cwag911

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We have ATT Uverse and love it................Until last night. CBS was blacked out due to contact stuff and most of the shows we watch are on CBS. We have been looking at indoor antennas and I am wondering if any of you have one and what you think, good or bad. We're not far from Charlotte. Also there isn't any cable on our road so we're stuck with dish or direct tv which is also ATT. TIA.

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Same predicament, no cable on road.  Kicked sat tv to the curb and never looked back about 5 years ago.  Bought an old school looking metal arm digital external antenna, mounted it on the dish arm, and a signal booster, from Wally World I believe.  We're about 25-30 miles from Columbus and signal is good for the most part, heavy rain and we lose the Fox, PBS channels which I believe are higher in freq.

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Thanks guys.

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Carl, Not sure in your area for ability to pull channels, but we do antenna for locals 10-12 channels) and internet tv for everything else, and are very satisfied. With Internet access, we use Sling ($20/mo.) for decent channels and also CBS all access for $5/mo. We also have Amazon prime which gives us a bunch of stuff for free. We booted cable tv in 2015 and haven't looked back since. We save appx. $100/mo. doing this. 

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Just heard about this the other day, it's called a Firestik. If you have wifi in your home your able to pick up channels through the Firestik. I haven't researched it yet but might solve your issues.

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24 minutes ago, ILLINOIS AVE said:

Just heard about this the other day, it's called a Firestik. If you have wifi in your home your able to pick up channels through the Firestik. I haven't researched it yet but might solve your issues.

Yeah, that's Amazons version of Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, and others. Basically it gives you a "Smart" tv if you don't have one. These are the pathways for the internet access. 

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1 hour ago, Jack M said:

I punched in my address .I got a zero .

I guess you're stuck with cable Jack.

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5 minutes ago, cwag911 said:

I guess you're stuck with cable Jack.

Directv ,and I hate it . I can't even switch to dish because they are lower on the horizon than directv and my neighbors trees are in the way .Directv goes through these fights at least once  year ,they usually settle in a few days and you bill goes up with in the next few months .We have a small mom & pop cable company that doesn't even have HD yet 

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Sell the damn T.V. in a garage sale take the money from it and go and get some gas for the Bennington. Spend T.V. time on the water.

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2 hours ago, ILLINOIS AVE said:

Just heard about this the other day, it's called a Firestik. If you have wifi in your home your able to pick up channels through the Firestik. I haven't researched it yet but might solve your issues.

I have a firestick. It works great. Need WFI. You can get it upgraded and get all the new movies.

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Jack,

I loathe Directv in every way, where to begin ... total dirtbags.

Unfortunately, we're ~70-80 miles to the nearest broadcast station, many trees in the way.  A 48' tower would do it but that's ~$2k+.

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I have a Time Warner cable bundle. Cable, TV, and phone. I was thinking of going back to DirecTV which I had in Virginia. Why does everybody hate DirecTV so much?!? Had no problem with them before. 

Also we have a Firestick. My daughter gave it to us for Christmas. $38 at Amazon. Right now just using it for a game pack that contains Fibbage we play on game nights. 1000's of movies, TV shows and music are also available. Some free but most are pay.......

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We have a modded (kodi) firestick at home and a second one at the lake.  Sure you need wi-fi but even the $15 package (lowest one time warner offers) at roughly 3mb down is fast enough to stream buffering free.  Thousands of movies and tv shows available anytime for free.  We also have Amazon prime that offers some movies and now music as well.

Had direct tv and got tired of paying over a $100 a month for programming (no movie channels) and we only watched a half dozen channels anyway.  Cut the direct tv cord 4 years ago and went back to the old trusty antenna out front and now the firestick about a year ago and wouldn't go back.  I use that $100 a month we used to spend on tv for gas in the boat:D

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7 hours ago, BigKahuna said:

I have a Time Warner cable bundle. Cable, TV, and phone. I was thinking of going back to DirecTV which I had in Virginia. Why does everybody hate DirecTV so much?!? Had no problem with them before. 

Also we have a Firestick. My daughter gave it to us for Christmas. $38 at Amazon. Right now just using it for a game pack that contains Fibbage we play on game nights. 1000's of movies, TV shows and music are also available. Some free but most are pay.......

Beside the constant price increases ,and outages .Poor customer service 

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I'm like ILB. We watched maybe 10 channels on cable. Half the stations were infomercials. I may invest in a better antenna as we do get glitching on a couple channels. I find that many older shows (60's-80's) are quite enjoyable on the one channel we tend to watch. 

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17 hours ago, TomS said:

Carl,

The guys at Solid Signal are really good. http://www.solidsignal.com/c.asp?c=3869&d=TV-Antennas-OutdoorSolid Signal

Start by entering your address in at Antenna Web and it will tell you every channel available and what antenna you need.

 

Good information thanks for sharing.  This may motivate me to finally do what I have been thinking about for some time.  My only hesitation is the possibly of losing local/national news & sports (football.).  

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3 hours ago, Mike31406 said:

My only hesitation is the possibly of losing local/national news & sports (football.).  

Yup, that is the problem, particularly if you tend to care about that type of thing. My brother cut the cable awhile back and now has to go "hunting" to find a place to watch the local college team. Cable TV is still big business so although there are alternatives for movies and some TV shows, they still have a strangle hold on the "live" programming.

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If you are looking for live tv for free (or very low cost) check out ip tv apps that you can add to a firestick or android box.  For around 20 a month you can stream all the live tv you want.....like a hopped up version of sling tv.

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2 hours ago, Indian_Lake_Bum said:

If you are looking for live tv for free (or very low cost) check out ip tv apps that you can add to a firestick or android box.  For around 20 a month you can stream all the live tv you want.....like a hopped up version of sling tv.

Interesting. How do you operate something like that?

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We are cord cutters at our cottage.  We have wifi, so we have worked some of our T.V. entertainment around that.  For just over the air digetal signals, you don't need wifi, just a digetal antennae.  IF you are maintaining wifi, here is a lot more options.

For local and normal broadcast stations we went with this item:

Amazon 50 mile indoor digital T.V. Antennae:

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Ultra-Thin-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B01IN26Z5A/ref=zg_bs_172665_19?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZP05RJQ9W7J8Q67KFK17

In Northern Michigan, away from all major cities, we pull in 20 stations with this baby...including 2 different CBS, NBC, and PBS stations, as well as 1 each ABC and Fox.  Then there are 12 other various speciality stations that we don't pay any attention to.  This doesn't require ANY wifi, subscriptions, etc...  Nothing else but the cost of the antennae, which is less than $30 in a one time purchase!

Here is the FCC website to check for what free over the air digetal signals you would get based on entering in your address (it will list out every station within range, and list them in order of expected FCC signal strength at your address):

https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps

For movies and such, we did the following and tied it into the pre-existing cable and streaming services we already subscribe to at home, and the Charter wifi service we subscribe to at our cottage:

Roku streaming sticks (Roku offers the most stations of any streaming devices on the market currently):

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/roku-streaming-stick-2016-model-black/4858200.p?skuId=4858200

We bought both types of items over the holidays on sale for $60 total with sales.  As priced above, about $78+tax per T.V.

From there, you could enhance the level of stations available with things like Netflix, or Hulu, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, etc...  Just a matter of how extensive you want to be.

I was honestly shocked at how many stations we pull in with our cheap indoor Amazon digital antennae.  I have honestly contemplated cutting the cord at our actual house as a result of this.

Then via a few subscritions, some we already have such as Netflix, we could be pretty well covered for movies.  Anyway, my point is, there are some fantastic and long term affordable options out there.  Local stations free...streaming services needing wifi offering combinations of free and subscription based streaming services.

I might just repost all of this into another thread as a one stop spot for wire cutting options in a thread...

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27 minutes ago, Vikingstaff said:

We are cord cutters at our cottage.  We have wifi, so we have worked some of our T.V. entertainment around that.  For just over the air digetal signals, you don't need wifi, just a digetal antennae.  IF you are maintaining wifi, here is a lot more options.

For local and normal broadcast stations we went with this item:

Amazon 50 mile indoor digital T.V. Antennae:

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Ultra-Thin-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B01IN26Z5A/ref=zg_bs_172665_19?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZP05RJQ9W7J8Q67KFK17

In Northern Michigan, away from all major cities, we pull in 20 stations with this baby...including 2 different CBS, NBC, and PBS stations, as well as 1 each ABC and Fox.  Then there are 12 other various speciality stations that we don't pay any attention to.  This doesn't require ANY wifi, subscriptions, etc...  Nothing else but the cost of the antennae, which is less than $30 in a one time purchase!

 

 

Hey, thanks for the tip. We're down the street from you but only get three channels (NBC, ABC & PBS). Guess it's time for a different antenna!

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