Some gripes from a newcomer; any local insight? My wife and I just moved up to Woodbury from Arlington, VA, where we were Comcast subscribers. We can't help but be really disappointed with the paltry HD offerings from Charter in this area. Generally speaking the picture quality here is fantastic, but there are some nagging issues.
1. Laughably low number of HD channels. Sigh. More coming, I hope. Dump some of those PPV channels and free up some bandwidth. I thought that's what OnDemand was for.
2. Occasionally VERY choppy picture on HD stations (i.e. Monday Night Football on 9/8 is unwatchable on the HD channel; we switched to SD in order to see full plays without picture and audio breakup). This seems to be a frequent occurrence. This is cable, not satellite -- it should simply work.
3. What's the deal with the bizarro channel numbers? The lineup order is nonsensical and seemingly arbitrary. Granted, I'm used to a different system, but that system appeared to have some order to it (networks on lower numbers than cable stations, etc.). Just really weird.
4. I understand that Woodbury is serviced by the hub in Newtown (Fairfield County), but not getting NESN here is unfortunate. This is Litchfield County, after all, which is within NESN's broadcast zone. It's a bummer -- my wife is a big Red Sox fan (I'm happy to have YES here, as I'm a Yankee fan) and it just kind of stinks.
5. Three cheers to Charter for finally adding WTNH in HD. Three big boos to WTNH for degrading the ABC-HD feed so heavily. I can verify that WJLA in Virginia carries the signal through much more effectively. What's the deal? Anybody know why WTNH compresses it so much? I know you've all waited a long time to get ABC in HD -- the picture must be sorely disappointing to you.
On the alternatives front, DirecTV's pq is comparably crummy in every instance I've seen it, and there's no U-verse or FiOS here yet. So, um, I guess I'm sticking with Charter for now. Fortunately, when it works, the picture is stunning, so they've got that going for them, which is nice.