TruTV no longer part of Comcast basic

Submitted by lilpenny1316 on March 15th, 2011 at 1:22 PM

**There was a post regarding this buried in another thread, but I thought it was important for people to find in an easier spot.

I just found out today that TruTV has been bumped up to a more expensive package.  This was done back in February, but I did not see a change in service until this week.  I guess pawn shops and car chases are considered premium content.  No?

I refuse to give Comcast more money, so I'll head to the bar for an extended lunch or watch our game online. 

Does anyone know if this impacts the cable service the dorms have?  I remembered it being basic, despite the lucky folks that got all the pay channels free.

Comcast + TruTV = Dooshes



March 15th, 2011 at 1:38 PM ^

Remember, every game is streaming online.  So if you have the right equipment (to hook your computer to your TV) and your intertubes aren't clogged, its quite a decent alternative to paying double/triple for your beer at a bar.


Though the best solution is to just get DirectTV - best tv provider for sports lovers.


March 15th, 2011 at 1:51 PM ^

To be fair to Comast (who I do hate) TruTV is a terrible channel that was/is not making money. Their re-runs of Cops just aren't cutting it advertising wise which is why they got bumbped.


March 15th, 2011 at 2:07 PM ^

Didn't it used to be CourtTV?

I can understand Comcast dropping it, but not if they knew it was going to be an outlet for Tournement games, which they surely did know.

It sucks for the program from an exposure point of view. 

Yinka Double Dare

March 15th, 2011 at 2:26 PM ^

Classic Comcast.  Leave the useless channel on basic when no one cares about it, then move it to a different tier the month before they know people will actually want the channel.

dr eng1ish

March 15th, 2011 at 4:18 PM ^

It sucks if this happened to you. I just wanted to let people know that this isn't the case in every market. I live in a suburb of Chicago and it's still on the basic package here. Channel 73.


March 15th, 2011 at 4:38 PM ^

Then again, you may not want to do this because you might get screwed between now and Friday.

Comcast knows what they're doing.  Move the station to a more expensive package, wait for fans all over to subscribe to it, then laugh all the way to the bank.  Even if people upgrade for the time of the tournament, then downgrade in April, that still equals millions of dollars for them.


March 15th, 2011 at 4:41 PM ^

I would think this is connected to the NCAA tournament and comcast trying to steal more of our money. Why I now have DirecTV.


March 16th, 2011 at 2:49 AM ^

Not saying there is much of a difference in a Sunday ticket regard. As far as the basic cable option though it has been quite cheaper for me. Also, with my new apartment we receive 8 channels of HBO with the basic cable option at no added cost. My apartments benefits are the extent of my knowledge of DirecTV though. As you stated I do agree Comcast has more features which could be the cause of the added price. Just stating my personal preference after using both providers.

Wolverine Devotee

March 15th, 2011 at 5:49 PM ^

As much as Comcast pisses me off to no end with their ever-freezing on demand and when channels go out during shows or games, I'm thankful I have them because I get Comcast Local which had alot of Michigan hockey on.

The only shitty part about that is Comcast Local is not in HD


March 15th, 2011 at 7:29 PM ^

March Madness iphone app (and android too I believe) = free, live, streaming of all tournament games.

Worth knowing about especially if job puts you IN THE AIR on an airplane during an important game - go ahead and fork over for the airplane wifi, and watch.  I dont know if it will really be fast enough, but it's just money and basketball is more important, right?