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Cable Degrades Us All

1:05 PM -- Newsflash: Some booger-eater who outfitted his basement with expensive home theater equipment is shocked to learn that Comcast doesn't share his enthusiasm for the explosions in every episode of Battlestar Galactica. (Yeah. Told ya so.)

Seriously, cable makes it a little too easy for consumers to switch to Verizon's FiOS, don't they? Compressing HD channels may be picking a nit, but it's a big deal to early adopters of technology -- those basement dwellers that buy the new TVs and new services first and then tell everyone else about them.

But maybe this is the programmer's fault. Aren't they supposed to specify how exactly their content is to be delivered so that none of the brilliance they captured on tape is ever lost?

Why aren't consumers ever lashing out at the, say, The Food Network, for their negligence in creating the perfect basement theater?

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

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