(posted to alt.cable-tv, alt.home.repair)
I've been getting cable TV service in eastern Missouri for about 25 years.
Back in the 90's, working full time and earning honest money, I got
expanded basic and SHO and TMC, and just paid whatever they charged me
(on time, every time).
Without any income now, just subsisting on Soc. Security, I've been getting
the same service from Charter on verious promo discounts for years. Most recently
it was expanded basic and SHO, TMC for $37.xx, Jan. - May of '09.
Now they've evidently banished the promo discounts and want lots more $.
Used to be, I could call and call and finally get a non-Phillipino CSR
to find acceptable promo discounts. I've called many, many times in the
last week: nothing shakin'. They simply want too much money.
Has anybody got a good feel for getting affordable discounts from tv service
vendors? Charter monopolizes cable in my part of MO. Are the dish vendors
really any better? Installation costs, etc?
I've got a pretty decent non-directional TV antenna (from Radio Shack)
installed in the attic (from the Over-The-Air days). If I decide to
chuck the lot of 'em and go OTA with a cheese-box (DTV converter or
whatever they call them), is it likely the old antenna will be sufficient?
I've got a $40 gov't coupon for the cheese-box.
Any/all info/suggestions are most welcome.