U-Verse New London seems to be able to order the high rate DSL packages. Naturally, they seem cheaper. Once you buy the MODEM, and the install fees.
I looked at the prices for their TV service. I figure that is next. It is impressive, however I would choose the U100. It is pretty close to the expanded basic. It included my beloved Cartoon Network, and Comedy Network. Once I add the HD service, and the receiver, I am up to $85. It made me think again about what I pay for, and what I get.
I pay close to $100 a month for TV, and Internet. I have a TiVo, at around the same price as a rental box. ATT would cost me $45 for 12.0Mb (no self install). That is $130 That sounds good, but the prices go up in 6 to 12 months. It just is not worth the $15/month. Perhaps if all the installation, and equipment were free.
I just don't think I want to move to at@t just to go back to Metrocast. That, and I don't want to lose my TiVo. Customer service is the best at Metrocast. Entertainment is a premium, and it seems that no matter how the numbers fit, they are all about the same prices, to start.
Have anyone else considering switching, or those of you close by switch yet?
Re: U-Verse Unfortunately, you probably won't know many parts of the equation until (or rather if) you use both services for a period of time.
For example, I signed up for DSL elite. It was a good price and performance was in the range of what I was looking for. I spoke to a CSR and they told me I was eligible. So I went through a two week process of having the install done. After installation, it turns out I'm not eligible for elite speeds after all, I can only get half the speed. Classic bait and switch. (I did finally get elite after a long battle, and I'm happy with it now)
That's the sort of experience you can't know in advance. Metrocast had their share of issues, especially performance-wise, in my area. I had terrible performance at certain times of the day. Maybe that is resolved now, I don't know, but that is another type of thing I doubt you'll hear about from any CSR. You can only find out after using it.
I guess the point is neither one is a slam-dunk, but on the other hand, be glad if you have the choice of two broadband providers, and two TV providers. It wasn't that long ago I remember many of us in the area had one broadband option (@Home) and then we had nothing when they folded and had to go back to dialup.
I had to cut the cord. I have no beef with Metrocast, they always delivered what they promised. I had to cut services though.
I am disabled, so the cost just got to be too much. I get a free phone (not much airtime) I am given, because I am disabled.
Many people say they have to trim the fat, but never get rid of the cable. I consider it a luxury, Nothing personal.
I kept the lifeline, and the internet. that has cut my bill t something I can afford. I will miss the HD.
I wish they could offer a discount for elderly/disabled. Yet, I know companies just cannot provide cheap anything just because I am low income. I just have to modify my budget.
As cable/sat goes, the prices are not outrageous. I am sad to leave.
I found some tips for those who cut the cord too.
Netflix! Lots of HD content too. Hulu Plus, I am doing a trial. I am not sure I am going to keep them.
There is also a program called Playon, located at www.playon.tv
It has so much content. There are also plugins made by people at playonscripts.com
With Playon, you can watch live TV, access the free version of Hulu. You can find almost any movie to stream. not a lot is HD, but it is a great solution, or augmentation to cable. I encourage you to try their 2week trial. It is only like $40 per year. There are a lot of channels I did not list.
Metrocast I love ya, I hope to come back. I just can't swing for it.