So, let's recap.
1) Since CTV, Global and CJNT went digital OTA and high-definition, greater Montreal area Vidéotron subscribers experience simsubs on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox HD. There are no reason anymore paying extra to receive those US channels as they utility and usefulness is cut in more than half.
2) Simsubs are auto-programmed and someone at Vidéotron is paid to do that time-sensitive job: verify that the Canadian and US source are the same show, same episode, same time, but errors keeps happening, over and over, every week. It just not worth calling to complain, they'll NEVER pay attention, they'll NEVER be fined, they'll NEVER give you a "we're sorry" rebate.
3) English HD offering is poor and the majority of them are from a low-bitrate source. You've only been promised that these will eventually come around, but how long can you wait? It's not like they'll add 53 new HD channels tomorrow.
4) On-screen guide service is provided by TV Hebdo, property of Quebecor which owns Vidéotron, but it's filled with errors, wrong descriptions, it doesn't tell you when an episode is new, sometimes the start time on US channels is adjusted for simsub opportunities regardless, and every week you have to double-verify if your programmed shows in the grid are in red.
5) Packages are expensive. Custom 15-20-30 packages are way expensive, more than a dollar per channel, when you compare them to Bell satellite and Bell TV. The Movie Network package is 16$ with 2 HD channels while Bell offers TMN for 13$ with 4 HD channels, along with Mpix HD and the Superstations in HD, while Vidéotron makes you pay 2$ more for the superstations not available in HD. Why does it cost more for Vidéotron?
6) Still no multi-room PVR feature.
7) Come january 2012, not only will you pay 2$ extra for basic service without any reasonable cause, but you'll also pay 1% more on TVQ.
Off course, switching provider or going OTA only requires preparation, time, shopping for the best price, money is tight these days, having it installed, get used to the new lineup and functions, there's a doubt that your new provider will screw up or reception quality will not be up to expected, suspect a few extra fees will popup in your 1st bill (n/a for OTA), that you might be deceived in the end, you don't know if and how to get rid of your old Vidéotron terminal, and how much. But something for sure, you know you'll pay 24$ more to Vidéotron for your TV bill next january.