Originally Posted by Satch Man
Have you also looked at Direct TV? I know people who have been thrilled with them, and their DVR blows Navigator away. My issue with Dish is that they have retransmission fights all the time, and lose channels in retransmission fights. Direct TV does a better job here. If only the boxes and Navigator were better at TWC. However, upper management remains apathetic to Navigator's problems.
I still think TWC gives the best HD line up, Internet Service, and Phone Service. But the Navigator Guide cripples all the good things about their other services, because it is still so buggy and does not have modern feature sets. I would just hate the thought of the slowness of DSL for those thinking about going to another company.
Yes, I have actually been a DirecTV customer in the recent past. I can say that their software is much better than Navigator, although I do not care for the new black guide they use either. If they were going to go through the trouble of making the thing HD, why not add some time to the grid like Dish does? The reason I am not now or will not be a DirecTV customer is simply line of sight issues. There are trees in the way at my new house. Dish's Eastern Arc is higher in the sky, so I can get those signals. I also prefer Dish's DVRs. I was a Dish customer for over 3 years before I got DirecTV, and I found the Dish DVRs to be more stable and easy to use. Both satellite company DVRs and way better than Navigator, but the Dish software is superior IMHO. The Hopper with Prime Time Anytime and Autohop appears to be a big step forward for DVRs from what I can tell.
Both Dish and DirecTV now offer all the channels I am interested in and more, so I have no issues there. TWC, Dish and DirecTV have all had re-trans battles while I was a customer, and generally it was not much of a bother. Dish may be a bit more aggressive about theirs, but their prices are lower too, at least for what I want. FWIW: DirecTV and DIsh HD PQ both look better than TWC. SDV=Subpar Digital Video in my experience. Locals seem better than cable channels on TWC, but neither compares to the MPEG4 feeds I have had from Dish and DirecTV.
I may give Frontier's channel-bonded DSL (up to 25/3 Mbps) a try, but I need to convince them I can actually get service at my house first. More likely, I will stick with Road Runner for Internet access.
The "talk" didn't happen last night because the wife got home from work too late, but it is still planned for the near future. Wish me luck!