Hey guys please note my opinion is very biased since I have worked for a cable company for 23 years, but from what I am experencing most people that leave us for the dish do so because of programming (namely the NFL network). Other who leave are usually customers who we disconnected for non-payment
and won't pay the dish either
Most who are good paying customers and leave for programming do just what the posts above indicate. They get the high speed internet from us thru the cable. Many do get what is called "broadcast basic" (all cable companies are required to offer that package) which is basically what you could get "off air" with a good antenna (if you lived on the top of a huge mountain
). That service usually cost from 10 to 15 per month. ALSO...check out what speeds cable companies can offer you and what they charge. We offer a "web surfer" service for about $33 per month if customers have broadcast basic. Web surfer is slightly faster than dial up, but all the other rules of the cable apply. You're always online, no dialing in.
So many times companies will try to upgrade you to the highest speed package they offer. Hey...who needs 15 Meg download if your casually surfing the web and getting a few emails a day. Your kids may complain they can't download movies/songs quick enough, but they have all summer out of school and only will have to wait an extra 30 or 60 seconds.Not sure about the cable company you have, but many are now offering what is called a triple play (phone -unlimited calling within the continental USA, internet, and digital TV service) for about $100 per month. Some also have great incentives for people to swich back from dish or fios.
The big thing with any company is the service. If your having a problem can you get them to your house to check it out or fix it, and the bigger question is do they charge you to fix it. The company I work for generally will have a tech their for same day service for no tv/ no modem/ no dial tone, and we charge customers less than 1 % of the time. Even when they caused the problem themselves...like burning thru the cable with a torch while sweating their coal furnace together
From what I've experienced the bigger the company the worst the service. I won't mention any companies, but I'm sure you can figure that out.