Cut the darn cable.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jluvs2ride, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. SOUTHDAYTONA DON

    SOUTHDAYTONA DON New Member

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    Spectrum just placed my order for TV CHOICE. Once I get the cable card & tuning adaptor, then installed, then update my TIVO, I will post whether this working. UPDATE: I was able to install a tuning adaptor and cable card with SPECTRUM. The TiVo is performing fine. I got the choice of 10 channels. I had a hard time picking more than 8. Be careful because you can only make changes once a year. The price is guaranteed for two years. I, also, added the $15 package for 5 Premium packages. Now I have 6 Starz Encore, 7 HBO ,9 Showtime, 4 The Movie Channel & 6 regular Starz. Remember this in addition to all of the major networks plus tons of other included channels. So, yes, I agree that it is a great unheralded value. I was able to drop PS Vue and NETLIX. Now I am able to record on my TIVO, channel skip, one pass options, etc. And this cost me less than PS Vue and NETFLIX. I think that I am getting a better deal
     
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  2. michael1248

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    Any suggestions for those of us who have had zero luck dealing with Comcast? The only Internet speed they offer at the low end is basic 15mbps and then something around 60mbps. Nothing in between!
     
  3. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

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    With Spectrum you can also reset to new customer rates if you have the fortitude to dump them completely for at least 31 days. Previously a 4+ year customer, I just hooked back up today after getting by on DSL and PS Vue/DirecTV Now free trials for 1.5 months.

    However, Spectrum is taking Cinemax out of the Silver package and Starz out of Gold on February 15 with no decrease in price.
     
  4. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    They also don't have any video resolutions between 480 and 720 for their cable content, either.
     
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  5. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    To be fair, my feed offers 25Mbps then 75Mbps. I would save money with 40Mbps. It's just me.
     
  6. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    With all the crap cable companies do these days, raising rates, withholding CableCARDs, over-compressing pictures, providing unreliable service, dropping broadcast network channels, scheduling service calls weeks out, and so forth; is not having a performance tier between "unusable slow" and "barely adequate" really the point upon which you want to make your stand?
     
  7. SOUTHDAYTONA DON

    SOUTHDAYTONA DON New Member

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    I have a working TV CHOICE from Spectrum. Installed it this week. There was no problem with getting a cable card and tuning adaptor & getting them installed. Could not live without the AUTO-SKIP function, TO DO LIST, ONE PASS of TIVO. PLUS, take advantage of the $15 for FIVE PREMIUM PACKAGES (HBO, SHO, TMC, STARZ & STARZ ENCORE). All of that makes this a GREAT DEAL.
     
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  8. samsauce29

    samsauce29 Active Member

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    Thanks for the feedback! It's being discussed in other threads, but losing the TiVo features is what's been holding me back from other options. Good to know this works.
     
  9. ncbill

    ncbill Active Member

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    Are they allowing existing customers (I'm on a triple-play) to downgrade to this package?

    I'm already using a CableCard & tuning adapter with a base Roamio.

    I want to downgrade to internet & TV Choice (will port the phone to Ooma)
     
  10. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    I was allowed to downgrade only by threatening to cancel entirely. But I only had TV and internet, not phone. Of course your bundle discount will be less when you drop phone. This was a couple of years ago, so things may have changed.
     
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  11. ncbill

    ncbill Active Member

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    Do you still get charged the "Broadcast TV Surcharge" with Choice?

    Here that would be the difference between paying $27 & $37 after-tax for Choice.

    Fortunately, broadband is not taxed here.
     
  12. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    Yes I do, which is precisely why I ultimately dropped it in favor of DirecTV NOW which gives me 10x the number of channels for about the same price. There's no way I'm paying the same amount of money I pay for Netflix in order to get stations I already have via OTA for free. Cable fees and surcharges are out of control.
     
  13. OrangeCrush

    OrangeCrush Active Member

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    Yes. I think you get locked in to the going rate for 2 years, but they still charge it.
     
  14. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I'm only paying $20 a month for gigabit Internet on FiOS, as part of a triple play bundle.

    I recently dropped down to Custom TV, digital phone, and Gigabit INternet. For around $96 a month after two cable cards, all taxes, and fees. But the only reason I did this was because FiOS video quality, and DC area OTA video quality, is crap now. I couldn;t take it any more. So I am watching 95% of my content from streaming services. With Hulu, Philo, CBS AA, and some shows I purchase individually. In the end though, it also saves me money. And still I never have to watch any commercials.

    Unfortunately I rarely use my TiVos now. Although they are still recording everything. I'm just not using them for anything except news now. So at the very least I need to get rid of one of my cable cards to drop my price down $5 a month to $91.
     

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