What Bell isn't telling you about Fibe TV
Update: This week, we switched back to Rogers after spending far too long using Bell's crappy television service. For those with Bell, read and weep. For those considering Bell, think twice even if you hate Rogers. RS
I've always been an early technology adapter.
I had a Betamax. That tells you everything (if you're over 50 at least).
My first computer was a "Portable". It weighed 40 pounds and I had to lug it around town on a gurney. I've been through probably 15 computers in my lifetime. Apple is the best. It's also too expensive so I have a piece of shit HP, the one I'm writing this blog on.
I've had cable, internet and now Netflix.
American Netflix. That's how far ahead of the curve I am.
I get all the newspapers for free. How? I disabled my cookies so they can't track me when I'm on the newspaper sites. Even the New York Times hasn't cottoned on to that trick.
Hahaha. That will be a fifty buck consulting fee.
Being an early adapter, I signed up for Bell Fibe months ago. It's only being advertised now, I suppose because the company was trying to get the bugs out.
I got Fibe because I hate, hate, hate Rogers. I've been in a titanic battle with Rogers over a cellphone bill which has now cost me $1,200. I will never, ever, buy a product from Rogers again.
At least that's what I said a few months ago.
I'll admit to being tempted to return to Rogers because Bell Fibe sucks.
First, you have to set up the regular channels you want to watch on a list, which is fine if you watch the same thing every week. I like a little variety, but try finding a channel you don't normally watch. By the time you do, the show will be over.
As an English subscriber, I'm pissed that the first 100 channels on the box are in French and the service announcements are bilingual.
What is this? An Air Canada safety demonstration?
The other thing I hate is you can't find the movies -- or series -- on demand unless they've just come out. If you want to see something that over two months old, you have to search for it.
My smart daughter Marissa calls this "counter-intuitive".
I call this lame and cheap. Bell wants you to buy the entire current Mad Man season. You don't get to watch it for the hundreds of dollars you pay them already.
But the real reason Bell Fibe sucks is because...it shuts off at least once during every show. And it shuts off usually at the very end of the show. So if you're watching Dexter live, it stops working at the moment in the finale when Dexter drives into a hurricane. A blue screen comes up with a friendly note saying Fibe has stopped working and if you are continuing to have problems, please call the following number.
It doesn't of course, stop working, I mean. It only stops working when you're at the end and want to see how a show turns out. Or if you're watching the X Factor and the kid you're rooting for is about to find out if she's got the hook.
I am not kidding.
It's so bad, I've taken to taping all the shows I want to watch to make sure I don't miss the ending. Or the middle.
Funny how it never stops working during a commercial about how great Bell Fibe is.
They should have called it Bell Died.
Anyway, I'm still going to keep it but only until I figure out how to go off the grid.
Any suggestions are welcome.