Originally Posted by dhaberer
yes, stay away from Time Warner. DirectTV and Dish Network are both ten times better. Time warner's deal doesn't include all the extra charges they are gonna get you for. It will end up costing more and their hardware is really bad. It's full of bugs and the menu system is combersome. I did the switch and switched back 2 weeks later. I've also had friends switch to Time Warner and they've both switched back to satellite within the first month too. I don't know a single person happy with Time Warner that has had Satellite first to compare with.
Well, I have never had DTV or Dish, so I can't compare, but I'm certainly not a TWC apologist, either. BUT -- I have to say that the TWC HD picture quality via the 8300HD DVR box is incredibly good. I can find no fault with it. If there is any difference between their HD picture and the OTA HD picture (I can get either, for local channels) it is not something I notice. (Maybe if I made a study of it; I don't know.)
Now, the 8300HD box is a bit buggy, no question about it. It has some downsides -- such as no "skip" button to move ahead without FFing. But it will record two HD programs at the same time and reproduce them looking exactly like the original, or too close for most people to tell any difference. We record almost all the network shows we watch and play them back whenever we want to watch them and see no reason at all to watch them "live" rather than off the disk, unless one just happens to be running at the time we want to watch it. The video quality is the same.
As for the cost, here is what our TWC bill looks like: "Digipic 1000 Service" + HD HBO = $65.21. That's the several hundred digital channels plus HBO. Then there is $6.95 for "HD/DVR Service". That's extra for having the 8300HD DVR recorder cable box. And another $7.99 for "digital converter". (So, they charge you $8 for a digital box, then another $7 it being a DVR, apparently.)
And then we pay another $9.95 for the "HD Premium Tier". That's INHD, ESPN, TNTHD and several other HD channels. So, our total for TW Cable Service is $82.11, not including "fees and taxes". Comes to pretty near $100, when you add it all up, for HD service with a two-tuner DVR, the additional HD tier and HBO.
You would want to compare that to something similar from a satellite provider.