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Old 11-08-2011, 03:08 PM   #51
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Wow, I pay a bit less than people here, I mean my mom pays less lol.

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I don't' have ch 29-58 though, but it doesn't bother me as I only ever watch the HD channels


I love shaw, but when I moved to a different room in my house I found out they had deactiviated one of the switches in my house and I had to stay on hold for 40 mins to talk to someone and will wait a total of 10 days for my switch to get turned on for a fee of $9.95. But other than that, shaw's been good to me for the 10+ years we've been with them.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #52
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Telus does not run fibre to your house. The last mile is copper. Maybe if you live in a brand new development, then they may run fibre straight to your house.
i can attest to that since my new town home has fibre running into it
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:23 PM   #53
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^ are you sure?.. last i heard Telus was not running fibre from the curb as of yet
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:49 PM   #54
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i just switched from Shaw to Telus recently so here are my comments

Been a loyal Shaw customer for years and purchased a HD PVR back in 2006/7

1)Price of Hardware is much much much cheaper than Shaw
2)Monthly billing is cheaper on TELUS
3)Image quality on TELUS HD is not as good as Shaw, specifically the black crush effect
4)TELUS does not have HD Net or Food Channel HD, but has better timeshift options
5) Optik TV allows 1 pvr mutiple tv's and remote recording
6) Telus has much much shorter wait times on the phone (not hours like SHaw)
7) Telus does not require a contract if you buy hardware yourself and they gave me a free rental w/o a contract as well

Currently I have You pick HD + OPtik Turbo internet for $68/month for first 6 months (138 after)
I will call back again in 6 months to see if i can extend my promo and since I am on no contract, I could always go back to Shaw and jump on any Gateway promo at that time

FYI I got the 320gb PVR for $50 ( minus $50 activation credit), the HD Terminal free when i bought a TV (both BNIB) and also got TELUS to throw in an extra free rental for a third HD terminal. Essentially all my hardware is free

In comparison, I would've had to spend an extra $500 - $700 with Shaw just to get the new Gateway hardware. Considering I already spent about $700 the last time I bought hardware from Shaw and got absolutely nothing in return, the choice was obvious to TELUS even given the image quality and channels shortcomings
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:02 AM   #55
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^ are you sure?.. last i heard Telus was not running fibre from the curb as of yet
Yessiree that's part of the reason why I went with Telus instead of shaw. I live around those new town home developments at Morgan Crossing
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:27 AM   #56
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^ are you sure?.. last i heard Telus was not running fibre from the curb as of yet
Telus and Shaw has FTTH already in some new residential developments in the lower mainland.
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The Telus TV hardware is actually quite old. There's been talks of Telus introducing new hardware with Broadcom chips, hopefully that will fix the HDMI issues and a faster UI.
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Ya the Telus PVR box is laggy as fuck.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:51 PM   #60
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I got telus optik tv and net about 6 months ago. Signed a year contract but I've called in a couple of times and each time, it seems fairly easy to sweeten up the deal and get some free add ons. Never had shaw so I can't compare the quality but i think its on par with satellite. Got 3 tvs all working fine but only one is a HD one and haven't noticed any changes in internet speed when all 3 are on.
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Since my 6 months tv deal is over. I have no contract with them before as I bought out all my boxes. Should I just call in now and "inquire" about some more "deals"?
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #62
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I haven't read this thread, but if you haven't chosen already go for TELUS.

Our family switched in the summer and it's AMAZING!!!
I thought shaw was the best hands down. And I was choked that we got Telus. But, it was way cheaper.

It takes a little getting used to obviously. But, once you're up and running Telus TV is amazing. The menus are crips, clean, modern. Very fast and there is picture in picture in the menu. The anywhere PVR is amazing with Telus.

Chances are Telus is probably cheaper? So go with them.
My family bundled the TV, Internet, Phone and there have been no problems. I was VERY concerned with the whole bandwidth issue. But, I haven't noticed any.

However, I do not game anymore. So to be fair, I can not comment on that aspect. But, I have downloaded music and movies and my speeds are great!
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:49 PM   #63
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^ Bandwidth? What bandwidth?
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:14 AM   #64
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So I tried maxing out my Optik connection, view all my feeds simulltaneously, 3HD and 1 SD, I still get 12 Mbps on speedtest.

One more thing I like about the Optik is that the Caller ID for the phone is displayed on the tv when someone calls.
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I just got Telus last week, and I'm super happy with it.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:55 AM   #66
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We bought a brand new town home just recently and Shaw offered us Shaw HD TV, Extreme Internet and Basic Home Phone for 29.95 per month for a year plus a free PVR. Can't complain..lol
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I have bell tv right now and telus internet,

Planning to switch to shaw tv and shaw broadband.

Hoesntly I don't give two shits about my tv.

I just want that fast internet.
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Woot! DiscoveryHD (Not the same as Discovery World), Food Network HD, Space HD and many more HD channels coming!!!!!
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:34 PM   #69
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Just switched to Optik after putting up with hugely varying Shaw speeds for months now.

- Don't like that the guide doesn't tell you if the show is New or Repeat. You have to look at the info and see the original airdate to know if it's a new episode.
- They need to fix Favorites. I go through the trouble to set them up, and then have to select Menu/Favorites to get the guide up with my favorite channels. Pressing Guide should default to my Favorites, not the normal guide with every channel.

Other than that I'm happy with Optik and my Internet performance.
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^ you should do customize and not favourites? no?

In terms of Menu, I miss my Bell's Guide style a lot. It's instant (No Lag) and by pressing guide a few times i can select ALL HD or subcribed or ALL. etc etc.
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^ Found it. Just started using it so still trying to figure everything out.

I noticed my Internet speed is much better than when I had Shaw. When I did a Speedtest my Shaw (when it's working well) and Telus were both around 22-25mb/s. However, in actual use I notice Telus is much faster. I did some Steam downloads and they were obviously quicker than with Shaw. Same thing with some large game downloads from iTunes.

Don't really care why, but I'm very happy with my Telus Internet.
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Yeah.. I'd been a Shaw guy for the last 10 years, just switched to Telus two weeks ago as Shaw was trying to play the tough guy / bend you over stance with monthly fees and zero negotiation.

Internet: Faster. Period. Porn much improved, thank you.
TV: I think Shaw had the advantage here overall. Telus' technology is superior, Shaw has countered with Gateway but who wants to shell out the $ they're asking to get technology that's already been around for 5 years. Lots of little differences that I won't elaborate on, but I'd give Shaw the edge on this.
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Rates: Not even close. Telus hands down. I'm saving over $900 a year with the equiv bundle through Telus compared to Shaw.

Some guys at work are now saying Shaw will talk turkey over promo rates again cuz they're losing customers in droves to Telus, but they played hardball for 3 months straight with me when I gave them multiple opportunities to keep my business.
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Wow, I pay a bit less than people here, I mean my mom pays less lol.

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My parents pay $90 for Basic TV SD, Fairchild package (1 vancouver, 1 toronto, 1 talentvision), and High Speed.

Tax equals to $100.
I tell my parents to bitch but they are too lazy.
I bitch to Shaw and they say "you are not authorized to make adjustments."
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Yeah.. I'd been a Shaw guy for the last 10 years, just switched to Telus two weeks ago as Shaw was trying to play the tough guy / bend you over stance with monthly fees and zero negotiation.

Internet: Faster. Period. Porn much improved, thank you.
TV: I think Shaw had the advantage here overall. Telus' technology is superior, Shaw has countered with Gateway but who wants to shell out the $ they're asking to get technology that's already been around for 5 years. Lots of little differences that I won't elaborate on, but I'd give Shaw the edge on this.
Phone: No different.
Rates: Not even close. Telus hands down. I'm saving over $900 a year with the equiv bundle through Telus compared to Shaw.

Some guys at work are now saying Shaw will talk turkey over promo rates again cuz they're losing customers in droves to Telus, but they played hardball for 3 months straight with me when I gave them multiple opportunities to keep my business.
You do know that your current "new" rate is a promo right? I hope you factored in the price after your promotion ends....

Did you upgrade your internet package when you switched over?

I was in your position as well. My family thought of switching over but after factoring getting new HD PVR receivers and the prices after the promotion ends, we would end up paying more than Shaw.
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