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Old 01-04-2013, 07:06 AM   #16
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You might need an outdoor antenna.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:41 AM   #17
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We still have satellite, but only basic channels. I REALLY miss all the "reality shows"...all the good ones are on TLC, Bravo, etc.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #18
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As for an antenna, none of our indoor antennas work well, and certainly not a "regular" antenna. We are in a valley surrounded by a lot of tall trees and we are 25 miles from most of the broadcast station.

This one works, but not indoors unless it is a North Facing-in the window-location.

http://www.amazon.com/Winegard-FV-HD...=IFDPBERNERAKR

There are so many antennas out there and some just simply will NOT work for people outside of the city.

AntennaWeb.org and TVFool.com should be of some help.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #19
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We cut cable, but couldn't get local channels with antennas, we tried a few different ones. So we do have the basic cable $20/month just for locals. Then we have netflix/hulu. The only thing we miss is Espn for my DH. We've been like this for a year now and couldn't be happier!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #20
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How much do you all spend on Internet? I would love to cancel cable but here we bundle and the Internet only price seems so high.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:33 AM   #21
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How much do you all spend on Internet? I would love to cancel cable but here we bundle and the Internet only price seems so high.
Sorry Should have mentioned that I do have an HDTV antenna for my room and love it. It works awesome!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:36 AM   #22
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Our current Internet bill is 50 a month. That includes taxes and everything else. It's DSL with 10-12mbps.

Our Internet & sat bundle was $150 a month when we added in all the taxes, etc. I called for a deal and dish refused. After we cancelled, they came father us with a deal.

Even the cable bundles are at least 80 here plus another 20 in taxes.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:42 AM   #23
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There's a member here who posted a really great link to see what you should be able to receive where you live: tvfool.com. Just enter your address and it'll show you a colorful list of stations. You should receive the ones in green very strongly. If you don't then it is probably something wrong with the antenna or the antenna jack in your television.
I have tried this site and I get no stations in green and only a couple in yellow. This is the problem and there isn't much I can do on my end to fix it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:09 AM   #25
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How much do you all spend on Internet? I would love to cancel cable but here we bundle and the Internet only price seems so high.
I always wonder that, too. Our cable only costs about $10 more than just internet and phone, so it's completely worth it. In fact, we didn't have cable for years, but then a few years ago we realized how cheap it was to add it. It's only $2 more per month than hulu plus would be, and we actually have access to the shows we watch.
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I got one off of Amazon, changed my world
Outside antenna's rock
That is all we have ever had, and with the advent of digital tv
we went from 5 stations to 17 stations- and we live in a remote, rural area, an hour's drive or more to the closest tv station.

Our antenna- which came with our home, is on a rotary frame that we can turn- and this does make a difference.
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I always wonder that, too. Our cable only costs about $10 more than just internet and phone, so it's completely worth it. In fact, we didn't have cable for years, but then a few years ago we realized how cheap it was to add it. It's only $2 more per month than hulu plus would be, and we actually have access to the shows we watch.
I am in the same boat here. I bundle our cable, internet and phone (I need a house phone for our house alarm). Every 6 months I call the cable company and bargain for whatever deal they are offerering. My monthly bill is between $85-$105 per month for all three services depending on the deal at that time. I think that is pretty good and with all the sports we watch, I don't think Hula and an atenna will cut it.
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Before we made the jump to ditch cable, I did my research. We never watched live TV. Everything was TIVO'ed or DVR'ed. I made a list of each show and the network it was on. I then went online and made notes of which were available via Hulu and iTunes. We then got a 30 day free subscription for Netflix and did the same thing. The last thing we did was get Amazon Prime. That was a $79 fee for the year, we use Amazon enough to justify the cost for one year, which we will reevaluate next summer.
We ditched cable over the summer and for the most part we don't regret it. There are a few things I miss, but not enough to get cable back.
We had Comcast for phone/internet/cable. My bill went from $245 a month to $95 a month. We kept the phone and the high speed internet (not the highest speed).

Netflix is good for older seasons, and other shows that are now off the air. Hulu is good for current stuff but a lot of shows don't stay on very long. Some of the episodes expire, typically after 4 weeks. I don't like the Hulu commercials, and I hope they will go to a second tier fee for no commercials, I would be willing to pay it.

Overall we are all happy about ditching the cable. And have saved a fortune. The best part though, not having to watch the same Disney show for the thousandth time just because they want noise on in the background. the kids have discovered Rugrats, Mythbusters, older Doctor Who episodes and other things that they actually sit down and watch, because it's new to them.
And I have found that I don't watch as much mindless TV as I did before. I'm a reformed channel surfer. LOL
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I have tried this site and I get no stations in green and only a couple in yellow. This is the problem and there isn't much I can do on my end to fix it.
According to my report (look near the bottom of the page) on tvfool,
if you have yellow and even red, an exterior antenna would work well for you.
Being on a hill only helps
And that would probably save you a lot of money in the future.
Free tv costs nothing.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:47 AM   #30
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I wish we'd gone cable-free sooner than we did.We watch less TV and what we do watch is much better because we're intentional about what we watch-and usually no commercials!. All the stuff you mentioned is available on network TV, if you can get it to come it. After probably two years the only time I was frustrated was Tuesday when the network cut away from the Rose Parade and didn't show the band I was watching to see, when it was shown on HGTV. But, there are videos of it on Youtube so it turned out to not be a big deal.
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