Originally posted by ricksm3
Appreciate the offer, but I'm pretty sure I'll go with Voom. It's a no lose offer. I will continue to have cable (part of the Assoc. fees so why get rid of it) so I'm simply looking to augment with HD content. No one comes close to Voom on that. The only two things I desperately want for them that they don't currently have is the PVR and ESPN HD. Word is that ESPN is basically a done deal but I need to see it to believe it. (Yeah, I know a fair amount of ESPN is just stretched garbage, but they are adding more and more all of the time). The PVR isn't expected until much later this year.
We've had D*TV since 2000 and love it. We have the HD package (currently HBO-HD, Discovery-HD, HDNet, HDNet Movies, and ESPN-HD), HBO and Starz movie packages and pay about $75/mo. with taxes. We too get the cable channels as part of our HOA dues, but we mainly watch D*TV and OTA H/DTV. I looked into Voom and although at a first glance, there's definitely a WOW factor, but upon detailed research, I noticed that most of their HD packages are just 'genre' channels playing the same old (I mean really old) movie (or ridiculously uninteresting shows) many times each day. Then, on the next day, they play another really old movie over and over again; I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not going to pay to watch an old movie I've seen 10x (unless its a real classic like Top Gun, Star Wars, or Braveheart or something like that) just because it's upconverted to HD.
Some of the Voom movies are ok, but when you know you've seen them many times (or some you never cared to see at all), does it really excite you that much to see 'Network News' (again) or something like that in HD?
Or, are you really interested in watching 'Dirtbike Racing in Kentucky' on Voom's HD Sports channel?
Or, what about 'Lean Cooking' on Voom's HD Leisure channel? I mean, really, even HDNet has better, more interesting programming. IMHO, your paying for a lot of HD FLUFF.
Although they do carry HBO-HD, Starz-HD, Showtime-HD, and Cinemax-HD -- which are great, but get all of them + all the other garbage they offer, and the monthly subscription price seems to skyrocket past D*TV. IMHO, I think Voom has a great concept, if only their 'genre' channels broadcast more up-to-date movies most of us really want to see.
In addition, what's been reported is that after D*TV gets their new bird up into orbit this May, that should free up the needed bandwidth for more HD channels. I've read that D*TV will be adding Starz-HD and several more HD channels within the next year or so. Don't forget that D*TV is usually very good at meeting their competition, then upping the ante. The competition from D*N, VOOM, and all the cable companies offering HD will light a fire under the D*TV behinds...you'll see
The main reason that VOOM recently began their hardware bundling and free installation type promotions is because they haven't had the subscriber base they thought they would have at this point. This is a very tough and competitive business and although I hope VOOM is in the game for a long time, I'll stick with D*TV for now. So, in the end, all I say is 'check out' the Voom HD packages a bit further and ask yourself...am I really going to watch these old, crappy movies and boring shows just because they're in HD? If so, then go for it...just remember to fluff up your pillow for when you fall asleep on the couch.