No offense, but you've outlined perfectly why I left TWC a year ago, after 15+years, for DirecTV. Superior to TWC?--let me count the ways: PQ, GUI, Directory, $value--but as they say, to each their own.... And sure, I have to put up with a little rain-fade couple times a year. (So does TWC--they've got a dish too, y'know...).
PS: Not hoping to change your mind. Just stating my opinion for what may be some newbies out there....