So a few friends of mine from the blogger community have been weighing in lately with their opinions and questions on cable tv. So I figured it's time for my $0.02 - here goes.
First things first: can you really put a price on cable tv? I don't think so. Regardless of what the bastards at rogers want to charge you, and regardless of what options you get, there is one fact that holds true: you are getting cable tv - which is a great thing. Do you not realize how many countless hours that can be wasted from sitting in front of the idiot box? Plenty. And do you know how many great shows are on cable tv right now? Tons. I'm talking 24, Lost, The Office, Simpsons, Family Guy, and lots of other quality programming. And don't even get me started on how hooked we are on Coronation Street lately. I swear, we watch that show religiously every Sunday morning.
So, my main point is this: squeeze whatever deal you can out of rogers, but then suck it up and pay the bills/connection fees, 'cause cable tv is worth it my friend.
Now, I do have a second point as well, and that is: cable tv may not be a necessity if you have high speed internet and a video ipod like some of you do. This is a decision that you need to make on your own, based on your priorities. I think that even if the Pimpson had the internet and a computer, we would still pay for cable tv as well. As you know, they have the internet on computers these days, and you can download all your favourite shows. Except for maybe Coronation Street, due to it's extremely small fan base in North America which is comprised of only two people: me and Ferda.
And finally, my third point is this: everything is negotiable. Especially, with a large, mega-bucks company like rogers, you can get them to throw credits at you like Bill Clinton throws around singles at a strip club. Just call in, speak with a customer service rep, and make up some story like: "Oh, I didn't know there would be a installation charge?!" or "The guy I spoke with before, I think his name was Pedro, didn't mention that this deal was only good for four months!!" Hold your ground, wait the 15 minutes while they speak to their 'supervisor', and get the credit back on your bill. It's worth the fight, 'cause nine times out of ten you will win.