Time Warner Cable Blackout

Given the cable TV industry’s notorious reputation for poor customer service, from indifferent phone operators to MIA installers, it’s no surprise that Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable caused an instant consumer backlash. Members of the media were particularly virulent, especially as many journalists can’t cut the cord — they need HBO they can hatewatch “Newsroom” in real time.

The New Yorker was quick to jump into the fray, with Andy Borowitz posting a blog item in the style of a cable company’s typically-unhelpful FAQ on its website. Inquiries in the FAQ included:

Q: Will there be any adverse impact on customer service?

A: A technician will be at your home between the hours of eight and never.

Tweets were even snarkier, with journalists and comedians vying to outdo each other’s snark.

Meanwhile, Business Insider’s Sam Ro had some real-life experience to share: He posted a transcript he had saved from a particularly frustrating 2010 attempt to add Showtime and HBO. “I found myself webchatting with what seemed to be an unending series of analysts who could not tell me how much it would be to add a channel,” he remembers.

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