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Old 03-23-2016, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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No antenna. Didn't know they were still made! ;-) Seriously, good books (freebies from Amazon and the public library), and Internet will keep us entertained. We may even break out the board games and have some family fun!
You can get high-definition TV antenna's these days that are amazingly small and will pick up numerous crystal clear TV stations for $20 to $40 dollars. DisableMyCable - Station Finder
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:27 PM
 
Location: A State of Mind
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I envy all you folks who can get by using an antenna for over the air tv, or can stream your entertainment via the internet. Where I live I cannot get any over the air tv even if I put up a 100ft outside antenna as I'm surrounded by mountains. As for streaming media, how much streaming can you do with a 40 gig data cap? Yep, that's how much my WISP allows. So I fork out the bucks for Direct tv.

Sigh, maybe someday some fiber company will take pity on us out here in the boondocks and lay some cable. Until then, I'm stuck with satellite and wireless.
So, you mean it would not help even with having a Digital Converter Box? An antenna would no longer help without one of those -- just wanted to clarify if you had tried that.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Not sure if you have cut the TV or just the cable. If the latter, GOOD FOR YOU!

I myself have not yet, but I barely watch anything on cable any more. It is, for right now, a left over from an earlier time. When it comes to the new house, it may be left out...if it is even out there at all. I am hoping that a weather radio will be an acceptable substitute for the cable weather.

As far as books go, I have paperbacks and hardbacks galore, probably enough to last me to the end of my time, probably there will be left overs after that.

My TV still system still exists but it is mostly feed by DVDs and VHS. Most of my VHS are boxed up right now but there were shelves of them. Between those factors and a realization that I really only have time enough each day to watch an hour, maybe two a day, I am pretty well stocked there as well. As I said in another post, I am watching Doctor Who the traditional way, one episode a week.

Finally, my tastes make it possible this way, since most of the modern stuff they show these days I do not bother with at all.

I'm still with the boob box but I hold these words dear, "Well, if I am going to be forced to watch television, may I at least smoke"!
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:30 PM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Then there simply wasn't enough whisky available.

Seriously, we make a point of taking steps that make clear that the gathering is for socialization first, and gaming as a pretense.
For some games, socialization doesn't mesh well. Increases downtime, drags out the total play time. Some games unfortunately overstay their welcome that socialization isn't worth it. In those cases, I'd rather just have a social, without the board games, and be able to enjoy more of the company I'm with.
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:41 AM
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Location: Georgia
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For some games, socialization doesn't mesh well. Increases downtime, drags out the total play time. Some games unfortunately overstay their welcome that socialization isn't worth it. In those cases, I'd rather just have a social, without the board games, and be able to enjoy more of the company I'm with.
The pretext of the game is essential for some to not feel strange about spending time with people who they don't know as well as they would normally know people who they spend time with. Contrast that with television, which never really serves the purpose well, since its pace is not generally controlled by the people watching.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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As often mentioned in the many similar threads here and elsewhere...

Combining antenna with Roku and optionally Amazon Prime brings a lot more to the table at a reasonable cost, especially for those who also use Amazon shopping, books, music, other services.

Just FYI for those who may not be aware...
Pretty much what we do, although I substituted TiVo for Roku and add in Netflix and HBONow (for Game of Thrones mostly) so I do still have some monthly costs. Way cheaper than DirecTV was though.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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The real savings in cutting the cord is NOT in eliminating the cable/satellite bill. It is stopping the ENDLESS stream of commercials and advertising messages encouraging you to consume.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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So, you mean it would not help even with having a Digital Converter Box? An antenna would no longer help without one of those -- just wanted to clarify if you had tried that.
There are no stations that an antenna could pick up even with a converter box. They are too far away and the mountains block the signals. I went to that antenna search web and it showed that no open signals were available. And while there is cable for tv (not internet) at the road where I live, I am a quarter mile back in from the road so I'd have to bring it in via poles or dig a trench to lay it underground, both expensive. All this and I'm only 3 miles east from main street in a town of 55,000. Now from main street west there are lots of broadband internet availabilities...att dsl, charter cable, verizon fios, etc. My area is the lower economic area. They wish we didn't exist out here. It's where all the dogs bite and all the kids steal lol.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:53 AM
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Location: Georgia
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The real savings in cutting the cord is NOT in eliminating the cable/satellite bill. It is stopping the ENDLESS stream of commercials and advertising messages encouraging you to consume.
Be careful what you wish for. Without advertising (or much higher direct costs to consumers), television dies. What's worse: Without consumption, the vast majority of readers of this thread would be in far worse economic condition. Consumption fuels our economy. We couldn't sustain such a population without it.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:45 AM
 
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Be careful what you wish for. Without advertising (or much higher direct costs to consumers), television dies. What's worse: Without consumption, the vast majority of readers of this thread would be in far worse economic condition. Consumption fuels our economy. We couldn't sustain such a population without it.
I would rather break into small communities, when a corp. thinks itself is a necessity.

I'm Jewish.
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