Originally Posted by steve1971
mnxmfan, hell if Charter offers faster internet speed's, more HD Channel's then heck ya I'm all for it! Question is is when does this all go down? When does Charter take over the St. Paul/Minneapolis area? Comcast/Xfinity does not have enough HD Channels which is something I have been begging for for the last several months. The other question I have is is will Charter have the "On Demand' service like Comcast does? Again like I said if Charter offer's more HD Channels and faster Internet speed's then hell yea I am all for it. I hope it happen's soon.
The only people who know at this point are Comcast, Charter, and the FCC. If the merger is denied, then Comcast won't spin us off.
Of course, there are a lot of unknowns. How long will Xfinity continue offering services, how long until the headend switches to Comcast (The SW burbs still use the old Time Warner numbering system for a lot of things, and still carry Boomerang, as an example).
Charter does have an on-demand service, but as a Tivo-owning customer, I will lose access to that (since Xfinity has an agreement with Tivo and Charter does not).
Also, it has been pointed out that Comcast is leaving the new company with a LOT of debt, and the "insiders" expect that the new customers will be saddled with paying that debt off via higher bills.
I'm also against this merger because it leaves one less ISP, which is never good for competition, and the internet as a whole. I honestly believe that, traditional cable video service has about 15 years left, and then "cable" companies will become mostly ISP's.