right in the middle of a transition to digital distribution over the internet already. It seems some TV networks are being much more nimble and accepting of this paradigm shift than their MPAA cousins.

by Altered Chords on 11/18/2009 @ 5:20pm
I have Direct TV and it sucks. I hit the channel changer on the remote and nothing happens...I keep hitting it and then 7 or 8 channesl whiz by. My contract it up next month. I think I'll go w/ Click.

by dltooley on 11/18/2009 @ 5:27pm
I haven't had cable in a while, and with the switch to digital broadcast I only have reception in one room. I'm not missing it much.

Now, if I can only get the TNT to stop sending me 7 days of paper when I'm only paying for Sunday. I've already asked 3 times, and they keep restarting it. Go figure.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/18/2009 @ 9:49pm
I don't watch TV, but I get my broadband thru Click!

Avoid doing business witht he big Telcos. They're almost as evil as Disney and Monsanto.

Ok, I take that back. NOTHING is as evil as Monsanto. Even Satan doesn't want them.

But yeah, F-Comcrap. I'll steal wireless before I do business with them voluntarily.

by narndt on 11/19/2009 @ 9:46am
@dltooley I once tried to get the TNT to stop sending me the South Sound Values Spam Packet (I don't get the TNT at all, mind you). The response I got when asked if I can opt out (even though I never opted in): "Um....Sir, I don't think you can."

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/19/2009 @ 10:48pm
And then your response is filing a class action lawsuit.