I had a few responses to add info to this thread. I moved to Des Moines from DC a few months ago. I had Comcast cable in DC and, while I wasn't 100% pleased with it, it is much better than Mediacom so far. This surprised me as I assumed that since they had similar operations, they were essentially the same.
I have the vip pack which is phone, cable, and internet for $99, plus I've added the HD package and DVR service. It's about $120ish a month after all is said and done.
I had the motorola HD-DVR, but I wanted a box with HDMI, so I visited the local office several times and got a new Pace brand box that was just rolled out for Mediacom and it is MUCH better for HD than the motorola box. It has HDMI outputs too.
Comcast's ondemand is SO MUCH better than Mediacoms, I can't even believe it. I used ondemand regularly in DC and haven't touched it here. I can't believe how sparse it is. And the payperview is ridiculous! I could watch a newly released movie whenever I wanted to on Comcast. On Mediacom, one friday night I was trying to find a payperview movie to watch and the one I wanted was only available at 5 am on Tuesday...that's it.
I recently looked into switching to Qwest's bundled package which includes DirectTV because I had a bad experience with the Mediacom DVR not recording something and I'm tired of the lack of HD. I chatted online with someone about getting DirectTV and they said that my area (Des Moines suburbs) has FULL CAPACITY for subscribers, so I couldn't get satellite. I would have to wait until someone cancelled their service!! I've never heard of such a thing. I had no idea that this was even possible and it's a little bewildering to me.
So as it is, I don't have an option for tv other than Mediacom. I'm really hoping they flesh out their HD lineup.
I'm surprised no one else complains about their ondemand. I really hope they do something about that as well. It's about as useless a service as I've ever seen.