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‘TDS TV’ FREE HBO Preview — DVR Recording Made Remain After The Preview.

by Anura Guruge


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This was my first ‘TDS TV‘ free PREVIEW and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

For a start, I wasn’t sure whether any HBO or CINEMAX recordings I made will remain when the preview ended (which was today).

So far, so good but I will feel more confident tomorrow.

I think it was when I had DISH. DVR recordings only worked provided you still had the channel. So, any recordings you made disappeared when the preview ended. They tried to get you to sign-up for that channel.

As far as I can the TDS TV preview ended today. The HBO and Cinemax channels no longer appear on the Guide.

But, the FEW recordings I made are still there — and they play.

So, hope this helps.


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FREE HBO & Cinemax Preview On ‘TDS TV’ August 16 — 20, 2019.

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I wondered whether ‘TDS TV‘, like DISH and DirectTV, did such FREE preview weekends. And then I got an e-mail a few days ago.

I have had ‘TDS TV’, with considerable success and satisfaction, for one-week short of a year. This was the FIRST preview that I was aware of.

Starts tomorrow. HBO will be in 800 range. We might have to go find it off the Guide. I don’t know. My first time.

I will let you know. If you have ‘TDS TV’ enjoy. There are a few HBO movies I wouldn’t mind seeing. Not sure whether DVRing will work — after the Preview window ends.


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~20 HOUR ‘Atlantic Broadband’ Outage, July 10 — 11, 2019, Triggered By Car Crash On Route 107.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access WMUR story if you still want to read it.


This was a long and painful Internet outage. In reality, I really shouldn’t complain since I was not majorly impacted! As I was said many times before I maintain TWO (2) Internet services to the house — one from TDS and the other from Atlantic Broadband — JUST for contingencies like that. And today, yet again, it paid off. I have been talking about a load-balanced system where both Internet feeds are bonded together for years but have yet to do so!

In terms of Wi-Fi we are seamlessly covered. Our mobile devices can easily pick up either router. So, that is not a problem.

But, I like my main PC, i.e., this, to be hardwired. And today for the first time I did it! Two years ago, after another outage, I bought a 200′ Ethernet LAN cable from Amazon for $14. Today, I used it. I had to run it from our 1st floor, where the TDS feed is, to the 4th, which is where my desk is. So, the cable had to traverse three sets of stairs. We did it. Worked first time. I was getting 400Mbps! Yes, 400Mbps! So, I can’t complain. SMILE.


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But, having one Internet down still rattles I.

To make it worse, my ‘system’ did not automatically come up when Atlantic Broadband finally got everything up. Yes, I was monitoring Facebook.

I had to call them and got a WONDERFUL techie, named ‘Vera’ (who I have dealt with, v. successfully before), who spent 40-minutes helping me go online. Nothing profound. Just a question of repeatedly restarting modem — and then the router — till it all clicked. Stressful BUT it worked. Thanks Vera.

So, that was that saga.


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TDS Telecom Having Issues With Internet & TDS TV In New Hampshire — Sunday, November 3, 2018.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. From Twitter … from @tdstelecom.


Yes, I noticed it as of around 10pm which is when I started watching TV. Wasn’t too, too bad. I was recording both the “Durrells” and “The Woman in White“. From what I can see they recorded OK though the live pictures I saw were breaking up and pixelated. Just to be on the safe side I scheduled for them to be recorded again, later tonight, on another PBS channel.

The outage must have been pretty bad because it made the WMUR 11pm news. They showed the above Twitter.

This is the first hiccup I have experienced with TDS TV since getting it in late August 2018.

I will keep you posted.

Per their Tweet they hope to have it resolved by now, i.e., midnight.


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“Atlantic Broadband”: I Downgraded, Today, From 1 Gigabit Down To 250 Mbps.

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After 6-days of immense frustration & about 5-hours of wasted time with technicians, in person & over the telephone, I decided to cut my losses and just go back to the 200Mbps service I was previously on.

Atlantic Broadband just could NOT deliver 1 Gig. After all I went through I am convinced that Atlantic Broadband’s ‘cable plant’ in Alton is NOT capable of supporting Gigabit Internet. It just does not have the capacity.

I was on hold for 90-minutes. Their service really SUCKS.

Finally, I managed to get myself downgraded. They no longer offer the 200Mbps service. So, I had to get the 250Mbps.

That service, i.e., 250Mbps, delivers on its promise. I consistently get 250Mbps. So, I am happy.

My stupidity isn’t that great that I was going to pay $40/month EXTRA to get the same level of bandwidth I can get with the 250Mbps service.

So, a HUGE Heads Up.

Do NOT get the Atlantic Broadband 1 Gig (Gigaedge) service in Alton. You will get SCREWED.

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I still have a chance of getting 1 Gig — with my other Internet provider TDS! Currently I have their 300 Mbps service (as of last Friday, August 24, 2018). I also went with TDS TV. We need to do some heavy duty rewiring to move the TDS modem to my office — rather than being in the TV room. Going to do that in the next month. Then upgrading to 1 Gig with them. They are promising 800Mbps to my PC! Yes, I will keep you posted.


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Finally Got ‘TDS TV’ And I Am Impressed & Pleasantly Pleased. Whoa!

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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.


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“Atlantic Broadband” Gigabit ‘Gigaedge’ Is Mega-Garbage — 450Mbps IF I Am Lucky.

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What I see on ‘Fast.com’. I was getting 200Mbps, consistently, prior to the upgrade. I am NOT PLEASED.


I, like so many others, have been ripped off by Telco companies but this was the most egregious.

I paid $40/month to upgrade from my 200Mbps Broadband Internet to the 1Gbps (Gigaedge) service. I was also supposed to pay $50 to cover the new modem, installation etc. After 90 minutes of trying to convince me that it was MY ‘speedtest’ that was at fault the technician decided NOT to charge me the $50. He realized that I had been ripped off.

I am CRUSHED. I am bitterly disappointed. I went with ‘Atlantic Broadband‘ rather than TDS because I thought they would look after me. WRONG. I was duped.

Well, all is NOT lost. I am going to go back to the 200/250Mbps and TRY 1Gig with TDS.

As it happens I have TDS coming in on Friday. So ….

Oh, I am getting 50Mbps upload.


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