I recently moved to the north end of Dothan from the middle part of Dothan where I had NBC HD, Fox HD, CBS HD, PBS HD, and selected on demand HD content with Comcast. Because my new address is for some reason technically a Midland City address, Comcast said they would not service my new address. I called Graceba and I got the same answer. Time Warner actually told me this too at first. They said that their system showed my address as not serviceable and they told me to call a number, which would provide me with the proper cable company to call. The irony was that when I moved in I had Time Warner basic and standard cable. I told Time Warner that the previous owners had service, but they told me to call the number anyway because my address was not in the system. I asked Time Warner, "What happens when the number sends me back to you," and they said that it wouldn't. Well, guess what. It did. This time I spoke with another person at Time Warner who performed a lookup by using the previous owners' last name instead of using the address. This time, Time Warner was able to pull up the previous owners' old account and found that the address was entered as Dothan, AL 36305 instead of Midland City, AL 36350. They also told me the previous owners had cut off their service and that I would have to pay for installation. Apparently, Time Warner had the service cut off in the system, but hadn't physically cut it off yet. Anyway, after I finally cleared things up with Time Warner, I had to decide on whether I should go with Time Warner or get satellite.
After doing some research on satellite, I cancelled out DirectTV due to Dish not requiring a contract. Dish also offers more HD channels as well as a better DVR. The negatives with Dish were the startup costs. I would have to pay $200 for an HD DVR, $50 for installation, and about $6 monthly if wanted the warranty, which I thought was dumb because I would be renting the receiver - not owning it. With a cable company, I don't own the receiver and I can easily switch it out for a new one for free if it malfunctions.
Another negative is that I would not get local channels unless I paid 5 or so extra dollars. It would also supposedly be another 5 or so dollars to get CW. According to Dish's website, it is an extra 5 or so dollars to get WB and UPN. Because the WB and UPN mergerd into the CW, I called dish about the superstations and they said I would get CW while sounding like they weren't sure of their answer. I also found out the extra money I would spend getting locals would not get me NBC. Plus, I would only get the locals in standard definition. Dish also wanted another 5 dollars because I didn't have a landline.
I told Dish that not getting all of my locals would be a deal breaker and they said they could submit a waiver for an NBC distant network, which would not guarantee that I would get NBC. At the time, they didn't bother telling me that in a few days (Dec. 1) a court order would prevent me from getting a distant network via a waiver. After finding this out, I considered getting Dish and then paying about $20 for basic cable through Time Warner so that I could get all my locals. Because I already decided to get Road Runner from Time Warner, the extra $20 would not have really been an extra $20 because I would be saving about $10 off internet for adding cable tv service. I would also save an additional $10 by not paying for locals and superstations (or rather CW) with Dish.
Anway, I decided to give up the approximately 30 HD channels I could have gotten with Dish and go with Time Warner. I'm getting Time Waner installed today. I'll be getting all the HDTV channels they offer which are outlined below.
Local Broadcast channels - no additional charge:
202 WGIQ-DT PBS Louisville
204 WTVY-DT CBS Dothan
Premium channels - no additional charge for the HD versions if you subscribe to the digital premium channel:
225 HBO HD
230 Showtime HD
Digital channels - no additional charge:
275 Discovery HD
276 TNT - HD
HDPlus Tier - $9.95 monthly charge
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261 HDNet Movies
265 ESPN HD
267 Universal HD