Switching to cable form dish (1 Viewer)

tansu

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Forced to switch to cable in Atlanta because TV Japan is no longer available to me -NLOS
I want to buy a Tivo and get cable month to month with no contract - is that possible?
 

Iceberg

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usually you can go month to month but you may not get any discounts.
Also you would need either a digital box or cable card (depending on if supported) for that Tivo
 

jayn_j

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Most cable companies offer a discount for a commitment, but will let you have no commitment for another $5/month or so. However, be aware that TIVO will hit you with a 1-2 year commitment, depending on the up front cost and the plan you choose. Usually the best deal is to shop craigslist or eBay for a used unit with lifetime service. You can also add lifetime on a new unit, but it will cost you an additional $400 upfront, as opposed to $20/mo for 2 years.

The TIVO premiere requires 1 cablecard, and that will usually require a truck roll from the cable company with a $40 cost (unless you get it as part of the initial install). It will also cost $3-5 a month for the card rental.

I really like the TIVO interface and online features, but be aware that you lose all interactive features available on the cable company's DVR. These include all video on demand channels. You will also probably need a switched digital video converter box. This is provided free by the cable company, but I have found it to be troublesome, and the cable companies don't understand this hardware. ˆt generally takes multiple service calls to get it all working, and then you need to reboot every week or so to avoid losing sdv channels.

It is worth those hassles for me, but these are things you should definitely consider.
 

tansu

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If no contract month to month, how much will they charge for running cable to house?
 

jayn_j

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Usually nothing for a 'normal' install. That's assuming that the drop is at the lot line and the yard is an acre or less. They generally will charge for long runs. Again, cable systems use local policies and those are controlled by the local distributor and often by a local citizen committee. You really have to call and ask.
 

Neutron

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The issue I had with the cable company here is yeah, they may have no commitment tied to their service, but boy are they expensive! When I called them to cancel I told them we swapped to satellite. The retention rep tried to tell me about the commitment and how satellite tv prices will go up. I told her that even after all of our discounts go away in a year we will STILL be saving over $30 a month with the satellite company, and they have locked in their price until 2013 any way. She had nothing else to say. :)
 

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