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Old 10-19-2012, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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It's all news to me, I have an 8.2 terabyte video server and never watch TV. I cut the cord years ago and never regretted it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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My supposed free cable tv costs $65 a month, the stuff i can get for free just on a regular antenna is not worth watching.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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It's all news to me, I have an 8.2 terabyte video server and never watch TV. I cut the cord years ago and never regretted it.
Cable providers also carry internet too. You're paying the monster one way or another.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Cable providers also carry internet too. You're paying the monster one way or another.
In my case, I find the internet connectivity to be worth the price. The television part is becoming less and less appealing, however.

Do people here have any opinions about any of these antennas?

Amazon.com: Spectrum Match Wing Indoor HDTV Amplified High-Definition VHF/UHF Powerless Antenna: Electronics

Amazon.com: Winegard Company FL-5000 FlatWave HDTV Indoor Digital Flat Antenna - Made in USA: Electronics

Amazon.com: Paper Thin Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna - Made in the USA!: Electronics

The front of our house faces almost due east, which is the direction of all the OTA digital stations in the Atlanta metro from us, so sticking one of those in a window sounds like an inexpensive option. Maybe.

Or do I have to stick a monster antenna on the roof?

Maybe this should be its own thread.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The cable companies will keep squeezing until all of our blood runs out......

FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

"The FCC is now allowing cable companies to encrypt free OTA channels that they also rebroadcast over their networks. 'The days of plugging a TV into the wall and getting cable are coming to an end. After a lengthy review process, the FCC has granted cable operators permission to encrypt their most basic cable programming.' Soon the only way to receive free OTA channels via your cable company will involve renting yet another box or buying something like Boxee"

FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels - Slashdot

Whoa here!! Cable companies have always been able to convert analog to digital since the change over from analog TV. The FCC required all cable co's to carry analog free channels until 2012 at which time they can swtich over to digital to give converter companies a chance to ramp up production of the box for all the analog TV's still in operation. These analog to digital boxes should be provided FREE to all subscribers that still have older TV's they use. Ask you cable company for a free box when you need to.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I just use a good HDTV antenna myself. A big, flat one that picks up all local channels in HD quality. For free! Have never had a problem with it, and one cartoon channel that my son loves (qubo) is available on the antenna for free but NOT via cable. So we're all set!

Now if THIS gets taken away, there will be some serious issues!
Even that's not safe:

FCC to vote September 28th on proposal auctioning UHF spectrum, Weird Al might still approve -- Engadget
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Terrific. Now I feel lied to, and if it turns out I dropped close to $100 for a decent HDTV antenna for nothing, and over the air TV becomes a thing of the past, I hope that the FCC will be picking up the tab for the grossly overpriced cable AND still be able to provide me with every single channel I watch now. Although I highly doubt that will be the case. Anything to make a buck, eh? Perhaps TV in my household will become a thing of the past as well, with the exception of having it for the bluray player, not that I watch movies on it often.

Netflix isn't even really an option for me. I much prefer catching shows and movies on tv. I could own every episode of every show I ever watch on DVD or Bluray and never watch them, but if I see it is on TV I will. Strange I know.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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People still pay for cable tv? Seriously? Netflix, HuluPlus, and Amazon are all we need. Sure, we don't get CNN on the loop with the same story over and over for 38 hours....but who misses that? Not us.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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I just use a good HDTV antenna myself. A big, flat one that picks up all local channels in HD quality. For free! Have never had a problem with it, and one cartoon channel that my son loves (qubo) is available on the antenna for free but NOT via cable. So we're all set!

Now if THIS gets taken away, there will be some serious issues!
That is also very likely to happen. There was a push a couple of years ago to actually stop broadcasting signals. Apparently the bill died due to stations running ads to "save free TV", but like most bad ideas generated by corporates stooges in congress, it will be back in a different form, or slipped through on the back of something else.

Just like SOPA and PIPA, they will be repackaged and reintroduced.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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That is also very likely to happen. There was a push a couple of years ago to actually stop broadcasting signals. Apparently the bill died due to stations running ads to "save free TV", but like most bad ideas generated by corporates stooges in congress, it will be back in a different form, or slipped through on the back of something else.

Just like SOPA and PIPA, they will be repackaged and reintroduced.
The bill did not in any way require broadcasters to give up their over-the-air signals. What it did was allowed broadcasters who wanted to give up their signals to voluntarily do so and receive monetary compensation for it.
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