Thursday, April 11, 2013

An Evening With U-Verse

At nine thirty in the morning the first AT&T guy showed up. He was here to re-wire the outside of the house which meant that I'd have no phone, and no internet until the second guy arrived and installed the inside equipment later in the day. Two AT&T techs, and two online chat sessions later, it is now after nine forty five in the evening and this thing is still not working right. I was watching a baseball game when a screen popped up telling me that my ball game would be interrupted so that Mark could record some crap. It seems that Mark had gone hog wild in the bedroom recording Bravo, American Idol, and Modern Family. I'm not happy at all with this U-verse crap. It seems that although they promise you that you can record four programs, what they don't tell you is that it will bring the U-Verse system to it's knees. In addition to that problem, my phone won't take incoming calls, I have to scroll through pages and pages of channels to find what I want, and after hours of fiddling with the on screen guide it still has me completely confused. It's just too labor intensive for me. Is this another sign of creeping old fogeyism? I used to be very tech savvy. I was a computer tech, and people paid me good money to troubleshoot complicated problems.

One hour later;
Okay, I've calmed down a little bit. I chatted again with the U-verse people online, and I've decided that Mark's Bravo channel won't be in HD. It uses to much 'bandwidth' according to the online chat wizards. In fact I might fix it so that most of the bedroom television is not in HD, which is a bullshit fix for the problem of not having enough 'steams' to do everything that AT&T had promised U-verse could do. So I'll pour myself a little vodka and spend the next hour deleting useless channels from that bedroom television. Good night.


  1. good to know Uverse is the same in all states. everyone I know that has it hates it! Oh well, I gotta stick with the crappy comcast/xfinity - can only record two shows at a time, but I never get around tow watching them anyway! LOL! Good Luck Alan!

  2. I've heard the same about Uverse, I'm happy with xfinity. They now have a dvr that records more shows at the same time. Who has the time to watch it all.

  3. Starting to Hate TVApril 12, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    No matter what you get it all SUCKS. Wish we could go back to just 2,5,7,9 and 32!!

  4. A friend of mine has U-Verse for four years and cannot receive a telephone call from me. After trying several times to resolve the problem, he still cannot receive a telephone from me. U-verse will block certain numers for no reason at all. And you cannot fix it. I have to call on his cell phone.

  5. To "Starting to hate TV": Move to a rural area and only use am amplified antenna. I only get channels 9 and 13...if I'm lucky.

  6. Starting to Hate TVApril 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    You definitely are Garrett. Less is more when it comes to TV watching! And Alan, sorry I forgot channel 11 - one of the better stations!

  7. Al the Comcast haterApril 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I was 'this' close to canceling the overpriced Comcast TV service.

    I got an antenna that gets a bunch of channels. Many of them in HD, and NO monthly charge. Most of the time I'm not watching the TV off the antenna. It's going into summer.

    Shouldn't I be outdoors somewhere. With the money I save I could go somewhere nice.