More extensive (and expensive) cable service coming to Georgetown dorms

We were due for an update…

You may have noticed construction work going on lately along the north side of campus, by Resevoir Road, and there’s an explanation: Georgetown is installing a new cable television system for the residence halls.

The new system, run by RCN, will provide more reliable reception and more channels, according to Georgetown’s Director of Media Relations, Andy Pino . Now students will get 180 basic cable channels (up from 70) and the option to purchase premium packages like sports or pay-per-view.

According to an email sent out by Georgetown’s Assistant Vice President of External Relations Linda Greenan to the Burleith listserv, the University plans to have the new system in place by the time school starts later this month.

With an increase in quality, though, there also comes an increase in price: cable will now cost $53.95 per month ($49.00 for service plus a $4.95 box rental fee), up from the old rate of $37.50 per month.

After the jump check out the flyer that will be going out at the beginning of the year with more details, a breakdown of rates for premium channels, and a basic cable channel listing.

RCN Cable

11 Comments on “More extensive (and expensive) cable service coming to Georgetown dorms

  1. Georgetown needs a VP of common sense (to steal a term from ESPN writer Bill Simmons) when it comes to technology. Would students rather have wireless internet everywhere on campus or more expensive cable TV?

    I’ll forgo cable this year and use my Slingbox that I have connected at home. One payment of $150 and I can watch my home cable (and that includes my DVR and home sports teams).

  2. Basically, you hook it up to your home TV (I use a spare one in my basement, because no one in my family uses it) and you can control and watch your home TV through your laptop.

  3. I don’t need 180 channels…. i’ll just use an antenna.

  4. So students are forced to pay an extra $148.05 per year (the difference in costs) for channels they’re hardly going to use? Ugh. I echo other Matt’s comment: wireless internet everywhere on campus takes priority. In fact, in 2009, it’s absolutely shocking it’s not fully wireless.

  5. On top of all that, they took away HBO from the channels we used to get and put it as a premium package channel which you have to now pay $20 a month for (granted you probably will get HBO 1-6 for that but still). I would gladly give up 5 local access channels, Al Jazeera in Spanish, half of the dozen sports channels, NASA TV, etc, for HBO back.

  6. WHo do we complain too? I doubt many people will spend this much money on cable, and they would probably be open to a cheaper option.

  7. I don’t think you should confuse this as a priority with wireless internet. Wireless internet costs the university money (which it has allocated) and will take time. This costs the university nothing, since the cost is paid for by the end user. This is also handled by a completely different office of the university (Aux Services I think) whereas wireless is handled by UIS/facilities I think. I’m not sure of the breakdown, but they’re separate.

    Maybe if everybody signs up for the new cable service the university will make enough money to pay for wireless internet!

    I agree though, absurd that we don’t already have it campuswide. The only thing that has saved this a bit in my mind is that most other campuses don’t have it either, they just claim to (as our university does as well).

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