After 6-7 years of marginal service from Charter Cable I have finally decided to try another provider. I researched all options and DirecTV came out on top. I realize all service providers will have outages, issues, and problems that need to be fixed, but Charter simply had too many. Charter OnDemand seemed to be down monthly, HD channels that were in my service were down way too often, and the overall service was just not good. The solution for every problem seemed to be power cycling my receivers and “giving it some time”. I was paying $102/mo for my cable service (including all fees) and for what I was getting it was just unacceptable.
So, I’ve decided to give DirecTV a shot. I know they will have problems and service interruptions as well, but I’ll let you know if it’s worse than Charter. I went with their Choice Extra Package which will give me all the same channels I had before and lots of add ons. First, I get the NFL Ticket for free this year. Second, I get 3 free months of all movie channels. Third, I get an legitimate OnDemand movie selection…many of which are free. Most importantly, my bill is $46/mo for months 1-10, $56/mo for months 11-12, and $75/mo for months 13-24.