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    1. swak6287

      swak6287 Well-Known Member

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      am getting a house and i wnat to get some more channels then the rabbit ear offers. direct tv has 110 channels for $32 with free install and equiptment. i dont know what the others offer though. a
      what do u guys think? is there a hidden charge like activation fee and stuff like that?
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    3. Brandon4AU

      Brandon4AU Wannabe "Elite Explorer"<br>sXc Member

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      I have Charter digital cable at my apartment. I really like the set up and get alot of the normal channels. Unfortunately no movie channels (because of my package). Prices depend on where you live. In my hometown I could get my package for $50 but here in Auburn where there is no competition. I am paying $75/month. This package includes cable modem. But check with your local digital cable providers and see what they say. $32 sounds pretty dang good though.
       
    4. swak6287

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      i know it is a great deal. just want to check and see if anyone else here think about this offer or if anyone has seen it. it is on directtv.com in the special offer packages.
       
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      Time Warner Cable has always been King down here, and since the early 90s has been very good and reliable. Far less outages than satellite, and outages usually only last 5 minutes or so, a bad one is about 50 minutes. I usually notice about 5 or so outages a year. Between regular cable and digital, you just have to check out the prices and channels. There's lots of cool stuff with digital now, like pay per view with vcr type controls and anytime starting. Many movie channels also have "free" controllable movie channels if you pay for one of the premium packages.

      I've watched satellite at many different places, including it being the only tv at the summer camp I work at occasionally. IMO cable beats it hands down.
       
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      My DSS: $35 basic (2 receivers)
      $5 a small add-on including VH1C
      $20 7 HBOS & 3 Cinemaxes

      $60 total, it is a bit steep, but we like the movie channels. We use a power antenna out on the dish for the locals, but never come in very clear. I don't mind, the only shows I watch on local TV are The Simpsons ans King Of The Hill. The fiance watches sitcoms and crap tho, so sometimes she is dis-pleased with it.

      I can't stand my local cable company (AT&T), they are just an incredible PITA to work with.

      Yes, the outages are a pain. Ours come and goes with basically every storm that comes through.

      Robb
       
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      I've had Directv for 2 years without a drop out. I also like the menu features on this system over the cable that I had.
      The 32.00 is a flat fee. You might have to pay an extra 5.00 for your local channels. Also with satellite you can subscribe to east coast ABC,NBC etc and watch the shows earlier(if you wanted)
      For 32.00 you might as well try it, eh?
       
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      Well since I am the cable guy i will voice my opinion. I would say that 8 out of 10 of the customers that I hook up with digital cable or analog cable are usually switching back over from sat. Their major complaints about satellite is the bad reception durring a storm or bad weather and not beingable to get you local stations like the news and stuff. Also where I live the dish has to be facing a southwest direction to work. I personally like the digital cable myself. But I just got Direct Tv put in last month. The cable Nazi's Adelphia hiked up their prices here so I just switched to the dish, a little cheaper and havn't had anyproblems yet. Where I work AT&T is offering some good deals right now. I'm just waiting for AT&T to take over adelphia then ist back to Digital cable for me.
       
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      Oh, and here standard cable is about $35 for 80 channels, Digital is $45 for like 140 channels, and $65-70 gets you something crazy like 300-350 channels.
       
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      I work for cablevision (cable in NY Longisland).. and i can tell you that our didital cable kicks ass lots of channels and no problems with tv like dish has...



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      i like cable still..
      i have charter communications.. extended basic cable (like 200 channels, but 120 are those stupid music ones) and a blazing fast cable internet line for $62/month total. i'm happy with it but then again.. i don't spend a lot of time in front of the tv other than watching the fox news channel.
       
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      See look at that. Jasonb and I have the exact same cable, same company, and same modem yet mine is edging on $80/month. I wish Knology would come to Auburn.
      Then again you might have a faster cable modem than me too. I have the Bronze version. It is quick but my computer is brand new too. 2 Gig compared to my parents. Their cable modem is pretty slow.
       
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      i alwaysa thought that cables are always more expensice to activate and monthly are expensicve also. i did not know that there are cable that is only about 35 bucks. anyone in the dallas area uses cable? how much?
       

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