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Author: ChicagoBob Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 10547  
Subject: Re: Tivo subscription Date: 12/5/2003 8:30 PM
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Ok. So what do you folks use for internet? DSL?

I've had cable modems before (RCN) and was happy with them. I'm pleasantly surprised with DSL in my new house.

SBC-Yahoo ... made me an offer I really couldn't refuse, since I'm only 2,500 feet from the office: $27 / month. I consistently get over 1 mbps down & about 250 kbps up. I might pay more for a higher upload speed, but for now its working good.

FWIW: we just ordered DirectTivo from Expert Satellite, they're running a whole bunch of specials (free DVD player, 3 mos. free of HBO, free shipping, free install, etc).

Monthly satellite costs = $40 (Total Choice Plus w/ local channels) + $5 (Tivo service)
Optional costs (undecided yet) HBO & Showtime = $28 extra

I also want to point out that you should check Comcast in your neighborhood, we priced it out and it wasn't that much more, but the benefits of satellite have me sold already.

Our monthly = $67 plus maybe $28 extra.
Comcast (the packages are different) = $109 (including either HBO or Showtime)

Plus, for local phone service we have one line, unlimited long distance, unlimited local, unlimited local toll, etc . . . the whole package, $50 (SBC).

Hook says w/r/t Netflix ... This was exactly my logic when I downgraded from Comcast Digital Cable to just plain old analog cable. The money saved was way more than $20, and the only thing I really missed out on were a few of the HBO shows I used to watch like The Sopranos, Oz, and Sex and the City.

That's the only reason my wife wants the movie channels. Also, Blockbuster is doing something similar, but I haven't checked out the details yet, and I've heard w/ NetFlix that there can be a decent wait to get new releases (maybe they're getting better at that).

-Bob
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