We Replaced the Cable

by Kay Lynn

television transmission tower
You may remember a post in October regarding our unhappiness with our cable service provider.  Since the cable company has a monopoly on this service area our choices were to switch to satellite (Direct TV or DISH) or AT&T U-Verse.

Well, I guess we could go without (and it would save money)…nah, if you know Mr. Boomer and I that would NEVER happen.  After all we’re baby boomer who grew up with the boob tube.

1st Choice

After research, discussion and much procrastination our selection was to go with DISH Network.  We picked the package, number of receivers and were happy to see that we’d be saving money.  Our broadband internet service would continue to be through the cable company (at least initially).  Installation day came and there were complications.

Our community is very hilly bur we thought there was enough distance between buildings and trees to be fine with the reception.  Apparently a hill blocks the Southern exposure required by the dish.  It couldn’t be done.  (We also weren’t thrilled to know we’d have to get their wiring installed throughout the house even though we have perfectly good cable already.  Ugg to more wires!)

Back to the drawing board.

2nd Choice

Due to our previously mentioned procrastination we might have still been with our cable provider except AT&T had sales staff going door to door since they’re new to our neighborhood.  Mr. Boomer signed us up and we get $200 in rebates as well.  We have more movie channels then ever and, hallelujah, the NFL channel.  We can now watch the Thursday night games like most people who don’t have Time Warner.

Of course there were complications.  The sales rep wrote down the wrong unit number so they didn’t have things set up in the office when the technician came.  Also, our building is one of the farthest away from the telephone box which means we can only watch or record one high definition channel at a time.

Results

So far we’re happy with the change.  The Internet is twice as fast (unfortunately it doesn’t help me write any faster).  We have more high definition channels than before and can record three shows at once.  We haven’t had any chattering of the picture.

The negative side is the high definition viewing limitation.  I’m hoping that changes in the future or else we might be looking again.   Are you satisfiied with your provider is it is time to evaluate and make a change?

photo credit: woodleywonderworks

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Len Penzo December 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Boomer,

I have to agree with you about DISH network. We’ve had them for about seven years and I have nothing but great things to say about them. Their customer service is a phenomenal.

Glad your second choice has worked out for you.

Best,

Len
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