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Optimum/Cablevision - $59.90/mo for a year - TV and Internet

RammsteinNicCag 98 August 10, 2013 at 04:54 AM in Internet & Websites (4)
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After ignoring Optimum's phone calls and mailers for the last year (and they were persistent after I switched to DirecTV), I looked at one of the mailers since that $59.90/mo caught my eye.

It's for a TV and Internet bundle, $59.90/month for one year, offer expires August 31, 2013. I was actually just going to cancel my DirecTV account (11 months left on contract) and go Netflix/Amazon/OTA/etc, but this got me thinking twice. I already pay Optimum $54.95/month for internet, so an extra "$5" certainly seems worthwhile. It also looks like they're going to offer to buy me out of my DirecTV contract (savings of ~$220?)

I'm not sure of how good a deal this is since the fine print is a little lacking...

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"Offer for residential DBS (satellite) or phone company TV subscribers with Optimum Online in good standing. Prev video provider's bill dated w/in 60 days prior to Optimum install req'd at time of install. Contract allowance applies to termination fees charged by prev video or internet provider. Bill showing customer name and termination fee w/in 30 days of Optimum install req'd. Restrictions apply. Next-day standard installation shall be completed within one day of order subject to any cause beyond reasonable control. 1 modem per household. Must maintain all 3 services (????) at req'd level for promo period to maintain promo pricing. As of the 13th month, services will be billed at reg rate. installation fee applies. May not be combined with other offers. Digital cable box, HD digital cable box, or CableCARD at add'l monthly charge will be req'd for each TV. Interactive services, features & certain digital channels are subject to state &/or local fees of 0-5.30% & FCC user fee of 10 cents, sports programming surcharge of $2.98 also applies. CT requires collection of taxes on add'l services. These fees and taxes will be added to bill. # of channels, HD channels & interactive features depend on pkg type & location. HDTV set owners can request an HD cable box & receive the HD programming incl in pkg at no add'l charge. Some On Demand titles avail at an add'l charge. Subscription to channels and valid Optimum ID and password required for TV go GO programming, only available in the U.S. All channels not avail on all devices. Terms & conditions apply. To view Optimum TV on tablet, smartphone, or laptop requires Optimum TV w/cable box of CableCARD, Optimum-authorized modem and wireless home router. Minimum system requirements apply and Optimum App requires application download and installation. Not available on all devices. Viewing Optimum TV on laptop not currently available to customers who subscribe only to Optimum TV. Optimum Online: Minimum system requirements & equipment configurations apply. Optimum WiFi acces in select areas at no add'l charge. Visit optimumwifi.com. Speed claims: Many factors affect speed. Actual speeds may vary & are not guaranteed. Pricing, offers & terms subject to change and discontinuance w/o notice. For systems requirements or limitations, offer details, restrictions & terms & conditions, see optimum.com. Facebook is a registered trademark..." blah blah blah.
There is no mention on how long I have to keep this service (that's pretty important). Is the channel lineup the value or preferred (although what those lineups are, I don't know and I'm getting a 404 error when I try to view them on Optimum's site)?

What are fees looking like right now? I have two HDTVs, would prefer DVR, and am on Long Island. If I do make the switch, no matter what the fees are, it would obviously be slicker than the $90/mo + $54.95/mo I'm paying for DirecTV and internet, but I'm not looking for a contract over 1 year.

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They charge you extra $12 a month for one dvr, if I remember correctly.
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I can tell u that they have THE BEST SERVICE in US. I have used charter, twc and cablevision but their internet and cable was THE BEST.
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They charge you extra $12 a month for one dvr, if I remember correctly.
Its been a while since theyve tried to pry me away from DirecTV (in person, at 8PM at night, so yeah they were behind the 8 ball from the start)

They STILL refused to throw in a DVR or two for free (I have 3 with DirecTV). Its not the box rental that kills you, its the fact that they insist on charging a "data" fee PER DVR. You are looking at another 9.95/month on top of the box rental *per DVR*. As I explained to them, if I went with the 3 DVRs I have now, I would be paying almost 45/month in BOXES ALONE. They refused to budge on it. I told them until they become more realistic with it (maybe they are now? I dont know), no deal.

DirecTV charges one DVR "data" fee no matter how many DVRs you have. Granted, with CV (and even DirecTV) moving to a centralized DVR setup, maybe its not such an issue anymore, but I *have* the DirecTV whole home DVR and still like having my other 2 DVRs as well.

EDIT: in regards to the pricing on this deal, my cable internet only (yes, Optimum Online is one of the best!) is 54.95/month. For 5 bux more per month Id consider getting TV too just because. Ive seen their HDTV signals and am not impressed compared to DirecTV. The DVRs themselves are a no contest either, not at all impressed by the CV equipment.
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Isn't the TV/Interent powered by CableVision? That's what i have in my house with Optimum/TV and internet.

For the prom prince - $59.90/mo for a year, you HAVE to be "DBS (satellite) or phone company TV subscribers" otherwise, they will charge you with a different price. I have called a few times for last few years with a similar offers but they always tell me i am not eligible the offer but they have some thing similar to offer me. I also asked them then why i am getting all the promo from mail and email..they said it just marketing..

Plus, the equipment fees are hight and oh..it's only for 1 year..after that you have to call in to ask if they offer you the same deal..mostly they will not but will try to talk you into another offer which much expense one.

If you don't mind to call them after one year, it is a good deal with their Ultra 50/TV for the same price!
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They charge you extra $12 a month for one dvr, if I remember correctly.
Quote from chrisexv6 View Post :
Its been a while since theyve tried to pry me away from DirecTV (in person, at 8PM at night, so yeah they were behind the 8 ball from the start)

They STILL refused to throw in a DVR or two for free (I have 3 with DirecTV). Its not the box rental that kills you, its the fact that they insist on charging a "data" fee PER DVR. You are looking at another 9.95/month on top of the box rental *per DVR*. As I explained to them, if I went with the 3 DVRs I have now, I would be paying almost 45/month in BOXES ALONE. They refused to budge on it. I told them until they become more realistic with it (maybe they are now? I dont know), no deal.

DirecTV charges one DVR "data" fee no matter how many DVRs you have. Granted, with CV (and even DirecTV) moving to a centralized DVR setup, maybe its not such an issue anymore, but I *have* the DirecTV whole home DVR and still like having my other 2 DVRs as well.

EDIT: in regards to the pricing on this deal, my cable internet only (yes, Optimum Online is one of the best!) is 54.95/month. For 5 bux more per month Id consider getting TV too just because. Ive seen their HDTV signals and am not impressed compared to DirecTV. The DVRs themselves are a no contest either, not at all impressed by the CV equipment.
I'm with Comcast and I was paying $45 just for 3 DVR box not including HD/DVR fees on top of the. I went the cable card tuner route with the HDHomerun Prime (Ceton is another option). It's been great not having to pay them for those boxes monthly. Of course there are some drawbacks.

Pros:
-No box fees (some provider like TWC charges $2.50 for a cablecard)
-Better guide

Cons:
-Upfront cost includes HTPC (any old dual core would do), cat 5 wiring (preferred), media extenders (xbox 360)
-No on-demand (can get online or through xbox live)

I think it's way worth the upfront cost
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Whats fhe speed on this offer ? And which channels package ? I was going to do FIOS bundle at new home. But now thinking just moving phone to gogle voice, doing netflix/amazon and getting huge internet pipe.
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I'm with Comcast and I was paying $45 just for 3 DVR box not including HD/DVR fees on top of the. I went the cable card tuner route with the HDHomerun Prime (Ceton is another option). It's been great not having to pay them for those boxes monthly. Of course there are some drawbacks.

Pros:
-No box fees (some provider like TWC charges $2.50 for a cablecard)
-Better guide

Cons:
-Upfront cost includes HTPC (any old dual core would do), cat 5 wiring (preferred), media extenders (xbox 360)
-No on-demand (can get online or through xbox live)

I think it's way worth the upfront cost
Yeah I thought about that too, but the last I read (again, it was a while ago when I was thinking of switching), Cablevision + cable card = pulling teeth. And dont even get started with DUAL cable cards. Maybe they are better now, it might be worth an inquire if I can get TV and internet for 60/month. Just not sure this deal is available to EVERYONE, I dont remember seeing anything in the mail from them recently.
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Cablevisions propriotory dumb boxes are downer for me. There is no way to have a customized favorite list. Gotto flip thru channels to find the one i like. Channel changes were a molasses compared to dishnet. I changed the box but to no avail. I cancelled my service with cablevision less than a moth and kept their kindle hd as a wlcome gift. Seriously cablevision needs to get their head back from ass and do somegting about their boxes to be even competitive. Dishhopper is a great featured dishnet offered me fpr free with other discounts to come back to them.
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Just wondering why I've got a few thumbs down for this regarding the price since it seems like Optimum will pay my DirecTV ETF, unless these people know that I have to sign a 2 year agreement with Optimum or if there's something else? Don't be afraid to post words... it's more helpful than a poll.

For those that have posted, thanks for the add'l info. I do remember Optimum's boxes were pretty crappy, but I haven't been all that impressed with DirecTV's either (switching between favorites can be a pain). How is the multi-room DVR for Optimum? It looks like with the added fees, I might be "breaking even" at the end of 1 year (maybe it would be better for those earlier in their contracts?), but I'd still be getting more programming than going OTA.
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Cablevisions propriotory dumb boxes are downer for me. There is no way to have a customized favorite list. Gotto flip thru channels to find the one i like
What do you mean? Not contesting anything else you said, but Optimum does have favorites and you press the Favorites button to jump from one to the next. I don't surf any other way.
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What do you mean? Not contesting anything else you said, but Optimum does have favorites and you press the Favorites button to jump from one to the next. I don't surf any other way.
They gave me a Samsung Box. It had a favorite button. I was able to add channel in to the favorites. However, the guide doesnt show favorite channel list. The guide only shows EVERY SINGLE channel. On Samsung box, you have to flip thru every favorite channel until you reach the channel that you want to see.

We are 4 people at home, we have our own fav channel list with dishbox. The guide on dishnet will show the favorite individual list, and shows corresponding channels in the guide.
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god i hate cablevision
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The only thing that Cablevasion has an advantege is that never had a issue with downloading. I downloaded you know want 300gb a day for about 5 days continuously once, never been warned or throttled
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The only thing that Cablevasion has an advantege is that never had a issue with downloading. I downloaded you know want 300gb a day for about 5 days continuously once, never been warned or throttled
yeah they never care how much you download

they USED to care if you uploaded a lot...not sure if they do anymore.
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