Skip to comments.Gave up cable TV -- now what?
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.
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.
enjoy your life
go get a converter box....they run about 50 bucks...
Take your TV out and shoot it.
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.
Use the internet - wwitv.com has many of the latest movies, news and TV shows
Use the internet - wwitv.com has many of the latest movies, news and TV shows
> 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.
Get a library card and enjoy books! An AM radio is all you need for sports. Use your imagination.
Dude No problem...Get a Roku and a $7 a month subscription to Netflix. They’re awesome.You wont want Cable anymore.
some design plans http://www.frontiernet.net/~mclapp/Antennas/
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"You don't have a TV?? Then what's all your furniture pointed at?" -- Joey Tribiani.
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.
The refrigerator in the living room.
They're not in the wind, they're in the attic.
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.
Ping for later research. We haven’t had cable for years. We’ll never go back!
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?
Netflix subscription is only $7.95 per month for streaming movies.
Welcome to the club. Third year here without cable.
I’m FReepmailing you.
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.
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.
>>>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
> Then what’s all your furniture pointed at?
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.
Is it possible to get Fox News thru the ROKU/Netflix setup? Thanks.
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