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Cutting the cable cord
« on: July 12, 2018, 02:05:13 AM »
We've got Google cable and with an upcoming rate change, we're trying to find a reliable alternative, preferably one with no hidden grenades. And one with a good record of service.

I'm hoping for a robust conversation with some great thoughts and ideas for a solution.

Thanks in advance.   :)
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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 03:26:44 AM »
Huku, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Instant Video here, along with over the air antenna. We haven't had cable TV for years. What can I help answer? :)

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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2018, 08:00:50 PM »
PastyWhiteGuy,
Can not see the point in paying all that money out of cable just to watch all those repeats.

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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2018, 09:59:36 PM »
Except for some regional and sports programming, most live programs can be viewed with Hulu With Live TV and/or Sling TV.
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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2018, 10:59:08 PM »
Aaron, advice about a good over the air antenna would probably be helpful so they can get local channels with an HD TV. 

Dropping cable is a major discussion in the town Facebook group because there is a company in the area installing fiber (not Google) but does not offer cable service.  According to an article in the local newspaper yesterday, the major Internet TV services (Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue) are raising their prices $5/month. 

This may be helpful:  The 2018 Beginners Guide to Cord Cutting - Cord Cutters News.

Since you have Windows 10, there are also some TV apps in the Microsoft Store, not the best and many non-English or mixed English and other languages.  For example, Classic Movies is currently spotlighting John Wayne in "Rio Lobo" and has a bunch of Alfred Hitchock movies.  There are a lot of "shorts" (just a few minutes) but full movies such as "State Fair", "Grease", Some Elvis films and a bunch of movies from the 50's.  Another is TV for Windows.  It is out of PA and part of USTVNOW.com.  It is intended for US military families living overseas but selection "other" as the location when installing it works.  The free version only has ABC, CBS, CW, NBC, the local PBS and my9 ("MyNetworkTV").  They had FOX until recently but, for some reason, that was removed.



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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »
Aaron, advice about a good over the air antenna would probably be helpful so they can get local channels with an HD TV.  .........
If I didn't live in a valley, I would have gone back to an antenna long ago.
After I got over the novelty of cable, I found myself watching the same channels, I used to get with "rabbit ears".

Looking at contour maps, I've estimated that I'd have to build a 100 foot tower (30-1/2 M) to get the same reception I got when I lived one town east of here.....

Not sure what I'd be doing about internet. Maybe I'd still be using "NoScript" to make dial-up usable, and taking hours to do MS updates.

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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2018, 08:09:25 PM »
Aaron, advice about a good over the air antenna would probably be helpful so they can get local channels with an HD TV.  .........
If I didn't live in a valley, I would have gone back to an antenna long ago.
After I got over the novelty of cable, I found myself watching the same channels, I used to get with "rabbit ears".

Looking at contour maps, I've estimated that I'd have to build a 100 foot tower (30-1/2 M) to get the same reception I got when I lived one town east of here.....

Not sure what I'd be doing about internet. Maybe I'd still be using "NoScript" to make dial-up usable, and taking hours to do MS updates.

I live in a valley between two mountains or very large hills and I didn't have to do any crazy tower to receive HD channels over the air. You just have to know the direction. Cable is pretty much a ripoff, I do have cable because even if I cut the cord, I have to pay for internet service. Then I have to pay for the extra services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. I as well do watch sports and none of them offer what I want. If I was to stream everything I would have to pay even more for internet service, because there is data caps. The alternative internet is a no go, absolutely useless in my area.

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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2018, 08:54:30 PM »
Some things I don't like on a Cable bill, you get hit with a sports access fee, a local channel fee. If you want HD, then your paying for a box, another fee. If you want anything more than extended basic, then you have to have a box. The cable companies broadcast in digital format and that's what your TV will receive. If it's a QAM capable TV then you receive local channels, i.e. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and PBS in HD. This is because the FCC doesn't allow the cable companies to block there HD transmission, on over the air channels.

It's a catch 22, you can watch the local channels for free with the cost of the antenna. The cable company is charged a rebroadcast fee if they broadcast the channels. The consumer winds up paying the fee. The Sports access fee is pretty much everywhere, Cable, Satellite, etc. The plus is I can watch pretty much any channel HD with a Roku, Firestick, smart TV, as long as they internet. I can go anywhere and stream the channels, if they don't have them, like my daughters house, we can stream a game. It's not that I advocate for any Cable company. It's what works for me.

My problem is I get a discount on the internet and it would go up 20 a month. Add the cost of Sling, Netflix, etc and I won't really save, plus I will have to giving up the sports channels I do watch. I've looked at it from many different angles. I might save a few dollars.