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Old 05-05-2017, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Katy
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Hello CityData folks,
We live in 77493 zip code (Old Katy area) and currently have Comcast for both Internet & TV.
Our 1-year promotions are up, and their prices have gone up ridiculously!
So, just wondering, do you have any positive/negative experiences and preferences/recommendations?
We have been thinking of switching to Consolidated for Internet and DirecTV for TV?
Thanks for any feedback.
DrD
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Try calling and tell them that you are looking to leave due to the rate increase. They'll oftentimes offer another promo to keep you.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:03 AM
 
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I got my monthly DirecTV bill lowered from about 100 dollars to less than 40 by telling them I wanted to leave. I really was going to leave, too, because it was too much money but the offer was a pleasant surprise. You might try this. And if it doesn't work out, go with DirecTV and then do the same thing with them in a year. I also like DirecTV much better than Comcast, and ATT for internet is waaaay better than Comcast, in my experience.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Katy
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Also, I have been paying for 250 Mbps... but consistently getting less than 100 Mbps... perhaps I should downgrade if I stay with Comcast.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Katy
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I used to have DirecTV and I feel that DirecTV picture quality tends to be better than Comcast TV... has anyone else felt this way?
The only major downside with DirecTV, the reason why I had switched to Comcast, is the loss of signal when it rains.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:07 AM
 
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What are you running a streaming media company with that connection?
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Katy
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What are you running a streaming media company with that connection?
LOL NO!
Family is an avid Netflix user, that's all. And I work a lot from home, and need to connect to remote desktops. Comcast's 250 Mbps had a good promotional offer a year ago, so I thought I'd try it.
Consolidated offers 1Gbps speeds... but I only read bad things on their online reviews.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Foster, TX
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Not a tech guru by any means, but usually to achieve those higher advertised speeds you either need to connect directly via an Ethernet cable, or have an amazing wireless router. There is speed loss associated with utilizing wi-fi, especially using a standard or older router.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Katy
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Not a tech guru by any means, but usually to achieve those higher advertised speeds you either need to connect directly via an Ethernet cable, or have an amazing wireless router. There is speed loss associated with utilizing wi-fi, especially using a standard or older router.
Ah! Thanks for that common sense tip! I will definitely try out the speeds via Ethernet cable.
I do have 2016's top-of-the line modem and router.
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Old 05-05-2017, 10:52 AM
 
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OTA (over the air TV) plus Hulu and Netflix = about $20/month
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