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STAR
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posted 18 October 2001 05:24 PM      Profile for STAR     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So here's my dilema... I'm thinking about getting satellite because there is absolutely nothing offered on Rogers cable and I'm not gonna hook that up now that I've been living for 8 years without it. But with satellite, you can actually pick the variety of programmes you want. So now that I've decided to get satellite, I'm trying to figure out whether or not I should go with STARCHOICE or BELL EXPRESSVU.
What do you guys think of this? (Price doesn't matter coz they're both practically the same price)

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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 18 October 2001 05:32 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I believe that less is more. My rabbit-ears work fine for me. If my rabbit-ears didn't get good reception I would only get the $17 a month basic cable package. I don't really see the benefits of a 500 channel television system.

Ideology aside though, there are other problems with satellite technology. You need a separate receiver for each television in your home. Also, your ability to choose your channels isn't quite as extensive as the companies would lead you to believe.

It's too bad Look Communications isn't around anymore. Their service looked like the best to me.

If you must choose between BellExpressView and StarChoice, I'd recommend Bell because I own some BCE stock.


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sherpafish
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posted 18 October 2001 05:48 PM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For what it's worth, your local libray has thousands of 'channels',ie books, to choose from and, unless you are cronicly overdue, its free! You might find some of the self-chosen topics more engaging than sucking the glass nipple as well. If you must get more channels I sugest you jack onto your neighbour's or landlord's line. Its free too, and more fun.
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bandit
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posted 20 October 2001 07:49 PM      Profile for bandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I pirate Directv from the U.S., I only have to pay like 25-50 dollars every three months or so for the card and I get everything included in the programing.It's all good if your a movie buff but if you like your history or travel shows you'll hate how isolationist they are but all and all I'm satisfied with my black market purchase.if you really want to go canadian you can but then it's against the law and your not getting the same quality. If you go yankee all they do is zap your card from time to time and you have to get it reprogramed, but it's really expensive for them to do it so they don't very often.If you know a truck driver or someone who travels stateside to bring a dish accross the border with him/her and a bargain magazine or whatever should hook you up with a number to get a card.

[ October 20, 2001: Message edited by: bandit ]


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Doug
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posted 21 October 2001 05:41 AM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As I understand it the Rogers digital service, Bell Expressvu and Star Choice essentially offer the same thing.
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Tommy_Paine
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posted 21 October 2001 09:13 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have Rogers as my cable provider for both T.V. and Internet.

Many are peeved at Rogers@home, but any problems I've had have been quickly and satisfactorily addressed, and sevice interuption has not been an issue, aside from unforseable accidents.

The T.V. is another thing altogether. I'm being rooked. Between the four of us, we enjoy but a handfull of the package we have now. I like to have CNN, CBC Newsworld, Discovery, the History channel, and maybe the cartoon network. From the standard basic channels, I might choose global, CBC, and the Erie Pa. PBS station.

Man, they are surely asking a lot of me, to package all that crap to get a few broadcasters I like.

They claim that they don't have the technology to enable us to pick exactly what we want. I find that claim suspicious.

Any technonerds here able to confirm or de-bunk their claim?

Forgot to mention. Bunny ears don't work for much of London, Ontario. The forks of the Thames has the area between them actually down in a bowl, as if it was a dried up lake bed, which in fact it is. That's why London became the first community in North America to become almost exclusively cable, as early as the mid 60's.

[ October 21, 2001: Message edited by: Tommy_Paine ]


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Michelle
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posted 21 October 2001 09:38 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I find that there are sometimes pretty slow times with @home. I called them three times to see why I hadn't received a bill yet - I still haven't gotten one, and it's been 6 months. Each time it was because they had my address wrong. Each time I corrected it. Each time when I called back to see why I wasn't getting a bill, they had the same mistake in my address. It was pretty annoying.

The other thing that bothered me is that when they signed me up for the service, I wanted it under my maiden name. But they automatically gave me an email address with my married name since that was what was on my ID at the time. I called customer service to tell them I wanted my name changed on my email. They said they couldn't because my main email address was already set, but I could set one of my other email addresses to my maiden name. Unfortunately, when applying for webspace, or doing anything with my account online, they said, I would have to use my married name.

I told them to forget it. I'm NOT using my married name, and if they couldn't completely get rid of my married name from every single aspect of my account, then I was going to close my account with them. Suddenly, they "found a way", and then said they had it done with the email address I chose.

But then, when I tried to get my webspace up and running a couple of weeks ago (about 5 months after I had this big debate over my last name with them), I couldn't get in. Why? Because they hadn't used the email address I wanted them to use, and that they said they were going to use. I was so annoyed. I told the guy that if they want my business, they'd better start getting my billing right and getting my name correct.

But other than those billing aspects and the name thing and the occasional slow internet and the few times the @home system has been down when I wanted to update my web pages...well, it's been just fine!

I only stay with it because I just CAN'T go back to slow internet. Just can't do it. It's my one luxury - fast internet.


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meades
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posted 21 October 2001 06:24 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've got Bellexpresvu, and though it's usually good, right now there's NOTHING on!

200 channels and still nothing to watch! Ugh!


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Michelle
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posted 21 October 2001 06:29 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Simpsons is on Global right now.
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Zatamon
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posted 21 October 2001 06:35 PM      Profile for Zatamon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have Bell ExpressVu for the simple reason that it has DirecPC satellite Internet access option. I used to have max 26KB speed here in the country and now I have speed up to 20 times that fast. The first day I got it I went crazy browsing everything in sight. Working as a computer consultant I could justify the $60/month unlimited use and brother -- the word "unlimited" is not an exaggeration.

[ October 21, 2001: Message edited by: Zatamon ]


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Pimji
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posted 21 October 2001 11:44 PM      Profile for Pimji   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have the ExpressVu dish as well. I like it. Same old tv shows. Some are good. The new specialty channels suck. I wouldn't pay for them. We have the technology but no content to put on them.
I have toyed with the idea of getting the Internet option but chickened out becuase of the cost. I'll check into it due to Mr. Zatamon's review. It sure would be better than the 21,600 bps I get now out here in booney land, a half hour drive from the two largets manufactures of fiber optic equiptment. Nortel And JDS.
I think StarChoice has more sports packages.

[ October 21, 2001: Message edited by: Pimji ]


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