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Old 02-05-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Westchester), CA
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We've had internet for a month or so, no problems. Using Time Warner, basic plan, $30.

I signed up with Direct TV yesterday for a Choice Xtra plan, with one DVR and canceled today after reading one too many horror stories on contract issues.

So... back to square one and really thinking about scrapping the cable/satellite option.

Questions: if we buy a converter box, can we watch local stations?
Would I need an antenna or would the converter box come with it?
Could I purchase a DVR and record shows even though I don't pay a monthly service?

Even if we can't record, I think I'd like to try regular ol' TV if we can get it to work.

We're in Lawndale. If you have advice, please offer it. Much thanks, Carol
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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TVs have tuners built in. Newer TVs can receive the digital signals being broadcast by local TV stations. Older TVs can't and thus require a converter box. An antenna is required either way. A big one on your roof aimed at Mt Wilson will give you the best results. I don't know if you can buy a DVR without a monthly service charge. TiVo pretty much invented the DVR but I think they have a monthly fee. Maybe you can find a VCR on Craigslist.
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Old 02-06-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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There are DVRs that dont require a subscription.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Westchester), CA
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thought I'd share an update. We purchased a SDTV, converter box and antenna on Craigslist and subscribed to Netflix, 3 at a time. So far so good. Certain channels don't work when we're online but we get 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 with little problem. Paid less for tv/box/antenna than 1 month of cable. We'd do cable if they didn't require 24 month lease and have such bad reputations for screwing subscribers out of money. Better this way as we don't watch the tv as much.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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TVs have tuners built in. Newer TVs can receive the digital signals being broadcast by local TV stations. Older TVs can't and thus require a converter box. An antenna is required either way. A big one on your roof aimed at Mt Wilson will give you the best results. I don't know if you can buy a DVR without a monthly service charge. TiVo pretty much invented the DVR but I think they have a monthly fee. Maybe you can find a VCR on Craigslist.
how about the rabbit ear antenna's do they work just as well has a roof antenna? Not all buidlngs allow you to put up roof antennas.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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how about the rabbit ear antenna's do they work just as well has a roof antenna? Not all buidlngs allow you to put up roof antennas.
Nothing beats a full sized antenna on the roof aimed directly at the transmitter. Rabbit ears may or may not work OK depending on your location.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:33 PM
 
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I love to do away with dealing with cable. I am going to check it out. Cable and INternet should be free.......
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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how about the rabbit ear antenna's do they work just as well has a roof antenna? Not all buidlngs allow you to put up roof antennas.
It really depends on your location. I live in West LA and I have an indoor antennae with rabbit ears with UHF/VHF capability that picks up stations 2 - 13 with signal strengths that range anywhere from 20 to 70%. Most of the time the channels come in great. Sometimes there is interference and I have to adjust. It beats paying for cable when I really only watch 2-11 anyways.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Westchester), CA
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thanks. I now pretty much have the same setup and am happy with value for $.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Stop being so cheap and pay for cable!
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