Reader Poll: Is Anybody Using CenturyLink Prism?

CenturyLink PrismToday I'm conducting a poll of our readers (if you receive the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog by email, please click-through the title to view this post online) to see what the consensus opinion is on CenturyLink Prism. It's a new service offered by our local phone company that combines television with telephone and internet and claims to be the best bundling of these services offered.

Currently, I get my high-speed internet access from CenturyLink, but I get my television service through DishTV. I'm thinking it might be cost effective and better service to go with CenturyLink Prism, but I would love to hear what others have to say (and I suspect many readers would like to know as well).

According to the company, CenturyLink Prism TV is a "100 percent digital TV service offering local, premium and high-definition channels delivered over the communications company’s advanced, managed network. Prism is built on an interactive platform, where updates are made automatically to offer customers a better combination of TV entertainment features compared to cable and satellite."

UPDATE: August 10, 2011 - What a nightmare. Centurylink told me to be at the house on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. and did not show up until Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Both my wife and I spent countless hours on the phone with a company that could care less about service. We are not going with Prism. If their service before the sale is this poor, I shudder to think what it would be like to need them after the sale. "Look elsewhere" is my advice if you are considering Centurylink Prism!

More Feedback On CenturyLink Prism

Thank you in advance for taking part in our survey. There is a comment section below if you want to add any questions or comments about CenturyLink Prism, and polls like this, when taken by a large enough group, are one of my favorites benefits of the internet. People from all-over can share their opinions and help consumers make a decision before they buy a product or service.

CenturyLink Prism Review September 2013Update: September 27, 2013 - With 1686 people having participated in the poll through today, I think the feedback is pretty clear. More than a half of all respondents came by to say how much they hate CenturyLink Prism. Why is this so significant? Because most people looking for a CenturyLink Prism review are considering placing an order. Google (and the other search engines) send people searching for CenturyLink Prism reviews to our page, and they read what is here. That means people filling out a negative review of the service were so upset they searched to find a survey to make sure everybody was informed. Read the comments below the post, they are illuminating.

Centurylink Prism InformationUpdate: March 22, 2013 - The trend continues, as more survey respondents clearly are unhappy with Centurylink Prism. Based upon the numbers recorded through this morning, more than 1/2 of all survey respondents "hate it" when talking about their experience with Centurylink Prism. It seems this is a product that was marketed by one group of people at Centurylink who did not feel constrained by the reality of the product being offered.

centurylink prism surveyUpdate: November 16, 2012 - The number of people who are clearly disatisfied "hate it" with Centurylink Prism continues to rise. 912 people have taken the time to take this survey, and almost 1/2 of the ones that have or have had Centurylink Prism do not recommend this "service." It appears to be far more promise and sales pitch than a viable home entertainment option.

Centurylink Prism ServiceUpdate: August 29, 2012 - The trend continues. The number of people who "hate" the Centurylink Prism service continues to rise, while the "love it" group is receding. I have now cancelled my internet service account with Centurylink, as the continued decline in bandwidth and uptime was just too frustrating. I sure wish Tallahassee was able to receive Verizon Fios (not going to happen though).

CenturyLink Prism PollUpdate: May 31, 2012 - We are seeing a consistent trend as more and more people take the Centurylink Prism Poll. The group of people who hate it has risen, the group of people who love it has fallen, and the unsure group has fallen as well. At this point in time, I would strongly encourage you to do your homework before agreeing to a contract of any type with CenturyLink Prism.

Centurylink Prism ReviewUpdate: January 27, 2012 - Things are looking even worse for Centurylink Prism. Their positive numbers have fallen since our last update on November 23, 2011. Here's a snapshot of the results of our opinion poll regarding what people think about Centurylink Prism. After removing everybody who does not nor has every owned it, we find that Centurylink should have some serious concerns about their hyped product. More than 40% have gotten rid of the service (or are doing so now), while just 32% love the product. Most concerning for Centurylink is that 27% of our respondents have the service and are not willing to say they love it! With the difficulties and costs associated with changing services, this might be the only thing keeping them as customers right now.

In real estate, the best way to see what people have to say about a real estate agent or real estate company is to check out customer feedback online. Though many real estate sites like to pretend to be unbiased and offer agent reviews, I still think that Google is where most people go to tell about their real estate home selling experience or home buying experience.

But until Google gets CenturyLink Prism into a "place" for reviews, you can let us know here what you think about this "next generation" communications technology.

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#1 By sharon harris at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I love the prism tv!!The whole home dvr function is wonderful and i finally could get rid of comcast,also saved $45.00 to boot a month!!My install only took around 2 hours for 3 tv's which i thought was good....would recommend to anyone who has had it with comcast!!

#2 By Lou Maruzo at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Biggest complaint I have is they REFUSE to carry the FOX Business Channel. If they don't come around in the next six months I'm leaving.

#3 By kevin patten at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I got the Prisim and 10 meg internet bundle Saturday October 15th. I was promised that I could watch a HD show on two TV's at a time. Now I find out that it is not possible. Very disappointing. Also I am only getting about 7 Meg of throughput for my interent. Not the 10 I am paying for. However, the whole bundle is only $65.00 a month and I am happy with that. I will most likely keep the service.

#4 By Wabbit at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I had Directv.... Decided to go with Prism TV. Tech actually showed up early. Did a good job. I am quite happy with Prism TV. Does have its pros and cons. Where I live it works best. My Internet is right about where it needs to be in speed. Can't complain. WHat most people have to understand is that there will be bugs in the system. It is a new Tv experience after all......

#5 By Raul Pedraja at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Have had it for over a year- lots of bait & switch by sales rep- billed for 4 HD boxes to find out only 2 TVs can have HD (and only if you demand 2 HD feeds). That was never revealed, have constant outages and transmission issues- have escalated to repair multiple time-local techs are not trained. They come, look at wires and declare everything fine; only advice is to reboot system- which I do weekly now- again not a good system. None of the zillions of movies that can be downloaded are in HD- another sales person bait & switch; net net- not something I would recommend

#6 By Nathan at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Thanks for this good unbiased survey and forum. I was curious about the service, and this is exactly the high-level satisfaction survey that I've been looking for. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences!

#7 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Hey Nathan, hopefully we'll get more visitors who have (or had) the service. Seems like most people in the poll haven't used it.

#8 By Jane Anthony at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I absolutely love my prism service! After 3 long years dealing with my comcast services cutting in and out and dealing with there terrible customer service i was delighted to hear there was another option in town other than dish. The whole room dvr is great. Picture quality is amazing. I highly recommend to anyone thinking about getting prism.

#9 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Thanks for the feedback Jane.

#10 By C Bentley at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Revision: They have finally reconnected my DSL. It only took all day. That is was reconnected at all is to the credit of one determined CenturyLink employee; he is still trying to get our TV to work, but he doesn't think he will be able to accomplish it.
It's really ashame that CenturyLink put out such a poorly designed system. Good picture; bad service.
If you're thinking about getting the Prism TV, please check with someone who has it before you decide. Undoing their system has been a day long nightmare for my husband and me. We were told that CenturyLink would put everything back the way it was if we were not happy with their system. Apparently, that is NOT TRUE! Their policy is just the opposite, and no one would say that definitively because we were told otherwise. Instead, they just gave us the run around all day. Leaving us without service over a 3-day weekend. And forget about speaking the someone in management, I wonder if they really exist?

#11 By Anne at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I am currently sitting on hold AGAIN with tech support. We have had nothing but problems and have had the system since late November. Have had countless service calls. Last guy that came out, looked at the equipment and told us he was not qualified to fix it.....that was about the 6th service call I had and had spent over an hour on the phone the day before speaking with numerous people and finally a very rude supervisor named Jordan. I switched from Directv because we lose the signal when it rains and in Florida it rains alot in the summer. I am very disappointed as the internet service had been great through CenturyLink prior to adding Prism. It is going on 30 minutes that I have been on hold. I'm sick to death of this and think I'll be leaving for good.

#12 By patt at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Does century link prism offfer email with the internet service? Haven't totally switched over so I still get email service from my soon to be previous carrier, brighthouse. It isn't a big deal but it just seems like they would have email service provided. The rep never mentioned it and I forgot to ask.

#13 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Patti, email is offered for free by so many services. I recommend that you get a free gmail account (go to and create free account. I personally want nothing to do with Centurylink and their false claims about their product. See the results above, only a third are happy with it.

#14 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Anne, your experience sounds very similar to mine. Good (enough) internet ... no to everything else.

#15 By kelly at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I just had Prism installed on Saturday. Very knowledgeable and proffesional technicians! However I am a little disappointed. The pictue quality is great as long as there is no fast action scenes (ex-sports) showing. There is a major blur/shadow with quick movement. I have an HD 1080p 120hz Samsung TV. I was told by more than one Century Liknk employee that the service is not capable of "pushing" 120hz, only 60hz. So, if you are like me and spent an extra $$$ for the 120hz last is a waste with this provider. The DVR capability seems nice. The internet still figuring that one out. Apparently you hace to have a certion version of windows media player downloaded and to do that you have to have window 11 or's complicated.....I will not take the 30 day trial period lightly!!!!

#16 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Good luck Kelly, one person already commented on how hard it is to get the to un-install prism. Seems like a crazy waste that it is blurry.

#17 By Paul Forshay at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

We are on the schedule for next Thursday (1-19) for installation. I have my concerns about the service and will not disconnect my Comcast services until I have trialed it FULLY for the 30 day period. I have a lot of "stuff" hanging off our router (using wiress N technology....their router is antiquated already with wireless G) and it will challenge them to configure properly or find a way to incorporate my router into my configuration. I have had conflicting conversations with their tech support on whether or not it can be done. Just FYI, I have a security video system with Internet access for remote monitoring along with stand alone IP cameras. All of this requires Port Forwarding within my router and other technical configurations. As mentioned above, wireless-N technology is much more stablr. All of this is in addition to my concers about video quality and functionality of Prism. We will see!

#18 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Paul, please come back and let us know how it goes. Good luck.

#19 By OLIVER MARCELLI at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM


#20 By Nik at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I signed the paperwork last night to switchover. I am nervous after reading the reviews on here. I am truly fed up with the costs of Comcast. My bill increases every couple months with no additional services. I am also set for an install on Thursday. However, I won't cancel Comcast until I know the system works.

#21 By john las vegas at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

If you live in the Las Vegas Valley this service is NOT recommended. The signal for tv and internet goes out weekly, and the customer service is outrageously horrible!! Worst investment you could possibly make, and for almost $200 dollars a month this was not a steal. Take your business elsewhere until they perfect this so called "future tv service".

#22 By Vic K at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Just moved to a new condo. Have Brighthouse now.. costs keep going up and still waiting for the HD cable to be installed !! Got the Centurylink info in the mail and welcome packet.. Was thinking about switching, but the reviews have me doing a double take. Is anyone on here in the South Orlando/Kissimmee area that has Prism and can tell me how they like or dislike it ?? Thanks

#23 By benard harris at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I have to tell everyone on here that you will find complaints on the internet for almost anything you are looking me comcast is so horrible bring on prism!!i am due to be hooked up on the 16th and i am looking forward to it..almost every neighbor on my street has it and all have had favorable reviews..

#24 By Bob W at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

We live in Central FL and just got the Prism TV service. We already had a landline and 10 Meg Internet, so by combining the TV we get a discount. We have it hooked to 2 TV's and am very pleased with the picture quality and the free DVR that we can access from the bedroom. We still get 10 megs on the internet when we are watching TV. They did tell us we were "at the end of the line" and would never be able to get HD TV unless they update a service station closer to our house. We have older TV's so it is no big deal for now. We are probably saving about $45. compared to ComCrap aka Comcast. We haven't had to reboot anything yet and we have had the DSL service for over 4 years without any problems, so we don't expect any with the Prism TV service.

#25 By Scott at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I live in central North Carolina and had Prism installed last week. So far, so good. But, after reading this I will not discontinue my service through DirectTV until my 30 day trial is up. I like this system much better so far.

#26 By gfmucci at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

We like everything about Prism except the movie selection which really sucks.
Current movies are not available.
Of the list of 600 movies, we have not heard of more than a couple dozen. Most seem to be between 5 and 15 years old. The on-demand movies on DISH were much superior. But we are saving over $40 a month compared to DISH. I guess for the 2 or 3 movies we may want to watch per month, we could get them elsewhere.

#27 By Comcast Tech at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Just a word of advice before making the switch. Once Century Link comes in and refits all your cable fittings on all your coax cables in your home please be aware even if you decide to cancel they will not revert back that process and in the event that you decided to switch back to Comcast you will be charged to make it compatible again with their services. I have already been in several unsatisfied customers home and Century Link will not even show up to pick up the equipment. Also, Comcast has the most on-demand content mainly due to its ownership of NBC Universal. Comcast is currently releasing multi-room DVR for its customers and while it doesn't completely match up to what Century Link claims, it does deliver a reliable service to the customer.

#28 By Terrie in MO at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

We have had Prism for a few months now and I am ready to go back to Dish!! The Prism rep/salesman grossly misrepresented what our monthly cost would be, it was supposed to be around $150.oo for internet, phone and TV.. of course our first bill was higher, more like $360.00! Called them and initially the customer service rep on the phone agreed to uphold what the salesman had stated, but so far not one of our bills has been the same. I can't figure out what I am supposed to pay and what I am paying it for!! Secondly... You're suppose to be able to record 4 shows at once... maybe.. but only if that are NOT in HD. It will only record 2 shows in HD at a time. Dish does the same thing! I don't like the remote, I don't like the way the system (guide, menu, dvr menu's etc.) works! I liked Dish's better. The main reason we switched was because Dish was going down more and more and pixelating out. I think we just needed the dish on the roof adjusted. Dish was going to charge me $60.00 to come do this. I have been paying $6 a month for repair service for 5 years and they still want to charge me to realign my satelite?? That was the last straw that made me change to Prism.. now I wish I had swallowed my pride and paid the 60 bucks!! I'm getting real tired of talking to these people...!!!

#29 By frank at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I have prism now and had problems with the router. This is the second the equiptment has failed. You can not get any help when you do not get home untill 4:00 pm to find out you have no tv, no internet, but you do have phone. When I called the tech support they kept me on the phone for two hours and then tell you that there is nothing they can do to fix the problem, They then put in a ticket to send a repair man out but you must wait 24 hours. I was told that the repair man would be at my house aftre 4:00 pm but they came at 12:00 and did not call but they left a note on the door everthing is fine outside but they could not get into the equiptment. Now its another time the router has failed and again no help for 24 hours, Maybe. The equiptment stinks and you can not get them to fix it but they are still charging you for no tv,or internet. What a rip off.

#30 By Judy Anderson at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I really like several things about Prism TV. However, they were very dishonest about the cost. I was told I was given special discounts and my total for TV, Internet and phone would be $87 and change for "ever". I called back several times to make sure about the price and each time the person in customer service looked up my account and assured me that the $87 was correct with no time limit.
Every month after installation, I had a problem with the bill, such as being charged for long distance phone calls when I was told I had unlimited long distance. Now after 4 months, I find that the price they gave me was only good for 3 months. They want to raise my price $20 a month, but after my speaking to a supervisor and yelling for a half an hour, they cut it down to a $6 dollare increase. I was told that if I call in June, they will extend that amount.
For what I am getting, it is still cheaper than Cox. I am just very upset that no one was honest about how much it was going to cost.
Be sure you try to get the sales person to be honest about the cost before you decide to instal this.

#31 By Kim Thompson at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I should have done my homework/research regarding this new CemtryLink/Prism BS. The fast talking salesman apparently quoted me a reasonable price which sounded great and promised I would be getting the same programing I currently was receiving from I find out most of your salespeople are liars and will do and say anything to get their commision.....they probably have supervisors telling them to do and say anything to get my business plus getting the same channels and making false promises with a smile on their face....guess a commision is more important....I tried to call customer service and it is the worst rude experience I have ever encountered.....Oh sure to read the teeny tiny 4 page customer agreement....even though the saleman promised the same price for 5 years....seems the agreement can override that, cancel for any reason, and do what they please....they are money hungry and fail in the end and steal all our money and go bankrupt.....nice....I am so dissapointed I did not do my research.....I was in the middle of making dinner when your rep knocked at my door and he just refused to leave and so I gave in. I was promise other equipment, which I did not receive, the service installment took over 5 hours and my so called fast internet has already crashed twice. CentryLink/Prism is a scam, I live in Vegas and this is just unacceptable. Do your research people!!!!!....because they are not an honest reliable company and the reps will do and say anything to get thier morals, lousy customer service.....and the commercials the company airs every 5 minutes are not real customers....they are paid actors reading from a script.....I feel so angry....I just ordered it yesterday.....and now I haved to go 3 weeks to get it uninstalled......DONT GET SUCKED IN LIKED I DID YOU WILL REGRET YOUR DECISION

#32 By dole at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I have live in Las Vegas and has had Prism since December. I recieved the 100.00 gift card that was promised after three monts of service. I have to agree the service is poor and you are throwing money away because it freezes up to much.

#33 By Buck at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Sign up for this service in Nov 2011. At the time of signing up we were give a 1 year contract at asset amount. In April of 2012 they raised the monthly rate by $15.00 I contacted them an. Told them that we had a one year contract that was not to have
A rate increase. I was informed that the contract was not going to be inforced they said that they did not Start having set contract until Jan of 2012 and that are contract was invalid. I spoke. To 4 different people on the same day three supervisors and one poor attendant. After much discussion an telling them take their service out of my house and threating to go to my State Attorney they agreed to honor are contract at the original price for one year.
So it up to you if you feel they are worth doing business with. We plan on dumping it after a year is up and going back with Dish

#34 By J COFFEY at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

WELL,,,we have had it only about 2 weeks., so we'll see.. I too have promises on the rate plan and a 5 year guarantee. so far we have not had any issues., except: the part of only watching one HD channel at a time., OR: if you are recording a show in HD you cannot watch another show in HD., so for us high tech people with all these HD tvs in the house?? pointless...

#35 By KatherinePreston at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

The bigest and only problem is that my tv keeps freezing up go to sleep wake up to a froze tv need help

#36 By mike r at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

We got PrismTV- Orlando, FL install last week- May 2012. Three HD tv 's for the family but only one person can watch HD at any one time. Plus if you are recording a HD DVR selection, no one in the house can watch HD! Cancelling after ten days. Looks good on the salesman sheet but don't waste your time and money until they upgrade their hardware.

Went from Brighthouse 3 HD to 1 or none so we are done.

#37 By Harold Anthony at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I have Century Link dsl that gives me 8 or 8.5 down and 1.5 to 2Mb up. But is drops out a lot. Two sales people came to my house and wrote the order up making it clear that the DSL was being phased out and that the new internet service is 10Mb up and down. I asked twice and they confirmed it. It is not. I may get 7.3Mb down but up is stuck at .2Mb. Cannot upload anything. They also mispresented the video. They promsed I was getting HD across the board. I asked and confirmed it on the list of stations that they marked for me. When the tech showed up all I had on the order was the minimal service, no HD at all and just a few stations. I challenged it and he spoke to his supervisor and came back in and then installed HD with many more channels to boot. The video looks good but I work at home and the internet is critical to me. I am not sure they will make it through the week.

#38 By centurylink rep at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

i went through and read alot of comments. im a sales rep for CL and from what ive read about other reps i dont like. (i am very honest and upfront) because a sale is not worth my character and integrity. its a new system so it has its problems. but everything has pros and cons. im sorry for all of you who exerienced a difficult time with the service or customer support.

#39 By Keri P. at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Just got Prism over the weekend and I LOVE IT !! My install tech was on time, friendly and very helpful and honest (something you don't find very often) !! I am gonna keep it and drop Comcast ...... Comcast has been nothing but trouble since day1 and their "customer service" leaves much to be desired !!

#40 By Brenda Andersen at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I've had Centurylink Prism Premium for almost a year now. I've read many comments before installation and after. Here's my opinion: The picture is everything they say it is (with HD TV). Standard channels are nice, too, but the HD are superb. The sales person told me that I would receive $150 in help pay off Dish for early took 6 months to get it, but I did get it. Rep said I could record 3 shows while watching a fourth..This may be true if all were in standard def. HD bandwidth is limited. The sales reps say whatever they need to say to make the sale. They did miss their first appt. I complained, they came next day and did a great job installing and also fixing a previous problem with internet being kicked offline when phone rang. They started increasing prices after 3 mo and I called them again. I was not told that my pricing was a special pricing. They were willing to negotiate with me. All in all...still better than Dish. Dish is truly clueless when it comes to customer service. Am I sorry I left Dish and went to CL Prism? Not at all. I do miss Nat Geo Wild, though.

#41 By Alice Swartz at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I had Prism installed last week. I agree that the picture is unparalleled. DISH had HD only on the TV where the receiver was hooked up. Over the weekend the picture froze. I called tech help and they walked me through the procedure to bring me back online. Since then, however, every so often the picture will freeze long enough for me to think, "Here we go again." Then it rights itself. But in the meantime the show ends up with parts missing. This is irritating. We need to work through the kinks.

#42 By Randy at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Just got it and looks pretty cool. Minor differences from DirectTV. Still figuring out some functions. Cost was way less than we were paying for the same service thou!++++

#43 By Steve at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Must switched to prism from directv after the whole Viacom fiasco. Anyhow I was happy with the switch until just a few hours later during prime viewing time 6-10 I keep getting freezes on the channels I watch. It's like I just opened a whole new can of worms. Plus the tech support is not available after 7pm. It's my first 2 days with service and keeps freezing, of course during the day it's fine. It's as if their network pipeline is not strong enough, or they're servers cannot run that much at that time, either way they need to increase whatever it is that controls the strength or capacity at a time. This is the problem with digital. Maybe I should have waited a little more patiently with directv... So if your not willing to put up with 5-20 sec freezes during your favorite shows, I wouldn't choose prism tv

#44 By Jack at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Century link tv sucks!!!!!!! No customer service and it's like watching direct tv in a rain storm except it's not raining. I'm done with tv it's obsolete.

#45 By Rhonda at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

The worst piece of crap I have ever had. TV picture freezes and you have to use remote to go up or down a channel and then back to unfreeze. Maybe have a picture 10 seconds and freezes up again. Or TV picture is okay but no sound. Then just goes black - NOTHING! Call tech support and they have you unplug each tv in the house and plug back in. If that doesn't work then unplug the wireless modem and wait, then replug. When that doesn't work they do something to computers and either it works or they have to send it up a "tier". Then I have to go through the whole thing again, which usually ends in a "dispatch" for a tech to come to my house, because "we can see a problem on the line". I have had this crap since Nov 15, 2011. I signed a contract so I am STUCK until then, but when that day comes .... it's GONE! I have had problems "at least" once a week since this was installed. I have gone through the drill so many times, I automatically do the unplug, shut off and replug of all components and ONLY call tech when I still cannot get it going! Today (Sunday) I'm told that a tech is too busy to come today. The last time I had to call a tech (a few week agon) the tech said it had never been dispatched and he was "just sitting around the office" all morning with "nothing to do". Only after I called back did I get the usual, "I am SOOOOOOO sorry, we'll dispatch it. I don't know what happened." I end up yelling at the person on the phone, whose fault it is NOT and I get upset, which does no good but raise my damned blood pressure. When the kid came around peddling this "crap" I was absolutely assured that I would have no freeze or tiling (which is what was happening on Mediacom cable and why I switched to begin with) with this Prism because it was all "digital". Prism has been worse that Mediacom EVER was! Last night (07-28-2012) once again the TV screen was freezing up. I did all the things I have gone through before with the "service" people on th phone (unplug tv., wait, plug, unplug modem, wait, plug in modem) to no avail. I called the # for service as listed on the front of the tv box. I told the person I had already unplugged, plugged, etc. He said he could see "line problems" and would have to transfer me to "Tier 2". He transferred me (without staying on the line to see if anyone answered) and I got a busy signal and then a hang-up. I called back and got, "I'm sorry our office is closed"! This morning I called and was told someone would need to be dispatched, BUT the tech was "busy" all day with other calls! I explained about the last dispatch that never got dispatched and what the tech told me about sitting around .... but that got me nowhere, just another, "I'm soooo sorry". Now I have to do without tv in the living room all day and evening and guess what .... tomorrow when the tech can come....I freakin' work all damned day!!!!!! This is like freakin' Groundhog Day! I absolutely WOULD NOT tell anyone to sign up for this - what a rip-off. I was told my bill would be $114.00 a month and the first month I got a bill for $ go figure? It's been a battle with Prism EVERY moth since the crap was put in November 15, 2011. I was told I could NOT get out of the contract without paying a fee ... imagine that???? What about the PROMISES I got from the guy peddling this crap? (oh yeah, customer service said...he DOESN'T work for us...he was hired as an "outside" contractor!) Sign on for this CRAP and you'll be extremely sorry! Fool me once, shame on you....fool me twice, shame on ME. I will AGAIN be filing a complaint, today, with the consumer fraud department of my states Attorne General.

#46 By Bev at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I have had nothing but problems with my Prism TV since it was unstalled! Frequent freezing on both tv sets that can only be unfrozen by a lengthy call to customer service. I'm on a first name basis with the service personel who have come to my home repeatedly to 'fix' the freezing problem. Unfortunately, the fix never lasts. This week alone I've had the service man come out twice, thw third and forth appointment he was a no show. I've spoken to customer sevice on 5 different days (time!). Completely frustrated and returning back to comcast.
One good point is that I've had no problem with my internet and phone service.
Save yourself from the insanity. Don't hook up with Century link!

#47 By Will at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I switched to Century Link's prism service after having had their bundle with Dish - I wish I never switched. The service cuts out horribly and their sales reps promise the world and then fail to deliver. During the past 6 months I have had the repair tech to my house at leas 10 times to fix the latency and pixilation issues - still not fixed. Also for the last month Fox 49 in HD has not had audio available. I live in Crawfordville FL and have no other high speed internet options left - I never thought I would miss Comcast.

#48 By Lynn Gibbs at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Try roku it's better because less hassel

#49 By Rebecca Kell at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I cannot get it to record shows yet. It says "will record" with the red dot on the episode listed, but it never does. I'm trying it for the third time. The help videos don't seem to mention this issue.

#50 By Ralph C at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Just had it was here for over 6 hours. I switched from Direct TV and REGRET it. My issues are:

1. HD TV absolutely sucks compared to Direct TV and Brighthouse. The screen is smaller- like watching a wide angle movie. I never had this problem with Direct TV or cable.

2. I cannot access my modem in order to change passwords and wi-fi network name. Was on phone with tech "support" for over an hour trying to fix this issue and they could not figure it out.

3. Tech did a LOUSY job installing system. I have a cable sticking out of a phone jack cover- the cover is pulled away from the wall in order for the cable to hook up to the modem.

I am calling them on Monday and getting rid of this crap. Extremely disappointed and I am not putting up with it. I'll go back to Brighthouse for $99 a month for the bundle.

DO yourself a favor and stay away from this garbage!

#51 By Jim Scott at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

It's been almost one year since your comment Jane Anthony Dec. 2, 2011.
Do you still feel like you love the service. That's what I'm concerned with.
Seems like most people that have had the prism tv for a while, hate it.
Thanks for every ones input. It helps a great deal.

#52 By Keith Rexroth at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I don't know how I can say it any clearer than do not subscribe to Century Link Prism service. It doesn't matter which "horrible" carrier you think you have now, CL Prism is 10 times worse in cable service, customer service and delivery of any promised services. Their commercials are 100% percent deceptive and you are in for a huge struggle if you sign up or switch. I thought Cox was bad but returned to them after canceling and I see them in a new light. Spread the word.

#53 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Ouch. Thanks Keith. More than 1 year later, and the service still doesn't really exist. Wow.

#54 By J. halon at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

i got this service in october of 2012. I had Directv before.
I do in fact love it. Here is the thing, I live approx .75 miles from the hub in which the service comes from. With the exeption of a few "glitches" pixelation and a freeze, this is a great service. alot of hd, a great ability to DVR, though the restriction of not being able to record more that 2 hd and 2 digitals takes some time to balance. all in all, seems great so far.
Initially, my issue was with billing, and I got frustrated. The door to door kid, Brendon, promised more than they actually offer, and wasnt accurate at all on what he said. That being said, Centurylink did make it right, and gave us all he offered...customer service did live up to his promises. I am satisfied with the service, and the clarity of the hd in one room and the clarity of sd in the bedroom. Normally, i would love to sit on this site and tell you all how I hate a service...but I cannot as of now. Almost 3 months in, and never had an issue. knock on wood. I was told this...the closer to a HUB that you are the better, the more people on that HUB before you, will affect it. maybe its the fact that I can walk to my hub in 3 minutes that makes mine work so well, i dont know...but so far so good!

#55 By CenturyLink Tech at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Like any other service there are bound to be issues depending on who installed the service. The majority of our installs are done by in house employees, not contractors, unlike most other companies. As a technicain who has worked for both Comcast and Centurylink i can honestly say that I receive far less complaints about Centurylink's service than Comcast's.We also have a 24 hour guarantee, which guarantees we will have a technician at you're home within 24 hours to fix any problems you are experiencing. If you are even slightly considering making a switch i promise you wont be dissapointed! Prism is the future of TV!

#56 By Jan Jernigan at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

We switched to PRISM TV by CenturyLink. It is TERRIBLE. Never get any tech support when you need it. You can FORGET it if you have a problem after hours and week-ends. If you have a problem during the week-end... you may as well plan to be without TV until their business office opens on Monday AM. MY HUSBAND HATES IT!!!!!!!

#57 By Bugsy at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I am at the end of the worst 30 days I ever had on the Internet, and with me that's saying something. I work as a Telecommunications Engineer, the following is what I found:
TV -- great picture
Internet -- ok if all you do is browse the internet, but if you game online, forget it, this outfit sux. Lousy service, and while the originally dupe people by saying this is "Prism" and Fiber Optic, thats all BS. It may be Fiber on the Trunk to the neighborhoods but, the last mile is DSL, yeah thats right, DSL.
Get cable, you might pay 12 bucks a month more for it, but you get good speed UPload and Download, great Ping rates and solid connections.
I spent 5 hours on the phone with the "service" dept. They had no idea what the problem was. I asked them flat out about claiming to be Fiber optic, the guy couldn't even give me any knowledgeable info,why, because they really don't have any idea.
GET CABLE or even one of those go anywhere Modems that uses cell service, get ANYthing but this piece of crap.

#58 By Leonora at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE PRISM TV. I've had it for over 2 YEARS! The only thing that comes close to how much I love it, is how good their customer service is to make you happy even if you have a problem. ALWAYS I stay with them. I never felt so important with a service provider as I have with them. I had COX CABLE for over 15 years because they had the monopoly on cable in Vegas. All they ever did was remove channels from my package, raise my rates and give all the discounts to new customers. They advertised endlessly in all media avenues, it was disgusting. Since PRISM has come to town COX is whining like the PIGS they are!!! They finally have reduced their rates and begging to keep their unsatisfied customers. You won't know how good PRISM IS TILL YOU'RE A CUSTOMER. Everything is negotiable. DONT BELEIVE ME? Call for yourself! 866-519-7885 if you want we can even get discounts on our bills if you are a friend and a referral. Hey you dont have to try them. I am just happy happy happy happpy . They renew all my discounts yearly. COX will never do that unless you threaten to leave them! So read it and weep...real life 2 year customer here !!! Oh, did I mention how cool the DVR box is at no additional chg either. TV pic wonderful. OK enough. I LOVE PRISM TV LOVE IT LOVE LVOE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

#59 By Buck at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Well like I said back in April. Prism stinks we gave it a year to the day and then we went back to Dish were we should of stay to begin with.
The real joke came in Dec they sent us a bill for $ 120 saying this is what we owed them for eight months that we did not pay the increase that they place on to are monthly bill. I contacted their offices and spoke to 5 different folks informing them that we had gone through this back in April when I remind them that I had sign a contract in Nov of 11 for $102.00 a month for the bundle. And that they were obligate to honor the contract. It took two days of threating them with legal action through are state attorney to get them to drop their request for the additional money which they where claiming i was owed them. So beware of these folks they are very hard to do honest business with.

#60 By Kent at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I live in Las Vegas and subscribed to Cox cable for 19 years. While the quality of their product is very good, I was angered because Cox routinely moved channels away from analog and increased the price. (Some of my TV's had analog cable while the living room TV had digital cable. So most of my TV's lost channels.) I switched to Century Link Prism in June 2012. I have found the quality and reliability equals that of Cox. Their customer service was quite responsive on the occasion that I called. Of course I expected this because of the excellent customer service I have received from their DSL service since 2006. One disadvantage is that Century Link Prism does not offer CBS Sports Network or the Time Warner Sports channel, making it difficult to watch UNLV games. One advantage is the Century Link modem and DVR boxes use much less electricity than the Cox cable box. I checked my bills the first few months and noticed that my electric bills were lower when compared to the same months in 2011. I am staying with Century Link Prism.

#61 By Jerry at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Remember those old time bicycles from the 1880's that had the big front wheel and the small rear wheel? Comparing the Prism DVR to a TiVo is equivalent to comparing one of those big wheel bicycles (Prism) to a Porsche (TiVo).

I just looked it up, they are called a Penny-Farthing... Yeah, that's it: Prism is a Penny-Farthing DVR. I'm glad to be rid of the useless Prism piece of junk.

#62 By Ron at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I have called CL about the availability of Prism at my home for over a year now. I is and has been 4 houses up the street from me but they can't seem to ever give me an answer to when it will get to my address. This to me is absolutely careless customer service and I am not even a customer yet. I can't imagine what it would be like if I were a customer. They just don't seem to care about customer service at all. I really wanted to try the prism tv but I will not have it now if they gave it to me.

#63 By Terri Tuso at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Where do I begin? I wanted to try prism and the evening I got it hooked up we had no movie channels as promised. When we called we didn't have anything we were promised. When I discontinued the prism we found out they cut my wires to my direct tv. I paid $55 to have them connected. Customer service is very poor. They don't care. I filed a complaint with BBB. It's a nightmare. Don't ever do prism.

#64 By Paul Migala at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

After getting another Cox cable increase that showed up in my monthly bill, over $10, I decided to look at other dish type service. This brought me to Century Link. At one time, this area, Gilbert,AZ was Quest. They provided excellent phone service. So how bad can they be now. From reviews I have read, it can be pretty bad.

Went to the Century Link sales office as I could not get detailed information on their web site. This was a hint of things to come. Discussed a total package of phone, Internet and TV was what I wanted. Looked good when the sales rep discussed Prism. Wow, what features this system has and price was great for what I wanted. I found the pricing I liked on the Prism web site. However, I had a few questions that needed to be answered before I would change over to Prism. I called the number listed on the Prism web site and talked to a customer rep after a few minutes wait time. Not bad. The rep told me I could not discuss any details with her because I lived in an area that once was Quest and was given a number to call. Called that number and I had to be transferred again to another rep that specialized in Prism.

I spent 0ne hour and 15 minutes discussing my needs verses what she was able to explain, and answers to questions I had. She really tried, but was having to talk to others, including her supervisor. It was obvious that she was not properly trained in the technical aspects of a total system.

One thing that came out of our discussion was the fact that her marketing plans for service was different than what I was viewing on the Prism web site. This was mentioned in one of the reviews posted on the Internet, maybe here.

I left her with what I felt was a good feeling about switching to Prism. That was until I did some research on user feedback. Looks like I have a 50/50 chance of being a happy customer. Don't like the odds and will not switch at this time.

I will wait for a couple more years for Century Link to get their act together and take a look again later.

#65 By Jim at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Is Prism just a fancy name for what was once Embarq TV of a few years ago?

Or is it a whole new concept. tried the Embarq TV and was the first in my neighborhood to have it, it was so bad I had to have the volume turned up to 50 to gat any goo sound out of it.
I got rid of it, but thinking about Prism if it is anything different., I am fed up with Cox.

#66 By Harris at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Prism TV freezes all the time and the costumer services reps and techs go with the flow get it working for a few minutes; taking costumers money and providing bad services will shout you down one day.

Maybe Century Link leadership don't know about the issues. Why roll out prism TV with so many issues.

#67 By Jeremiah at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

For an huge fee, I have seen more people dissatisfied with Comcast on the field. That is why the changed their name to xfinity because of becoming black balled by the BBB. Century link has better internet and will only be a matter of time before it is complete fiber to the premise. Unlike cable, that monitors your internet usage, caps you and makes you share your bandwidth with your neighbors. Prism has some kinks to work out but it is a better service. You can get 20 meg dedicated towards internet, your you don't share and 20 meg dedicated towards your tv. PS Mr. Comcast you don't broadcast in 1080....TRUE HD. I also don't like the fact that comcast supports complete gun control and internet censor ship as well. They are also a huge backer of the Obama admin.

#68 By Dee at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Centurylink prism has been a nightmare from the first day it was installed! We've had freezing, pixelating, can't record & the latest thing, the green light on the dvr just turns off! Causing everything to shut down! I can't even tell you how many times we've had repairmen out to fix issues! We're on our third DVR!! The Internet is a joke! My kids can't even connect to our own Internet in their rooms! We don't have a big house AT ALL! We're almost at the end of our 2 yr contract & I can't wait to get rid of them!! We had Directtv for 10 yrs & didn't like when we lost picture when it rained..I'll take that back, considering I've had to reset my DVR at least 10 times today!!

#69 By Dave L. at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Prism is just making its way into the Phoenix area. So I inquired about pricing since I have CL DSL and telephone. A bundle with Prism would only save me $13 a month! And given the overwhelming negative reviews, I wouldn't go near it. AND BEWARE: CL does not have 24/7 customer support--no evenings, no weekends! How bogus is that? Isn't that when most people watch TV? I'll stick with Direct TV--had it since October 2012 and so far no issues.

#70 By Sam at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I just recently got Prisim and did not know that they had disconnected my printer when installing the service. I had quite a battle with them to get someone to come out and fix the problem -- with no charge. They wanted to charge me for coming out, but I battled long and hard. Only had the service for two weeks. Good picture with full screem, but other problems exist that is making me think about changing back to Time Warner. Changed from Time Warner because their prices keep going up and the programs they offer I have seen more than 30 years ago. I think that all of us subscribers should cancel all services at the same time to send a message to these people that we are not going to take their recycled programs at the outrageous rates they want to charge. Perhaps that will be the only way we can get fair prices and good programming from them.

#71 By Steve at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I'm happy!

Switched from Dish Network and Cox Telephone/Internet service to all in one with Centurylink. Saving over $100.00 a month now. 4 televisions and all in HD.

So far so good.

#72 By Joe Manausa, MBA at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Thanks Steve. Let us know if things change (you can see others who were happy for the first 30 days ... then they got hit with price increases).

#73 By Mario at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Junk I have had it for almost 3 years now and we just HATE it... Dumping it for Cox internet and then using HULU, Netflix on ATV no more cable for us...

#74 By William at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I had Comcast for about 2 years and like a lot of people I was tired of the price increases. I saw a few commercials about Centurylink, which resulted in me looking up information about their services. I eventually signed up for the service and I was saving about $60 a month. The install went well and someone even came out before the install to make sure the wiring was okay.

I will admit the 2 HD and 2 SD limitation was a shocker. But I only have only 3 TV's in use at my home so it was not an issue. I would simply choose what I wanted to record and we just had a rule if you recorded something you won't watch something at the same time. Or you could watch something previously recorded since that does not take over a slot. I very rarely record more than 2 shows at once so I know to mix up my shows with one HD and one SD so someone is not kicked off the TV.

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. I never noticed the prism boxes automatically update so I got confused when they shutdown. Just today I realized that they upgraded the HD/SD cap. I can have 3 HD at once now and 1 SD. So that's nice when recording but again we don't run into overlapping issues. I have never had any pixelation or freezing issues like others have reported. I guess I am luckily. The internet could be better but I am paying for the basic 10 MB line. I was told by the technician that the line could easily handle 50 MB if I wanted. I am unsure if this is possible since I don't really need it.

I have had the service for about a year now and I like it. If you have a large family that records a lot of stuff this service is probably not for you. Check your options before committing to a contract and don't believe the door to door salesmen. One issue is the on demand, which isn't updated much. I would assume they don't have the large amount of rights that Comcast is able to get. I have never used on demand a lot but another member in my home does and complained about it for the first month.

#75 By Tyler at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

I live in Vegas and just got Century link. It was a big hassle getting an installer to the house because They had the wrong phone number and sad they showed up and no one was home. I called and some dweeb at headquarters set me up another appointment and I clearly have him two new phone numbers to contact us with. Long story short, the installer never showed up for the second appointment. I called and they apologized and told me I will get a $50 credit on my first bill. They got another installer out the next day that was supposed to show up between 12pm-5pm. He showed up at 10am ( thank god I was home). He said he tried calling me but he was using the wrong number like the first guy had. He was nice and everything but now I tried recording a baseball and football game and it only recorded for 3 hours and 3 minutes then shut off! Does anyone know about this?

#76 By ken at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

prism sucks.have nothing but problems.poor coustmer service.i would not recomend this service to anyone.i cant wait to go back to charter...screw you prism you will never see me again.

#77 By mike nussman at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

Centurylinks complete apathy to my concerns of their contractor cutting 3 sprinkler lines,breaking off 4 heads and cutting the water service line to home.This resulted in a large hole in the front yard and the utility light pole had to be temporalary removed before it fell over.

NOW I had a sewer back up and it looks like they even damaged the 4 inch sewer line.The plumber will insert a camera today to confirm this.

What a bunch of idiots!!!!

#78 By Robert Fox at 7/11/2017 3:46 AM

BEWARE !!! I used to have Cox Communications. I have two homes that I switched to Prism. Prism has good points & bad points. THE GOOD POINT (AND THERE'S ONLY ONE) is that if you like movies, their programming is very good. They have a wide variety of movies, many lesser films by name actors, that they rotate well so that you don't have the same few choices that seem to play forever like most cable providers. Now, THE BAD POINTS. I got Prism in my home. The reason that I decided to try Prism is because all the movie channels were included for the same price as I was paying Cox without those channels. Well, surprise, surprise. They lied to me to get me to sign the contract. Then, a couple months later, all of a sudden, my bill jumps $40 per month. I was going to cancel but my wife & granddaughter like the programming and wanted me to keep Prism, so I did. Now, regarding my other house. I have a vacation rental home that I switched to Prism (before they raise the price on my home service). Again they told me that for my $145 per month I would receive all the movie channels. Well, guess what. They lied. Less than three months after I switched that house to Prism I was at the house doing repairs and turned on the TV. All the movie channels were gone and so were half the lower numbered channels. I called Prism to ask them what happened to my movie channels and the other channels. I told them I used to have those channels and now they're gone. The customer service rep I was talking to told me that I never had those channels. I told her that I know I had those channels because, due to the East coast feed they were distributing on the West coast, the adult programing came on at 9 pm. Therefore, I had to use the parental controls so that renters with young kids wouldn't be expecting Disney and end up with porn. Then the reps told me that if I only had basic service and that if I did have the movie channels I had them by mistake. I told her that the only reason I switched to Prism was because they told me that those movie channels were included. Then she told me that if I wanted to pay $30 more per month they would give me back the movie channels. I told her that I wasn't going to pay another $30 to get what I was told I was getting when I switched to Prism in the first place. I decided to cancel and go back to Cox. Then they tell me I have to pay a $90 cancellation fee. I told them I'm not paying it. I was told I would receive certain services from them. They failed to deliver at the agreed upon price. If they had delivered what I was sold, I wouldn't be canceling. I'm not responsible for their failure to deliver as promised. I like Prism programming but I don't like getting scammed. CENTURY LINK - PRISM PULLED A CLASSIC BAIT AND SWITCH SCAM ON ME AND IT PISSES ME OFF. PRISM LIES TO YOU AND TELLS YOU YOU'RE GETTING ONE THING TO GET YOU TO SIGN A CONTRACT. THEN THEY EITHER JACK UP THE PRICE OVER WHAT YOU WERE TOLD OR THEY DON'T DELIVER WHAT YOU WERE PROMISED AND THEN DEMAND YOU PAY MORE TO GET WHAT THEY TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE GETTING IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY'RE A RIP OFF SCAM AND I'D BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU DECIDE TO TRY PRISM. I don't mind paying the price if I know up front what the price is and what I'm getting for that price. I have a big problem with any company that lies to you to get you to buy from them and then doesn't deliver or tries to charge you more than agreed. LASTLY, PRISM HAS CONSTANT TECHNICAL PROBLEMS. In the middle of watching a movie or a football game, all of a sudden the picture gets all pixelated and the sound all garbled. Sometimes the picture just freezes and the sound stops. Other times just the sound goes off. Technical Support told me that if the sound goes off I needed to wiggle the HDMI cable to get the sound back. It worked, but sometimes I had to do it a dozen times a day. Even as I'm writing this all my channels are pixelated and the sound garbled. I called Prism and they said they're aware of the problem, it's a nationwide problem and they have no estimate of when the problem will be resolved. I won't be watching the Super Bowl on Prism, that's for sure. Bottom line...BEWARE OF PRISM. If you get scammed like me, I suggest you file a complaint with the FCC. That's what I plan on doing.

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