Originally Posted by pilot20
To all of the South Texas folks,
I just purchased a home on Kornegay Road in San Benito. I will be moving there soon from Indiana.
I will need to make a decision regarding which TV media supplier to go with. I have been a Directv subscriber for the last 12 years and have been getting the local HD feeds with an outdoor antenna using the HR10-250. I have been very happy with that DVR, but alas, with the implementation of MPEG-4, the HR10-250 is soon to be useless.
I am considering going with the Time Warner package that includes internet, digital cable and digital phone. I'm not real excited about the TW DVR, but I could always buy a Tivo S3.
Or, I could go with Dish and get their VIP622 DVR, which works well.
Do any of you have any experience with Time Warner in that area? Have you been happy with their service and picture quality?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Well James, I have not had any problems with Time Warner's HD quality personally, but you maybe be disappointed with the current HD lineup which is fairly small compared to DirectTV and Dish, but is about what the lineup is for most Time Warner systems in Texas. The lineup includes:
HBO HD (with subcription)
Showtime HD (with subscription)
NBC HD (KVEO-DT)
CBS HD (KGBT-DT)
ABC HD (KRGV-DT)
Discovery HD Theater
FSN Southwest HD (non 24-hour)
Mojo HD (with subscription)
HD Net (with subscription)
HD Net Movies (with subscription)
Universal HD (with subscription)
When I first got Time Warner HD, ESPN HD was part of the HD premium package that includes the last 4 on the list, but I recently read an article that indicated ESPN would now be a regular HD channel you didn't have to pay an extra charge for, only the cost of leasing the HD box, but I do not know this for sure. ESPN 2 HD has started popping up in TWC systems where it hadn't before and so this channel for sure will be coming down here, but how soon is unknown.
FOX HD is the only local major network not on Time Warner because it is a newer channel and so only the analog version is available right now.
Overall, the picture quality of Time Warner HD is pretty good. All the problems I have had with any HD channels is due to my own problems with the cabling in my house, but now that it has been replaced, the HD looks as stunning as ever. Plus, it's nice getting the local HD feeds without any antennas. FOX HD should be coming along soon on Time Warner, but at least the original "Big Three" are part of the lineup of HD.
You are right not to be excited about the Time Warner DVR, the Explorer 8300 HD DVR is...well, ehh. It is way inferior to Tivo or Dish DVR, but it does serve it's purpose of recording and playing back. Plus I have had problems of the box crashing on me a few times, and my box was brand new in an unopened box when they installed it. Look around various forums, such as this website and you might find many more complaints about the 8300. I'm not up to date with boxes so TWC may have newer models available.
That my experience with Time Warner HD. I have been a Time Warner HD customer since December, so I've lived with it for a while and I am quite happy with their service.