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  •  I might have misunderstood. (3+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, MBramble, mjbleo

    The high speed cable connection that you're referring to is your internet connection?

    Sorry for the confusion. The $19/month rate tricked me into thinking that you were purchasing a basic cable package at that rate (as opposed to an internet connection).

    Here in Atlanta, my cable provider charges more than twice that for an internet connection.

    Anyway, thanks for the post. As somebody who is paying for an expanded cable package, you've given me food for thought.

    •  I was hesitant until I saw Apple TV working (3+ / 0-)
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      mjbleo, Sandino, greengemini

      at a friends house.

      It's idiot proof.  Proof?  I installed it myself.  LOL

      It's just a little box with a small remote (you might want to velcro the remove to something larger because, in a family setting, it would be really easy to lose)

      I'm saving about $100/month on cable tv, if I bought a package that came close to what I get for under $40 now.

      I buy $45 high speed internet for computers.

      For Television programming:

      $19.95 basic TV service
      $  9 Hulu
      $  9 NetFlix

      Under $40/month for huge TV programming entertainment

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 10:11:42 AM PDT

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      •  Who do you get your high speed from (2+ / 0-)
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        War on Error, mjbleo

        I have Centurylink and it is teh suck here. I can't get anything over 500 and it fluctuates to 300 sometimes. I need a better interweb. I was thinking of going to Comcast for that but not TV.

        And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

        by high uintas on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 10:16:37 AM PDT

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        •  Centurylink does suck. Rude company, too. (2+ / 0-)
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          I do use Comcast high speed.  It's the only viable alternative in my area, sadly.  But it works very, very well at least.

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 10:17:52 AM PDT

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          •  Thank you WoE (1+ / 0-)
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            I posted and then ended up running into SLC with a friend. Didn't mean to just post and disappear. I've been looking into alternatives to my Centurylink mess.

            I'm getting rid of my land line and looking into a better internet service, then I had my eye on Roku but will check out Apple and any other until I find something that works for us.

            And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

            by high uintas on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 06:30:24 PM PDT

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      •  Okay, I had it right the first time. (6+ / 0-)

        So, you are still paying $19.95 per month for the basic cable package.

        Again, if you want to drop Comcast altogether, and save another $20 per month, you can drop the basic cable package. At the risk of stating the obvious, you're in good shape as long as you maintain your internet connection.

        If you want to get the network channel in real time, for free, then you can simply purchase a digital antenna, and you're good to go.

        Here's a link with some more info: http://www.forbes.com/...

        No pressure. Just an idea.

        •  Oh, I am definitely buying an HD antenna (1+ / 0-)
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          mjbleo

          for Christmas this year.  A CEA Yellow rated one, if the research in comment above is true.

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:20:47 AM PDT

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        •  The basic cable comes with channels only available (2+ / 0-)
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          via cable (like MSNBC and Comedy Central). So if he drops his basic cable he'll lose everything he can't get over the air.

        •  Depending on location, antenna may not be easy (5+ / 0-)

          I agree, you can get an awful lot of programming OTA these days and the quality (measured as bitstream) is generally better than cable. But it is possible for it to be difficult or impossible to get a signal for any number of reasons. I used to actually have an easier time hitting towers 60 miles away with an amplified, highly-directional powered antenna than I do these days when I live in an apartment with a lot of multipathing and the towers only a few miles away. I finally found a solution for all channels, but it took a while and several different indoor antennas.

          And you do get more than just the OTA channels with a cheap package like that. Not much more but there are some local access channels and some other things (here with Time Warner you'd get the TWC station YNN, some shopping channels, and off-track betting.) Sometimes you can even get those just by splitting off before the cable modem and going into a TV with a QAM tuner. It depends what is being sent in the clear by the company. If you're getting what TWC calls "standard TV" you'd get the local stuff in digital and HD and the rest in analog SD if you don't pay for a box. I'd actually consider $20 a pretty good price for that if you're interested in things like news and sports and don't want to pay for streaming during the season.

          Anyway, AppleTV is a good choice, especially if you have other things in the Apple ecosystem. If you've got a game system like a Wii or PS3 or XBox360 you've already got streaming access to at least Netflix and often some other options as well. My PS3, for instance, can do Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and a number of other options for digital purchasing like Vudu or Sony's store.

          The problem I personally have with Hulu Plus is that they want you to pay but you still have to watch advertising and the selection is often poor and the restrictions on using devices other than a computer annoying. I had Hulu Plus for a month's worth of free trial and canceled it because it seemed to be a poor value, mostly due to the device restrictions.

        •  It's not the simple (2+ / 0-)
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          Because everything has gone digital, the signal easily bounces off airplanes and the like. We have a top-of-the-line digital antenna (with booster) but our TV pixelates and freezes every time a damn airplane flies overhead. In summer on a clear day when planes are arriving every ten minutes, it makes it impossible to watch any TV on most channels.

          This is an unexpected consequence of digital that no one foresaw before the switch had happened. There are millions of people like me, according to our local tech guy.

          What we do is pay $8 a month for Aereo.com, which holds an "antenna" connected to a DVR at a central location. We get all local channels without having to pay the basic local bill. It is not available in all cities, but it is a really great deal for those who just want basic TV without having things freeze every few minutes!

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