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Cutting The cable,

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Guido

09-14-2018 15:45:28




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Hello

Yep, got me an outside antenna. Couple of months now. Sometime I go to you tube, but mostly am happy with over the air stuff,

Guido.




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cowranch

09-17-2018 18:13:59




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Not a single over the air channel available here. Also, internet doesn't work well enough for "good" quality streaming at night, plus data caps if it did work well (satellite or fringe cellular (no Tmobile, Sprint, or ATT service of any kind) for home Internet choices).

I have Directv, don't get around to watching it much anyway, but sometimes I like things like the news. I argue every year with them, threaten to cancel, get a discount. Last time I got 12 months for about $50/month total. That includes two tvs, dvr, and is not the base package (I like DIY channel occasionally). I don't call that bad, considering the alternative is to stare at a blank wall (though sometimes that would be better entertainment).

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Jimmydog

09-16-2018 08:18:37




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Dang you just reminded me I have to go up on the barn roof and try to fix the antenna today. TV quit receiving signals this spring and we haven't missed it. But the Lions are on at 4:00 today, so I hope it's an easy fix, something I can fix without having to get parts. If not I will have to pay a three hour visit to the neighbors. Oh and don't bother telling me what a waste of time it is, I know it already, especially with the way they're playing so far this year. Looks like no reason to save money for super bowl tickets.
JD

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oldfarmtractor

09-16-2018 06:25:12




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
If you are using a regular antenna and cutting the dish and cord, you might what to see what is available in your area.

There are a couple of websites to inform you what you might be able to receive, the direction and strength of signal.

Check out this website to get more info about your location.



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Guido

09-16-2018 14:58:27




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to oldfarmtractor, 09-16-2018 06:25:12  
Hello oldfarmtractor,

Thanks for reminding me. I did that when I first moved here. Then after I got Directv, I no longer need it to check. I just got netflix. My son was over today, and set it up for me. Did you know that a single streaming account can be shared for the same price? Only drawback is that both cannot watch the same channel. I will start looking at what they have,

Guido.



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Tramway Guy

09-15-2018 11:37:06




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
It doesn't work that way anymore. I get ABC,CBS CW,FOX and PBS on the entenna,but can't scan in either of the NBC stations.

You should be able to add a channel manually. You will need to know the actual RF channel, not necessarily what they call themselves(virtual channel).



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Guido

09-16-2018 15:30:58




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Tramway Guy, 09-15-2018 11:37:06  
Hello Tramway Guy,

I get all the local channels. 3,4,6,10,12,23,29,48,52,57,61, 62,65. Also get metv 2,1, 2,2, which is gritv, and many other side channels. I' m sure I missed some. 52 total,Plenty for now,

Guido.



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Mule Meat

09-15-2018 08:15:42




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

WRONG!!

Just as fake as the rest of the US news channels and papers.

If you want the most truthful news about what is going on in the US and around the world you need to tune into BBC.. The BBC will cover news in the US and the world that none of the other outlets will touch.



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David G

09-15-2018 10:06:55




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Mule Meat, 09-15-2018 08:15:42  
I totally agree with you Mule, BBC has no vested interest in the US, so no slant.

They do nothing sensational, give you all the facts, just have to be patient, because their stories are lengthy.



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oldproudvet

09-15-2018 16:56:48




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to David G, 09-15-2018 10:06:55  
Absolutely correct! Quite a few years ago when the govt was busy trying to cover their butt over the Benghazi fiasco, BBC had it nailed from the first moment, and for days they kept trying to cover it up, offer excuses etc. BBC just stated what was going on, 'cuz they were there, on the ground........



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Grandpa love

09-15-2018 05:37:57




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
We dumped cable about a year ago. We realized we had wasted 10,000 bucks over 15 years on it. Got an antenna on the roof. 25 + local channels. Yes we miss some college football games and Nascar. But somehow we live through it! We got a new antenna a month ago with the remote to turn it. It works great. No more sending a boy up on roof to move it!!



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John T

09-15-2018 05:31:46




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
I get over 50 channels with my old style outdoor antenna and do watch some on it (Nature, Old House, Lawrence Wels, Antiques etc) HOWEVER all it gets is CBS ABC and NBC which is for the most part left wing biased fake news grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. When on the road in the RV I use the portable dome DISH for $19.28 per month which is reasonable plus I can get real news yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

To each their own choices when it comes to TV, I watch about as much on You Tube (has commercials cut out) or internet shows with my Smart Internet ready TV.....I don't watch any commercial network TV, its mostly junk and violence or fake reality.

John T

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woodbutcher

09-15-2018 03:59:36




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Hi Guido,
Wife and I moved to Dallas from Plumbnilly a year ago. I bought a smart TV for the living room without an antenna or cable connection. It gets a wifi signal from the router. So far, it seems okay, but I still have to subscribe to Roku and DirectvNow. I like the smaller tv in the bedroom better. I used a small outside antenna in the attic and it receives 50-some-odd channels. Some are foreign language channels, but there are twenty or so that I can usually find something I want to watch.
Butch

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PJH

09-14-2018 19:18:00




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
We dumped satellite about ten or 15 years ago. TV is not a big thing around this house. No cable available out here in the sticks. Some days we barely have daylight.



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Hobo,NC

09-14-2018 18:58:53




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
My 91 year old Mum is a die hard abundant she would give up her hole SS check to see CNN/MSMBC... I try my best to not say one word about fake news are she will stay up all nite worrying the ell out of me.. When she passes I am gonna trash every TV around me...



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David G

09-14-2018 19:26:26




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Hobo,NC, 09-14-2018 18:58:53  
She is fine, no fake news there, now if she was watching fox, I mean faux, that would be fake.



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scottwv

09-15-2018 07:43:35




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to David G, 09-14-2018 19:26:26  
And the yt resident liberal has spoken



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Janicholson

09-15-2018 09:17:19




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to scottwv, 09-15-2018 07:43:35  
Do not make rash generalizations. People who listen and watch only what they already believe in provide a venue for self deception. like spending 75 dollars on radiator sealer to fix a cavitated sleeve. Jim



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David G

09-15-2018 10:09:21




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Janicholson, 09-15-2018 09:17:19  
I will get no credit, but have a lot of windshield time, so listen to fox, MSNBC, CNN and BBC, so I DO keep informed.



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wgm

09-15-2018 07:39:00




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to David G, 09-14-2018 19:26:26  
Fox is the only true news network. The rest of them are fake.



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ss55

09-14-2018 18:40:16




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
ABC, NBC, CW and most broadcast networks except CBS make their prime time shows available to stream anytime for a few weeks after the show was aired.



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old

09-14-2018 17:24:41




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Where I live with out a dish set up I might get all of 5-10 channel that would over lap each other and be ABC or NBC or CBS and that is to much fake news to handle LOL



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BobReeves

09-14-2018 17:13:27




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Moved out to this property 15 years ago, was on COX in town but we hadn't decided what to go with Cable or Dish here. I stuck up an old outside TV antenna we had and hooked it to the TV for local channels. 15 years later we are still on an outside antenna, the antenna has been replaced as has the TV, now we get 40 some channels plus we have Netflix and of course YouTube. Figure I have saved at least $150.00 a month over 15 years and haven't missed much.

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Stephen Newell

09-14-2018 17:13:17




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
I'm not far from cutting it all. If the shows on today aren't offensive enough the commercials certainly are. I've got 32 years of television recorded so I have enough to watch for the rest of my life. With the passing of Burt Reynolds recently I watched Smokie and the Bandit and during the commercial break there was a news brief mentioning President Regan.



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Mule Meat

09-14-2018 17:11:31




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
guido

Point it directly at a CATV Amp (large silver box on power pole). I have saw them get nearly 100 channels if the amp is "leaking" signal. They will leak if the drop cable had been cut or they have a connection that is not tight..

Sometimes you can tune an AM radio in your car to far right as possible (1600) and if an amp is leaking the radio will go off like a geiger counter.

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Guido

09-14-2018 18:49:45




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Mule Meat, 09-14-2018 17:11:31  
Hello mule meat,

Nice trick if you can get it. I may give it a try. I just need to push the remote to turn it in that direction.
I get all the regular networks and their side channels too, more then enough for now,

Guido.



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jgayman

09-14-2018 16:37:04




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
I'm close to doing the same thing. Cable bill is approaching $200 a month. We currently have about 170 channels, 165 of which have nothing but garbage. I can get 10 HD channels via an indoor antenna. That and a bit of YouTube and I think I'll be good. :-)



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Guido

09-14-2018 18:56:42




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to jgayman, 09-14-2018 16:37:04  
Hello jgaymam,

My antenna is on the roof and rotates, so I find tuned the position. 99% of the time I have excellent reception,

Guido.



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rrlund

09-15-2018 04:07:08




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 18:56:42  
The trouble with rotating the antenna anymore is that the channels have to be scanned in. Used to be you could turn the antenna and get a channel to come in,turn it the other way and get another channel. It doesn't work that way anymore. I get ABC,CBS CW,FOX and PBS on the entenna,but can't scan in either of the NBC stations.



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guido

09-15-2018 09:05:34




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to rrlund, 09-15-2018 04:07:08  

Hello rrlund,
You are right. I had what we called then an antenna rotor. I can tune in the station, hit a button and set it just like an automotive radio preset. I guess they may still have them available? This one was less then $40. For the price it included 40ft of coax cable,

Guido.



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Gambles

09-14-2018 16:26:32




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
Wife and I were at the state fair last weekend and we went into a building where they are all hawking their products.
One guy, trying to sell a satellite TV system, calls out to me: "Hey, we can save you money on your TV provider!"
I call back to him: "We have rabbit ears as a TV provider!"
Shuts him up immediately.



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rrlund

09-14-2018 16:18:23




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
I've got an antenna,Direct TV,HULU and Netflix. I get bored easily. LOL



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Guido

09-14-2018 20:23:16




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to rrlund, 09-14-2018 16:18:23  
Hello rrlund,

I do too, I have a tablet that keeps me going. Most of the times, like now, that is my window to the world,

Guido.



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David G

09-14-2018 15:52:09




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to Guido, 09-14-2018 15:45:28  
We got rid of ours several months ago, when I stay in hotels and watch cable, makes me glad we did it.



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Billy Shafer

09-14-2018 17:23:28




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 Re: Cutting The cable, in reply to David G, 09-14-2018 15:52:09  
I dropped Direct TV a few months ago. 130 a month just to much for me. For junk and reruns. Net is all I have.



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