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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2006-12-08, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Cable TV Review: Cogeco

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2006-12-09, 02:22 PM
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Two thoughts, one on the field people and one on the CS reps.

Shortly after getting the HD package I complained to them about the poor picture quality. They sent a techie over who:

- Added an amplified splitter (forgive me if this termonology is incorrect, I am the furthest thing from a techie you will ever meet)
- Removed all my Radio Shack connectors/splitters and replaced them with real ones.
- While doing the above he took my labyrinth of wiring and re-arranged it into a thing of beauty.

The result was superb picture quality in HD and very good picture quality for SD.

He was very personable, he can come back to my basement any time

CS Reps
Excellent to deal with, especially when we dumped Bell for Cogeco's phone service. I think when dealing with people over the phone you get back what you give.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-28, 07:23 PM
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I have been with Cogeco since October, and I've been reasonably satisfied with what I've received from them so far.

Their internet service: Excellent, I get the advertised speeds with no slowdown time or lag time. If I need someone at Customer Service, I'm usually not waiting any longer than 2-3 minutes which is definitely nice. And their Tech support staff is knowledgeable. Recently my Modem failed and after explaining to the tech what's going on there was no debate or request to do needless troubleshooting. When I returned the defective device I was issued a replacement within 2 minutes. Great service!

I also subscribe to their HD cable package. The picture quality is quite good however some of their "On Demand" content comes in with occasional lag and artifacts. I also find their EPG on the receiver difficult to navigate and the fact that the EPG contains non-subscribed channels can get a little annoying when you're flipping through to find something to watch

Overall, Cogeco is pretty good to deal with. I wish their HD lineup was a little more extensive but their internet service is excellent. I would easily recommend them.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-02-11, 04:37 PM
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I was a cogeco user for the 12 months I lived in Burlington. I must say the service was excellent. I had the digital Telephony (1st time user)Internet & Cable). I really liked the single page billing with the set amount, not like rogers which was always different and was between 5-6 pages long with the offset billing periods. I always needed to scan each time as to not get ripped off. The customer service was quick and easy as well.

Wish I could continue the service in Mississauga....Oh well.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2010-04-14, 05:43 PM
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I go in The "extremely satisfied" department. No quality problems and every customer service issue handled to my satisfaction and then some. And then there's the price ... You can't have everything I guess!

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2010-04-15, 12:10 PM
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Overall Pretty Good

Customer Service
CS is great. Very rarely do I have to wait more than 5 minutes to talk to someone (I call every month as I charge my bill to my credit card and don't like the prepayment setup). Occasionally they will go over my bill to see if there is any money to be saved.

Works great. Consistently fast. Phone is very clear and haven't had any issues.

TV quality is fine. Would like to see greater HD content. Would also like to see them enable external hard drives for the PVR's (Cogeco is the only company that doesn't allow this as far as I know). There also nice features that Roger's have that aren't even close to being available - for example, caller ID on your telephone.

If I could combine Cogeco's customer service and internet with Bell's/Roger's selection of HD and the availability of an external HDD, I would be in heaven!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 2010-04-15, 05:05 PM
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I would rate Cogeco higher than Bell but mark them down for items like, lack of ability to personalize the guide, and almost non existent on demand content (tv shows).
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2010-04-20, 03:44 PM
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After moving from Etobicoke to Oakville and being new to Cogeco, I have to say that I am reasonably pleased with their services.

I do miss some of the HD offerings that Rogers has that Cogeco doesn't have yet, i.e.: History Channel HD and Treasure HD. I do also like that the US channels are the Detroit feeds and not Buffalo.

As other have noted, HD On Demand content is sorely lacking compared to Rogers.

The biggest surprise to me was the size of the Motorola 6416 box. It's huge (17", same width as standard audio/video components) compared to the SA8300, and although the UI is nicer than SARA (and thankfully Cogeco has not implemented a "Quick Start" page) it's still ancient looking compared to Bell's UI. The 6416 is definitely slower (in terms of registering remote button presses and channel surfing) compared to the SA8300.
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