Final Videotron rant.
8+ months of waiting for illico 2.0 after it's first target date, still no date in sight.
After being told over and over, "adding more English stations is our top priority" and watching more and more non-Anglo added is not acceptable.
At the point of leaving, there's 53 English HD channels missing from Videotron, yet they've found network space to add more French and foreign language channels.
I asked them a few times to at least start an open dialogue with us so that we can be aware of the steps that they are taking to rectify the issues, not once was anything beyond the same pat responses said.
Despite detailed logging of the degradation of the HD/SD stations, they have maintained that there's no issues, yet the English stations are generally 5 megabits lower than the French ones. We are being charged fees for digital access, HD access, paying for HD channels and some of them look no better than the SD counterparts due to compression.
The issues of poor simsubbing is really a bit much, during the baseball playoffs I called 5 times because they simmed over programs that were preempted due to the games running late. More recently I've noticed a couple of feeds that were incorrectly simsubbed, wrong channel entirely on a program that was only available, so the viewing was completely lost. Simsubbing on American channels when the last program isn't quite finished, cutting off the last couple of minutes.
The inaccurate guide, you can't count on it, changes are made, they may not be updated for months. Say CBC alters a timeslot of a show, Videotron will keep it in the guide for several weeks.
The lack of Ondemand English, there's very little Anglo content Ondemand, and what is there isn't HD, yes there are some HD movies, but the TMN/HBO content isn't.
As much as I hate the idea of going to Bell, in terms of HD, at this point, there's no convincing argument for an anglophone to stay with Videotron.