Originally posted by abcward
After that, the "hd programming" charge of whatever amount WILL NOT be paid by me for only 2 channels - Fox and NBC, especially since Fox isnt actually HD.
There is no "HD programming" charge. The locals are free. When they add CBS/ABC, they will be free too. Assuming you dump the pair of HDNet channels, all you would be paying for is the box and remote, and at $9/month, that's a heck of a bargain considering the alternative (high up front cost of owning your own HD receiver with a DSS company, $5 mirroring charge for that HD receiver, and a $11 HD package with channels that you may or may not want).
Eventually, they'll add ESPN-HD and Disc-HD, maybe more. I had both on DirecTV and neither was worth the $11/month I was paying for them (HDNet was included with that as well). In fact, if Charter rolled out both channels tomorrow, and made their own HD package with those 4 pay HD stations, I wouldn't pay for them now either (even for $5/month). ESPN-HD is the key channel here, but they just don't have enough programming in HD to justify paying a surcharge for it (yet).
I know Charter gets bashed around alot in here, but frankly I don't see why. We're getting to rent a quality HD receiver for next to nothing ($4 more than the a mirroring charge on DirecTV), no worry about breakdown with them either (just swap it out for a new one if it breaks or they get upgraded, that's worth $$$$ right there compared to owning your own and buying a long extended warranty or product replacement plan), and whatever digital locals they do have or get in the future, are free of charge w/o having to fiddle with an antenna (which will never happen on the DSS systems).
I'm sure that most of the informed HD customers will be calling Charter in the next week or two and dropping the HDNet sub (unless they are getting good value out of those 2 channels for their $3.99 cost), the rest will call when they get their bill and see the $3.99 line item for HDNet. If Charter takes notice and their CSR's do quality work and take note of why we are dumping HDNet, maybe they'll get moving on adding ESPN/Disc HD channels a little quicker and put together a HD package with all 4 channels for a reasnable cost (like $10.99 from DirecTV).
As you can tell, I'm very pleased with the Charter HD service so far. The tuner is lightning quick, no reception problems, dropouts, PISP issues, all of my channels come through one channel guide (which I couldn't do with my 1st generation HD receiver, DTC-100.. the newer ones I understand can combine lineups). For me, it's a great value and my TV watching is much easier now. Really, my only hang up is having to occasionally switch to my DTC-100 to watch MNF or some of the CBS sitcoms in HD... but that's just a flick of the A/B switch and I'm good to go. Eventually, I'll be able to remove the DTC-100 completely, which will make the wife even happier to have one less remote to worry about and less training involved for when the babysitter wants to watch TV.