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Posted on 06/22/2011 10:32:28 PM PDT by MacMattico

Ok, So we've got Time Warner Cable, no pay channels, and Road Runner High speed Internet.

I'm sick of paying $140 a month!!!

What are some good alternatives people are using? We need high speed Internet for business purposes. As for the TV, we like Fox News, ESPN, local channels, Disney, Nickolodean, A&E, HG, History, Discover, and YES. (Yankees). Does any such system exist at a more reasonable price? That you can use a DVR or like devise?

I'm willing to entertain "just stream from a computer" or whatever it is as long as it's reasonably user friendly and the picture is clear. Otherwise, it's $140 bucks a month for me.


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And why you're at it, any ideas for saving $ on three iPhones and a regular smartphone? Currently paying AT&T $232 a month.
1 posted on 06/22/2011 10:32:32 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

Yeah... Get one G4 provider.

I can’t recommend Clear because they’re a bunch of crooks with lousy customer service who sold me service they couldn’t provide.

But you should be able to get a wireless account that merges your iPhones into one account, and can also provide you with high-speed interent access. Then simply watch all your favorite TV shows over the internet. The only drawback is that you have to wait one week to watch many of them. You should be able to find some such deal for around $50 per month, plus $40 for the first ecll phone, plus $20 for each additional phone... for you that’d be $130.


2 posted on 06/22/2011 10:39:19 PM PDT by dangus
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To: MacMattico

(Oh, and if you absolutely have to catch something first-run... don’t forget there’s still broadcast TV! Get a signal booster if you need one.)


3 posted on 06/22/2011 10:40:37 PM PDT by dangus
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To: MacMattico

Don’t know if it’s available in your area, but I got a pretty good bundle from AT&T U-Verse...phone w/unlimited LD, premium package internet DSL & Wireless, and a second-group tv package with those things including Fox, for $108/mo. Don’t know about the cell phones...mine is provided by the business and we have ten of them in our package...no clue what we pay for it, but it’s with AT&T also and the staffer who negotiated the deal said it was the cheapest package going.


4 posted on 06/22/2011 10:45:35 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: MacMattico

Depends on where you live.

http://www.windstream.com/


5 posted on 06/22/2011 10:48:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: MacMattico

Comcast has an “economy” internet plan for $25 a month. They don’t advertise it, so you have to specifically ask for it from their customer service reps. Tell them you can’t pay the high price and want the economy internet or you’ll have to leave Comcast. They will be glad to switch you to it then.

It’s not the 12-16 MBs download, but it’s plenty fast for everyone except maybe gamers.

Otherwise, cut the cable altogether and follow advice from other FReeper suggestions here.


6 posted on 06/22/2011 11:01:42 PM PDT by Cedar
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To: MacMattico

Agreed.

TWC sucks. Hundreds of channels. None interesting.

Leftwing slant, after leftwing slant, after leftwing slant.

Even their own commercials are insufferably PC.


7 posted on 06/22/2011 11:09:09 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: MacMattico

If you live in a Verizon FIOS area - you can get get triple-play [cable, Internet, and phone] for about $100/month in a 2-year contract [REALLY about $130/month when you factor in DVR, taxes, etc.].

MASSIVE number of cable channels, 15 Mb/s Internet, and local phone [unlimited long-distance in the 48 continental US at no extra charge] ...


8 posted on 06/22/2011 11:19:13 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Teflonic

EZTV is a good one for current shows also.


10 posted on 06/22/2011 11:28:11 PM PDT by TheCipher
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To: MacMattico

Netflix.

And PS - you don’t need smartphones. Dump them.


11 posted on 06/22/2011 11:28:27 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: MacMattico

I dropped cable tv 3 years ago and it is the best thing I ever did. I use internet for news and politics....and some talk radio (free) and I am now more informed than ever—because I read. I avoid all left wing slanted stuff, except to see what they are up to on occasion.

I can go to a bar for games or my brother’s house, if it is really an important one, otherwise, I don’t waste my time anymore....and i used to have season tickets to the Giants baseball games. Don’t miss it at all.

Even the History channel slants left in its historical content...A lot is revisionist history.....It is Allan Bloom who said that all history now is written by Postmodernists (read that atheist/marxist/progressives). There are very few elite intellectuals who haven’t been brainwashed into Postmodernism and all their stuff wreaks of this atheist, marxist mindset.

Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas....and Hillsdale College understand the philosophy....those at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute also get it. Once you understand Postmodernism, it is really easy to spot the bias....and it is really overt now. Read Closing of the American Mind and everything will become very clear.


12 posted on 06/22/2011 11:38:18 PM PDT by savagesusie (Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. Cicero)
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Hi Mac

We dropped direct TV over 3 years ago. Our beautiful flat screen has its own media computer and we stream shows from Hulu, PBS, Classic Cinema Online and we get Redbox movies on the weekend for 3 to 4 bucks. For big sports games we make a night of it and go out. I can't believe its been 3 years, I haven't missed the channel flipping and commercials one bit!

Last month we dropped ATT and got a Verizon DroidX2 with unlimited internet/text and it came out to $22 less than ATT with better phone and service.

Look around and see if someone can make you a better deal!

As a side note, when we called to get our old info to switch over our cell phone number, ATT offered us a discount to stay. And even after 3 years we still get mail from Direct TV every week offering us a “come back” lowered price.

They know they overcharge for their product and services!

13 posted on 06/23/2011 1:31:01 AM PDT by Casie
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To: MacMattico
Hi Mac

We dropped direct TV over 3 years ago. Our beautiful flat screen has its own media computer and we stream shows from Hulu, PBS, Classic Cinema Online and we get Redbox movies on the weekend for 3 to 4 bucks. For big sports games we make a night of it and go out. I can't believe its been 3 years, I haven't missed the channel flipping and commercials one bit!

Last month we dropped ATT and got a Verizon DroidX2 with unlimited internet/text and it came out to $22 less than ATT with better phone and service.

Look around and see if someone can make you a better deal!

As a side note, when we called to get our old info to switch over our cell phone number, ATT offered us a discount to stay. And even after 3 years we still get mail from Direct TV every week offering us a “come back” lowered price.

They know they overcharge for their product and services!

14 posted on 06/23/2011 1:31:05 AM PDT by Casie
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To: MacMattico
From your description, I don't think you'll be happy with a "cheaper" solution.

I recently switched from Cable TV to a Roku box (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) and an outside TV antenna (local programming). I'm saving over $100/month, which is great, but if money wasn't tight right now, I'd go back to Cable/Satellite.

As far as I know, none of the programming you have specifically mentioned is available via streaming.

Regarding the phones, the only cheaper option I know about (whether you want smart phones or not) is something like Virgin Mobile. They have "pay as you go" plans that seem somewhat less expensive than the major providers. Whether you can live with their service (Sprint, I think) and whether you will be happy with their limited selection of phones is a separate question.

15 posted on 06/23/2011 3:40:13 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: MacMattico
solution:

utorrent + eztv.it + ( wdtv || the popcorn hour ) == cable free

for local news, consider a digital antenna

if you wish to build a digital video vault, similar to the vhs tape collections of the 80s... consider getting a NAS for network available, mirrored storage.

16 posted on 06/23/2011 4:06:25 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: MacMattico

There’s always “Free To Air” TV (look it up).
You spend about $200 to $300 for a dish and a receiver that you then own. Then you find where to aim your dish (locations available online), then you can receive several hundred channels free off of each of the dozens of satelites up in the sky.
No, you don’t get HBO or Showtime, just free stuff. If you get tired of one satelite, you just re-aim your dish and you have a whole new set of channels. (Of course you can always buy the motorized version of the dish for an extra $30 or $40 and then you don’t need to climb up the ladder with a wrench to change satelites.)


17 posted on 06/23/2011 4:41:21 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (In 2012 get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: MacMattico

sfl


18 posted on 06/23/2011 5:20:22 AM PDT by phockthis
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To: MacMattico; Las Vegas Dave

I am going to ping LVD to the thread. His ping list would have interested parties and perhaps additional ideas.


19 posted on 06/23/2011 5:57:23 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: 21stCenturion

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20 posted on 06/23/2011 6:15:07 AM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: sten

sfl


21 posted on 06/23/2011 6:19:00 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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Mark.


22 posted on 06/23/2011 6:24:23 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Demons run when a good man goes to war.)
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To: MacMattico

Whatever you do, don’t get AT&T Internet. Unless you like your internet to be down half the time.


23 posted on 06/23/2011 6:25:49 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: dangus

Will a signal booster do any good if you dont have line of sight? I live near mountains and the tower is partially blocked from getting TV channels on free TV.


24 posted on 06/23/2011 6:29:51 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Casie

What do you do for broadband internet?


25 posted on 06/23/2011 6:52:32 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: GreenAccord; MacMattico; ADemocratNoMore; advertising guy; aft_lizard; AJMaXx; ...
Pinging the HDTV list..

Freeper help needed - alternatives to $140/mth cable ..

HDTV pings!

Interested in the HDTV ping list?
Please Freepmail me(freepmail works best)if you would like your name added to the HDTV ping list,(approximately 375 freepers are currently on the HDTV ping list).
The pinged subjects can be HDTV technology, satellite, cable, and OTA HD reception (Over The Air with roof top or indoor antennas), Broadcast specials, Sports, Blu Ray/HDDVD, and any and all subjects relating to HDTV.

LVD

Note: if you search Freerepublic using the keyword "“HDTV”, you will find most of the past HDTV postings.

26 posted on 06/23/2011 6:57:51 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("Getting freepers to all agree, is like herding cats!")
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To: Lmo56

Did a search on that and boy the reviews are horrid for that triple play.


27 posted on 06/23/2011 7:13:45 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: bert
What do you do for broadband internet?

I have ATT DSL in a package with my static IP and home phone. It runs me $112 a month. The ATT DSL package alone is $65 I think.

I am rural Louisiana and at this time ATT is my only internet option. In fact the only reason I even have it at all is because ATT cold called me and offered me service and only after they charged my CC did they realize that they did NOT have service in my area.

Two quick calls to the BBB and ATT ran me a line. That was a few years ago and this area has grown some but still no cable option.

28 posted on 06/23/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT by Casie
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To: MacMattico

Netflix streaming on the Wii and Xbox for 8 bucks a month.
Antenna for regular HD channels.
If you’re looking for a good alternative to a landline I use the Obi110 in conjunction with Google Voice to make free calls...at least until the end of the year.


29 posted on 06/23/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Texas Eagle
Whatever you do, don’t get AT&T Internet. Unless you like your internet to be down half the time

It is so annoying when it drops for 30-45 minutes for no reason randomly in the day. And if you call support they run a useless line test, tell you it must be your modem, and then transfer you to a 3rd party rip-off I.T. service.

30 posted on 06/23/2011 8:03:25 AM PDT by Casie
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To: MacMattico

Step #1: Rent a backhoe.

Step #2: Dig a big hole.

Step #3: Dump your television in the bottom of it.

Step #4: Backfill hole.

Or, more simply, just give it to somebody you don’t like.


31 posted on 06/23/2011 8:08:02 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Tea Party: 'Give us our country back.' - GOP: 'Give us our power back.' Two very different things..)
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To: winodog

I live in a valley in the mountains over 30 miles from the broadcast antennas and get good reception with a $40 antenna.

Only 3 stations though, but that’s all there are out here.


32 posted on 06/23/2011 8:10:28 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: savagesusie
"...that all history now is written by Postmodernists (read that atheist/marxist/progressives)."

Might I suggest you look into Paul Johnson's many books. He does NOT fit into the above category.

33 posted on 06/23/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: MacMattico

Great site for streams!

http://www.giddyupnetwork.com/maintv.php?id=mbtv


34 posted on 06/23/2011 8:19:45 AM PDT 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: Wonder Warthog

I have read some of his books. Yes, he is one of the good guys....They are there—They are just vastly outnumbered by the disinformation which is promoted by the NYT and all major media and most Foundations.


35 posted on 06/23/2011 8:37:12 AM PDT by savagesusie (Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. Cicero)
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To: MacMattico

We gave up cable 3 months ago....haven’t missed it. We do have Sirius/XM radio so can listen to FOX, sports, cnbc, a lot of music, etc. Signed up for Netflix (2 movies a month, woohoo)...spend more time reading, on internet...and actually are preparing to use the HD tv we have for downloaded from the computer (have had to buy a couple computers, so making sure they are capable has been important.) But, remember, we have no children at home....but, then again...not having cable with kids at home is much better....IF you can entertain them otherwise.


36 posted on 06/23/2011 8:48:37 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: Netizen
Did a search on that and boy the reviews are horrid for that triple play.

There are only three real options in my area - Comcast [Xfinity], Verizon [FIOS], and various satellite providers.

Since I need GREAT Internet speed for work, I am left with Comcast and Verizon as my choices. Max satellite Internet tops out at about 6 Mbps ...

Between Comcast and Verizon, both triple-play packages are about the same in price. HOWEVER, I ALSO need RELIABLE phone service for my business - and this is where Comcast falls down.

Comcast was never a phone company, whereas Verizon has OVER 100 years of experience [and infrastructure]. Comcast has to hand-off its local telephone service to Verizon's network [in my area] when a call is completed to a non-Comcast customer. So, it has no control of the end-to-end local call.

Same for long-distance, Comcast has to hand-off to a long-distance provider, who then hands-off to the local provider on the other end. Verizon doesn't have to hand-off long distance, since it uses its [formerly MCI] long-distance network and it has a local presence in about 30 states. So, it can complete many more calls [both local and long-distance] through its own network AND has control of those calls.

The people who complain about Verizon FIOS are whiners - sure, there are a few problems now and then, but MUCH less than Comcast ...

37 posted on 06/23/2011 8:50:57 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: goodnesswins

Forgot....we also got a 4’ high antennae on the top of our roof....so we CAN get SOME programming (local)...which has helped my husband wean himself from the TV addiction he had!


38 posted on 06/23/2011 8:52:18 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: MacMattico

Surely the Baraqqis will come up with some kind of internet stamps to go with food stamps and poverty cell phones.

Hang in there til 2012 - ti’s gotta happen.


39 posted on 06/23/2011 8:56:58 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: MacMattico

I have a sattelite office/apt in another town. I canceled Comcast internet, doing my part to save myself in the Obama economy.

I have an old large screen Non-HdTv set there. Anyone have ideas on whether I can still get an indoor antenna and converter box to get local programming TV instead of cable or dish?

I have Netflix but miss the noise of local Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast channels for news and nighttime programming when I am away from home.


40 posted on 06/23/2011 9:42:15 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: MacMattico

Getting YES network will be problematic.

THe drop down list on the following page is your ONLY legitimate options to stream YES directly to your PC:

http://wwwyankees-on-yes-in-market-yankee-games.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/inmarket/index.jsp?c_id=nyy&partnerID=YESHOME

but you have to check your blackout restrictions (based on your zip code):
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/yes_blackout.jsp


41 posted on 06/23/2011 10:26:39 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: goodnesswins
Signed up for Netflix (2 movies a month, woohoo)...

Is it only two movies you can have sent to you a month or as many movies you want, two at a time?

42 posted on 06/23/2011 11:19:31 AM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Netizen
Did a search on that and boy the reviews are horrid for that triple play.

Can you elaborate on your comment? I'm not going to search just so I can confirm what you claim to have seen.

Many FIOS customers (like me) are pleased with the service. I wish I paid less, but who doesn't?

43 posted on 06/23/2011 11:35:38 AM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: Netizen

I have Time Warner Cable ($167/month) and my sister has Verizon Fios. The picture quality on their television is a LOT better than the picture quality on my television.


44 posted on 06/23/2011 11:40:44 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: ken in texas

I have FIOS - and [overall] its triple-play is superior to Comcast’s ...


45 posted on 06/23/2011 1:50:37 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: winodog

Yeah, pretty much.


46 posted on 06/23/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT by dangus
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To: wildbill
Check here to see what over the air transmissions are available to you. You will also find recommendations for the most effective antenna to use. Where the signal is strong an indoor antenna is fine, but otherwise, a rooftop antenna will give much better reception.

TV Fool - TV Signal Locator

47 posted on 06/23/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: ken in texas

Not ‘claiming’... SAW/READ

Here’s a few of them

http://verizon.pissedconsumer.com/forced-a-deposit-for-verizon-s-triple-play-20090327146817.html

http://www.my3cents.com/productReview.cgi?compid=556&product=Triple+Play

http://www.dslreports.com/comment/2568/59314


48 posted on 06/24/2011 1:27:44 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: JoeProBono

I haven’t found them to be TOO bad. The tech help is frickin useless and lies like a rug, and a lot of other customers have wicked latency/slowness issues with DSL, but mine’s pretty consistently good and my 7+ year old modem they supplied is humming right along, on its third power brick now.


49 posted on 06/24/2011 10:03:12 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: concentric circles

But I still have to buy a analog converter box to hook up between the antenna and the set, right?


50 posted on 06/24/2011 4:27:46 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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