Comcast Installation – Why i am not afraid of them entering into the “smart home” space

I just got back from an extended trip out of town at a project. My sister moved while i was gone and called up the geek squad to install her plasma. They mounted the TV and used bulk cable plates to route an HDMI cable to the right of the cabinet for connection at the soon-to-arrive Comcast Cable box. The Geek’s did a very nice job and actually helped my sister carry up a childs bed frame while they were there because the UPS guy wouldn’t carry it up!

All the comcast guy had to do was plug his cable box in and connect the HDMI cable… right? Wrong. They brought out a very old model with a DVI port instead of HDMI. So Comcast guy just needs to go get a newer model that has HDMI right? Wrong again. No HDMI port? No ability to remove a bulk cable plate and fish component cables? I KNOW! We will just run an RG6 directly from the cable box to the TV and call it a day! Who cares if they are paying for HD? Surely not the sub contractor that Comcast sent to my sisters house. You know.. the guy that removed the wall plates in all the bedrooms and left them off when he left. The guy that left debris under each wall plate. See the photos below. Clean up pics coming later this week when i go back out. I stopped there on my way from the airport this evening and didnt have any cable with me. This is why we have nothing to worry about from the providers. They will be stuck in iPad app land fighting with sloppy untrained subcontractors for a decade before we need to pay attention to them.