Television service provider

Re: Television service provider

PostBy: europachris On: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:59 pm

DOUG wrote:You guys may laugh and think that I'm crazy, but I haven't subscribed to any TV provider since 1998. I can't see wasting my hard earned money for all of the garbage on TV. Even when I did subscribe there where only a few channels worth watching.

I use rabbit ears and a Channel Master HD off-air receiver to get all my local TV stations. A lot of people don't know or realize since the new FCC conversion to all UHF didgital frequencies, that the new off-air digital HD TV actually has just as good or better picture than the cable and other dish providers because there isn't as much compression of the data.


Nope, you're not crazy! When we bought our first house in '96 I cut the coax off at the ground where the cable company had it roughed in and ready to wire into the house (new construction spec home). At the time, the local cable company had lousy service, poor channel offerings, and was expensive. I bought a good antenna from the local Radio Schlock and tossed it in the attic. We could get all the local channels and a PBS or two without needing a rotator or tower. I did miss having some of the channels (Discovery, History, etc) but I just thought of how much money we were saving and instead we would take a nice vacation every 3 or 4 years (i.e. Hawaii). 10 years of no cable bill was nice.

Once we moved in '05 to our current home, the off-air reception was pretty poor without a tower or roof mount, and being in a homeowner's association makes it a bit touchy to put up stuff like that. I don't recall any verbage against TV antennas, but ham antennas were verboten. Nevertheless, I didn't want to put up a ground mount tower, and since we are the tallest house in the neighborhood, a roof tower doubling as a lightning rod wasn't a pleasant thought. So, we got Dish Network and have been very happy. Part of the justification was some of the educational channels for our son (and the cartoon channels, too). Now my wife can watch Lifetime (gag) or Hallmark (gak) whenever she wants and of course the perenial Law and Order reruns on various channels seemingly 24 hours a day.

We did just upgrade to HD, even though I bought a 42" Samsung DLP TV almost 5 years ago. Initially the picture quality sucked compared to the ProScan 20" set, but I got used to it. But now with the proper HD setup, WOW! We got a free HD DVR and lifetime free HD from Dish with bill auto-pay signup. All I pay is the montly DVR "fee". I must admit, having a DVR is nice. With the satellite, I could only record on the VCR a program if the receiver was tuned to that channel. That made it impossible to watch one and record another and you had to remember to set the channel before going to bed if taping something late.
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: robb On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:10 pm

IN PA here I use Comcast...ONLY because then I can get the Phillies and Eagles.....I have Direct TV also (Sunday Ticket I tend to indulge in gambling)....I love Direct TV but couldnt get the Phillies. Direct TV is cheaper than Comcast and the sound and picture quality in HD was awesome. Problem is the dish size, while not big, was still susceptible to wind knocking it a bit and the picture would pixilate....If they ever fix that and the Govt controlled monopoly Comcast is allowed to have ends Comcast is in BIG TROUBLE!!!
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:00 pm

I had the same problem with Direct TV. I was a long time customer beginning in 1989 with my parents. My mother is still a customer. About a year ago I wanted to upgrade to an HD receiver. They gave me an appointment then didn't show up. Then I made another appointment with them and again, they never showed up. I attempted to make a third appointment but it was whatever time they had available which didn't work for me and they wouldn't budge on the time. I flipped out. Got off the phone with them that day and placed an order through Dish. Next day Dish was here with two receivers one being an HD DVR. Direct TV for 2 months would not leave me alone after I canceled. I ended the last conversation with, "You're a day late and a dollar short. When I wanted the upgrade you refused to work with me, now that I'm gone you want to work with me. Too bad. You're loss." They haven't called since.

I find Dish Network to be a tad more expensive than Direct TV. But, I'd rather pay a little more for a company that thus far will cater to what I want.
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:00 pm

Up here on the hill, I use an antenna--I get 10 channels--Fox, NBC, ABC, Pulic Broadcast--cartoons on Sat AM & one friggin food channel that irritates the hell out of me :lol: Oh, by the way--IT'S FREE
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: vwgtiman On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:50 am

I was using Comcast for TV until I got the 55" HDTV... We are not in the "priority" area for equipment updates. The boxes are slooooooow and the HDTV output is poor. The menu comes up in STD, not HD and I couldnt take it. After much back and fourth I went w/ Directv as my grandfather has it also and I was able to get him and I $100 off our bills. I only use Comcast now for the Cable Internet. Too bad as it is the only wire not underground at my home. I am not pleased with the whole not owning your equipment thing but their whole home DVR and the boxes are amazing. Fast, and they work. Did I mention they work. I had to reboot my Comcast Scientific Atlanta box all the time. It was replaced 2x.

For about the same or even a little less a month I have new equipmet, a HD DVR receiver w/ RF remote, a HD receiver, HD MENUS, and on demand connected to my internet.
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:49 am

Just a digital converter box over here hooked to my 15" LG LCD... Thats it... Everything was good until the neighbor out back decided to get Comcast... Comcast guy showed up and put his ladder to the pole and "SNIP" that sucker cut down my coax that was hooked to an antenna booster mounted to the pole!!! The neighbor and I both shared that booster antenna, it was split off inside the adjacent outbuilding, guess the cable guy never bothered to look where it went!!! So now I have nothing at all, that's fine, not much for tv anyway...
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:35 pm

MURDOC1 wrote:Just a digital converter box over here hooked to my 15" LG LCD... Thats it... Everything was good until the neighbor out back decided to get Comcast... Comcast guy showed up and put his ladder to the pole and "SNIP" that sucker cut down my coax that was hooked to an antenna booster mounted to the pole!!! The neighbor and I both shared that booster antenna, it was split off inside the adjacent outbuilding, guess the cable guy never bothered to look where it went!!! So now I have nothing at all, that's fine, not much for tv anyway...

WHO owns the pole, really you are not to attach anything to the utility poles. Call them and explain what happened, if they don't like it, tell them the pole is starting to rought and the pole should be replaced, I remember my father getting somewhere when he complained about a pole that was leaning on his property. THIS MAY NOT OF BEEN AN ACCIDENTAL LINE CUTTING.
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:08 pm

AA130FIREMAN wrote:
MURDOC1 wrote:Just a digital converter box over here hooked to my 15" LG LCD... Thats it... Everything was good until the neighbor out back decided to get Comcast... Comcast guy showed up and put his ladder to the pole and "SNIP" that sucker cut down my coax that was hooked to an antenna booster mounted to the pole!!! The neighbor and I both shared that booster antenna, it was split off inside the adjacent outbuilding, guess the cable guy never bothered to look where it went!!! So now I have nothing at all, that's fine, not much for tv anyway...

WHO owns the pole, really you are not to attach anything to the utility poles. Call them and explain what happened, if they don't like it, tell them the pole is starting to rought and the pole should be replaced, I remember my father getting somewhere when he complained about a pole that was leaning on his property. THIS MAY NOT OF BEEN AN ACCIDENTAL LINE CUTTING.


We own the pole, we set back here a little off the road, there are 5 poles counting the first one (PECO ownes the first one) and the antenna was attached to the 5th pole... We just had PECO out here 3 weeks ago to test the transformer on this 5th pole, they confirmed that we own the pole and they own the transformer... Thats at least good to know, if the transformer ever goes "BANG" they will replace it free of charge!!! The Comcast guy just didn't check to see where what he was cutting went to... Comcast ran an entire new service down the poles and terminated at the 5th pole... That was a seperate contractor that did the new cable run then the Comcast dude came in and went "SNIP" and ran an entire new service into the out back neighbors place leaving me with nothing...

I had the neighbor call right away to try and get that goon back here asap, but, no dice, never showed and that was 3 months ago!!! I'll have to put a call in myself and I'm gonna say "so, what are you gonna do for me, no tv for three months because your dope installer got scissor happy, you were called and no one ever showed, so whatcha gonna do for me, huh???) We'll see, doubt they do anything but worth a try right!!!
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Re: Television service provider

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:04 pm

Gee Adam,

That far back off the main road..........is there a splitter box on that 5th pole ???? Possibly get the neighbor to order another receiver for "his" house at
$ 5.95/mo and run a wire from the splitter to your place ????

Not that I'm suggesting anything illegal !!!!!!! :whistle: :hangover:


Our place is also way off the road. I have a cable that will run between our house and the sister in law's. If 1 line goes out there is always the nightime hook up to get us through until the repairman can come out to fix the problem. Been used several times so far. Just saying........... :angel:



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