I will be moving in a few months (summer) to a house, in La Habra Heights (90631), that cannot get OTA due to the giant hill/small mountain blocking the view. So it is either cable TV (TWC) or satellite TV service (Dish [already have a dish on the roof and coax cables connected]. I am definitely getting TWC's cable Internet service since Verizon DSL is too slow (1 Mb/sec max. download) or unavailable, no FIOS, etc.
My family and I are only interested in the local broadcast channels and possibly Chinese channels. We currently have old four CRT TVs, DTV Pal DVR (OTA only), a computer with very old two HDTV OTA tuners cards, and VCRs. We will replace the very old CRT SDTVs with HDTVs after the move (they die or start dying). I will have to get a hardware DVR (lease it or get my own?) for sure.
From my researches with TWC (http://www.timewarnerla.com/pricingg...08_PL-0112.pdf
, web site, and e-mails) and comparing with other services, TWC's TV prices seems to cost more compared to satellite. Is that correct? Here is what I have down in my notes:
TWC (one bill and company, but most expensive and worst HD picture quality for TV service):
$52.99 (regular Internet package)
$24.50 (local analog broadcast TV channels + extras [mostly music])
$19.99 (whole house HD (backward compatible with 4 CRT TVs) DVR rental)
$44 (DVR service; 4 * $11 for each TV)
$49.99 for installation charge
Total per month = $141.48 without taxes and Chinese packages ($88.49 per month for TV service)
Notes: Prices are confusing from various sources. Also, ask for promotions that fit these when ordering.
DISH (house already has a Dish and coax cables from its previous owners; cheapest for SD four our old CRT TVs; $100 Amazon gift card):
Cheapest Packages (SD and HD packages):
Welcome (no free installation and no 24 Month Digital Home Advantage (DHA 24) contract like Family Pack) -- http://www.dish.com/entertainment/packages/welcome/
America's Top 120 -- http://www.dish.com/entertainment/pa...ricas-top-120/
$14.99 (Welcome -- non-HD local broadcast channels + 40 extras; not shown when online ordering [have to ask for it and its difference would be credited with an active account on phone])
$44.99 (America's Top 120 -- HD requires its addon; local broadcast channels + 120 extra; orderable online)
$14 = Two more receivers for the other TVs without DVRs
$6 = DVR Service (one DVR)
Total = $34.99 (SD)/$64.99 (HD) per month after promotion prices
Additionals If Needed:
$6 per month = Protection Plan (warranty)
$99 one time fee OR $10 per month = HD addon for future HDTVs with America's Top Pack
$10 - $27.99 per month = Chinese -- http://www.dish.com/entertainment/pa...international/http://www.dish.com/redirects/partners/amazon/
for a $100 Amazon gift card (expires on 5/20/2012). 04AMZN for the code.http://www.mydish.com/programmingGuides/
DirecTV (two years contract; cheapest for HD):
Entertainment Package (140+ HD channels) -- http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/new_cu...-1&lpos=header
$54.99 regular price per month after its $29.99 promotion.
$5.99 protection plan
Includes free 1 HD DVR + 3 HD receivers (advanced receiver service; $99 for another if needed), and 4,000+ VoD access.
for international channels ($19.99 to $39.99)
$120 ($10 credit per month for the year) off the service if calling in to mention an employee currently works at DirecTV) by 7/18/2012.
$120 Costco Cash Card (expires on 7/18/2012): http://cw.directv.com/DTVAPP/index.j...EC-Costco-1000
Total = $60.98 per month after promotion and referrals, and without Chinese.
Also, does TWC's basic TV service using "clear" QAM digital signals? According to two people, from email@example.com
's e-mail replies, they say it does have unencrypted digital clear QAM digital signals for both SD and HD local broadcast channels. Is this true?
Thank you in advance.
P.S. I never had cable and satellte TV services, so I could be wrong with all this.