You got it.
I can tell you numerous instances of Comcast stupidity.
They have some really good people working there but numerous dolts.
Mentioned I also have a FIOS line for my land line. That installation
was a comedy of errors.
All I know, is that it would cost me about $100 a month more than my
basic landline costs me now. And that includes my dialup internet. All
I'd really gain from a satellite would be faster internet. That would be
nice, but I really dont need it. Newsgrouops and email work fine on
dialup, and there really is not that much that interests me on the web
anymore. My phone would work the same as it does now. I'd gain some tv
stuff, but I'm satisfied with what I get on my antenna, and am not a
real tv watcher anyhow. The satellite company dont just provide
internet, I'd have to take the whole package. For about $30 a month I
get landline and dialup internet and that's as much as I'm willing to
No, If you don't get all three on one bill, then break it down to per
I pay $200.00 for HD TV and 200 channels [I think, it might be more],
fiber optic access internet, and one landline #. The cell bill is
sepparate...two #'s. My upload speed is 84.3 MBps, download spee is
Do you think #200.00 is about right, or too expensive for HD TV,fiber
optic internet, and one landline?
I USED to get all those pay extra services [except HBO] but got tired
of paying $225.00 a month, so I cut out the no omercial channels and
dropped My bill to $200.00. After going without the no commercial
channels for a month, the extra $25.00 for no commercials is more
better. I'll prolly see about a new contract and get those channels
back and pay less for one year then drop that service and go with
"DISH". I just got a flyer in My snail mail from "DISH" for $49.00.
I sure miss the days of analog TV and antennas to get channel 2,4,5,7,
9,11 and 13 and not pay a dime for TV.
I went with Direct TV about 8 months ago, switching from cable. Use the
recorder a lot now and skip over the commercials on lots of shows. Watch
an hour show in less than 45 miuets.
The digital TV antenna will give me about 30 channels if I hook it up. Many
of them are the same show.
Sounds like you are in the DC Bal'mer area. I was there for 38 years
and never had anything but a Betamax and an antenna. If I rotated the
antenna and held my mouth right I could get Ch 6 out of Richmond too
(blacked out Redskin games).
You can still get those I imagine and there are probably 3 or 4 sub
channels under each with a lot of reruns of old TV shows.
MCM.com has a pretty good fringe antennas for about $30-40 that will
pull in signals from 70 miles away or so with decent line of sight..
Funny, that is the same channel line up as DC/Baltimore
I bet if you get out your rabbit ears you will find all of those
channels and probably a few more if you speak spanish. They generally
have sub channels under them.
All the TV sets I have seen in many years are set up for a coax antenna
cable. For the majority of the stations now they are on the UHF band and
need a different antenna than the rabbit ears.
I am about 30 and 50 miles from any major city and can get over 30 channels
on an outside antenna. Many of them are the same programs.
I am not sure if any of the old crt screens have the digital tuners in them.
I do have a converter box for one old crt tv I have, but don't use that set
Yup. And, there are supposed to be "smart antennae" that can be
tweeked by the tuner. Never saw one, though.
Depends on your market and topography. We're in a small, rather isolated,
market -- nearest large metropolitan area is ~100 miles -- so we're limited
to "local programming". OTOH, I don't really care much what the weather is
100 miles from here! :>
We are 9 or 13 miles (as the crow flies) from the clusters of broadcast towers
serving our metro area. And, almost a perfect line-of-sight to the towers
(I can look out the front door at night and see their flashing red lights
atop the mountain).
Unfortunately, there is EXACTLY one tall tree in this part of the neighborhood
and it lies directly in line with our antenna! When it rains and/or high
winds, signal isn't worth even trying to receive! At least with analog TV
you'd get a snowwy picture -- but *some* picture and MOST of the audio!
Nowadays, it's all or nothing...
Thankfully, the tree is close enough that I can move the antenna to a
different part of the house to "get around it". But, that requires mounting
it on the roof, grounding it, etc. A fair bit of work for something we use
The converter boxes are hard to come by, nowadays. And, all that I have seen
(recycling defective kit) suffer from short-term design goals. Caps tend
to fail pretty quickly (I suspect they were intended as short-term solutions
to buy time for folks to upgrade to digital TV's). They use a surprising
amount of power to do their job!
... With a balun and most people have had a bunch of them because you
got one with TVs and VCRs for years. (If you threw them all away I
will send you one) OTOH most new TV antennas are supplied with F
connectors for coax. All TVs still have a coax input and a tuner or it
would be called a monitor.
If you just want to see what you have, stick a piece of small wire in
the center hole of the coax input, hang the other end on the wall and
do a channel search. I bet you get 8 or 10 with just that if you are
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