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Old 02-08-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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Mac Mini on Ebay: Apple Mac Mini Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz With OSX 10.5 - eBay (item 190499759656 end time Feb-14-11 17:05:51 PST)
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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I think a Mac mini is a great flexible option.

I agree, though, that the true answer is not really there for non-technophiles. This is why cable prices are still extortionate.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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There seem to be some great tech minds on this board. If you all get together and come up with something for the masses that's easy to use, you would make a killing and have my undying gratitude!
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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FYI. Any television antenna will work for receiving HDTV signals. The term Digital Antenna is nothing more than a marketing ploy by certain companies to sell more antennas. Thus, if you have an existing antenna that is a few years old, try that first before buying a new model. I am using a decades old Yagi style antenna and it works better than most of the "new" antenna designs that supposedly are for digital only signals.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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I have to keep Comcast because there's no other high-speed Internet provider where I live. If I dropped the cable my $25 economy Internet would cost over $40 so it's cheaper to pay them the $25 + $13 for Tv which I don't use.

I subscribed to Dish for $25 a month last summer and get over 125 stations. They recently gave STARZ to subscribers free for a year (I don't know what that is), 10 ESPN and 15 are home shopping but otherwise it's a good selection having stations that were mentioned in this thread plus many others.

My land phone is always under $20 and I'm going to drop that soon and go with Trac.
You might want to reconsider cutting that phone line if you use Dish. The Dish receivers, at least the ones I have, require a land line to dial in periodically. If they do not connect every so often they will shutdown. Satellite is not a two way pipe, the receiver needs to use a modem to send back PPV and other info. I know some newer models from DirectTV support a broadband connection, but I'm not sure if Dish has switched to that method or not. It would be nice, as keeping a land line just to support a set-top box is a pain.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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You might want to reconsider cutting that phone line if you use Dish. The Dish receivers, at least the ones I have, require a land line to dial in periodically. If they do not connect every so often they will shutdown. Satellite is not a two way pipe, the receiver needs to use a modem to send back PPV and other info. I know some newer models from DirectTV support a broadband connection, but I'm not sure if Dish has switched to that method or not. It would be nice, as keeping a land line just to support a set-top box is a pain.
It depends on the receiver you have, I think. I have Dish Network with a dual-tuner receiver and it doesn't have to be hooked into a phone line at all (but it can be), and there is no penalty other than having to go online or call them to order pay per view programs.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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It depends on the receiver you have, I think. I have Dish Network with a dual-tuner receiver and it doesn't have to be hooked into a phone line at all (but it can be), and there is no penalty other than having to go online or call them to order pay per view programs.
OK, good to know that they've eliminated that requirement. I have a cheap Dish 500 receiver and it use to stop working if I did not keep it plugged in to the phone line. I haven't tried in a couple of years, so I don't know if it will still shutdown or not. I never even used PPV on it, so I'm not sure why it disabled it self.

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Old 02-08-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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How many stations can you get with a digital antenna? Can you still watch the Steeler and Pengin games?
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Hopes. Any TV antenna will work.

Try this. TV Fool and check your address. Anything that has a reading of 1.0 DB for the Noise Margin (NM) will probably be receivable with a good antenna. When looking at the color codes you can safely assume that any station in Green and Yellow will be easy to pick up. And stations in Red with a Fringe or Deep Fringe antenna may be receivable.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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There are much cheaper ways to watch things from your computer on TV than to spend all kinds of money on some fancy box. I bought a little $20 mini-DVI to video converter that lets me run one of those yellow video cables from my computer to the TV. Then I hook up some external speakers and voila.
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