David, you are correct about NGW being in the family pack, sorry for the confusion. I could have sworn it was with the kids one.
jimbo....if you are still getting channels that you shouldn't be...SSSSHHHHHHH!!!
I was around $300 a month too. I did not have SC though. I no longer have HS or TMN including the Supstations either. At least I'm not the only one with 2 PVR rentals. Had internet 40, downgraded to 20. Got rid of 3 theme packs, bill now around $230 a month with tax.
When I looked at what we watched, I came to the realization that most of what we watch are the Can./U.S. nets, A&E, History, Showcase, Discovery and maybe some sports like TSN and Sportsnet. TMN with the 2 Encore channels here is $23.95 a month since they "throw in" the superstations too. When you add tax to that, you're looking at $27.06 a month for what, two movies a month that we might watch. Sudbury (3 hours away) can get the supers all by themselves as a standalone digital pack. We can't, we used to be able to but not anymore. I miss those a lot more than the movie channels.
As for the break up of channels into various packages, I don't think it is 100% EastLink's fault. I'm sure Bell, Shaw and Rogers have them by the you-know-whats whenever any deal needs to be struck. I think what EastLink needs to really do is to make these packages AND pricing for them the same across the country. No wonder the CSRs are so bloody confused when you call them. :mad Don't get me started on the fact that PVR rentals are $5 a month more here....