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#1 OFFLINE   ansky

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:08 PM

Yesterday I got a letter in the mail from Comcast with a very attractive offer for people to give back their satellite dishes.
For $39.99/mo for 12 months you get Digital cable, DVR, and HBO/HBO on Demand.

To get the equivalent from D* I have to pay:
$49.99 for TC Plus
$5.99 DVR service
$12.00 HBO service
$16 (additional cost I'm paying for internet by not having TV service with Comcast)

That's a total of $83.98! More than double what I would be paying with the Comcast offer. Very tempting...

After 12 months, using current rates, Comcast would be:
$59.99 digital cable
$9.99 DVR service
I would cancel the HBO service so it would be about the same price as D*.

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#2 OFFLINE   matty8199

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:19 PM

Yesterday I got a letter in the mail from Comcast with a very attractive offer for people to give back their satellite dishes.
For $39.99/mo for 12 months you get Digital cable, DVR, and HBO/HBO on Demand.

To get the equivalent from D* I have to pay:
$49.99 for TC Plus
$5.99 DVR service
$12.00 HBO service
$16 (additional cost I'm paying for internet by not having TV service with Comcast)

That's a total of $83.98! More than double what I would be paying with the Comcast offer. Very tempting...

After 12 months, using current rates, Comcast would be:
$59.99 digital cable
$9.99 DVR service
I would cancel the HBO service so it would be about the same price as D*.


1) I don't know if digital cable is different in your area, but D* offers more channels that I want than Comcast does here (ESPN Classic, ESPNU, CSTV, and FUSE to name a few).

2) In our area, internet service is (as you said) $15 more per month if you're not a cable subscriber. HOWEVER, if you subscribe to basic cable (which is only $10.99 per month), that qualifies you as a cable subscriber and you get the lower internet rate. In other words, you save $4 per month AND have a backup in case the satellite goes out...

#3 OFFLINE   Bobman

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:42 PM

After 12 months, using current rates, Comcast would be:
$59.99 digital cable
$9.99 DVR service
I would cancel the HBO service so it would be about the same price as D*.


Isnt TC only $46 and $6 for the DVR from DirecTV ? Thats almost $20 a month more with cable unless my math is wrong.

#4 OFFLINE   newsposter

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 02:34 PM

I'm jealous..it's been 3 years and my cable co never solicited me once!

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 03:27 PM

Isnt TC only $46 and $6 for the DVR from DirecTV ? Thats almost $20 a month more with cable unless my math is wrong.


He's comparing it with TC Plus which is $49 along with factoring in the $15 price break on broadband.
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Posted 25 February 2006 - 06:56 AM

Thats makes it about even then. Just about every month I get some kind of flyer from my local cable company. They always make it sound so good but I never switch.

One reason is the NFL ST and the other is I have 3 DirecTV DVR's and dont want to change.

#7 OFFLINE   pstineme

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 03:48 PM

I wish I got your comcast rates. I get digital cable and a DVR for $96. I am leaving their service. I told them I liked the quality but there was hardly any value.

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 07:01 PM

I'm jealous..it's been 3 years and my cable co never solicited me once!


Same here! I'm kinda hoping I eventually do. Not that I would go back, I could just use a good laugh. :lol:
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#9 OFFLINE   jfalkingham

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 12:52 PM

Comcast offer this in southern NH:

Product Price
DVR $15.00
Silver $26.20 (includes 1 premium, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz)
Std Cable $49.15
Box/Remote$4.75
FRC* $0.25
Monthly Total $95.35

Discounts:
$25 a month (for 16 months) discount for turning in your DISH
$15 less for Internet bundle ($42 instead of $57)

I looked at it, but I have 4 DVR's in my house right now, it would be extremely cost prohibitive to do that with Comcast @ $15 per DVR per month. I get TC Premiere now for around $70 a month with DirecTV (thanks to a $20 per month discount for 12 months for retention).

Comcast is ridiculous, $57 for internet access (@ 5-6mbps no less)??? Insane. FiOS is being installed on Wed, $49 a month for 15mbps (down, 1mbps up).

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 01:50 PM

Thats makes it about even then. Just about every month I get some kind of flyer from my local cable company. They always make it sound so good but I never switch.

One reason is the NFL ST and the other is I have 3 DirecTV DVR's and dont want to change.



NFLST here too. It (and Boomerang and XM for the son and wife) are the reason I don't switch.

Besides, when their "great" offer ends, you end up with a jacked-up cable bill and have to argue with them to try to get it stay the same. Not worth the hassle IMO.

#11 OFFLINE   Paul Secic

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 03:06 PM

Yesterday I got a letter in the mail from Comcast with a very attractive offer for people to give back their satellite dishes.
For $39.99/mo for 12 months you get Digital cable, DVR, and HBO/HBO on Demand.

To get the equivalent from D* I have to pay:
$49.99 for TC Plus
$5.99 DVR service
$12.00 HBO service
$16 (additional cost I'm paying for internet by not having TV service with Comcast)

That's a total of $83.98! More than double what I would be paying with the Comcast offer. Very tempting...

After 12 months, using current rates, Comcast would be:
$59.99 digital cable
$9.99 DVR service
I would cancel the HBO service so it would be about the same price as D*.


Here in the SF Bay Area Comcast's base price is $73 for Digital which incudes analog channes with free HBO, SHO for 3 months. I have E AT 180 and my bill is $65.

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#12 OFFLINE   Goleo

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 03:07 PM

Guy I have Cable and is terrible, I have Adelphia Digital cable I paid $146 dollars every month for 2 DVR, and 1 Digital Box I have all the premiums Channels but they don’t have NFL Sunday Ticket, or NBA Packages. Ondeman is a trash they have the same programming every month . That’s way I want DirecTV

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 03:34 PM

$146 for cable dude your getting ripped off
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Posted 26 February 2006 - 08:25 PM

Comcast will suck you in with their great offer, and then will reward you with terrible customer service, cable tv service & modems that go off for hours without explanation -- sometimes days if a storm comes through. When Hurricane Katrina came through here, we had tv the minute the power came back on -- neighbors with Comcast were out for four days more. I'll never go back to Comcrap.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 09:09 AM

Ah...that wonderful moment when the special promotion ends. Special promotions are subsidized by current subscribers so when your special offer time ends, you'll see your rates go up to pay for the next guy's promotion. The main difference between cable and satellite is that over the years, cable has raised their rates higher and more often than satellite has done.

Save a dollar for 12 months, pay more afterwards. Take your choice.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 09:15 AM

I tried the free month of Comcast, and it wasn't very impressive. The box was huge and slow, and On Demand never had anything that interesting. I went back to D* the next month, since Comcast is about $20 more!

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 11:28 AM

I used to have E* but now have Comcast because I can not get line of site to the satellite at my current home, once I move again I will go back to satellite. As others have said, box is clunky, digital channels go out when it rains, no longer have problems with Internet since main line was replaced, but I can not say the same about digital cable channels. I do like the VOD (hoping E* and D* will offer VOD via IPTV soon). Once I build new home I will likely go back to E* or consider D* for TV and possibly go DSL for internet or perhaps the D* and E* WiMax service will be available by then.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:12 PM

I recently compared DTV, Dish and Comcast. Comcast was the cheaper package for 12mos but after the promotional period expired the cost skyrocketed and became the most expensive choice. I contacted DTV retention, made a deal for some new equipment and I'll stick with DTV until FIOS makes it to my area. Hopefully within 2 years.




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