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    Cable vs. Direct TV vs. Dish vs. Other????

    Hey guys, just thought I'd get some opinions on here about where you guys get your TV/internet/phone service. Right now, I'm with Time Warner Cable and not liking it too much. We've had problems with our signal (had three different technicians out to the house about it, and think it's finally fixed) our boxes (got a new one right before Thanksgiving and has managed to crap out already) and now TWC is charging an extra charge per month just to have a box. (Like $9.99 I believe)

    So how do YOU get your TV/internet/phone?? Bundle together? Separate them? Which major carrier do you like/dislike? Experiences?
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    I have DirecTV because of the NFL Sunday Ticket. I also like their interface and functionality more than the cable providers I've used. It helps that I live in a climate where the weather has never disrupted my service.

    Cox Cable is the internet provider here. I'm very happy with them, its considerably faster than the Time Warner I had in LA.

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    I have a tv/ internet/ phone bundle from my cable provider, Insight Communications. Overall I am happy with them, BUT I HATE that I can only DVR 2 shows at the same time (if the tv is off) OR watch 1 show and DVR 1 show at the same time. I am thinking about switching just because my favorite shows come on on Thursday nights around the same time and it causes problems.
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    We use DISH and I'm happy with it. Having kids, I like that I can record four (or is it five?) shows at the same time. My only complaint is that I'm tech-impaired, so it's been a bit of a learning curve for me switching from Direct-TV to Dish. In the year we've had it, weather's only affected it once and then only for a short time. We don't bundle because Kim insists that it's actually less expensive not to and she's a pit bull when it comes to saving a buck, so I listen to her. Excellent reception and they've got the BIG-10 network so I get all the Nebraska football games. Importantly -- at least in our home -- no complaints from our 13-year old, 10-year old or 4-year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    We use DISH and I'm happy with it. Having kids, I like that I can record four (or is it five?) shows at the same time.
    That is what I want...something that has the capability to record more than 2 shows.
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    I have Whole Home DVR through Cox Communications as well as internet and home phone. I would never switch to any satelite providers for TV, and their internet is the fastest in the nation, by a huge leap. With Whole in my market you can get upto 7 dvr boxes which each can record 2 shows (so up to 14) at the same time, and then pull the shows to any tv in the house... and they are updating the boxes to record even more per box at a time very soon. You don't have to sign a contract like satelite, and the price is actually less than, equivilant services from competitors. And if you happen to somehow still miss a show, you can use their On-Demmand to watch it the next day for free on 90% of their programming... basically everything but CBS.

    However, I do hear that Time Warner sucks, so if I was in their market I don't know what I would do honestly... since I have seen how bad Dish and directv can be for product service, customer service and the way they install the stuff on your home. Not to mention those dishes make houses look trashy IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    I have a tv/ internet/ phone bundle from my cable provider, Insight Communications. Overall I am happy with them, BUT I HATE that I can only DVR 2 shows at the same time (if the tv is off) OR watch 1 show and DVR 1 show at the same time. I am thinking about switching just because my favorite shows come on on Thursday nights around the same time and it causes problems.
    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    That is what I want...something that has the capability to record more than 2 shows.
    I just looked online and my cable provider has a multiroom DVR that can record 6 shows at one time and you can watch them from any room in the house for only $10/month. I think I will give them a call
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    Wow, thanks for the input, guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rain View Post
    I have Whole Home DVR through Cox Communications as well as internet and home phone. I would never switch to any satelite providers for TV, and their internet is the fastest in the nation, by a huge leap. With Whole in my market you can get upto 7 dvr boxes which each can record 2 shows (so up to 14) at the same time, and then pull the shows to any tv in the house... and they are updating the boxes to record even more per box at a time very soon. You don't have to sign a contract like satelite, and the price is actually less than, equivilant services from competitors. And if you happen to somehow still miss a show, you can use their On-Demmand to watch it the next day for free on 90% of their programming... basically everything but CBS.

    However, I do hear that Time Warner sucks, so if I was in their market I don't know what I would do honestly... since I have seen how bad Dish and directv can be for product service, customer service and the way they install the stuff on your home. Not to mention those dishes make houses look trashy IMO.
    That's the dilemna. I do live in a cold/windy area, so I AM a little nervous switching but man, we've had sooo many problems with TWC that I'm ready for something else. Maybe I'll try giving Cox a call. Thanks so much, man.
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