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drslash
Goya Asma
Premium
join:2002-02-18
Marion, IA

1 recommendation

reply to SportsJunkie

Re: [IA] Pace HD DVR

[side issue] And Mediacom thinks they can retain me as a TV customer when I hear about things like this? DirecTV installs brand new equipment with the latest technology.

kelley3249

join:2012-07-03
Dubuque, IA

1 recommendation

drslash - it is frustrating to be a long term MC customer. My promotions just ended and I'm now paying a ridiculous amount for TV service. Internet is $49.95. Phone is $9.95. But TV is $111.70!! Taxes: $9.93. That is a total bill of $181.53!! It was $124 the prior month. I have one DVR, one additional HD receiver, digital tier, and the SportsPak. I can get all the same programming and MUCH better equipment from DirectTV for around $65 a month for the first two years and then around $85 thereafter. I'm not saying that DirectTV doesn't have their own issues but MC isn't even the same ballpark as DirectTV as far as price/equipment/programming. I have been a long time customer and prefer to stay. But, they are going to need to get me a better DVR and be reasonable on price. It will just be MUCH cheaper for me to keep internet/phone with MC and move my TV to DirectTV.

I called to get some price help and am told they can give me 10% discount of TV programming for 6 months which amounts to about $6 a month. Really, $6 a month? I tell the CSR that just isn't good enough and I'm told to cancel my TV service for 3 months so they can then give me a "new customer promotion" which "is really a good deal". Really? I'm supposed to go without TV service (we don't get over the air reception in Dubuque, IA) for three months so I can then magically re-qualify for new customer status. Wow, that makes me feel valued as a long term customer. Why even have a 'loyalty' dept to help retain customers if it is only geared toward getting new customers? It just leaves such a bad taste in your mouth you want to dump everything with them. It's like the have figured that if people haven't left by now then they will probably never leave.


Lazy Senior

join:2012-01-10
Cobden, IL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Mediacom

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reply to drslash
said by drslash:

[side issue] DirecTV installs brand new equipment with the latest technology.

In addition Directv has some really good DVR's. I have MC for Internet and have looked at MC's TV offerings but their DVR's are in the stone age.Even worse their prices are even more than Directv. It would not be so bad if the crummy Pace DVR's did not cost so much to use.

I have Directv and a HR34 Genie DVR. It has 5 tuners and a 2 TB hardrive and many other top notch features. You would have to really be a hardcore TV addict to fill it up.


Lazy Senior

join:2012-01-10
Cobden, IL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Mediacom
reply to kelley3249
said by kelley3249:

It will just be MUCH cheaper for me to keep internet/phone with MC and move my TV to DirectTV.


Here is what I have done for the past 17 years. I churn. I have had Directv, Dish, Mediacom,and Comcast as TV providers. I sign up for a 2 year contract getting huge new customer discounts and new equiptment. At the end of the contract I approach the company asking another 2 year discounted deal. Rarely do I get one. So I churn. I go to another different provider and get the new customer discount. And then I do it all over again. I have been with Mediacom once, Comcast once, Directv 5 times and Dish 2 times.

FWIW both Dish and Directv have superior offerings compared to the cable companies and they are cheaper with much better equipment.


Anonymous
Premium
join:2004-06-01
IA
kudos:2
reply to drslash
AFAIK DirecTV leases their equipment so eventually they will start recycling their equipment.
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Lazy Senior

join:2012-01-10
Cobden, IL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Mediacom
said by Anonymous:

AFAIK DirecTV leases their equipment so eventually they will start recycling their equipment.

I have been Directv customer 5 different times. Yep you read that right 5 new different installs. Every time I got NEW equipment and always the latest and greatest. Installs and equipment was always free but with a 2 year contract with a minimum of a Basic Programming package.

I think they recycle equipment to replacements to existing in contract customers - not new customers.


Anonymous
Premium
join:2004-06-01
IA
kudos:2
OK but it still does not mean you are guaranteed to get new hardware every single time. You can't blame companies for recycling. These DCTs can cost $500 or so each and it just does not make any sense to trash them after you get done with your 2 year contract and cancel it (most people play the game to save money like you do).

I will say that Mediacom is using some DCTs that should have been phased out long time ago. But that's not up to me. I like new equipment too BTW
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Lazy Senior

join:2012-01-10
Cobden, IL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Mediacom
said by Anonymous:

You can't blame companies for recycling.

Agreed. I would expect units to be re-furbished, at least getting rid of the beer stains and cigarette smell.


Anonymous
Premium
join:2004-06-01
IA
kudos:2
said by Lazy Senior:

said by Anonymous:

You can't blame companies for recycling.

Agreed. I would expect units to be re-furbished, at least getting rid of the beer stains and cigarette smell.

Or not using Sharpies to fix scratches...
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