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Old 07-20-2011, 03:46 PM
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In Anchorage, do you guys go with GCI or Comcast for your cable TV? Or is it just not worth it to pay for cable at all?

I just want the news and sports, nothing fancy...
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:16 PM
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (most of the time)
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In my apartment building, cable is included in the rent. I'd rather it'd be the Internet that was included because I can watch news (and sports too - only basketball to catch my intrest this far though) on my laptop through either the channels' own websites, or through different websites (hulu.com for example. Not for news but for drama and documentary anyway).

Cable included yet I have no need to go get me a TV. My vote is that you shouldn't spend the minimum of about 60 USD/month on getting "TV-access" (be it cable, GCI or what have you).

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Old 07-20-2011, 05:28 PM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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We don't have Comcast here in Alaska. Your choice is GCI, ACS or MTA (depending on if you are in Anchorage or the Valley) or satellite (DishTV or DirectTV).
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:44 PM
Location: Anchorage
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Well, we have Cable because we got the package from GCI 3 years ago and I could do away with the cable because we don't watch that much TV and could do just fine with Internet / netflix, etc....

However, our package is grandfathered in and if we change ANYTHING we loose our unlimited internet so we are keeping our cable.

I think that if I had to have TV for any reason, I'd choose Dish Network and avoid any local cable company.
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:57 PM
Location: interior Alaska
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To be honest, I am not sure why anyone pays for cable anymore. Netflix is like $20 a month, and TV shows often come out on DVD shortly after their seasons end. Plus most things are available streaming online.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:55 PM
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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We just use Netflix, too. I guess if I was into spectator sports that wouldn't work, but for news you can watch podcasts of pretty much any of the national tv news shows for free.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:13 PM
Location: Anchorage
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I use GCI for internet, got a basic package that includes TV (don't think there were any separate deals) - but don't watch it yet
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:50 AM
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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clearwire internet is $29. gci basic cable is $25.
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:52 PM
Location: Anchorage
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Originally Posted by AADAD View Post
clearwire internet is $29. gci basic cable is $25.
Nice, is that unlimited Internet? And how good is the speed and quality?
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:41 AM
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The idea of going with internet alone is great if you don't have 'overage.'


My selection was called 'exteme family' which isn't listed now, so I pay $70 /month for a lot less. I have a screenshot of what the website said when they raised my cap from 15,000 to 30,000 around 2 months ago. Here is what I actually pay for:

Download speed------- 6 mbps
Upload speed------- 512 kbps
Included usage------- 30,000 mb
Overage rate------- $0.003/mb
Email accts------- 8 (10 mb limit)
Price------- $59.99 (but the $10 stand-alone internet access fee was not listed in the price at that time even though it is an extra fee that I have to pay to have standalone internet.)

I guess I should cancel my service and sign up again so I can get the better deal they offer now. I wonder how much the fee for that would be.

They WERE nice enough to automatically double my included usage from 15,000 to 30,000 when they upgraded that, so gee, I thought I was doing so swell here.
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