12 March 2004
Journey of the saucerer
I have never owned a satellite dish, partly because until recently I didn't live in a place where such things were allowable, and partly because now that I do, I see no reason to screw around with the appearance of my house just for the sake of a handful of TV channels. (I do have cable, but then I also have a cable modem, and there are bundled discounts involved.)
And correspondence addressed to DishNetwork's CEO from Matt Deatherage and Xrlq suggests to me that I might not want a satellite dish, either.
Posted at 11:03 AM to Dyssynergy
» Sorry Charlie Ergen from damnum absque injuria
Below is the text of a letter I sent to Charlie Ergen, the CEO of DishNetwork and the brainiac behind its decision to cut off all the channels anyone cares about watching. If you are a Dish subscriber/victim, you might......[read more]
Maybe not. Then again, wee did end up getting the channels back just in time to miss this week's episode of South Park. I never had this problem with DirecTV, and they have some decent offers right now that I might have taken if I hadn't bought DVRs that only work with Dish.
I'm curious as to where you lived where dishes weren't allowable. Federal law makes them available almost everywhere, unless you live in a condo or apartment with no southern view.
The latter, in fact; the only place I could mount a dish at my old hovel was right over the front door, which would have irked the management no end.
And besides, for most of the period I spent there, the owners had a deal with the cable company, which tended to push residents in that direction, especially since basic service (otherwise $33 or so) was included in the quoted monthly rent.
I presently live in an Urban Conservation District; those humongous dishes the size of artillery pieces are barred if they can be seen from the street, but smaller dishes are generally permissible.