Installation tip (and March Madness!)

TDS TV Installation: change is good!
I know one hesitation a lot of TV customers have towards making any kind of service switch is the amount of work and time it takes to learn a new system. Sure, TDS TV sounds good, but you know current channel lineup, you know the remote, and you have all your shows set to record just the way you like it…it seems like it’s an enormous pain to convert. I can relate.

I have a huge entertainment center that is very hard to get behind, and our bedroom TV can only be on one wall and the connector is behind a dresser. Not to mention, the lack of Ethernet jacks in those rooms. I really wondered how it was all going to work. Well, I can tell you, it wasn’t bad at all.

listThe night before our installation, I sat down and wrote a list of the times, channels, and priorities of the shows we record so I had a hard copy moving forward. I then looked up the TDS TV channel guide for my area on and found the new channel numbers for the programs we wanted to record. The next day, the technicians took care of the rest. I just had to get them access to the necessary wall panels and to unplug my DISH equipment.

Within two hours, my DVR and two remote boxes were wired up and ready to go. They walked me through the remote and the menu and made sure the DVR was online, live TV could be paused and rewound, and that the picture looked great. Their professionalism was top-notch and they were able to answer all my questions. After they departed, using my list, I sat down and re-created my recorded shows on TDS TV without a hiccup.

It was quick, easy, and very painless. I will also give credit to my former TV provider (DISH) for making it very easy to return their equipment and cancel our service. Change is good, my friends!

basketballWhat’s Coming Up?
The calendar has turned to March and you know what that means for college basketball fans…MADNESS! Spring is one of my favorite times of year and March Madness is a big reason why! I mentioned I am a total sports nerd previously…well, not only do I do fill out my NCAA tournament brackets, I fill out brackets for EVERY conference tournament as well.

Quick, ask me who I like in the Big South Tournament and I’ll tell you (Gardner-Webb, by the way). Yes, a little obsessive, as my wife will tell you, but I just blame it on the MADNESS. And, thankfully, TDS TV helps me stay sane with a myriad of sports channels that allows me to watch some of those smaller conference games on channels like ESPNU, Regional FOX and FX along with the “big boys” on ESPN, ESPN2 and Big Ten Network, all in HD!

Lost in the MADNESS is the fact that MLB Spring Training has opened as well as the World Baseball Classic taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MLB TV (Ch. 1605) has every WBC game as well as select Spring Training games. This is truly a great time of year for sports fans! Now, if we could only do something about this snow….


About TVTesters

Austin and Eric are “friendly testers” for TDS TV. They’re both TDS employees who volunteered to be guinea pigs try our newest product and put it through its paces in their homes. They’re not getting paid to use TDS TV or share their opinions, but they’ve offered to share their honest insights here. Austin: I’m a technology nut with a deep rooted passion for sports. Being able to watch every game for the teams I root for is essential. When I heard about TDS TV at the office, I couldn’t raise my hand fast enough to volunteer to test it out. Whether it’s a new set-top box, interface, or channels, I’ll be testing them and providing my honest feedback. Eric: I’m a sports geek and a techie nerd. I play/watch just about every sport and I love to mess around with electronic gadgets. At TDS I have experienced everything from dial-up Internet to a super high-speed connection and have tested products before. My wife is sort of a TV co-tester since we watch most of the shows we record together. I think it’s pretty cool I get to share my TDS TV experiences here!


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