Prices of Tv and Internet Access
I think people considering a move here need to know what to expect to pay for these services. I get soooo jealous watching the NY Fios and TWC commercials, because prices are comparable but speeds are way less than what we get.
Anybody want to post their service prices? Will post mine later when I review my paperwork. In the meantime...
Price for Dish here is the same as the mainland.
St. Croix resident since 2000
Don't feel so jealous.
I'm from NJ and have Comcast. In my town, except for Dish (TV only), they are the monopoly.
I signed up for their "$99 Triple Play" (Phone. Internet, TV) and now pay $202/month.
The "bait and switch" goes like this.....
1. You mean you really want more than 13 TV channels?
2. You want HDTV capability, too?
3. Oh, you'll also need to rent the Modem, TV boxes and remotes.....(we have 2 TVs)
4. You want more than the "regular" Internet speed (whatever that means)...so I have "Blast speed" (which btw the agent on the phone couldn't tell me what that meant).
5. And don't forget the "extra" taxes...NJ 7% sales tax, Fed tax, rural area support tax, a tax because we want to impose a tax, a tax because we can impose a tax, etc.
Anyway, I have about 300 TV channels (many are duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates, etc. I only really watch a handful of the channels, but in order to get the channels that I want I need to add the TV channel package for that particular channel. We do not subscribe to any premium channels like HBO or ShowTime...that would be extra.
Telephone service is good and I can call Nation Wide & Canada for no extra charge.
Internet speed is good although I've never measured it I assume it's around 1 - 3 Mbps.
So, when you see the TV commercials touting the $69, $89 or $99 specials...beware...you'll pay much more in the end.
Future Islander .... Hahaha So true!!! I have a high def box for 1 tv & a basic box for 2 others... Watching very little tv I have 1 step above basic cable no premium channels I pay $90 per month. + taxes 7%, fees and more fees for I don't know what. Internet at home was $50 a month so I did away with that over 2 yrs ago. Island pricing seems comparable
Most people I know have Innovative, and I seldom hear them complain.
Based on posts from people in the States, other than WAPA and the price of gas, I'm trying to figure out what's so expensive about living here. Auto parts is one thing I can think of. Pet food? Snacks (except KMart chips). Milk (yes). Juice (I think so, but not sure). "Fresh" vegetables (probably) but many people grow produce with little effort. Ice cream?
Even though gas and WAPA are higher, most people use less than they do in the States (except for businesses with air conditioning).
You save in many other areas, and if you own property, you have the opportunity to earn rental income because of tourism and transient population. There aren't many communities in the States where you can generate income from your property.
no, not bad at all. we had innovative until about oct last year. we would have stayed with innovative but they could not seem to fix a particular problem for us. we had been trying to get in resolved for months. they just couldnt do it. most of the people i have dealt with there have been very nice.
TWC @ Ohio
Preferred TV with over 200 channels (just over 100 are HD) (of course, some are repeated)
HD Sports Pass
HBO (HD) with HBO on Demand
TV anywhere (quite cool)
20 MBPS Internet (I always clock it at 22 MBPS and I will upgrade to 30 MBPS soon)
@ STX? Whatever the landlord gets via Innovative. I will not ask him what he pays but, it has no HBO, no internet, no DVR, and no HD. As per Innovative's site, he should be paying around $90ish. I just use my AT&T 4G LTE phone hotspot for internet whenever I am there.
P.S. Standard TV image quality in Ohio looks way better than in STX using similar Samsung TVs.