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Old 12-23-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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Relocating to Katy/ Fry Rd area in a few weeks and I was wondering what everyone's two cents might be on Cable providers in the area. In Tampa we have several choices but I saw a lot of "dishes" when we visited recently Houston. We will be using Tivo's which will need cable cards for access. Are there options?
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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I would only get Comcast. Its the best!
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:19 PM
 
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I would only get Comcast. Its the best!
The best at sucking a55!
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Relocating to Katy/ Fry Rd area in a few weeks and I was wondering what everyone's two cents might be on Cable providers in the area. In Tampa we have several choices but I saw a lot of "dishes" when we visited recently Houston. We will be using Tivo's which will need cable cards for access. Are there options?
Do you know what your options will be in your new neighborhood? Most neighborhoods only have 1 or 2 options plus DirecTV and DISH.

My options in my neighborhood in Cypress are Comcast and Entouch. AT&T U-verse is also to some houses in our neighborhood but not mine.

I know you said that you will be using your Tivo, but you should seriously consider looking at the DVR that these providers offer. Most are very nice and inexpensive to use.

I switched from Comcast to DirecTV due to their superior DVR and was able to save a lot of money at the same time. I have 2 500GB "Whole-Home" DVRs which gives me more than enough space to record all of our and kids shows and watch them in any room that has an HD receiver. We have had DirecTV since September without any complaints so far.

Comcast is supposed to be officially changing their name to Xfinity in Houston in early 2011 and with that they will have their own 500GB "AnyRoom" DVR service which may be worth looking into. Their current DVRs are really bad.

U-verse has a "Total Home" DVR service that I have heard good things about. U-verse also has the extra benefit of being able to watch TV on your Android or iPhone which is very cool.

Lastly, since you already have a Tivo, another option is to ditch cable altogether. You can get an OTA antenna that will give you local HD stations that you can record with your Tivo. You could then pair that with a Roku player or something similar that will let you watch TV shows through Hulu Plus and movies through NetFlix and Amazon. Not a lot of live sports options going this route which is the main reason I am holding off doing this myself.

I had a post comparing Comcast, DirectTV, DISH, and En-Touch (http://cyfairrealestate.com/2010/09/the-great-debate-comcast-vs-directv-vs-dish-network-vs-entouch/ - broken link) on my blog a few months ago that goes into a little bit more detail. I did not include U-verse since it was not an option for me.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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I disagree.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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I disagree.
Sadly for you comcast do worse in customer service surveys than every other provider save AT&T Uverse who I also wouldn't urinate on in an incendiary situation.

Never mind that paying for television service is

a: for fools

and

b: a rip off of mind boggling proportions.

Makes me laugh when I talk to people who claim to have 'no money', yet seem to find $60 a month for their idiotbox habit and another $60 so they can yack about nothing on their cellphones all day. Honestly if they develop brain cancer as a result and had to have most of it hacked out I don't think it would impair their ability to carry on operating at the same level.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:50 PM
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Location: Katy
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All cable companies suck.
I would go with either DirecTV or DISH Network.
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: West Houston
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All cable companies suck.
I would go with either DirecTV or DISH Network.
Agree completely, I will never, EVER have cable again.

I've had DirecTV for over 10 years now and love it completely. It would take a lot for me to switch.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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We just moved here also and got Comcast for TV, internet and phone.
Internet service is great; fast and pretty reliable. We usually have 3 laptops and an X-box live going and it hardly ever bogs down.
The cable is another matter. Great picture, but the guide sucks, the DVR is hard to figure out and just hard to use in general. Lots of channels and choices, but hard to find anything. You can only search by first letter of the entire title; if you're looking for, say, American Idol, you go to the beginning of the A's, then have to go page by page through all other letters until you get to M. Horrible and time consuming. Once you record something and want to fast forward, you can't go back if you forward too far, you have to restart from the beginning and forward again to where you want.
I don't have any experience with Dish, but know we were eating out tonight at a restaurant that had dish playing on their TV, and once the rain started, it went out and stayed out. The owner says it does that often.
Just my thoughts. Good luck on your move!
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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hands down - get DirecTV
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