Almost ready to cut the cord

Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:17 pm

The Daytona 500 sure looks good. :)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:05 pm

Seems to look even better when it's free don't it? ;)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:20 pm

Rob R. wrote:The Daytona 500 sure looks good. :)


It should look better than cable/dish, there is less compression used with OTA.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Joeski On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:53 am

Rob R. wrote:I powered up a Winegard antenna in the living room yesterday and picked up 15 channels. NBC and CBS are the sharpest I have ever seen on our TV. Hopefully next weekend I can get the antenna mounted outside and hooked up to the used TiVo I bought on eBay. The goal is to only pay for high speed Internet...no more cable or DVR fees. Pictures to follow.

Rob R, what all do you have to do with the TiVo to get it to work on your TV? I thought TiVo was a subscription you paid for monthly? I'm now considering what you have for my place down here outside of Philly. Thanks for any help.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:30 am

You can buy a TiVo with a lifetime subscription to the guide service. It is about $500 if purchased with a new unit...but the nice part is that it is good for the life of the unit, and transferable. I bought a used one with the lifetime service for about $300 total. The seller called TiVo and transferred the service to me, and I created an account online and registered the unit in my name. After it was hooked up I went into the settings and selected "reset to factory settings". That wipes out everything from the prior owner and repeats the guided setup.

So far I am very impressed with the performance.

:idea: The guys on the TiVo forums prefer the Series 3 units for use with an antenna...better tuner than the current model I guess. Mine is a Series 3 XL with a larger hard drive.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:37 am

Good Christ! :shock:

I'll keep using my VCR I guess ... :D
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Joeski On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:36 pm

Rob R. wrote:You can buy a TiVo with a lifetime subscription to the guide service. It is about $500 if purchased with a new unit...but the nice part is that it is good for the life of the unit, and transferable. I bought a used one with the lifetime service for about $300 total. The seller called TiVo and transferred the service to me, and I created an account online and registered the unit in my name. After it was hooked up I went into the settings and selected "reset to factory settings". That wipes out everything from the prior owner and repeats the guided setup.

So far I am very impressed with the performance.

:idea: The guys on the TiVo forums prefer the Series 3 units for use with an antenna...better tuner than the current model I guess. Mine is a Series 3 XL with a larger hard drive.

Thanks for the info.
Joeski
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:03 pm

Stage 2 is complete. Home phone service has been switched to "Ooma", which is similar to Vonage but only about $3.50 per month. My own cable modem has been installed, so no more rental fees for the modem.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon May 20, 2013 5:52 am

Another update: The cable company came out to our house on Friday to install a filter on the cable. I guess they don't want you watching what you aren't paying for. :lol: Anyway, after they got that done I couldn't help myself...I hooked the cable back up to our TV and did a channel scan on all frequencies. To my surprise it picked up all of our local stations as digital channels. The picture quality isn't as good as my antenna, but it is much better than analog cable. Apparently they are required to pass the local broadcast stations to you even if you don't subscribe to any cable channels? I get a few PBS stations out of VT with the antenna that didn't show up on the cable, but for someone who just wants high speed internet and a few local channels, a channel scan is all it takes. Some friends of mine have the same internet service, and they live in an area that makes it tough to pull in any stations with an antenna...I'm sure they will be thrilled to pick up 4-5 channels with no fuss or extra equipment.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:36 am

All I can get is over the air at my house. Either SAT or UHF. They wanted $1700 to hook it up because they say they need to run a new line from the main rd to me if I wanted it. I said I will pay for the new line only from my neighbors to me. They said I had to pay for all work. I told them to keep it. That was 15yrs ago. I wonder how much business they lost? Lets see about $600/ yr x 15yrs. Yea they would have made out by now. I just have UHF HD nice pic and free. :D
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Cap On: Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:34 pm

gaw wrote:
PS; for all of you young folks reading this and wondering what a TV repairman is. Years ago TVs would quit working once or twice a year. When that happened you called a man to come into your home and take the back panel off of your huge wooden box that had the TV built into it. It was full of little light bulbs called “tubes” and these tubes would go bad or to use the light bulb analogy “burn out”. The TV repairman had a suitcase full of these tubes and would use his knowledge, skill and tube tester to replace the bad tube. You were back in business for the next few months.


I remember him well. My dad had the service contract with RCA...I think. He'd be out like every 45 days. I recall one of the tubes was quite expensive and the service contract would pay for itself when this tube went out.

On another note, when I used antenna.org & my location, I can only get two IND & one PBS channels. How would I watch football? Or cable news channels?
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:07 pm

Cap wrote:On another note, when I used antenna.org & my location, I can only get two IND & one PBS channels. How would I watch football? Or cable news channels?


Not everyone has a good selection of OTA channels available. It sounds like you are stuck with cable or satellite if you don't have any of the major networks available OTA.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:47 pm

We cut the cable as of today. Bought an antenna last week and we are receiving 23 channels and that's with a temporary mount on a clothes line pole :) Haven't had a landline phone for 2 years. Use StraightTalk and 2 cell phones is cheaper than 1 landline. Started using PlayLater to record TV programs to the computer and that seems to work okay. We have a Roku and that gets a lot of different stuff to watch for free. Anything from QVC & HSN to cartoons & movies. We do have streaming Netflix too for 8 bucks a month. Not too sure what I may do about the internet yet. Probably nothing but I'll check some options as Centurylink wouldn't give me much of a deal to stay with them. Don't want Xfinity/Comcast or whatever the hell it's called.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:25 pm

Nice!

What model antenna did you get?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:36 pm

I'm kind of embarrassed to say :oops: but it's a LAVA HD2605. It's not built all that well but it does have a 2 year warranty. Figured I'd give it a try and see what happened and it actually does work very good. Getting some channels from about 60 miles from here.

http://antennadeals.com/HD2605.html
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