I resisted ‘TDS TV‘ and TDS 1 Gig Internet for nearly 2-years. Just wasn’t sure whether it would meet some stringent requirement for good, HD quality TV. Finally, last weekend I decided to take the plunge because I really do need to upgrade and rationalize my ‘networks’ — and yes, I do have two: one from TDS and the other from Atlantic Broadband.
I will, within the month, be upgrading to TDS 1 Gig Internet. But, before I did that I wanted to see how TDS TV performed.
I am IMPRESSED and VERY PLEASED.
The HD quality is outstanding. Haven’t noticed any delay or jitter as yet.
The 300Mbps Internet service seems SOLID. I am delighted.
They insist on using an ActionTech Wi-Fi router and the one they installed today wasn’t bad at all. Actually pretty damn good. Good signal strength.
The two technicians that came to do the install, Michael V. and Micale V. (not related), were impeccable.
Overall a GREAT experience. I was over the moon.
My Atlantic Broadband 1 Gig is still not perfect, BUT this TDS install made up for it.
I will keep you posted.
But, right now, two thumbs up for TDS TV.
No big deal. I am not banking on TDS.
So this is just a heads up.
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YES, YES, YES.
Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Even better it looks like an AUTOMATIC upgrade
and at the SAME price.
Good deal. I knew Metrocast would react to TDS’ claims.
I saw them upgrading equipment, up the poles, last week.
So I knew something was coming down the pike.
Thank YOU, Metrocast.
Here is the e-mail I received today.
I was a bit confused because it was from ‘Harron.com’.
Forgotten they now own Metrocast. I checked the Metrocast Website.
All kosher. See below.
Yes, I found ‘Andrew Walton‘. All kosher. You too can check here.
Click on image to access relevant TDS Webpage.
Our local rag claims that TDS told the august Alton Selectmen, at their year end meeting, that ‘TDS TV’ (with optional 1 Gig Internet access) will be available in large swatches of Alton in 2016. It was then commented that TDS, with their TV option (and remember that you have, for the last few years, been able to get DISH (at a small discount) via TDS), will be competing with MetroCast. Competition is always good. That makes me happy.
TDS has been promising me 1 Gig Internet for over a year. First they told me that I will have it in October 2015. Then it was pushed to Spring of 2016. And that is basically what they are claiming now.
If you check out the Alton map above you will see that it is ALREADY lying! The areas marked in yellow as ‘2015’ with the BIG ‘A’ & ‘B’ pins on them. Click the pins. It will say ‘January 2016’. Well in my book ‘January 2016’ is NOT 2015 — but then again TDS has never believed in adhering to the facts or the rules of physics.
I have been a TDS customer for over 7 years — originally starting with Union Tel. I am not very happy with them. I have had TONS of problems with the 15Mpbs Internet connection I get from them. Luckily it is no longer my PRIMARY means of Internet. I get the 75Mbps service from MetroCast — and that, 99% of the time, has been rock solid.
This ‘TDS TV’ will force MetroCast to offer at least 100Mbps in this area. I will sign-up for that BEFORE I put anymore eggs in the TDS basket.
Yes, I desperately want 1 Gig, but I am not going to pay $300/month for it to find that it is flaky.
So be careful. TDS over the last 18 months have been LURCHING from one technical disaster to the next.
So, HEADS UP.
I will keep you posted about both MetroCast and TDS offerings.
Happy New Year.