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#1489681 --- 09/14/16 02:49 PM Satellite v Cable TV
Lucinda Knotts Offline
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Latest TW Cable bill is past outrageous. I have the standard TV bundle (no premium channels), telephone, and standard internet (download 15Mbs). I'm thinking of switching to either Direct TV or DISH, but both require a contract, and I'm concerned about quality of TV reception (my house has a clear view of southern sky) during inclement weather, as well as the availability of internet service. I couldn't stand going back to DSL. Any suggestions or comments about switching.

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#1489686 --- 09/14/16 05:03 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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Are you on a current promo with Time Warner? If you are not you can call and speak with someone and ask for customer retention dept. and tell them you have found a better deal than you currently have and be completely serious about it get what it would cost you through verizon for the triple play package and tell them they need to be comparable or you are changing. Also add the next line (they offered me no contract) 1-800-756-7956


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#1489692 --- 09/14/16 07:49 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: DR. D]
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What gets me is there is no appreciation for long time customers. They advertise for new customers $89 mo. for all the bells and whistles. Ability to record multiple DVR and watch in any room you choose. I am paying more than double that amount and using the same old equipment I have had for years. Definitely not feeling appreciated.
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#1489693 --- 09/14/16 09:43 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: SilverFox]
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You say that your monthly bill is double the $89 rate for new customers, so I'm guessing that you have TW Cable like I do, right? My last bill was more than $180. What I'm looking for is some information on customer experience with satellite TV. I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.

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#1489706 --- 09/15/16 08:41 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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I am paying $170 for phone, Cable Digital with DVR, Showtime and TMC, and I have RR ultra 50mbps...

Call them and try the retention dept.

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#1489726 --- 09/15/16 11:40 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
My last bill was more than $180.


that is too high

you have to call when the bill increases and ask them to lower it

Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.


what would you do about phone service?
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#1489728 --- 09/15/16 11:53 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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TWC was bought out by charter (spectrum) - $60 Billion sale price

they will be offering a smaller amount of packages and the prices may be lower

may take affect around the beginning of the year as they transition to the new company
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#1489732 --- 09/15/16 01:03 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: DR. D]
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I am paying $30 more than you are for the same thing. Not sure about the internet speed. I think mine is slower.

I don't really want to go satellite but this is getting ridiculous. Like being able to have a TV in my bedroom and a TV in the guest room and I think that would be extra on Satellite.



Edited by SilverFox (09/15/16 01:08 PM)
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#1489752 --- 09/15/16 10:29 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.


combine that with roku
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#1489766 --- 09/16/16 11:46 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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I spoke to TW a few months ago. Asked them how much just internet would cost at my current speed (20mb). They told me $59 a month. This is higher than what I pay now bundled with cable. My plan is Sony Vue on my Roku much cheaper than cable, however you need the internet.

I won't be saving much but a few dollars once you figure in taxes.

As far as Charter taking over I will be surprised if they lower rates.
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#1489806 --- 09/17/16 11:22 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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Ditched that ever-deepening TWC money pit a few weeks ago.

We're enjoying the recently updated rent-included wifi for online news, weather, ect.

Also, Netfix allows us a myriad of programming options for under 10 bucks per month.

Not an option for everyone of course, but happy becoming one less customer for TWC/Spectrum.
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#1489840 --- 09/18/16 04:56 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: SilverFox]
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Originally Posted By: SilverFox
I am paying $30 more than you are for the same thing.

Like being able to have a TV in my bedroom and a TV in the guest room


if you have a digital box in both rooms then that may be why yours is higher
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#1489841 --- 09/18/16 05:08 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.


if your neighbors have wifi that reaches your house just ask them to use their guest wifi and pay them $15 or $20 per month just for the internet

non secure internet use only
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#1489854 --- 09/18/16 08:18 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.

if your neighbors have wifi that reaches your house just ask them to use their guest wifi and pay them $15 or $20 per month just for the internet

non secure internet use only

You could do that... and it might even be legal (depends on your ISP's end-user license agreement), but to charge for it, is almost certainly illegal.

Most importantly, if someone does something illegal such as copyright infringed file-sharing, kiddie porn (Howdy Neighbors!!! eek ), anti-government activity, etc. on such a shared network, you could very, Very possibly be arrested and debriefed by The FBI, your ISP could throttle back, cancel or permanently ban your access to their services.

And of course, then there's the immediate slowdown of your bandwidth.

The potential for mischief is beyond imagination. IMO, beyond foolish, bordering on idiotic.
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#1489916 --- 09/20/16 09:58 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Timbo]
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Originally Posted By: Timbo

Most importantly, if someone does something illegal such as copyright infringed file-sharing, kiddie porn (Howdy Neighbors!!! eek ), anti-government activity, etc. on such a shared network, you could very, Very possibly be arrested and debriefed by The FBI,


what if their name was hillary and it was a private server... whistle
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#1489917 --- 09/20/16 10:03 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.


if you use the internet sparingly just go to the local public library and use their internet

donate the $35 you save per month to the library
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#1489921 --- 09/20/16 11:09 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Timbo

Most importantly, if someone does something illegal such as copyright infringed file-sharing, kiddie porn (Howdy Neighbors!!! eek ), anti-government activity, etc. on such a shared network, you could very, Very possibly be arrested and debriefed by The FBI,

what if their name was hillary and it was a private server... whistle

crazy crazy crazy
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#1490297 --- 10/02/16 10:47 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Timbo]
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Originally Posted By: Timbo
You could do that... and it might even be legal (depends on your ISP's end-user license agreement), but to charge for it, is almost certainly illegal.


invite them over for dinner once a month
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#1490298 --- 10/02/16 10:53 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: Timbo]
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Originally Posted By: Timbo
Most importantly, if someone does something illegal such as copyright infringed file-sharing, kiddie porn (Howdy Neighbors!!! eek ), anti-government activity, etc. on such a shared network, you could very, Very possibly be arrested and debriefed by The FBI, your ISP could throttle back, cancel or permanently ban your access to their services.


that may apply to your web use whistle

highly doubt lucinda would engage in that type of activity
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#1490308 --- 10/02/16 12:33 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Timbo
Most importantly, if someone does something illegal such as copyright infringed file-sharing, kiddie porn (Howdy Neighbors!!! eek ), anti-government activity, etc. on such a shared network, you could very, Very possibly be arrested and debriefed by The FBI, your ISP could throttle back, cancel or permanently ban your access to their services.

that may apply to your web use whistle

highly doubt lucinda would engage in that type of activity

Allow me to respond equally in kind, and with intended irony...

I know you are, but what am I???
crazy
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#1491022 --- 10/23/16 11:01 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.



if your internet use is only for pleasure and not business related you may want to spend the $35 to increase your cellphone plan to unlimited

use the internet thru your cellphone

bluetooth a table if needed
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#1492078 --- 11/06/16 02:03 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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saw a commercial for slingtv
$20 per month

you would need to see if it fits your needs
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#1495217 --- 02/10/17 12:28 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.


if you are able to completely disconnect from TWC for over a month then they may consider you a 'new' customer and give you the discounted/lower rate they give to 'new' customers
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#1496116 --- 03/03/17 09:29 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.


believe verizon offers 150 mbs internet, phone and tv for $79.99 per month per their most recent tv commercial
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#1496772 --- 03/19/17 10:34 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.



twc now spectrum has an ad for 60 mps at $29.99 per month
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#1496786 --- 03/19/17 02:10 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.

twc now spectrum has an ad for 60 mps at $29.99 per month

They're Criminals - Avoid Charter Spectrum like the Plague!!!

Consumer Affairs - Complaints and Reviews:
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/cable_tv/charter.html

Attorney General accuses Charter Spectrum of cheating millions:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/ny-attorney-general-accuses-charter-spectrum-of-cheating-millions/
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#1497302 --- 04/02/17 09:56 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.



twc now spectrum has an ad for 60 mps at $29.99 per month


spectrum eliminated some of the 'start-over' features on some of the channels without notice

they moved some channels around without notice

they have very limited options to select from for packages

they seem to have eliminated a large number of programs that you could view a few days after the program aired
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#1497314 --- 04/02/17 03:02 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.

twc now spectrum has an ad for 60 mps at $29.99 per month

spectrum eliminated some of the 'start-over' features on some of the channels without notice

they moved some channels around without notice

they have very limited options to select from for packages

they seem to have eliminated a large number of programs that you could view a few days after the program aired


Oh yeah, and they're theiving criminals, too. mad
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#1498327 --- 05/04/17 06:53 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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twc / spectrum has changed the guide format

if you like the previous style just go into settings and adjust the size to the previous version
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#1498418 --- 05/06/17 05:49 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
twc / spectrum has changed the guide format

if you like the previous style just go into settings and adjust the size to the previous version


Ok How?

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#1498621 --- 05/11/17 01:44 PM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: DR. D]
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Seriously considering switching to Satellite. Which one is the better service DirecTv or Dish?
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#1499204 --- 05/23/17 07:40 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: DR. D]
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Originally Posted By: DR. D
Originally Posted By: bluezone
twc / spectrum has changed the guide format

if you like the previous style just go into settings and adjust the size to the previous version


Ok How?


press 'settings' button

scroll across the bottom of the screen to 'high definition' then press ok/select button

scroll down to 'menus' then press ok/select

choose which menu size you prefer
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#1499205 --- 05/23/17 07:57 AM Re: Satellite v Cable TV [Re: SilverFox]
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Originally Posted By: SilverFox
Seriously considering switching to Satellite. Which one is the better service DirecTv or Dish?


would most likely depend on which programs you like to watch the most and which company has the better price

you can always change to a different company if you feel their service does not fit your needs

if you have more than one tv in your home just try out one of those companies for a 30 day period while still keeping your current tv service - ask the new company for a reduced price during the 30 trial period

connnect the new service to another tv and see if the service meets your requirements

if you do not like the new service you will still have your current tv service to use as a back-up

once you find the tv service that meets your needs then cancel your current tv service or stay with them

the people we have spoken to that have these services say they are about the same

others have cancelled their tv service and use netflix, amazon tv , apple tv ... and get their 'tv service' thru their internet service

if you only need tv service (no internet or phone) then another option is to try a tv antenna and that way you will not need to pay a monthly fee

we have friends that have a seasonal cottage and they connect to the neighbors for the short period they are there and they share the costs

the neighbors live their year around

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#1500294 --- 06/21/17 07:38 AM Re: Spectrum peeves customers [Re: bluezone]
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FL times had a story telling how customers bills have jumped after spectrum took over

spectrum should not be able to raise the price if the customer stays on the old TWC account

what ever the rate was when spectrum took over then the price should remain there

a person wrote into 'letters to the editor' saying she worked for twc and has had an account with them for many years without incident

she mailed in her check for payment but spectrum failed to apply it to the account and spectrum wants to charge her a late fee

we know of others that have made their payment but spectrum failed to apply it and wants to charge a late fee

beware if they try that with others

the bill envelope from spectrum has 'thicker' paper and the envelope to mail in your check payment is very very thin and it may get jammed in the mail sorting equipement when run thru the post office deliver system



spectrum should stop spending money with every other commercial 'claiming' how wonderful they are and spend some money on better quality envelopes to mail in the payment

spectrum was just ordered to pay $13 million for failing to meet their obligations with their customers

they have cut many features that twc had and they want to raise the price?

rather foolish
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#1500348 --- 06/23/17 11:04 AM Re: Spectrum peeves customers [Re: bluezone]
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My account is still TWC and I go and pay the bill on the website with no problem.

I am still looking at alternatives to Spectrum. I would like to have Dish but I haven't decided what to do about internet and phone service.
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#1500564 --- 06/28/17 01:37 AM Re: Spectrum peeves customers [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
FL times had a story telling how customers bills have jumped after spectrum took over

spectrum should not be able to raise the price if the customer stays on the old TWC account

what ever the rate was when spectrum took over then the price should remain there

a person wrote into 'letters to the editor' saying she worked for twc and has had an account with them for many years without incident

she mailed in her check for payment but spectrum failed to apply it to the account and spectrum wants to charge her a late fee

we know of others that have made their payment but spectrum failed to apply it and wants to charge a late fee

beware if they try that with others

the bill envelope from spectrum has 'thicker' paper and the envelope to mail in your check payment is very very thin and it may get jammed in the mail sorting equipement when run thru the post office deliver system



spectrum should stop spending money with every other commercial 'claiming' how wonderful they are and spend some money on better quality envelopes to mail in the payment

spectrum was just ordered to pay $13 million for failing to meet their obligations with their customers

they have cut many features that twc had and they want to raise the price?

rather foolish

They can't say they weren't warned:

Originally Posted By: Timbo
Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
I think I can get internet only from TW with same 15Mbs speed $35 a month.

twc now spectrum has an ad for 60 mps at $29.99 per month

They're Criminals - Avoid Charter Spectrum like the Plague!!!

Consumer Affairs - Complaints and Reviews:
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/cable_tv/charter.html

Attorney General accuses Charter Spectrum of cheating millions:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/ny-attorney-general-accuses-charter-spectrum-of-cheating-millions/
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