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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jack Straw, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    OTA is awesome. I am about 40 miles and of course there are trees and hills between me and the tower but that doesn't matter. The signal is not "line of sight" only. The only thing that causes trouble with my self made attic antenna is when a heavy rainstorm comes between me and the towers. Otherwise it is excellent quality network programming in REAL HD (cable companies compress their HD) for free.

    There are places with no reception but even distances over 100 miles from the tower are very possible.

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    No increase in the latest bill.

    I also should mention that about three months ago I got tired of seeing all the great deals new subscribers get so I called Directv up and asked about getting a few perks . . . mentioned all the perks new folks get and all they offered was three months of HBO and Cinemax . . . at which point I told them I wanted to cancel my long-time service with them (in fact I don't even have a contract and was on some grandfathered service plan) . . . and then I was booted to someone else who asked what I wanted.

    I was fairly reasonable . . . didn't want to pay for high definition service when newbies get it for free and Dish TV subscribers get it for life for free . . . wanted the local stations . . . and thought they could offer a bit of a cut. Told them I didn't need or want movie channels, sports, etc. I ended up getting what I wanted with no contract and a bit of a cut . . . of course the kicker is that it is "only" for 12 months at which point I plan to call them up again if they boot the price up.

    Me . . . I'm not a TV hater . . . and don't mind paying for the service. Sure, it's not as cheap as OTA . . . but my wife hates the long Maine winters so I figure it's either pay for the TV service or pay for the airplane ticket to visit her in Florida once a month in the winter. I also have to say I love the DVR and VOD (the free shows) service . . . makes watching my favorite TV shows on my schedule much more convenient.
  3. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    Nearest transmitter is over 50 miles...no choice but satellite, cannot even get cable out here
  4. bmblank

    bmblank Minister of Fire

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    I'm not saying i don't believe you or anything. Its just seems like a rarity to pick up absolutely nothing. That would suck.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    After all the work and expenditure I didn't pick up "nothing". The station that broadcasts all of the stations in Korean, Russian and every other language in the world is a clear shot south of me. Got all of them just fine but nothing from the network towers that are 45 miles north.
  6. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    I get about 25 channels with my ChannelMaster rotor set up. Don't watch that much TV, but I will probably have to deal with these cable TV clowns next year if I want internet at home; just recently got dial-up and it is worthless. Looks like internet is going to cost as much as cable TV, if not more.:(
  7. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    "Might as well face it, you're addicted to ......TV"
    Apologies to whoever.
    Cut the Direct TV cord a few years ago, and keep myself occupied here on Hearth.
    Also watch plenty of stuff via CBS, Hulu. There's also plowing, c/s/s, plowing, c/s/s.
    Break the chain.
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  8. btuser

    btuser Minister of Fire

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    Cable went up 5 bucks and I decided it was time to bust us down to basic (no OTA here to speak of), got rid of the HD box, HBO and whatnot. Bill went from $89/month to $36/month.

    My parents made it exactly 3 hours before they decided they could cough up the extra money to keep HGTV and NESN.
  9. yooperdave

    yooperdave Minister of Fire

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    My charter (cable) bill took a hike this month-to the tune of about$20 increase! Am now considering direct or dish. I spoke to charter today and told them I would be cancelling if thye didn't drop the price... They pretty much said "Oh".
  10. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    Way back when the cable craze started we tried it, $ 7 /mo. about 4 movies that kept repeating all month. Then after a couple months a price increase to $13/mo with promise of better service more content, added 1 movie other than that same old, 6 more months another doubling of price, dropped it never bought it since. Internet is mobile but I am not happy price wise at $60/mo. and that is average around here any carrier.

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