Wound up working from home today waiting on Time Warner Cable to arrive and upgrade me to the digital bundle with 7mb roadrunner. I’d been contemplating going digital anyway, and I figured replacing my $50/mo 3mb DSL + $40/mo basic cable with $60/mo for digital classic and 7mb cable was a smart move.
But digital classic is more hassle than its worth: The remote is hideous, the set-top box is slow and unresponsive – it takes upto 8 seconds to change channel, the channel line up is padded with on demand, latino and lifestyle channels. Over 67 of the 150 digital channels I received I don’t just not want, I don’t want them. So much for the cable people’s claim to deliver us with more choice…
I also don’t see any difference in quality between the basic and digital channels – I’ll have to see whether they fair any better than basic next time it rains.
The advantages of digital are probably the channel guide – which TiVo was already doing a fine job of for me – and on Demand – again, TiVo…
In all, I gained 3 channels that are potentially of interest to me: BBC America (which I’ve already found I’m not interested in), National Geographic and The Science Channel.
Since ordering the upgrade, I’ve heard really terrible things about Road Runner, and it dawned on me that they are probably the old “rr.com” that had a really bad reputation amongst ISPs and online game providers some years ago. Sigh.
Haven’t had chance to try it out because the guy who did the install noticed the cable splitter I use for my TiVo which he decided to use for splitting my tv/internet rather than going to his van and fetching the one he’d forgotten to bring in.
My order expressly stipulated “customer can cancel without charges at any time”. If Road Runner fails to impress me, I might go back to basic cable. Having worked on Set-Top Boxes while I was at Granada TV I find the STB particularly annoying.