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Old 01-04-2013, 11:11 AM   #31
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Comcast does not advertise it, but if you call them and say you only want local channels you can get a cheap package. Ours is $10 a month and we get somewhere around 20 or so channels. We also have Netflix streaming so all told we pay less than $20 per month with tax.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by ProudMommyof2
We went NO CABLE a few months ago. We have an external antenna -$100. We got Apple TV to efficiently stream Netflix and HULU + -$100. We already had a TIVO to record shows and it works fine with the antenna (you can buy one w/o too much difficulty).

So after an initial $200 investment we now have $15 Netflix/Hulu bill per month and we are going to cancel HULU because the TIVO is enough to manage our network TV needs. There are 2 cable shows that we love so we order those over Apple TV for <$35 per season.

We will now spend $7.99(Netflix) instead $100 per month for TV. The only thing I miss is HGTV.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #33
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We cut the cable almost two years ago and don't miss it a bit. We are 2 teens and 2 adults, don't watch sports except DH for World Cup. We have one TV connected to antenna, so can get network channels and PBS, and boxee to stream other stuff through Netflix. We also have a Kindle fire and DS can stream through his XBox. And our desktop computer, of course.

It didn't even take any adjustment. We overlapped cable for a month to see if the transition would work, but never watched the cable at all that month. In short, there are plenty of screens and plenty of options to keep us happy.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:02 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by snoopy5386 View Post
Our family got an HDTV and wireless blu ray player for Christmas and now have the ability to stream netflix, hulu plus, amazon prime, etc. and we are seriously considering cancelling our direct tv subscription. For those who have done this, what do you miss? We don't watch sports so that isn't an issue, but how do you watch things like the nightly news, special events like the Ball Drop in Times Square on NYE, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Disney Christmas Parade, news coverage after major world events like Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, Snowmageddon, presidential debates, etc.? Normally I'd watch CNN for this stuff, but that won't be an option. I've never not had cable or satellite tv in my entire life so this will take some adjusting, but the savings seems worth it!
OK, here's life without cable/satellite, by the numbers...
  • No live sports (you've already stated this is not an issue). However, for NFL fans, most games are covered on CBS/FOX/NBC. As MLB goes, some Blu-ray players, to include the Playstation 3, does offer access to MLB.tv for a nominal annual fee (the big negative on this is all of your home team's games will be blacked-out while live and available for viewing, later).
  • Nightly news/other live current events - by using a simple antenna, you should be able to stay connected to the world around you, as unless you live in a really remote area, you should be able to receive your local ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/PBS affiliates.
  • Now, as TV programming goes, Netflix/Hulu Plus is really a "hit-or-miss" thing -- unless you spend most of your entertainment time on TheDIS, there may be some TV programs you might miss. I strongly recommend giving both Netfix and Hulu Plus a 30-day trial to see if their programming is what you really want/like, as though both get glowing reviews, here, I wonder if those reviewers are speaking more from the wallet...
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #35
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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.
But you're in New Jersey? Normally, that state is pretty well covered with stations out of NYC (North) and Philly (South) -- Trenton area can receive both sets...
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Ha! This is exactly what we do/ have and exactly the only thing I miss.... HGTV. Ha!
Ha! It is probably for the best. I was a bit addicted to house hunters and I would get seriously ticked off at huge houses people in other parts of the country could get for 1/2 of what my 2000 sqft Cape is worth in the Northeastt
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:44 PM   #37
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We cut the cable right before Christmas. I miss my dvr the most. I know we could get tivo to record but I can't justify the expense.

I'm finding we have a lot more time to do things now.

We already had netflix that the kids watched off the wii, and we bought a bluray for Christmas so we have netflix on that too. I did purchase Amazon Prime because DS12 got a kindle fire for Christmas, but we don't use it very often for videos. We have rented a couple of time from Amazon so that was handy.
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Some tv shows are available the next day through the channel's website, too..
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:03 PM   #39
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OP here. Irony of ironies, we do have an external roof mount antenna, I just never noticed it before.

Of course I just spent the last 2 hours trying to get it to work with no luck, everything is connected with the right cords, but it isn't working. Any ideas?
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We're actually in this process right now, too! We are going to pick up an indoor antenna tomorrow to see if it will be enough though I'm thinking because we are in the midst of trees, we may need an outdoor one.

Like someone mentioned, I really am looking forward to not having the TV on as background noise all the time and feel like we'll all be happier once we get used to it. We have our Comcast bill here to pay for next month and I told DH that I want to get this antenna issue figured out this week so we can do our free trial of netflix and hulu before the next billing cycle. We don't have any other high speed internet providers though so I have to keep comcast for that. Blah. Wish I could get rid of them completely but we are going to go from $180/month (and that's on a promotion of some sort) to $80-90.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #41
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This might be something you have already done, but have you run an "antenna channel search" on your TV?

On our TVs we have "Antenna" settings as well as "Cable" settings an you have to run a search with the right one in order to get channels correctly.


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OP here. Irony of ironies, we do have an external roof mount antenna, I just never noticed it before.

Of course I just spent the last 2 hours trying to get it to work with no luck, everything is connected with the right cords, but it isn't working. Any ideas?

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:01 AM   #42
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Sorry I can't help with ideas about getting the antenna to work - we bought one when we ditched cable. It is a rooftop one and we get around 10 or so stations (some are duplicates - NBC and ABC from our local and next city over). We bought a PC to hookup to the TV and use Windows Media to record shows (works about the same as Tivo but need to buy different cards to record 2 different shows at the same time, but they're inexpensive.

We watch network TV with the antenna, watch Netflix and recorded shows and shows off the internet with our PC.

I don't miss cable at all. I did before we had it setup to record but now we're all set. Total cost for setup with antenna, PC and cards maybe around $600 or so - but we have been cable free for 2 years so we have well made that back in savings.

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Old 01-06-2013, 02:23 AM   #43
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I don't have cable or an antenna. We just have a PC hooked up to our TV.

I guess this life would suck if you were a huge sport nut. The only thing I ever tried to watch streaming was the 2010 World Cup and it kinda sorta worked. I read local news stations/papers online for local news. The only news show we watch regularly on the TV is a streaming version of ARD's Tagesthemen. I Hulu some shows or watch them when they have been uploaded to the particular channel's website. For example, Spike TV, Comedy Central, and A&E have a lot of recent episodes available streaming. Netflix for movies and older episodes of TV shows.

Occasionally, some things slip through the cracks not having regular TV. Like we didn't know the garbage men had gone on strike until after they didn't pick up our garbage, though it was all over the local news apparently.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:37 AM   #44
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We could never give up our satellite TV. We just recently got Netflix, and I barely use it. We frequent our video store more often, but mainly we watch a lot of TV, and whatever movies we can find (there's always something good playing on some random channel!). It's the one bad habit I refuse to ditch!
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It is strictly personal preference. If you are a casual TV watcher you will probably do fine with this but there is no way I could cut out my Satellite subscription or cable. I would look at every other corner I could cut before I cut my TV. I would ditch my cell phone way before messing with my TV but I'm a sports and TV nut.
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