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Old 03-19-2013, 11:47 PM
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I just got a house in mid-town Fort Collins and am setting up utilities to start at closing date - Friday.
Putting out feelers for TV/internet hook-up and I almost forgot how much I hate dealing with these specific service providers…and I prefer to default to OTA TV anyway.

Antennaweb.org makes it look promising but it appears there will be a few difficult major broadcast channels to pull-in. Can someone please provide any real-world observation about what to expect with OTA reception? I'll probably try putting my (decent, not rabbit ears) antenna in the attic and see how it does but I'm guessing it'll have to be outside, and possibly would like to get away with mounting it or a better one discreetly. Is that possible? The only antennas I see driving around are way up on tall masts but maybe those were installed in a different era?…or is that really necessary?

Internet I do need and I see that Centurylink offers 40 Mbps at my location with no contract and minimal contact for installation, seems too perfect. I haven't found any reviews but would be happy with half, so may go with that, but just wondering if anyone has had such success. Not many good things written about Centurylink…but my temp housing has Comcast and I'm thoroughly unimpressed with performance; anywhere between 1 and 25 Mbps depending on time and site visited. So the question is if anyone is really getting reliable 20+ Mbps on Centurylink because I can't find anyone raving about it.

Last question - garbage. I got four companies to pick from and as far as I can tell the word is that they're all the same, doesn't make a difference. I don't know…does any of them provide a bin with extra smooth rolling wheels to make my life just that much easier? Anything so I can pick will be helpful.

Thanks!

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Old 03-20-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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For garbage pickup, I have been with RAM Waste and GSI and never had any issues with either.

We have been without TV service for most of the past 25 years, but several years ago we bought an antenna to watch the Olympic games and the Super Bowl and used it for a few months. Our HOA did not allow them on the roof, so we put it into the rafters of our unfinished garage and received the Denver channels 2,4,6,7,9,20, and 31 quite well, along with channel 5 out of Cheyenne. Since that was more than 10 years ago, I don't know if the signals are still broadcast the same way.

We have Century Link and have been very satisfied with the service. I don't know what speeds we have, but my wife and I are both able to work online while the kids are both streaming video or music and we don't have any delays or interruptions.

Mike Weber
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:07 PM
 
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We use the over-the-air antenna approach (haven't wasted time and money on cable in probably 15 years). The antenna is inside the living room, and no issue for HOAs or any other group. It's nothing fancy, but it is amplified for better reception. Not counting some fluff stations, we get a total of 20 channels. The channel IDs are:

The CW, ThisTV, CBS, PBS, Create, ABC, 24/7 News & Weather, MyN/NBC?, MeTV, Faux31, AntennaTV, Faux27 (Cheyenne), TBN, The Church Channel, JCTV, E/I, Ion, Qubo, IonLife x 2

We actually previewed local cable at a friend's house. Not that we were interested in watching it, but we were trying to find something worthwhile for the kids to watch. It was an endless string of dumb channels.

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