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Gave up cable TV -- now what?
May 4, 2011 | Me

Posted on 05/04/2011 4:06:17 AM PDT by Keltik

I gave up cable TV a few days ago. I watched perhaps five or six channels, at most, and it just wasn't worth the money.

Now, I have no TV at all since my set is pre-digital and I don't have an antenna. What now? Do I have to get a special antenna? I would like to have at least broadcast TV if only for sports.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cable; cndw; saving; television; tv

1 posted on 05/04/2011 4:06:20 AM PDT by Keltik
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To: Keltik

Radio Shack, and get an analogue converter, and some rabbit ears I guess. I couldn’t find an antennae recently other than rabbit ears around here, but I s’pose they’re out there somewhere.


2 posted on 05/04/2011 4:10:15 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Keltik

enjoy your life


3 posted on 05/04/2011 4:10:43 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (r e p e n t)
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To: Keltik

go get a converter box....they run about 50 bucks...


4 posted on 05/04/2011 4:10:46 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Keltik

Take your TV out and shoot it.

Twice.

I haven’t had TV since 1996.

I got annoyed with inviting strangers to come into my house only to swear at me and insult my sensibilities.


5 posted on 05/04/2011 4:12:30 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Keltik
all you need is a uhf vhf transformer from radio shack. under $5. I've made kickass antennas out of just tinfoil and picked up Philadelphia 45 miles away. checkout http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=186 store bought antennas suck compared to DYI. most designs very cheap. (under $10).
6 posted on 05/04/2011 4:14:12 AM PDT by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Keltik

Use the internet - wwitv.com has many of the latest movies, news and TV shows


7 posted on 05/04/2011 4:14:30 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Keltik

Use the internet - wwitv.com has many of the latest movies, news and TV shows


8 posted on 05/04/2011 4:14:33 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: joe fonebone

> go get a converter box....they run about 50 bucks...

I recently dumped the cable box,too.
I got a converter box ($34 total including tax and shipping) and I picked up a $7 set of rabbit ears at Home Depot. I now get 14 channels, and remarkably, they’re the same ones I watched on cable.
I do wish the box would lock onto a channel faster than 2 seconds, it makes channel surfing a pain.


9 posted on 05/04/2011 4:16:43 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama did not learn incompetence; he was born to it.)
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To: Keltik

Get a library card and enjoy books! An AM radio is all you need for sports. Use your imagination.


10 posted on 05/04/2011 4:17:52 AM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: Keltik

Dude No problem...Get a Roku and a $7 a month subscription to Netflix. They’re awesome.You wont want Cable anymore.

Google Roku.


11 posted on 05/04/2011 4:19:04 AM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: Keltik

some design plans http://www.frontiernet.net/~mclapp/Antennas/


12 posted on 05/04/2011 4:19:55 AM PDT by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Keltik

There’s three things you’ll need, all available from Radio Shack or maybe even WalMart.

(1) a ‘digital’ antenna. (if you are more than 10 miles or so from the broadcast tower, invest in a ‘box’ antenna. They look kinda like the box kites we flew as kids.)
(2) the digital to analog signal converter box. This is a box that receives the new digital TV signals and then sends them all to either channel 3 or 4 on your old TV. You’ll use a new remote that comes with the box to select channels on the converter box, and the TV itself will stay set on channel 3 or 4.
(4) connector cables and doo-dads to connect the new converter box to your TV. This SHOULD all come with the box, but ask the guy at Radio Shack to be certain.

You’ll have to go through an auto-tune/ station finding sequence to set up the box. If you have issues, ask a 10 year old to help you ;-) The channels will have slightly different numbers than before, like 5.1 and 5.1 and 33.2, but the programming is no better.

**IF** you are 20 - 50 miles from the broadcast tower, you’ll need to buy a signal amplifier to go with your antenna. If you have to drive a long ways to get your new box, and your signal was just OK in the old antenna days, then go ahead and buy the amplifier anyways. We’re 18 miles from the towers in modestly hilly country, and we benefit from using an amp. Just FYI


13 posted on 05/04/2011 4:20:49 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Keltik
You don't mention if you have a budget to receive over the air reception, or what size screen you have. LCD TVs are quite inexpensive fr what you get, otherwise you can get a digital converter box at the Best Buy, Radio Shack, ebay, etc. ($50?) You also don't mention if you are rural or urban. What sufficed before may not be adequate, as digital stations require a more consistent signal, and many stations are now broadcasting at a higher (which usually means less less power over distance) frequency. Personally, I'd go for a big time roof antenna (on the roof, not in the attic) from a legacy manufacturer like Channel Master or Winegard. If you have multple cities to point to, a rotor might be called for. Modern rotors have it all over the old style ones. This kind of rig can cost north of $500. If you are in an urban apartment, and you have broadcast stations within 15 miles, you might do fine with an indoor antenna. You can try the old rabbit ears/bow tie/bulls eye, but most likely you'll want to get a new one. DON'T get hooked on antennas with lots of buttons and knobs. The goal is GAIN, let the digital box process the signal. Finally, streaming video is becoming more doable. I can live with watching sports on my 19" 4:3 screen, and I had no difficulty picking up the NFL playoffs (until the Super Bowl) with my broadband connection. (I watched a Swedish stream. Cheesy Swedish announcers with one set of clothes during what would be extra U.S. commercials. Good luck!
14 posted on 05/04/2011 4:21:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Blueflag

bttt


15 posted on 05/04/2011 4:25:42 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: Keltik

We have had DirectTV for 9 years now - back then they didn’t offer local channels - so we have basic/basic cable at $6 per month. If you have a digital/plasma tv you can program it to find the digital/hg channels. We have around 20 channels for $6 per month. Regular TV’s in the house get @6 channels (They don’t list basic/basic on any paperwork or website - give them a call and ask for it.)

(We really should dump Satellite;>)

Most TV shows and Movies you can watch for free on the internet - No netflick required - just be careful which sites you use.

You can WiFi your computer to the TV.


16 posted on 05/04/2011 4:26:11 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Keltik

From what I read, you have a standard analog TV, just as they made from day one.
I assume it has a tuner (channel changer) and antenna connections for coaxial line or twin lead.
If you are near a normal size city, you have maybe 3 or more
TV stations?
Go to most any hardware store, Walmart, Radio Shack
and buy an appropriate antenna for your area.
If you have UHF channels you will want a separate antenna for that, but some antennas are dual band, VHF/UHF.
If your in a city, a set of indoor rabbit ears will do.


17 posted on 05/04/2011 4:27:04 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: Keltik

Buy a new flat panel tv. Best value is usually in the 32” to 42” range. You don’t need 1080P to get a great picture, 720P will do just fine.

You can pick up free over-the-air HDTV from local broadcast stations, and even the regular digital signals (non-hd) look pretty good. Depending on how far you are from the broadcast towers you may need an outside atenna, or you may be able to make due with rabbit ears. Some folks just mount a smaller sized outside antenna in the attic if they don’t want to have it showing outside.

As mentioned by others, a ROKU box and an internet connection will give you access to Netflix and Amazon video.


18 posted on 05/04/2011 4:30:46 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: Keltik

Here’s a hint—If you want to watch one show and record (tape) another at the same time, get a second converter box made by a different manufacturer, so the remotes will work independently.


19 posted on 05/04/2011 4:34:00 AM PDT by LSAggie (Caring for a liver dog--It's not for sisses)
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To: Keltik

Consider Internet TV. We use a Roku streaming video box hooked to our TV and watch movies, documentaries, MLB games and a host of other things. Subscription costs are relatively cheap less than $10 per month. If your TV has a good quality sound system Internet radio stations are generally free and offer a variety you won’t find from local broadcasts.


20 posted on 05/04/2011 4:36:51 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Keltik

bump


21 posted on 05/04/2011 4:47:59 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Westbrook
I haven’t had TV since 1996.

"You don't have a TV?? Then what's all your furniture pointed at?" -- Joey Tribiani.

22 posted on 05/04/2011 4:51:57 AM PDT by Carlucci (Don't care what religion my president is, as long as he worships -- THE CONSTITUTION!)
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To: Keltik

Pre digital tv you need converter box check ebay and amazon for sub $50 pricing. Last one I got was $27 from Amazon with free shipping. Antenna best is old fashioned outside antenna above the peak of your roof there are plans online for antennas you can build which they claim do a good job they look good for attic type install I don’t see that they would last in the wind. I get some 30 stations as I am close to a major city Tampa most of the network stations have 2or 3 sideband stations attached to the main one.


23 posted on 05/04/2011 4:51:59 AM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout)
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To: Keltik
Netflix instant streaming of block buster, classic and entire seasons of television shows in their collection without any commercials whatsoever. You will be spoiled by the selections available in their vast library and absence of interruptions interruptions interruptions. You'll find such a wealth of material that you won't know where to begin. And then your head will pop off from shear ebullient, satisfactory bliss. You're set for years upon years of exploring cinematographic history. Oh what will you find that will become your number one item for that stranded on a desert island scenario? Invader Zim? Apocalypto? Macgyver or the Twilight Zone Series? War Documentaries? Mystery Science Theater 3000? Maybe you could try the anime category that the kids are so excited about today? How about Ghost in the Shell, Mushi-shi, Ghost Hound. Trust me my friend, your television is not going away, just the cable commercial ridden programming that theeey tell you to watch. Now you get to choose and explore and enjoy! Then go for a walk, you need exercise from watching so much quality entertainment.
24 posted on 05/04/2011 4:56:12 AM PDT by conservativeimage.com ("Uh, let me be clear. Uh." - President Barack Obama)
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To: Carlucci
"You don't have a TV?? Then what's all your furniture pointed at?" -- Joey Tribiani.

The refrigerator in the living room.

25 posted on 05/04/2011 4:58:35 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: scottteng
they look good for attic type install I don’t see that they would last in the wind.

They're not in the wind, they're in the attic.

26 posted on 05/04/2011 5:01:42 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Keltik

Loosen up the purse strings and buy a new TV.

Over the air broadcasts look great on a new HDTV, especially sports. With the money you save on cable, you pay for the new TV.


27 posted on 05/04/2011 5:05:04 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: samiam1972

Ping for later research. We haven’t had cable for years. We’ll never go back!


28 posted on 05/04/2011 5:05:30 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: The Great RJ

We are rural and satellite is our only option for TV. What it comes down to is we only watch HGTV and some old sitcom reruns. Pretty much given up on the news channels as the internet is a far better resource.

The only issue with getting feeds via the internet (I think) is that our “high speed” connection is often less than high speed. Watching YouTube videos is often a challenge.

With internet TV access or a ROKU (sp?) box, do they in anyway buffer or store to eliminate the stop/start issues we see with streaming video?


29 posted on 05/04/2011 5:08:37 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Keltik

Netflix subscription is only $7.95 per month for streaming movies.


30 posted on 05/04/2011 5:29:54 AM PDT by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Keltik
EZTV...TV thru Your computer. NOT Streaming. Download and view.
31 posted on 05/04/2011 5:53:16 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Keltik

Welcome to the club. Third year here without cable.

I’m FReepmailing you.


32 posted on 05/04/2011 5:57:49 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

We just got our Roku and will cancel sat TV at the end of the month. We have a $15/month Netflix account....2 videos at a time plus unlimited streaming.

From what we have seen, the movies and TV series episodes play perfectly, no different from a DVD. The US *news* channels, though are really video podcasts or the same clips available on You Tube and they have buffering problems that are annoying. There are several foreign *news* channels, Middle Eastern, French, BBC. Those are free. There is subscription HuluPlus, for an additional $15/more thru the Roku Channel Store. No news, but they appear to stream important news events, live. From their site, it looks as through they do have ads. We have DSL and a wireless router.

We are rural and in hill country. We went totally without TV for 15 years, until we got our first large satellite dish in 1990 or 1991. That was great: clear reception, unscrambled feeds, news pool footage. Then came scrambling and commercials. We then got subscription satellite. By now it is full of infomercials and the weird conglomeration of channels all owned by the same network and filled with various recycled footage made into *new* documentaries.

Roku is new and I think they will find ways to add American news in English. We stopped watching the alphabet channels in 2004, so we have 7 years of network series to catch up on. Netflix is supposedly beginning to create original material. News we get online and the You Tube clips have less buffering problem than the same clips through the Roku.

What I like besides no commercials, which takes an episode from 1 hr down to 40 minutes, is that I can watch on my schedule.


33 posted on 05/04/2011 6:11:35 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Keltik

Listen to Rush for three hours every day on your local flagship AM station. That’s all the infotainment you need for a day. Even better, subscribe to Rush 24/7 and listen commercial free on your own shhedule.


34 posted on 05/04/2011 6:13:44 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: joe fonebone

>>>go get a converter box....they run about 50 bucks...

If the OP’s TV is new enough to have an ATV Tuner, a convert box is unneeded. Just an antenna. Depending on their location, a good antenna set up, properly installed - could run $200.


35 posted on 05/04/2011 6:15:00 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: reformedliberal

Forgot to explain that the reason we have videos and streaming from Netflix is that we can use the videos in the shop. We may not keep that part of the subscription, but are trying it for now. Radio works well when we are working, but sometimes nothing much is available except music and NPR.


36 posted on 05/04/2011 6:16:08 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Keltik
Use TV Fool to determine what channels you are likely to receive and what type of antenna you'll need to receive them.
37 posted on 05/04/2011 6:20:08 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Keltik
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AppleTV: $99
Netflix: ~$9/mo

Between those, you've got far more good material than you'll know what to do with, from premium to free. AppleTV is starting to support sports as well.

In addition, I have a Sony Blu-ray player with built-in WiFi which supports Hulu+ ($8/mo) and Amazon Video.

Haven't had TV per se for about 5 years. Been running AppleTV for about 4 months (DVD only before that).

Frankly, I don't see how people can spend so much time watching TV. At best I can squeeze in maybe two half-hour segments a week at best (now working thru Aeon Flux) and maybe two movies a month. No wonder the country was so productive prior to, and so lazy after, the advent of TV.

38 posted on 05/04/2011 6:30:08 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: Keltik
What now?

The very first thing you need to do is to purchase a new television which will include a digital tuner. The second thing is to make or purchase a decent antenna. How decent the antenna need be is a function of the distance between you and the television transmitter.

The money saved on cable bills will make buying a new television an easy choice. Almost all the suggestions offered here will work but none will provide the advances of viewing a high definition television broadcast signal.

39 posted on 05/04/2011 7:29:33 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Keltik

Simple...

Be like my neighbor. If you need specific shows, download via bit torrent on www.eztv.it. EVERY FREAKIN SHOW is available for download in real time and updated every second.You need to watch a live sports broadcast around the world, aka NBA playoffs or MLB or EPL SOCCER..is available on P2P.EU.

You do not need cable, bud. Just make sure your internet is hi-speed.


40 posted on 05/04/2011 8:28:07 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: Keltik
How computer literate are you:


1 - I'm afraid I'll break it every time I touch it.
2 - I can do the basic tasks, but don't ask me to change or setup anything.
3 = I'm comfortable installing software
4 = I'm a wiz

If you at all comfortable with a computer, I would recommend connecting your TV to a computer rather than a Roku box. The Roku is easier (and more elegant) to use, but there is tons of stuff out there that Roku doesn't have access to (Hulu for example, is free with a computer, but has a monthly fee with Roku).

An media pc (like the Dell pictured below) runs $300. It has an HDMI port, so you just plug it into your TV and go.

One of the advantages of using a computer to drive your TV, is that you can also use it to play DVDs, and it can be configured as a DVR.

To help you decide. Try loading something called "zinc.tv" on your computer. It is a front end for all kinds of internet media sites. Netflix is just the tip of the icerberg when it comes to what is available over the internet--most of it for free.

41 posted on 05/04/2011 9:29:43 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: Carlucci

> Then what’s all your furniture pointed at?

LOLOL!!

I don’t know who Joey Tribiani is, but I would tell him that the furniture is all pointed at eachother so we can talk and share and sing together.
:)


42 posted on 05/04/2011 12:38:15 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Is it possible to get Fox News thru the ROKU/Netflix setup? Thanks.


43 posted on 05/04/2011 1:05:04 PM PDT by Sloopy
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