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Wireless Internet and Cable DVR How Much Should I Be Paying? Help
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Posted on 02/05/2012 11:32:44 AM PST by STD

Dear FReepers,

I live outside Chicago. My current provider for bundled Cable, Internet and home based landline costs 179 dollars a month. I have the large selection of cable stations including History, Military etc, without any premium channels. or DVR.

I'm coming to you my friends to see what suggestions, or ingenious Freepers have come up with to obtain service; I'd like a large number of Cable stations plus a DVR. My son insists upon Internet fast enough to play video games inter-actively online. We need wireless internet for our laptops. I would like a DVR machine with any new service. I don't need the landline service. I would like to learn how to use Skype, or another similar service. Help Your suggestions and thoughts are welcome here; Help!


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I have Comcast bundle now at 180 bucks per month. Thanks in advance,

FReegards,

STD

1 posted on 02/05/2012 11:32:54 AM PST by STD
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To: STD

Tap your neighbors line when hes not home. Get it free


2 posted on 02/05/2012 11:34:37 AM PST by LC Gladiator (Barack Obama is a malevolent Marxist cockroach and a foul festering pustule on the hide of America.)
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To: STD

Can anyone tell me about modern TV antennae usage. In a huge metro area, we have several dozens of free stations. Is the anyone from the Chicago area able to comment about their service.


3 posted on 02/05/2012 11:37:04 AM PST by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: STD

Am going from Comcast to AT&T Uverse. That price should get DVR included and faster internet. So it looks like this will work out for us.


4 posted on 02/05/2012 11:38:57 AM PST by sr4402
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To: STD
We've been w/o TV for almost 4 years. The savings so far is mind-boggling but that is insignificant when compared to the improved blood pressure readings.

Netflix...no commercials, watch what you want and don't support the enemy.

5 posted on 02/05/2012 11:39:08 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: STD
Since Comcast charges can differ by region, suggest you also pose your question In the AVS Forum Chicago Comcast thread.

What other providers are available in your market?

6 posted on 02/05/2012 11:41:09 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: gorush

I cut the cable about a year ago. We were only watching the History channel, Food Network, some of the animal documentaries, and a couple of the kid channels.

We REALLY miss some of the Food Network shows, though. I haven’t figured out any way to get them online.


7 posted on 02/05/2012 11:42:08 AM PST by Politicalmom (Lazamataz for president!! NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: STD

” I don’t need the landline service.”
Keep in mind that a landline puts you directly on the 911 system for fire/rescue/police emergency response. I consider it a small expense for valuable insurance. Think about a loved one being in need of emergency medical care and weigh that against the importance of online video gaming.


8 posted on 02/05/2012 11:44:07 AM PST by rhoda_penmark
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To: STD

I live in central NY State and have Time Warner for my Road Runner, TV, and digital phone service. I get a large number of channels, which includes On Demand, Look Back, etc. I don’t subscribe to any of the premium networks, or Encore channels. I also have an HD DVR with them. I got a special deal from them about a year ago, and my monthly bill for everything has been $160. Previously, it was around $219. About a week ago, I got a notice from Time Warner that although my special deal would be expiring soon, they were offering me an extension of that rate because I was a valued customer. Good luck with your quest.


9 posted on 02/05/2012 11:45:27 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: STD

If you get HSN then it’s priceless anyway.../s


10 posted on 02/05/2012 11:46:58 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: STD
AVS Forum also has a Chicago Over the Air Antenna thread which should answer your questions about "free" TV.
11 posted on 02/05/2012 11:47:13 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: gorush

Amen. I ditto your comment 100%.

I don’t understand why anybody “needs” TV other than to satisfy a habit.

Netflix movies via DVD. Only to way to go. Netflix has many more movies on DVD than via streaming.


12 posted on 02/05/2012 11:47:20 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Politicalmom

Try Epicurious.com


13 posted on 02/05/2012 11:48:03 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: STD

I am on DSL right now. That is the only reason I have a landline. Is there a wireless device that can run a router for my PCs so I can drop the landline? Failing that is there a good directional antenna I can use to tap surrounding routers?


14 posted on 02/05/2012 11:48:44 AM PST by BipolarBob (When do the salmon return to Capistrano?)
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To: STD
I don't know Uvere's price w/o the landline. Skype to phone is going to cost something. Skype to Skype costs nothing.

Clark Howard says the cheapest cellphone service is where you buy your own minutes and where they don't age it (forcing you to buy more minutes).

15 posted on 02/05/2012 11:49:29 AM PST by sr4402
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To: STD

For $32/month (inclusive) Comcast gives me (through my neighborhood HOA):
a) basic digital cable with about 80 channe

For $75/month (inclusive) CenturyLink gives me:

b) landline with unlimited long distance, voicemail & all special features
c) wireless high speed internet 10 Mbps

We don’t game, but we can stream HD video to our TV and have 4 people surfing and youtubing at the same time.


16 posted on 02/05/2012 11:51:45 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: sr4402

Any Company Names involved please?


17 posted on 02/05/2012 11:51:58 AM PST by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: rhoda_penmark

Nobodies allowed to die anymore! Good old fashioned death is out of the question until every last dime’s spent and everyone suffers until the bitter, bitter END. As a physician, I protest Loudly!


18 posted on 02/05/2012 11:59:11 AM PST by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: STD

I pay $150 for all three plus Tivo, but it’ll jump to about $170 next year. I don’t have it but, DirecTV is really pushing for new subscribers. I would go there first and demand the NFL season ticket for free.


19 posted on 02/05/2012 12:02:50 PM PST by Krankor (It's time you started thinking inside your head, that you should you stand up and fight.)
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To: STD

I’ve got Brighthouse (formerly TimeWarner)

internet, cable tv+DVR, and landline phone
126/mo

They raised it to 148 and I called and told them I’d switch to U-verse if they didn’t back off. Not much pushback.

It really helps if you have an alternate provider available to threaten them with.


20 posted on 02/05/2012 12:03:47 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: STD

I have my county co-op providing my basic digital cable and hi-speed internet for $124 per month. I don’t get premium channels like HBO or Cinemax, just the basic tier cable with NFL, Discovery, SyFy, ESPN, etc. I dropped my land line three years ago to save money.


21 posted on 02/05/2012 12:04:12 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: STD

Oh, a DVR is included in my cable package.


22 posted on 02/05/2012 12:05:40 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: STD

I have U-verse bundled and it is 161. The internet is DSL unlimited and 200 or so cable channels. They added FBN within the past few months.


23 posted on 02/05/2012 12:06:50 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: STD
As a physician, I protest Loudly!

As a physician, you probably should reconsider your Freeper handle. (j/k)

24 posted on 02/05/2012 12:08:19 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: rhoda_penmark

I went with Verizon wireless for my telephone. I kept the same land line number and assume that gives 911 my address when I call.

The reason was my landline was down every time it rained, buzzing in the line and out oforder. It would take them a week to fix it after several calls.

Verizon and I assume all of the telephone companies are eventually going to stop maintaining and laying new hard wires and convert to only wireless anyway.Therefore their land lines will continue to decline and be allowed to deteriorate. We havent seen any new lines in place in years, and Verizon is laying off line workers.


25 posted on 02/05/2012 12:17:15 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Politicalmom

Although she still is watching the programs on cable, my wife gets her recipes on the Food Channel web site.


26 posted on 02/05/2012 12:19:55 PM PST by wizr (If God isn't on your side, who is? Keep the Faith, no matter what.)
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To: STD

I have U-Verse @ $185 a month.
300 plan for TV plus sports package, Wireless, box to record (view recordings from 3 TV’S) record 4 HD shows at the same time), for 3 TV’S,includes VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), Internet @10 MPM and is very stable.
It is the source of much entertainment.
I am 77 years old.


27 posted on 02/05/2012 12:28:08 PM PST by golfisnr1
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To: Politicalmom
I love Food Network.

I haven't had cable in probably 20 years, however. I travel fairly often for work and get my "fix" when I travel.

I live in Rural (with indeed a capital "R") West Texas and we have internet through a land line with AT&T. Our internet choices are very limited but this has worked very well. My sons are into gaming and my husband and I both have to have internet for work. We can all be online at the same time with no issues.

We do have Netflix but only for streaming. Some of the older Food Network programs are available on DVD but I haven't chosen to watch any that way.

We don't use our landline for telephone service. We gave that up a few years ago when we realized we were basically paying for nothing; we never used the landline after we all got cell phones.

28 posted on 02/05/2012 12:28:28 PM PST by susannah59
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To: STD

No matter who you have......do this....

Call to cancel.

They will ask you why (always do)

Tell them that you are going to another company that charges less(have the numbers in front of you) or that you can’t afford it.

They want to keep your business and will give you a better deal.

WORKS EVERY TIME!!!!!!!!!!


29 posted on 02/05/2012 12:31:58 PM PST by Jayster
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To: Politicalmom

Try this site they have a little of everything the classic tv is good too.

http://tgun.tv/


30 posted on 02/05/2012 12:35:24 PM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Politicalmom

Food.com, which used to be Recipezaar is connected with the Food Network in someway or another. There are all kinds of links their to FoodTV.

The Food network and the Travel Channel are the 2 I miss the most since we ditched Dish better than 3 years ago. My husband misses History and ESPN and our 13yo misses some of the Discovery channels (I think we had 3)National Geographic and Animal Planet. We live!


31 posted on 02/05/2012 12:35:46 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: STD

Comcast has a call center desk that is their “retention specialist”. Ask for that person. They can get you down to $79.99 monthly for their “Triple Play” if you commit to two years. You may have to talk about things like Amazon Prime and Netfilx via streaming video to get them to geek, but they will. That will save you $2,400 over the two years. Or you can “cut the cable” (google the phrase) and save even more.

From the Chicago paper - http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-201201161400—tms—kidmoneyctnsr-a20120116jan16,0,2255305.story


32 posted on 02/05/2012 12:39:33 PM PST by narses
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To: STD
One of my kids has an antennae, wireless blued-ray DVD (bought at COSTCO), PC and Netflix for about $17.00 a month. That's a bare-bones route - but they're happy..

Another choice - if there's competition in your area - is call and ask for a better deal. Somehow these folks seem to come through if they feel mildly concerned you might move you money to a different company. Not a bad idea to call some of the competitors to know in advance what a great offer they're making...

33 posted on 02/05/2012 12:50:37 PM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: STD

Might want to check into a Roku 2 instead. Honestly fantastic.

http://www.roku.com/


34 posted on 02/05/2012 1:00:06 PM PST by battletank
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To: STD
Wireless Internet and Cable DVR, cell phone, food, gas, car payment, medical, mortgage Obama will pay it all from his stash!

35 posted on 02/05/2012 1:11:40 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: STD

Whatever. 911 will be able to locate you. I see that blond genius pinpoint an address from a cell phone signal in minutes in every episode of “Criminal Minds”. ;-)
Good luck to you if you have a cerebrovascular accident.


36 posted on 02/05/2012 1:24:40 PM PST by rhoda_penmark
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To: STD

A little off topic but this is where I’m going for “cell” phone service when this little company gets out of beta and starts taking on more customers.

Republicwireless.com I even like the name!

Their everything data plan for $19/mo? I’ll take it! Even though they’re only going with the LG Optimus (Android phone)for now. My Sprint all data plan is $100/mo. And if you want an Iphone which they’re now offering its $110/mo. No thanx I don’t need an Iphone that bad


37 posted on 02/05/2012 1:26:58 PM PST by SaintDismas
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To: Venturer

****Therefore their land lines will continue to decline and be allowed to deteriorate. We havent seen any new lines in place in years, and Verizon is laying off line workers.****

Probably a trend for residential suburbs - but not for rural areas with no towers and not likely for commercial buildings, stores, offices and government.


38 posted on 02/05/2012 1:32:42 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: Politicalmom

“Cooking With Dog” is very good for learning how to prepare East Asian dishes. Try: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2012/01/top_5_cooking_with_dog_episode.php


39 posted on 02/05/2012 2:01:38 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: STD

I have an antenna in the attic which is connected to the cable system in the house. Quality is better than cable, it is available throughout the house and we get about thirty different programming choices at any given time.

We live out in the sticks so we get our internet from a rural wireless delivery system, speed isn’t great but good enough to stream Netflix, Hulu and Divx TV. We pay $50/mo for internet and another $15 for Netflix DVD and streaming.

I have a couple of hard drive based digital recorders that I bought from WalMart years ago. They have digital tuners but only record in DVD quality. I also have one computer connected to the TV with a digital tuner so I can record in full HD if I want but I haven’t been that attached to a TV show for a number of years.

Cost wasn’t our biggest issue, but the money saved is a nice thing. We always have something to watch when we want.


40 posted on 02/05/2012 2:02:34 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: STD

Compare price without bundling.

I do not have the telephone service, but have cable and Internet.

My internet is advertised at about 12 Mbps [I can get up to 18 Mbps most time] for $50/month with 200gb download.

My cable company charges $10/month for the DVR service. I already have a box for HD, which was $8.00/month.

My cable bill, without phone and without DVR, with 2 premium channels runs about $160/month.


41 posted on 02/05/2012 2:14:15 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: STD

For wireless...

I have the cable modem connected to a router (I bought it). That provides me wireless for ROKU/Netflix to my TV and internet to my laptop.


42 posted on 02/05/2012 2:16:37 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: eyedigress

We just switched from Dish to U-Verse and love it! We bundled everything: Land line, internet and TV. Now we pay less per month ($142) and get much more...including Fox Business.

Biggest advantage: Bad weather does not affect it. It stayed with us through the last tornado warning.


43 posted on 02/05/2012 2:19:26 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: sr4402
Clark Howard says the cheapest cellphone service is where you buy your own minutes and where they don't age it (forcing you to buy more minutes).

I don't make many calls. I got tired of paying the local telephone $300 a year just to have the phone sit. I investigated and switched to Tracfone prepaid. My minutes never expire. It does cost about $8/month for 'service' but that is still cheaper than the landline was.

I also have Magicjack connected to the computer for about $12/year. Magicjack has a new device similar to Nettalk's which connects to the Internet, but the pc does not have to be on. Service is about $30/year.
44 posted on 02/05/2012 2:27:33 PM PST by TomGuy
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45 posted on 02/05/2012 2:39:55 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: SumProVita

I enjoy that added weather bonus as well. I had DISH and two of their nice DVR’s quit within 2 years. Also I needed a land-line as a cell at my house is next to worthless. I am pleased with U-Verse, it just takes time to get used to the differences.


46 posted on 02/05/2012 2:58:35 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Venturer; STD
Verizon and I assume all of the telephone companies are eventually going to stop maintaining and laying new hard wires and convert to only wireless anyway.Therefore their land lines will continue to decline and be allowed to deteriorate. We havent seen any new lines in place in years, and Verizon is laying off line workers.

Verizon has been pushing FiOS - Fibre Optic cabling in its metro areas, but strung/maintained by third-party contractors. I have copper + DSL, at ~$55/mo., and they want me to 'upgrade' to FiOS for ~$85/mo. I don't have cable, just use an OTA antennae for the digital broadcast local stations that I watch infrequently.

47 posted on 02/05/2012 5:40:16 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: TomGuy

in order for the Magicjack to work, though, do you have to have a highspeed cable connection for the computer? my father wants to use Magicjack but he has a DSL thing for his PC right now. I’m not a high tech person (sadly, I still have dial-up) so I can’t comprehend how the thing actually works.


48 posted on 02/06/2012 7:39:32 AM PST by midnightcat
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he has a DSL thing

It depends on the type of DSL. [I am not that familiar with DSL.]

Magicjack will not work on dial up.

from the magicjack website:
"Any computer with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Intel-based Apple MAC operating system; AND One of the following: Broadband, High-Speed Internet, Cable Internet, DSL, WiFi, Wireless, or WiMax"

Side note: When my MagicJack [computer plug in] service is over, I am going with the Nettalk service that does not require the computer to be on. I hear it is better quality and better tech support.
49 posted on 02/06/2012 8:10:02 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: LC Gladiator

“Tap your neighbors line when hes not home. Get it free”

Or just ask. My neighbor has a Comcast T1 line and a wireless router. I told him that that my computer could “see” his wireless router and asked if we could work out some cooperative arrangement so that I could use it. He said, “Don’t worry about it, the access password is xxxxxxxx”.


50 posted on 02/06/2012 1:01:59 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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