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flowerchick 10-30-2011 07:53 AM

Best Choice for Cable TV Services Nowadays? -- What Do You Think?
 
Who do you think has the best price/service for cable TV, internet and phone services combined going nowadays? I'm so inundated with promotions, flyers, and offers, but when it comes right down to it, it seems like they advertise one thing, then you order and they tell you one thing, then charge you a different pricing plan on your bill.

I just ordered cable TV with a local cable company in So. California and thought I was to be paying about $129/month and opened their bill to see a charge of over $200. Nothing about their bill reflects anything about my pricing plan, and I'm fit to be tied. I have nothing but standard service plus HBO and Showtime, and no DVR, no extra set top box, nothing fancy.

Add to this their internet service is incredibly slow and they run some kind of local dreck on CNN Headline news during the commercial break instead of picking up the entire CNN Headline News feed and it's driving me crazy -- I'm already wearing out the mute button on the new remote. I'm ready to drop them now just after 10 days of installation -- what a hassle and nightmare this has been -- such a poor choice Charter Cable has been.

Any suggestions?

FlowerChick

kbsparky 10-30-2011 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by flowerchick (Post 759969)
....Any suggestions?

FlowerChick

FlowerChick,

Pay a visit to the Consumerist web site.

JackDidley 10-30-2011 08:40 AM

I have WOW. DVR, around 80 channels basic cable, unlimited phone service and 11 meg internet. $115/month total. Every year, they increase the price $15. I call up and ***** and they give me a $15 discount.

flowerchick 10-31-2011 07:52 AM

What's "WOW ?". Is that something available locally in your area? I'm in So. California and have never heard of this and I consider myself fairly tech savvy.... I watch a lot of cable news and have never seen a TV ad. Please do tell more, many thanks.

FlowerChick

DrHicks 10-31-2011 09:18 AM

We have a digital antenna on our TV, and we subscribe to Netflix. We pay $7.99 per month to watch TV and movies.

Doc Holliday 10-31-2011 09:30 AM

I have Netflix streaming as well. One thing, no new movies..?

I watched The Crazies last night.

JackDidley 10-31-2011 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by flowerchick (Post 760631)
What's "WOW ?". Is that something available locally in your area? I'm in So. California and have never heard of this and I consider myself fairly tech savvy.... I watch a lot of cable news and have never seen a TV ad. Please do tell more, many thanks.

FlowerChick

Wide Open West. Maybe Google it ? Its been in the midwest for years. Didnt know it is not available in Cali.

amyevans 10-31-2011 09:34 AM

Wow, television packages cost a lot in America!

The biggest TV packages you can get here (UK) which include every single TV channel and your phone and broadband are about 60 (about $93)....

DrHicks 10-31-2011 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by amyevans (Post 760667)
Wow, television packages cost a lot in America!

The biggest TV packages you can get here (UK) which include every single TV channel and your phone and broadband are about 60 (about $93)....

Yeah, but you pay more than double what we do for gasoline, so we're going to call it a wash! :laughing:

amyevans 11-01-2011 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 760672)
Yeah, but you pay more than double what we do for gasoline, so we're going to call it a wash! :laughing:

Fair point :)

But I don't drive; do watch TV though!

DrHicks 11-01-2011 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by amyevans (Post 761287)
Fair point :)

But I don't drive; do watch TV though!

Gahhhh! Fine, you win. :laughing:

flowerchick 11-01-2011 08:18 AM

I've got Netflix too -- it's wonderful! I dropped Hulu since I'm not much of a network TV viewer.

I checked out WOW after finding it through a Google search -- it seems it's a midwest only service provider.

The Consumerist website looks cool -- definitely worth checking out!

Time Warner Cable is awful -- this much I know -- Ive had the displeasure of their services in a few Southern California locations where I've lived in the last decade, and I'm sure many other smaller cable companies follow in their footsteps...

In my opinion two of America's biggest rip-offs are cable TV and public storage! Now that we have the internet to enjoy, I think our TV viewing options will be rapidly changing soon enough and we can pick and choose what we really want to enjoy... All I'm really interested in watching are networks like CNN, HBO, Showtime, public television and a few other favorites, and that's it... the other 1000+ channels of nothingness are really time wasters in my opinion and pure dreck. I've begun to read more anyhow and with services like Netflix and Hulu, companies like Time Warner Cable will have to lower pricing to remain competetive.

amyevans 11-15-2011 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by flowerchick (Post 761306)
I've got Netflix too -- it's wonderful! I dropped Hulu since I'm not much of a network TV viewer.

I checked out WOW after finding it through a Google search -- it seems it's a midwest only service provider.

The Consumerist website looks cool -- definitely worth checking out!

Time Warner Cable is awful -- this much I know -- Ive had the displeasure of their services in a few Southern California locations where I've lived in the last decade, and I'm sure many other smaller cable companies follow in their footsteps...

In my opinion two of America's biggest rip-offs are cable TV and public storage! Now that we have the internet to enjoy, I think our TV viewing options will be rapidly changing soon enough and we can pick and choose what we really want to enjoy... All I'm really interested in watching are networks like CNN, HBO, Showtime, public television and a few other favorites, and that's it... the other 1000+ channels of nothingness are really time wasters in my opinion and pure dreck. I've begun to read more anyhow and with services like Netflix and Hulu, companies like Time Warner Cable will have to lower pricing to remain competetive.

Really hoping Netflix will arrive over here soon. Reports are saying it will be launched early 2012.

How good is it really? I mean, how often do you look for something to find it's not on there?

Doc Holliday 11-15-2011 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by amyevans (Post 771662)
Really hoping Netflix will arrive over here soon. Reports are saying it will be launched early 2012.

How good is it really? I mean, how often do you look for something to find it's not on there?

If you don't mind my opinion I'll say that it does have a lot of movies but old ones, no new releases whatsoever so very often I hunt only to be met by bitter, bitter disappointment. They don't even have movies that are out on disc as of two years ago such as any of the X-Men movies. Now I just go to Redbox and for a dollar get new releases. It's much better IMO.

The $7.99 a month for streaming video to my computer (which I plug into my big screen and watch it there) for Netflix is almost not worth it for myself.

Btw, over here in the states it's one or the other for $7.99, streaming OR disc through the mail. If you want both it's $15.99 per month.

rusty baker 11-15-2011 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Doc Holliday (Post 772212)
If you don't mind my opinion I'll say that it does have a lot of movies but old ones, no new releases whatsoever so very often I hunt only to be met by bitter, bitter disappointment. They don't even have movies that are out on disc as of two years ago such as any of the X-Men movies. Now I just go to Redbox and for a dollar get new releases. It's much better IMO.

The $7.99 a month for streaming video to my computer (which I plug into my big screen and watch it there) for Netflix is almost not worth it for myself.

Btw, over here in the states it's one or the other for $7.99, streaming OR disc through the mail. If you want both it's $15.99 per month.

I dropped it for the same reason. Only old movies. I had already seen any of them that I wanted to see.


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