I had Comcast in Boston, and Time-Warner in NYC and now in Dayton. IMHO, service and pricing have always been pretty much at parity. But Charter is an unknown for me, and if the market I live in includes subscribers that may be divested as part of the agreement, well…
It means you can expect steady service price increases moving forward. It means Apple, Google and other companies who wish to offer video services will a tough time trying to negotiate rates when there's one giant player in the game. And of course, it means SNAFU.
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Just a couple of months ago I took a 1-yr promo offer from TWC that lowered my cable bill by nearly $40/mo and added digital phone and HBO. Now, I need the phone like like I need hole in my ass, but ok, I can use it for the 1 or two faxes I'll get during the coming year. HBO? Meh… I'll watch it a handful of times all year. But I figure, fine, I'll save close to $500 this year and can always switch to a different package when the promo expires and they wanna jack me up $100/mo.
Now, if this deal is consummated, I would expect I'd be starring down the barrel of at least $150/more to keep the package, and probably few less expensive options to switch to. F U C K E R S !
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