Originally Posted by mikel51
Media com has me kind of PO'd at them right now because of increased charges and poor service fixing outages for me. I am considering switching from them for internet and cable TV to DirecTV and Qwest DSL.
I like to watch TV in HD and want good picture quality. In general I go for all the premium movie channels (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax) and not the premium sports. I do make heavy use of the DVR, and my motorola DVR from mediacom does seem tweaky at times. I also like my high speed internet.
Does anyone out there have experience about the differences in quality of picture, quality of DVR, service and internet speed?
Thanks in advance,
DirecTV's picture quality is superior since they use the MPEG-4 format instead of Mediacom's MPEG-2 format. They also have far more HD channels than Mediacom, particularly in the area of the premium movie channels. (Mediacom has what, four total?) MPEG-4 allows you to deliver a channel at a lower bitrate than MPEG-2, but deliver superior quality. Just looking at Mediacom's HD today, it certainly looks bit-starved (insufficient bitrate) compared to DirecTV.
Mediacom's HD selection has SIGNIFICANTLY improved, but still lags behind DirecTV's.
I also find the DirecTV DVR superior. Greater capacity for storage, and it just seems more responsive and reliable.
However, I will definitely say that I found Mediacom's internet offering far superior to Qwest's. My DSL connection with Qwest was nothing compared to what Mediacom offers.
Mediacom's HD and DVR offerings just aren't that good compared to the competition. Their Interenet, on the other hand, is very competitive, given the lack of solid competition out there.
Also, on a completely different note...
I was watching WHO-TV in Des Moines today and they ran a bumper that stated, 'WHO is the FIRST and ONLY station in Iowa broadcasting the news in HIGH DEFINITION."
I even DVRed it to make sure I heard it correctly. I figured they would've qualified it with "Central Iowa" but no, it said straight up IOWA.
I am sure that statement is news to KWWL out of Waterloo. Their HD broadcast was several months before of WHO's.