Getting rid of Satellite TV

Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:27 pm

Netflix is over priced ... I stopped service when they split it between DVDs and free instant to being separate services.

All other non-free gimick/gadget stuff is all garbage IMO.

You can get everything over the internet .... I am cancelling my TV cable this month ... and I am a moderate TV watcher ... costs are just ripoffs IMO.
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:08 pm

We stopped watching TV & then cut the TV service too.I joined a forum called NEPACrossroads.com & now in my spare time i try to keep after all the info on that forum. With the forum one can get involved too,anything from verbal action battles, to deciding which style stove to romance with ,to which coal is the best to cook with ,to.......etc.Saved us $34/month getting rid of cable, the forum is free & one can get lots of good info from it. :)
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: top top On: Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:28 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:We stopped watching TV & then cut the TV service too.I joined a forum called NEPACrossroads.com & now in my spare time i try to keep after all the info on that forum. With the forum one can get involved too,anything from verbal action battles, to deciding which style stove to romance with ,to which coal is the best to cook with ,to.......etc.Saved us $34/month getting rid of cable, the forum is free & one can get lots of good info from it. :)


Sounds interesting, can you post a link?

One of the businesses I partnered in sold C-band and later Dish Network, so I was pretty familiar with both. I used Dish for internet until DSL became available. Now I get about 10mbps on DSL and discontinued everything else. I do pay for Netflix streaming, share my connection with a couple neighbors and it isn't unusual to have several devices online at once, with two streaming movies. It does what we need. I could change to cable internet and triple my speed, but just haven't bothered. I keep hoping for fios, but I guess it isn't happening. For DSL you need to be within about 18,000 ft by wire. Closer is better, I'm at the limit here.
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:25 pm

top top wrote:
windyhill4.2 wrote:We stopped watching TV & then cut the TV service too.I joined a forum called NEPACrossroads.com & now in my spare time i try to keep after all the info on that forum. With the forum one can get involved too,anything from verbal action battles, to deciding which style stove to romance with ,to which coal is the best to cook with ,to.......etc.Saved us $34/month getting rid of cable, the forum is free & one can get lots of good info from it. :)


Sounds interesting, can you post a link?

One of the businesses I partnered in sold C-band and later Dish Network, so I was pretty familiar with both. I used Dish for internet until DSL became available. Now I get about 10mbps on DSL and discontinued everything else. I do pay for Netflix streaming, share my connection with a couple neighbors and it isn't unusual to have several devices online at once, with two streaming movies. It does what we need. I could change to cable internet and triple my speed, but just haven't bothered. I keep hoping for fios, but I guess it isn't happening. For DSL you need to be within about 18,000 ft by wire. Closer is better, I'm at the limit here.

I'm on Verizon DSL, and I think my speed is something close to 30 bytes per hour.
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:09 am

My local phone company has started installing a fiber network in my area. I have heard that the performance is very impressive...unfortunately the lack of houses between me and the phone company probably means it will never make it to this end of the road.

top top wrote: I do pay for Netflix streaming, share my connection with a couple neighbors and it isn't unusual to have several devices online at once, with two streaming movies.


I share my Netflix account with my mom and dad. Works out well if you can share it with multiple family members.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: hotblast1357 On: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:08 am

i cancelled our satellite TV as soon as the contract came up! was costing us 90/month for basic channels and DVR, I now pay 39.99/month for DSL, just did a speed test and got 32.50 mbps download and 3.48 mbps upload through my lap top wireless, i pay the 100/year with amazon for prime for the 2 day shipping, so i also get tv and movies from there, and i also pay the 8/month for netflix, and i stream this all off my PS3, or apple devices, so i guess you could say im paying 55.99 per month for all of it, but i now have WIFI, and have a bunch of options now, i can have wireless security among other things, and we are not going over on our cell plans with the data, you can never find anything to watch anyway on TV lol
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: northernmainecoal On: Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:33 pm

We've dropped the satellite, had wireless internet installed through a local provider and couldn't be happier. We're using a Roku 3 with Netflix and couldn't be happier, no buffering or lag times and best of all no $110 satellite bill. Also able to drop down our data plan on the cell phones for even more savings :D
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:36 pm

northernmainecoal wrote:We've dropped the satellite, had wireless internet installed through a local provider and couldn't be happier. We're using a Roku 3 with Netflix and couldn't be happier, no buffering or lag times and best of all no $110 satellite bill. Also able to drop down our data plan on the cell phones for even more savings :D


What's your internet speed?
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: northernmainecoal On: Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:41 pm

Lightning wrote:
northernmainecoal wrote:We've dropped the satellite, had wireless internet installed through a local provider and couldn't be happier. We're using a Roku 3 with Netflix and couldn't be happier, no buffering or lag times and best of all no $110 satellite bill. Also able to drop down our data plan on the cell phones for even more savings :D


What's your internet speed?


It was advertised as 5mbps download and 2 upload. I haven't tested as it is working flawlessly for what we need
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: KLook On: Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:15 pm

We have been exploring these options as well. My wife bought the Roku 4 or 5 and since our speeds are 1 gb up and down, speed is not a problem. Just trying to figure out what we lose and what we gain.
Chattanooga is one of 3 sites in the country that had an experimental fiber optic system go in. One of the other was in Orono, Me. and one of the San's in Cali. Tired of paying out the a$$ for stuff I don't watch. I agree with the Coal forum providing entertainment.

Kevin
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: DENNIS BAUER On: Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:44 pm

I never had a TV system install at the house.
We run off an OTA antenna and a Roku. We use Frontier (local Phone company) DSL. Works well for us.
$30 a month for internet and $8 a month for Netflix.
Only down fall I found:
No Discovery Channel. That's what I really miss from TV companies.
DENNIS BAUER
 
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:01 pm

I have not had cable in a few years now. I do have a TIVO and Netflix and get probably 12 or so channels over the air. Still have more TV than needed. Oh I also have ROKU for the angry birds. :D
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:19 pm

northernmainecoal wrote:
It was advertised as 5mbps download and 2 upload. I haven't tested as it is working flawlessly for what we need


That's what I have for internet speeds ... I stream from the networks etc. Don't have Roku, used to but when they split the dvd/streaming I split. I cut the cable cord a month ago...

http://www.tvland.com/episodes/ax8zdm/t ... cob-ep-108

Here's a recent show I'm watching ^^... pilot was funny as heck ... still grinding through the show ... we should start a thread for links to streaming shows to watch.
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:55 pm

We have two internet lines. One is DSL which is 3 down and a fraction up as we are on the end of the line. Streaming video will not work well at all. As this is a business line it is good for what we use it for. The other is Optimum, 50 down and 15 up and that is good for anything.

The main problem is that there is nothing to watch. Does anyone have a solution for that one. We use Apple and sometimes airplay stuff from the iPad. It all works well.
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Re: Getting rid of Satellite TV

PostBy: Waswood On: Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:19 pm

We have cable with a decent internet speed but with all the channels can't find much to watch. We bought a tv box from a friend but they have them on Amazon it's called - android tv box mx3. That's the 1 we have but I think it has to be unlocked or programmed ( Amazon has that also). We watch movies , tv shows , about anything you want. It even has those movies the kids have to go to bed for :shock: .You do need a decent internet but no monthly $$ for tv. I see there's different ones for sale but all I know is the 1 we got.
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