I know this has nothing to do with home repair, but I am looking for a
newsgroup or blog discussing alternatives to cable TV. There are
several services such as Hulu that use the Internet and I would like to
hear from someone who has cut the cord. Any comments or suggestions
where I might hear from someone who has such a service would be appreciated.
Tried satellite ? They'll give you great prices for a while ... we
cut the cord about a year ago , get all our content over the internet .
We subscribe to CBS to have access to a major network/local station ,
plus sling and netflix . Including our internet connection we get as
good coverage at about 2/3 the cost of satellite - cable not available
out here in The Holler .
I cut the cord about two years ago and went with an OTA antenna and
internet. I have Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are other
services such as Sling which will offer several channels. If you like
shows on HBO or Showtime, they both offer their own service.
There are many options, you just need to do your homework.
I am weaning my self off of Satellite as we speak. I have a Tivo OTA
and I get a bunch of stuff over the air (the 4 networks and a bunch of
the sub channels). I buy Amazon, Netflix, HBO and Show. Since Amazon
and Netflix are not on the Cable/Sat anyway the only extra ones are
HBO/SHO. I was amazed at all of the stuff on You Tube. It is not just
cat videos and guys taking a fast ball to the nuts these days. I may
be looking at Sling or Hulu but not so far.
The money I save by only buying 2 premiums is significant compared to
the $160 satellite bill I had for 300 channels I never watched. (like
a tenth the cost) I am also largely commercial free except for one
occasionally on You Tube and they are right at the beginning and the
networks I see. The Tivo lets me skip them.
The point is that the option of receiving free TV over the air is
frequently overlooked. Many of today's stoopid young people apparently
don't even know it exists.
Of course the signal strength in your area will determine how feasible an
option this is. For us a rooftop antenna with a rotator does the job nicely.
Roger Blake (Posts from Google Groups killfiled due to excess spam.)
On Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1:36:04 PM UTC-5, Roger Blake wrote:
I love those commercials they are running on TV for a basic antenna.
They say, due to an act of Congress, you can now receive broadcast TV
for free. They show the Capitol Dome and flash up "law passed".
In fact, OTA broadcast TV has always been free. But I guess you're right,
there are people out there that see those ads and think, wow, this is
And the word "digital", which means nothing for an antenna.
BTW, I there was one antenna in stores they called "free TV key", in a
package shaped like a little chain saw.
IIRC, they're about to limit TV broadcasting to channels 2-26. UHF-only
antennas are about to be less desirable (some stations may move to VHF).
I doubt that many would move to VHF unless they already have that
transmitter. I do expect they will squeeze down the UHF band tho. When
they went up to ch 83 they thought broadcast TV was going to be the
future and we would actually have that many channels in bigger
markets. The ability to use sub channels took a lot of pressure off of
the bandwidth. We have a few channels here that broadcast 6 programs
at a time. They tend to be old NTSC shows, compressed into low def
digital tho (Grit, Laff etc)
On Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:37:20 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I can't find it right now to be sure, but I think the cutoff will be
channel 36 - not 26. And yes, some stations are being moved to VHF
which is now considered less desirable. Why would they do that?
Because they are being paid lots of money to do so. The auction
process gave money that came in to buy spectrum go to stations willing
to go off the air or move to a lower channel. The changes have
already started and will continue over the next few years.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 1:17:27 PM UTC-5, Pat wrote:
NBC NYC is one that apparently took money to move. They are changing
frequencies as part of the move to a new shared facility at the new WTC.
It's a little weird, but I guess it works like you say. They had some
kind of auction where holders of the licenses for the freq that other
services wanted got paid a lot of money to move or go bye bye.
"The UHF band originally spanned from channels 14 to 83, though the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has twice rescinded the high-end
portions of the band from television broadcasting use for emergency and
other telecommunications purposes in 1983 (when channels 70 to 83 were
removed) and 2009 (when channels 52 to 69 were removed by mandate at the
completion of the transition from analog to digital television)."
On Tue, 9 Jan 2018 14:42:20 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Neill
I found that article also. Clearly it hasn't been updated to reflect
last year's spectrum auction. I looked at 3 or 4 different sites and
still couldn't find the latest information. I then searched for
auction info and found a bunch of stuff written before the auction -
nothing with the final result. Depending on how much was bid for the
spectrum, differnt top channels would result. The first part of the
auction didn't bring in enough to fund what the stations wanted for
their channels. The second round worked. That is, the money bid by
those wanting the spectrum exceeded what the stations wanted to move
or go off the air. But I can't remember what the top channel ended up
Thanks for the link. It may be an indication of how much broadcast TV
has declined in importance that this didn't get more coverage in the
general press. Or perhaps it's just that it doesn't involve anything
beyond a channel rescan for the typical TV viewer, and it will get more
buzz when the channel transitions actually begin.
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