What?! Time Warner actually wants money now?

July 19th, 2011 by Chris

So we’ve finally received an actual bill from Time Warner again. This bill, due in August, is for the sum of $6.50. We have finally exhausted our forward payments as a result of cutting the purse strings of the larcenous grand duke of television.

So figuring that our last payment in April (for May’s service which was cancelled) was $114.76 and our current monthly bill is now only $34.95… we received the expected 3 months without a payment (May, June and July). In addition, since we cancelled slightly before the end of the April payment period we were pro-rated some amount of that payment. Rather shadily, Time Warner only issues a statement when you owe them money, so the exact machinations that went on in the May payment period are not available to me. I even called back in May only to have them explain “You don’t owe anything so there’s no statement.” To which I replied “So how do I know how much money you’re crediting… or taking?”

So the tally is now:
Four (and a bit) months savings (including August bill) on Time Warner: 3.25*($115-$35)=$340
Four months subscription to Netflix:[1]: 4*($8)=($32)
Live hub hardware: ($180)
PlayOn subscription: ($60)
Dr. Who TV Show Subscription: (~$35)
Universal remote: ($40)
HDMI cable: ($5)
USB TV Tuner: ($25)
Dozen or so DVDs to wipe out or VHS collection: (~$80)

So after only 4.25 months we’re within $117 of breaking even… and that’s including the extra hardware we bought AND the DVDs.[2] My initial prediction of 6 months looks to be right on track even with all of the extra expenses along the way.

My only complaint so far is that the Netflix service has been somewhat unreliable in the last few weeks. We’ll see if this persists.

  1. We are unaffected by the recent controversial pricing change as we had not subscribed to the DVD service. You may recall that we no longer have a DVD player in the entertainment center. []
  2. I realize that this was a bit of an OCD thing since by the time we ever watch them on the Hub, they’ll probably be available for streaming via Netflix. Whatever. Many were had from Goodwill via eBay so the money will go to a good cause. []

5 Responses to “What?! Time Warner actually wants money now?”

  1. Heidi Says:

    I sincerely applaud this effort. I haven’t quite become motivated enough to do this ourselves. I need to research buying access to NFL games somehow.

  2. John Says:

    I’ll be canceling the DVD option shortly. $2 a month was worth it. $8 not so much, especially given that we typically hold onto the DVD for 3 weeks before we actually watch it!

    Regarding the reliability of Netflix, you should be getting the same email I received offering me a 3% refund for any inconvenience over the past few weeks – looks like they got a lot of complaints. Demand your $0.24!!!

    All in all, I’m glad you took the lead on this one, and I am quite pleased with my “Schierer-lite” (less calories but same great taste) implementation. 🙂

  3. Heidi Says:

    Oh yeah, we canceled our Netflix DVD option when notified of the pricing increase.

  4. Heidi Says:

    Also … do you know anything about Boxee?

  5. Chris Says:

    Nope. Although Clicker.Com looks promising. Thanks for the tip.