Almost ready to cut the cord

Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: McGiever On: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:27 am

The savings is fantastic...but OTA (over the air) content does Not equal cable or satellite content.

But free is always good. :)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:44 am

Understood. This one was for my mom and dad. They only watched 4 channels via the satellite, and 3 were available over the air. I also got them a Roku box so they can share my Netflix account.

The only channels I miss from my cable days are the History and Discovery channels.

p.s. The Winter Olympics sure look nice when you get an uncompressed HD signal.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: RAYJAY On: Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:00 am

freetown fred wrote:AND---you pay WHAT$$$$ for that RJ??


think its right around 60 total a month for the vop and the web and i now have a Scranton number , family can call us no long distance

we need a land line (vop) because cell is spotty here, our phone company NEP is insane on pricing
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:23 am

Rob R. wrote:The only channels I miss from my cable days are the History and Discovery channels.

p.s. The Winter Olympics sure look nice when you get an uncompressed HD signal.


Rob, we can get the shows on History & Discovery by going to Netflix. They are all out there. We do not miss the satellite at all.

Nowwww..... if we could only figure out a way to get onto the internet for free.... :idea: :idea: :!:
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Horace On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:07 am

Comcast said Thursday it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/13/technol ... ?hpt=hp_c2
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video ... ?hpt=hp_c2


So glad that I dumped cable a long time ago. I'm wondering how the regulatory approval will go on this. According to the video (second link) Comcast will have 1 in 3 of every customer in the US. Ma Bell, anyone?
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:54 pm

009to090 wrote:
Rob R. wrote:The only channels I miss from my cable days are the History and Discovery channels.

p.s. The Winter Olympics sure look nice when you get an uncompressed HD signal.


Rob, we can get the shows on History & Discovery by going to Netflix. They are all out there. We do not miss the satellite at all.

Nowwww..... if we could only figure out a way to get onto the internet for free.... :idea: :idea: :!:


Dad now has the History Channel on his Roku box...plus I found the shows in Netflix. So far he is doing pretty well with it.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: warminmn On: Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:52 pm

I love my Roku. I have netflix and watch that and the other free channels on it. I havent had satellite for over 10 years. I am very lucky in that I can get over 20 channels, counting sub-channels, cuz I live on the highest spot of my county. I really didnt miss satellite much except for sports.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Cap On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:26 am

I'm lucky to pull in one or two channels if I go to an over the air digital antenna based on the charts. I'd like to cut the cord but my location stinks. Too far from Philadelphia or NYC or even Scranton. Allentown has one useless local channel.

Has anyone experimented with Android TV yet? I think it basically turns your flat screen TV into a computer therefore allowing you to stream shows, Netflix, and other stuff. I borrowed a Roku but had to return it to the owner. I am thinking bout buying a new Roku 3 for myself and then this Matricom caught my eye.

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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:51 am

We're very happy with our ota channels. We get all the major networks plus a lot of others. With the Roku there are a lot of free channels if you don't want to pay for anything. The uncompressed HD is awesome as well. We should have cut the cable years ago. On a side note in our development, there is only one other house that has an outside antenna.
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:52 am

Cap wrote:I'm lucky to pull in one or two channels if I go to an over the air digital antenna based on the charts. I'd like to cut the cord but my location stinks. Too far from Philadelphia or NYC or even Scranton. Allentown has one useless local channel.

Has anyone experimented with Android TV yet? I think it basically turns your flat screen TV into a computer therefore allowing you to stream shows, Netflix, and other stuff. I borrowed a Roku but had to return it to the owner. I am thinking bout buying a new Roku 3 for myself and then this Matricom caught my eye.

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That thing looks very interesting. I think you should buy one and tell us how it works. ;)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:24 pm

I bought one of them Roku boxes so I could watch The Blaze TV on the TV instead of the computer.

I sold it the day after it arrived. What a PAIN IN THE ASS!! :mad: Spent like 5 hours trying to get a wireless network set up to run the damn thing. I gave up. Sold it before I took it out back and shot it to hell ...

Dish Network picked up The Blaze TV not long after, so it was all good in the end. :)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:21 pm

Hey Smitty, I tried the Roku too. Didn't like it. Sent it back. Maybe I didn't give it enough chance. I'm somewhat computer literate, seemed like a lot of fiddling and my DSL couldn't provide adequate band width for it. If it was just me, I'd ditch my $108 dish network bill but gotta have it for the kids and the spouse unit..
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:33 pm

I hooked up two Roku boxes in my parents house, took about 5 minutes each to get them setup and my mom and dad get along with them fine. Dad watches Foxnews, Netflix, and the History channel on the Roku box.

Lightning wrote:Hey Smitty, I tried the Roku too. Didn't like it. Sent it back. Maybe I didn't give it enough chance. I'm somewhat computer literate, seemed like a lot of fiddling and my DSL couldn't provide adequate band width for it. If it was just me, I'd ditch my $108 dish network bill but gotta have it for the kids and the spouse unit..


I said the same thing...now we do different things as a family instead of sitting in front of the tv. :)
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Cap On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:37 pm

Roku is an awesome little device and easily sets up. It's not the Roku but Netflix that consumes all the bandwidth. Approximately 33% of all bandwidth supplied by the biggies. Just heard this on the news the other day. The Roku only channels it thru your cable modem onto the flat screen.
Smitty, what happens if you stream TV shows from websites such as ABC or AMC ? Can you internet service carry the load onto your computer?
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Re: Almost ready to cut the cord

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:11 pm

I'm game to try it again, Rob... We definitely have too much screen time. :lol:
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