Off Topic I ditched the satellite dish

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by CaptRick, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. CaptRick

    CaptRick On dry land 4 now.....

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    Well after kicking around how much TV do i really watch and how dam much I was paying for Direct TV ($ 90.00 a month after taxes and fees) I looked for a way out. I bought a Mohu Leaf Ultimate antennae and with that I am getting the major network broadcasts, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox plus a few other channels for free! I had an Apple TV already so I can get Hulu Plus ($ 8.00 a month), I also have Amazon Prime so I am able to get movies on the IPad and push them to my TV and I just ordered a Roku 3 for some additional streaming content. The total cost for all the new hardware was about $ 330.00 with a universal remote to tie it all together. In less than 4 months it will all be paid in the money saved on the satellite. The new monthly fees are $ 8.00 plus what ever movies I rent. All in all Im happy to tell Direct TV to pound sand! :deal
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  2. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    I just got off the phone with Comcast and am pulling the plug also:evil

    I plan on doing basically what you did, but not sure how internet will work. I am looking into DSL or maybe some kind of 4G hotspot through a cell provider.

    I was so tired of paying $120 to not have anything worth watching on TV and just using 3-4 channels.
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  3. Ditch

    Ditch Long timer

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    Now I have to look all that up to see what it is :huh. Like to dump my dish also "57 channels and nothing on", more like 200 or so. We also only watch a handful of programs.
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  4. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    Unless you have really great cell signal inside your house, the cell route is not a good way to go. I had internet via 3G, with decent signal, and it was only good enough for basic internet and email stuff.
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  5. CaptRick

    CaptRick On dry land 4 now.....

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    I still have my Century Link land line with internet. I have 12 megs, what ever that means? I have the house set up with WiFi and I have the Apple TV and my Ipad hooked up to the Wifi. The picture quality for the over the air free channels on the Moho antennae are better than the Direct TV used to be.
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  6. modette

    modette RMAR

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    Yeah I download TV Shows burn to a disc for .30 per disc and call it a day...LOL People are even so nice to cut commercials out. We also have Amazon Prime and stream that through the PS3.

    I much rather pay for my 20Mbps connection then pay some crazy amount for TV too that I can download for free. I don't feel bad either as its the same as the days of recording with your VCR shows. Although we pulled our plug from Comcast TV they mailed us a standard box and lowered the price from $60 to $45. The catch I guess was that was for a year or something as now they jacked the rate to $83 (with tax). I got to figure what to do, whether to keep the standard box on our HDTV (who even owns a non HD TV nowadays...lol) or go into Comcast with Kiddo in tow and turn it in that or haggle and at least get HD with DVR for $80...that is all we paid back in MI and even the first few years here then they went apeshit and said NO WAY and wanted like $130....no way not for the shit shows that are on. Most within a year are on Amazon for free anyways and any good ones I do the download thing.

    We are not sports people, so we don't care about that stuff. We buy lots of movies.....

    OTA HD works great, we get like 20 channels on the entertainment TV that I have a $30 HD antenna hooked up too.
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  7. meerobus

    meerobus Been here awhile

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    It surprises me how much people pay per month for TV. It's not the one time purchase that kills ya, it's the monthly charges. I wish I had cable, an expensive phone plan etc. to cut back on but I don't. No cable / sat. TV, just an internet line I use for work and a cheapo prepaid $15 / month phone plan. Free Hulu streaming if I'm so inclined to watch something on the big screen.
    Good for you.
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  8. wakewop

    wakewop Hucker

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  9. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Two questions: Netflix or HuluPlus? Why?

    :ear
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  10. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    Dude, I've been doing pretty much the same set-up for years and I am very happy. The only person pissed is my daughter, who wants it around to watch baseball games, but that's it. It's great!:evil
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  11. CaptRick

    CaptRick On dry land 4 now.....

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    I went with Hulu plus as I had Netflix before but I felt like the Netflix selections were pretty limited, Hulu plus seems to have a better selection to me ?

    Thanks for the tip on the Roku hidden channels!

    It felt really good to tell Direct TV to go away! They kept offering to lower my rate for 12 months and even offered the NFL package for free. When I told them Id rather ride on Sundays, they gave up....
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  12. ronofthejungle

    ronofthejungle Adventurer

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    I have had both Hulu plus and netflix.. it all depends on what you watch.

    Netflix has more movies, but expect a limited selection of what comes out, and there will be a delay.

    Hulu plus will have more current television shows.

    I've have had them both, they are both ok, although I prefer more current shows so Hulu plus would be the recommendation.
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  13. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Me too. Wow. I've lived without TV since around 1984. Every time I find myself sitting in front of one of the things, it reminds me why I choose to live without TV. The fact that people pay to bring that into their homes is just unfathomable to me.
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  14. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    I have Comcast 50Mbit service for $35 and it'll go up to 65 after a year. No cable tv, no satellite and I really am not missing anything.
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  15. wakewop

    wakewop Hucker

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    Captnrick

    Google roku hidden channels. There are more then what is in my original link. Not all,are winners, but there are some good ones. Found one that has classic cartoons. Old bugs bunny and stuff like that.
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  16. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    I need to make the switch. Time to get off my ass and get an antenna.
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  17. axia

    axia Super Schralpster

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    We're all adventurous people here, right?
    Make your own antenna for $3.

    I made the one in the link below and get 50ish channels, (though half are in espanol)
    http://lifehacker.com/5919128/build-your-own-paper+thin-super+powerful-hd-antenna

    Also, we have netflix for a number of reasons. Movies (odd selection sometimes, but often there are some great gems) and I really like their original programming (Orange is the New Black was amazing BTW).

    Considering checking out hulu plus for more variety.
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  18. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Chris, Living in the berg you might not need a roof antenna. But you do need line of site to the towers.




    Rick,
    Can I get shows like House Hunters International, Chasing classic cars, and storage wars on Hulu plus? I see that they list some older versions on their free page. Do they list current shows on their pay for view site? I ditched my dish a few years back. I almost went back to it this fall. But when I talked to the person on the phone. It was right back in to pushing all the upgrades, and extra fees on me. I quickly realized why I ditched them in the first place.


    Does the Roku 3 connect directly to the newer TVsets? Does it record and play back later?
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  19. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    That's the one drawback I see, lack of a DVR function, I hate commercials.
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  20. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    I enjoyed free cable tv for 14 years till CommieCast bought our local company and with their surveillance van disconnected me. I had gotten to the point of surfing all their channels and not finding anything interesting to watch other than car stuff and bike racing anyways. They sent me a bill that I returned that I had never subscribed to any cable...

    Century Link can't provide much past 56K due to ancient wiring in my neighborhood they say and my land line phone sucked, so I'm stuck with CommieCast at $53/mo for internet...rate will go up soon as they play their game...seldom have two bills for the same amount ...

    I'm in a Verizon hole for cell service/hot spots and I have a dumb phone and want fast internet

    Any suggestions for low cost internet service? ...my neighborhood has all password protected their wifi so that's out

    IMO, the Federal Gooferment should intervene and mandate a minimal fee say $15 for for web access
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