I stumbled upon this site. You all sound much more educated than I could ever be on the topic so I thought I would ask you.
We currently have Time Warner Cable for TV, Internet and phone. The phone and internet seem to be fine but we hate the TV. It stutters almost all the time. It is almost impossible to view anything that has been recorded because it holds the stuttering (and seems to add to it). The On Demand programing loses audio every 20 mins or so (on a good day) and lately it loses the picture as well, so you will have one or the other but rarely both at the same time. UGH! They have switched the box and refreshed it more time than I can count. The last time I spoke on the phone with them, he "fixed" it again and promised it would not happen again. Before I even hung up, it was stuttering. A change is overdue.
My choices for TV are AT&T Uverse or Direct TV. Fios is not in our area. I want the BEST internet speed I can get, long distance US/local calling and TV with HBO, Showtime, AMC and basic cable channels (Nick, Discovery, those types). We have only one TV so I don't care so much about multiple receivers. Lots of memory would be great. HD isn't even important. Reliability and intuitive controls are really important. We do not watch sports either.
We are in Southern CA so I don't THINK that rain/snow would be issues. It does get windy sometimes.
I was thinking that we would get Uverse 300 TV with HBO and internet with 24 Mbsp (we currently have 15 I think) and then use Obihai for phone. Does that sound like a smart idea? I have no idea how to get faster speeds for the internet in our area... but the idea of 24 over 15 sounds good to me. If there is a provider that provides more, I would love to hear about it.
The VRAD is around a corner - about 600 - 700ft away. If that makes a difference, I am not sure what that means.
Also, re: internet - most of our toys are wireless. Is it worth our while to get really fast internet if we are using our wireless network?
Thanks so much for any help you can provide!!!