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Old 02-10-2018, 04:30 PM
 
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Actually my dad had an antenna in the attic and living where we did in RI we received quite a few channels that way on both VHF and UHF. I remember going to my friends house and they had that antenna that rotated by turning a dial on the box on top of the TV. His dad had it labeled to show the direction for certain channels.
What we had...

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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My paternal grandmother had a rotating antenna outside and a control for it on top of her television.
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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It's was the mid 70's and we got cable from Warner Cable. It didn't add any channels but allowed to actual receive the channels. We went from 4 clear channels to 8.

The box was less fancy than this:

We had something a lot like this (may have even been the same, for all I remember) when we got cable. I'm not sure who our provider was back then--it was St. Louis in the early 80's--but we got it just about the same time MTV debuted. Which my parents promptly banned from me watching due to the risqué nature of some of the videos.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:12 AM
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My then-bf/future husband and I had broken up and then got back together. It was 1986, and we got a new apartment. Attached to the lease was a coupon for free installation or a free month or something from the local cable company, and we decided to think about getting cable.

We moved into the apartment and quickly realized that getting cable was not a choice. We were living about 25 miles from New York City, but on the far side of a "mountain" that is really just a huge rock that blocked all the signals coming off the ESB and WTC. The only channel we could get without cable was a fishing channel broadcast out of New Jersey on our side of the rock. Back then you made an appointment to get the cable installed and it took about two weeks. So, for two weeks we watched nothing in the evening except fishing shows and rented movies on the VCR.
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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I remember it well, I was around 12-13 yrs old, it was TKR cable in those days, I wanted it mostly for MTV and HBO (mainly because they showed nudity!thats a big deal to a 12 yr old boy!)

I remember watching MTV when they didnt have hardly any commercials. The mid to late 80s were a great time to be a pre-teen/ teenager.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"Who remembers going from three or four networks with an antenna to getting at least double that with cable?"

Heh. I remember our family's first black and white tv, first color tv, then cable - which only had the existing networks plus this new thing called "HBO." HBO actually had a variety of movies!
I remember my first Betamax, first VHS, dumping cable for satellite, first tivo, and then ...
dumping satellite, downgrading tivo to only OTA channels, finding the quality of the old B&W movies often superior to color ones. If things continue the way they are, I may just end back up with only books.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:08 PM
 
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I remember it well, I was around 12-13 yrs old, it was TKR cable in those days, I wanted it mostly for MTV and HBO (mainly because they showed nudity!thats a big deal to a 12 yr old boy!)

I remember watching MTV when they didnt have hardly any commercials. The mid to late 80s were a great time to be a pre-teen/ teenager.
And the Playboy Channel, which was encrypted. But as it was analog, if you played with the dials enough you would get a few seconds that it was unencrypted. And the audio wasn’t scrambled...
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Getting cable was 'meh', but going from black and white to color was amazing!
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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"Who remembers going from three or four networks with an antenna to getting at least double that with cable?"
Yes it was beautiful Harry........ It was analogue and it was GOOD PROGRAMMING!!

Seems like nothing but garbage on now
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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The first cable TV I remember was back in the 70s. It was called OnTV and all it was was one channel that played movies.
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