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Review by richard8655 See Profile

  • Location: Glen Ellyn,Du Page,IL
  • Cost: $75 per month
Good "Cost is probably more reasonable than the competition"
Bad "Poor choice of intelligent channels. Almost no public TV. Mostly low brow channels."
Overall "Fair. Pricing is good, but channel choices offer little for the intelligent viewer."
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Lack of Public TV channels. Lack of intelligent channel choices.

With the start of digital TV, our (Chicago) public TV stations are now also broadcasting subchannels. Our 2 public stations each have a couple additional channels of great, intelligent programming.

But expect WOW to carry them in their Chicagoland cable line-up? No, of course not. We're too dumbed down, and only want wrestling and the usual mass entertainment. Even the competition here (Comcast and U-verse) carry them. But WOW, of course not.

I've rigged an outside antenna in pulling them in (for free). All the more reason to consider dropping WOW. In addition, only 1 of the 2 public TV channels is in HD on WOW. On top of that, WOW offers no on-demand feature for any of the Chicago public TV channels.

Additional intelligent channels such as Current TV and Sundance channels are also completely unavailable. Again, these are offered by WOW's competition in Chicagoland - Comcast and U-verse.

This is why the fair rating. If the pricing wasn't so good, I'd switch to one of the competition.

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This is why I love TiVo. Combines cable and antenna into one channel line up. Seem less to the user what the source is unless you know what numbers go with what.