Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Comcast not the only choice

By
From page A7 | March 15, 2013 |

EDITOR:

This letter is in response to Audrey up in Camino who feels trapped by persistently go-nowhere service from Comcast. Well Audrey, there are options to cable. Maybe not 10 or 20 great simple options today, certainly a handful and the good news is the list will be growing. Over the air high definition (HD) signal exists all across our region. Lots of engineers at my company use it and love the picture. It is supreme as long as the HD signal reaches your house. And guess what? No contract, no monthly subscription for channels — that option is 100 percent free once you install the HD antennae in your home. That’s your cheapest option for the good old ABC Nightly News.

Also, there are a few other things you may not be aware of that are emerging and will be maturing fast over the coming years. The Internet can easily send video when the download speed is 1-3 Mbps and high definition is also possible when the 5+ Mbps is reached, so you can easily watch television in fantastic high definition as I do in my home today with just the Internet connection (read about Roku boxes on the Internet or at Amazon; they work great). Wireless internet technologies are also improving. We have a service that is local with local ownership that supports wireless Internet into your home, since cable and phone lines don’t stretch well into the far reaches of our county.

Finally, both of the satellite companies DirecTV and Dish probably give better service from the sky. Personally my DirecTV service has been near flawless for years. Sure 10,000 feet of cloud depth can interrupt satellite service, but that is like a few hours per year. Unlike water and power,  cable, phone and entertainment in general is fast becoming a competitive field. In fact, the future is very bright for America’s favorite choice in sofa-based entertainment (video streaming). My children couldn’t care less about any of the old school cable-type delivery; they do wireless Netflix, YouTube, Internet set-top and so on. Their entertainment box is already “The Internet,” but you wait, it is just getting going. I keep the $30 DirecTV around for us old folks that might want to glimpse Headline News or the Weather Channel from time to time.

The first step, a true conviction to switch and try new things, is the hardest part of all this.

FRANK OBER
Cameron Park

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

 
As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8