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Old 03-02-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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After 7 consecutive months of my bill creeping up pennies to a few bucks EACH and every bill- I finally called.

The lady was snooty and said my bill didn't fluctuate- then came back saying my price for this increased this date and then the yearly increase this date then...on and on.

I cancelled my "Standard Service" which is channels 17 and up.

Then she tells me my internet service is going up from $35.00 to 'regular rate' in July.

Anyone live w/o TV? It's just me and my 9th grader so I guess I could get my news and stuff online- just will be weird not watching tv anymore.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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I've been experiencing this recently as well. When our cable/internet sucker period ended I was shocked. And like you stated, it's been creeping up every month since. I've recently toyed with the idea of switching to online tv. If you're tv has a digital tuner built in, you should be able to pull the local stations with rabbit ears. There are several sites online that offer free tv content, Hulu - Watch your favorites. Anytime. For free. has probably the most extensive. Then the channels actual website, ie: fox.com, nbc.com, etc... all have online content for free too. I'm in the initial stages of this trial, but so far not bad. It's a little more cumbersome, but it's a "free" option. "free" being that you still have to pay for internet, which for me has creeped up to around $48.00/mo. I've hooked my pc up to the tv and with a little bit of effort, the result is not terrible, but the text is not the easiest to view if you have an older tv (less than 720p, you won't be able to read anything. Good luck and if you want a little more info, I'll be glad to share.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:11 AM
 
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Great information!

I was actually keeping 'basic' cable which are simply local channels. But you are right- I should be able to get those for free!

What do I need to do? Buy rabbit ears...then do the 'channel setup' option on the remote to scan for channels?

When I do this for cable it picks up the analog then digital (takes like an hour to program).....so these 'digital' local channels can be found there?

Hulu- will definitely check it out.

I've gotten rid of my landline and use the magicjack for 20 bucks a year for phone service. But I've found that to be iffy at times because Time Warner Cable isn't the best...alot of service issues out in the county.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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antenna wont work after they go digital.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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antenna wont work after they go digital.
Correct, if your tv doesn't have a built in digital atsc tuner. But if you have a newer HDTV with an ATSC tuner built in, depending on how close you are to the signal, rabbit ears hooked up to the tv will deliver your local channels in better quality than what you get through cable or satellite. If you don't have a digital tuner, you can purchase a digital tv converter box that will convert the digital broadcast to analog for older tv sets(non-hdtv) with just rabbit ears also.

In Houston, I lived about 26 miles from the broadcast tower for several local stations and I was able to pull in the signal with just rabbit ears. If you live way out, you may need an amplified antenna.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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Great information!

I was actually keeping 'basic' cable which are simply local channels. But you are right- I should be able to get those for free!

What do I need to do? Buy rabbit ears...then do the 'channel setup' option on the remote to scan for channels?

When I do this for cable it picks up the analog then digital (takes like an hour to program).....so these 'digital' local channels can be found there?

Hulu- will definitely check it out.

I've gotten rid of my landline and use the magicjack for 20 bucks a year for phone service. But I've found that to be iffy at times because Time Warner Cable isn't the best...alot of service issues out in the county.

Thanks again!
Depending on your tv, yes, just hook up the rabbit ears and run the channel selection (you may have to change the input type to antenna). If you're within range, it will pick up all the channels each station is broadcasting (each channel has the ability to broadcast up to 5 channels). Most local stations are only using 2 channels, one regular programming and one dedicated to weather. As stated in my previous post, you may need to buy an amplified antenna, those can range from advanced rabbit ears to tower/roof mounted monsters.

I've had really great results with Time Warner's internet. Very rarely do I have connectivity issues. I also use MagicJack, I don't really need a home phone, but it's nice to have and the quality has always been good.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Triad, NC
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I have lived without cable for 3 years now. I don't even use over-the-air signals. I rely 100% on the internet and Netflix for my visual entertainment needs - and legally, for the most part.
I do pay for Road Runner, so my money still goes to Time Warner, but it's just over $40/month.
OTA TV is great, though. If your TV is digital-ready, all you need in this region is a cheap VHF/UHF set-top antenna to get more than a dozen channels (some of our local stations plan to stay within the VHF spectrum, unlike in many other TV markets).
When I first cut off my cable, much of my TV viewing came from less-than-legitimate sources, but the options for fully legal internet TV have grown geometrically since then, so illegal downloading or streaming is largely a necessity of the past.
Netflix gives the option of unlimited online streaming in addition to the mail-order system, and their on-demand library isn't that shabby. Any TV show available on DVD is available from Netflix in one form or another. I pay just $18/month and average around 20 DVDs/Blu-rays each month, plus several streaming movies/shows. Streaming video isn't HD yet, but it's coming.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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Amazon on demand is another alternative with a pretty good quantity of titles offered. Our new Sony came with a 'modem' and 10 free rentals coupon. As soon as I get the CAT5 ran from the TV to the puter I'm checking this out. Figure I have nothing to lose. I'll post my opinion on this later.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Thomasville
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I have a friend that uses a digital box (they pull a great signal for free!), leaches a wi-fi signal from his liberal neighbor, and only pays for his cell phone. He hooks his laptop to the tv, and we have watched episodes of cops & even movies. He has thought of purchasing a magic-jack, but he needs a phone for work too...
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