Almost ready to cut the cord

Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:11 pm

Two years ago we were going to drop DISH & get TIVO as we are hooked on "pause live TV". Dish asked if they could compete with Tivo would we stay with them. I said of course. They dropped to 21 bucks a month. We got a double receiver (two DVR's) all the local stations, the history channel & a handful of others.

<edit> In case someone wants it, Dish calls it "The welcome package".
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: rubicondave33 On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:29 pm

We're kind of stuck here with our services. No cell phone coverage by any of the providers at the house. No DSL service here. Satellite internet is expensive and they choke the speed when you exceed the data cap for the month. We ended up with the xfinity bundle, cable, phone, internet. Runs about 140/month but is still less than a separate phone service and cable.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Wiz On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:08 pm

Rob R. wrote:
mozz wrote:If you now have cable, when you drop the tv package, internet price alone often goes up. Our 5meg internet cost about $37.95 , if i drop the tv channels ($57.95)the internet goes up in price through the roof. I can't get dsl even here. Sick of seeing the bill go up every year. We have a Roku and Netflix so seeing movies and yesterdays tv programs are no problem, i just am not paying $50-60 for semi slow internet.


Same thing here...but it is still a decent savings. Next on the chopping block is my home phone service.


We drop home phone service a year ago... No regrets
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:47 pm

Fred,

If you run that mounting pole all the way to the ground and keep it loose at the top bracket, all you need is to reach out the window and rotate the pole.




Rick
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:01 pm

Rick, those mounting brackets up top attached to the house Are jaw like on the pole & would have to be loosened to turn the mast--this wind up here kicks ass on occasion--don't happen often enough to cause much of a problem & I'm satisfied with my 9 channels. Thanx for the input though:)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:15 pm

freetown fred wrote:Rick, those mounting brackets up top attached to the house Are jaw like on the pole & would have to be loosened to turn the mast--this wind up here kicks ass on occasion--don't happen often enough to cause much of a problem & I'm satisfied with my 9 channels. Thanx for the input though:)


Rube Goldberg it, there is plenty of examples here.

:lol: ........ :out:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:28 pm

Come on Richard, there some works of art ;)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:47 pm

Well Fred I'm figuring you can start with a 3 foot concrete base that is 4 foot in the ground. You can pour that around a a 3 inch pipe. You'll need about 40 foot 2 inch pipe with some sealed bearings to put into the 3 inch base pipe. Maybe put a chain wheel on it with some overly complex set of pulleys that you could run to the barn. You'll need a communication device in the barn from the house......... which of course is so you can command Mr. Ed to pull on the right rope to get it to move. :lol: ;)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: dcrane On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:58 am

I thought air wave antennas did not work anymore :shock: Im so sick of Comcast's ridiculous fee's every month (its seriously like a damb mortgage payment at this point). Can you get all the sports games with one of these antennas? If i could watch the Bruins, Patriots and Celtics (I dont watch baseball), I would think about this as an option.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Ed.A On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:20 am

Got rid of the land line...and then the gas prices increased so any savings was eaten up the 1st week or so.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:49 am

NICE, I'm on it :clap: toothy
Richard S. wrote:Well Fred I'm figuring you can start with a 3 foot concrete base that is 4 foot in the ground. You can pour that around a a 3 inch pipe. You'll need about 40 foot 2 inch pipe with some sealed bearings to put into the 3 inch base pipe. Maybe put a chain wheel on it with some overly complex set of pulleys that you could run to the barn. You'll need a communication device in the barn from the house......... which of course is so you can command Mr. Ed to pull on the right rope to get it to move. :lol: ;)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:16 am

Richard S. wrote:Well Fred I'm figuring you can start with a 3 foot concrete base that is 4 foot in the ground. You can pour that around a a 3 inch pipe. You'll need about 40 foot 2 inch pipe with some sealed bearings to put into the 3 inch base pipe. Maybe put a chain wheel on it with some overly complex set of pulleys that you could run to the barn. You'll need a communication device in the barn from the house......... which of course is so you can command Mr. Ed to pull on the right rope to get it to move. :lol: ;)




That's exactly what I was thinking of. Chain drive hooked up to a stationary bike in the living room ??




Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:25 am

dcrane wrote:I thought air wave antennas did not work anymore :shock:


Actually they work better than ever and more channels if you get reception. If you have an old TV you need a digital converter box between the antenna and TV. If you have a newer TV built after 2007 they have the tuner built in. Find an antennae and plug it, see what you get....


Im so sick of Comcast's ridiculous fee's every month (its seriously like a damb mortgage payment at this point). Can you get all the sports games with one of these antennas?


You're going to get your local channels. Usually ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX etc. Depends on the market you're in. You won't have ESPN etc. . Each of those may be broadcasting multiple channels. For example the local PBS channel broadcasts the regular feed that is local, another one that is similar to the local feed but just has the national content and yet another with the DIY and cooking shows.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Salemcoal On: Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:32 pm

I have the old antenna still on the back of my with a cable hanging down from the previous owner. Might try it and see what I get. On a newer tv would you just plug it into where the cable plugs in. Time Warner lowered my bill after I told them I was cancelling.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:40 pm

I've got an antenna myself. Cost $0 - came with the house. 8-) Right now it's connected to my scanner, but keeping the future in mind reading these posts.

We have Dish Network. Certainly not free, but we have every channel except the movie ones. Cable would be over $130 a month - we pay under $74 after MA sales tax - state just started taxing satellite in '10. :mad:

I'd love to cancel our landline telephone, but cell service SUCKS out here. The cell is first on the chopping block if times get any tougher.
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