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Well I finally broke down and made a switch. The thought of a HD PVR finally got the better of me. Cogeco will be here tomorrow to hook up my new Motorola 6412 HD-DVR. They even gave me $159 credit for each of my Bell 3100's, and I can still sell my 5900 pvr privately, meaning the motorola HD-DVR is basically free. They are also installing outlets for basic cable in 3 seperate rooms for free, HD is also free for 2 months.
I am one happy SOB right now.
 

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I have moved this to a more appropriate forum. This post in BEV is really just trolling.
 

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biglyle said:
Well I finally broke down and made a switch. The thought of a HD PVR finally got the better of me. Cogeco will be here tomorrow to hook up my new Motorola 6412 HD-DVR. They even gave me $159 credit for each of my Bell 3100's, and I can still sell my 5900 pvr privately, meaning the motorola HD-DVR is basically free. They are also installing outlets for basic cable in 3 seperate rooms for free, HD is also free for 2 months.
I am one happy SOB right now.
Wow sounds great... enjoy :)
 

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"I have moved this to a more appropriate forum. This post in BEV is really just trolling."

Sory about that, honestly never meant it as a troll. I have been a big Bell suporter on that forum for a long time, hence the reason I posted it there. Sorry if it was offensive.
 

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Really just goes to show you that Satellite providers have alot more to worry about these days.

Cable is just as good if not better if you look at Video On Demend.


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The HD-DVR was the real kicker for me. I also really like the sound of on-demand as dragging my sorry arse to block buster in the dead of winter is a real chore.
I am also glad that having to clean caked on snow off my dish is a thing of the past as well, as are service interuptions during the 20 or so severe thunder storms we get every year.
I agree that sat providers reaaly need to get their acts together asap.
 

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I have moved this to a more appropriate forum. This post in BEV is really just trolling.
If that post was considered trolling, the satellite aficionadoes have very thin skins.

I have had DTH since 1996 for only one reason: It was, and is, the ONLY way I can get TV in my isolated, rural location. No cable, no OTA options.

Frankly, while it was godsend, satellite is a PITA too. My dish is located on the brow of a hill, 250 feet from the house. This was necessary to get a clear shot at the satellite. Big inconvenience . . . having to to deal with getting a clear horizon.

The first couple of years I had DTV. It was very prone to rain/snow fade and was a major problem! My old-fashioned 1 metre Starchoice dish rarely has this problem . . . only with major snow fall building up on the lnb. But, when it does happen, it is no picnic slogging out there to clean it off.

While my dish is largely out of site, there is nothing pretty about dishes. They are no asset to anyone's property.

In major snow seasons, I have snow settle in around the cable, turn into an ice-like mass and begin sliding down the hill . . . dragging the cable with it. Again . . . not nice to deal with in winter.

Two years ago half of my channels disappeared. Turns out they were the ones horizontally polarized. My lnb had leaked and was half filled with water . . . cost was $150 to replace.

None of these are problems with cable.

Now the cable has been strung on my road and the final hookups should be made soon, I hope.

I will be going to digital cable just as soon as I am able. I have no fond memories of DTH and do not really understand why people have it at all unless, like me, there was no cable option.

I repeat, DTH is a PITA. And it seems very ironic that the cable companies, considered stodgy and non-innovative, seem to be ahead of the satellite companies in technology like HD-PVRs.

And, of course, with the cable, comes affordable high speed internet . . . still a pipedream for the DTH companies with their restrictive and highly-priced internet services.

Again, the popularity of satellite TV in areas served by cable is just beyond me.
 

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I've had it with the attitude at Expressvu. Bell offered me two months free when I tried to cancel. They can stuff E545 right up their collective arrogant sphincters.

Rogers is here on Monday with my shiny new HD-PVR.
 

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I've had it with the attitude at Expressvu. Bell offered me two months free when I tried to cancel. They can stuff E545 right up their collective arrogant sphincters.

Rogers is here on Monday with my shiny new HD-PVR.
This is exactly what I went through with Bell Expressvu. I hated their attitude as well. When I went to cancel BEV I was also, offered 2 months free programming. I refused and did not accept it. Instead, I now have in my possession an SA8300 HD PVR and I couldn't be happier with Rogers cable. IMO I think I made the right choice and I do not regret it.
 

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I have the SD 8300 PVR and its great. Haven't found it buggy at all compared to the 8000. This unit is so much better and faster. Of course, I didnt get a lifetime free rental. I get my HD OTA, good enough for my needs, reception is reliable in my area.
 

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I have had DTH since 1996 for only one reason: It was, and is, the ONLY way I can get TV in my isolated, rural location. No cable, no OTA options.

Now the cable has been strung on my road and the final hookups should be made soon, I hope.
Just curious, but where in NS are you? I was under the impression that not very many areas were getting newly served by cable companies.

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Just curious, but where in NS are you? I was under the impression that not very many areas were getting newly served by cable companies.

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I am on a little, dead end road near Chester Basin. Eastlink brought the cable part way up the road some three years ago and stopped 1200 feet from my house. They strung the rest of the road just before Xmas. However, for reasons known only to them, they did not join the newly strung cable to the one they left off three years ago?

I did receive a call from them about hooking me up and hope it will be done soon . . . but spring may well arrive first.
 

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I recently switched from BEV to Roger's myself. My spin on it boils down to this: Hardware - Roger's wins hands down - I just LOVE my 8300HD :). Only thing that is a drap is that using the digital audio out to my processor I can't use the volume control on the remote :(. Picture quality ex HD - BEV wins hands down. Now granted - this is based on the signal I am pulling in my area [south etobicoke] but my BEV pic was MUCH cleaner on my 51HX83. Customer service = both are brutal IMHO.

Overall - I'm happy with the switch to Roger's. Going HD made me consider it and the 8300HD [8000HD when I first started lookin'] swayed me over. Welcome to Ted's World lol! Just a hint - watch your first month's bill - it took me a few calls and a few drinks to sort it out with Roger's CSR's but I FINALLY got it fixed ;).
 

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Now granted - this is based on the signal I am pulling in my area [south etobicoke] but my BEV pic was MUCH cleaner on my 51HX83. Customer service = both are brutal IMHO.
Not that this thread should become one of "where are you?" posts but I'm also in south etobicoke and I'm reasonably happy since I switched to Rogers from BEV a couple weeks ago. The SA8300HD is more buggy than the Tivo I was used to and I also notice that non-HD digital channels are not nearly as clear. It's pretty touch and go...on some stations (treehouse for instance for my son) has terrific quality but others are downright unwatchable. Thankfully most of my watching is now in HD because I just don't want to watch anything that's not. :)

Have you ever tried getting Rogers to address the lower quality? Wondering what their response is?
 

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I think south Etobicoke was wired with RG-59.;) My SD and HD from Rogers are both very nice. A wee bit "crisper" than BEV.
 

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I think south Etobicoke was wired with RG-59.;) My SD and HD from Rogers are both very nice. A wee bit "crisper" than BEV.
I know little about cables but it really doesn't explain why some channels will be pristine and others unwatchable....clearly the cable is capable of carrying solid HD and SD digital signals...just some channels are really horrible. I'm sure I'll call Rogers when I think I want to hang around for a day waiting on a cable technician to pay a visit.
 

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............Have you ever tried getting Rogers to address the lower quality? Wondering what their response is?
I did call Roger's about this. Basically, they said that as I in a new buidling which is not fully occupied as of yet they won't even look at my issue until at least 75% of the suites in my buidling are "turned up". I'm going to call them back in a few weeks when this criteria has been met and see what they have to say then.

BTW - on BEV I was running older equipment 2700's / 4700's and I miss the fucntion in the IPG to only view the channels you sub to. Other than that, as noted above, I LOVE my 8300HD over anything BEV has out there now.
 
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