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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:29 AM

Help, please! I want to ditch cable TV and go with antenna and a subscription like...

...Netflix (don't want the DVDs, just the streaming service) Hulu Plus, or other service (are there others?). But I am beyond confused by the whole thing. What do you guys use? If you've managed to wean yourself off of cable TV, are you happy with the decision? What do you miss the most?

I pay $70 a month for my TV service and there are only a few shows I really like--mostly re-runs of sitcoms that are no longer in production. I would miss cable news (mainly, MSNBC but CNN, to some extent, as well). I love PBS but I'm pretty sure I can pull in a good signal by antenna.

I looked at antennaweb.com and it indicates that I would need two different antennae to get all of the local channels. I'm skeptical of that but even if it's true, the only channel I'd be missing by not getting the second antenna is KGUN9 which I think is ABC.

But, for the streaming content, I don't know what system or "box" I need to get. I'm not interested in video games, so I don't necessarily need a game console. I don't own a high definition TV, if that makes a difference. Premium channels aren't of much interest to me, except that it might be good to have Current, if that's possible. Actually, though, since I've never seen Current, I'm only assuming that, as a Liberal, I'd like it.

So, any help you guys could offer would be appreciated.

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Reply Help, please! I want to ditch cable TV and go with antenna and a subscription like... (Original post)
Fridays Child Nov 2012 OP
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #1
Tobin S. Nov 2012 #2
rucky Nov 2012 #3
siligut Nov 2012 #4
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #15
Betty88 Nov 2012 #5
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #16
Lydia Leftcoast Nov 2012 #7
rucky Nov 2012 #8
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #14
Pool Hall Ace Nov 2012 #6
alarimer Nov 2012 #9
whistler162 Nov 2012 #10
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #12
hunter Nov 2012 #11
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #13
Kaleva Nov 2012 #17

Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:18 AM

1. What? No opinions?!?

Oh, well. Maybe I posted this too late in the evening. I'll kick it in the morning.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:26 AM

2. We have that kind of set up and it runs through our Wii

You can probably get a refurbished Wii and go this route. You will need broadband internet access to do this. We have a service that operates from something like a cellular signal. That modem is hooked to our Wii which is hooked to our TV.

Our internet service costs $30 a month and our streaming Netflix subscription is $10, I think. Plus, the high speed internet service gives us internet access on our computers at no extra cost. So $40 a month for broadband internet access and all of the movies and old TV shows you want.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:34 AM

3. A 50-dollar Roku box should do you just fine.

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Response to rucky (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 08:59 AM

4. I second the Roku box

And congrats on breaking the cable habit FC, we are soon to follow.

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Response to siligut (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:27 AM

15. It reminds me of when we gave up our landline and went with cell phones only.

It seemed like such a risky venture, at the time. Now that I look back at it, I have to chuckle at how hesitant we were.

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Response to rucky (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:39 AM

5. roku is wonderful

I love it because you watch more than just netflix, hulu and amazon there are plenty of free channels you can add to the device.

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Response to Betty88 (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:28 AM

16. Is it necessary to have a high definition TV?

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Response to rucky (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 11:41 AM

7. I have a Roku as well

The only reasons I keep cable are that my Internet comes from Comcast (I had bad luck with DSL) and that I'm right under a flight path, and I'm told that digital signals break up a lot in this neighborhood. Also, I have become addicted to MHz Worldview's International Mysteries. But I have the lowest of the low cable tiers.

Here's my set up:

Cable Internet with basic-basic cable TV (local channels and public access plus CNN and TBS)
Subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Acorn TV (British and Canadian content), streamed through the Roku. Occasionally I watch one of the free Roku channels, like Snag Films (amazing collection of documentaries) or Vanguard Films. Democracy Now and Free Speech TV are also available as free channels.

Just this gives me more content than I have time to watch.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:00 PM

8. That sounds like the perfect set-up

I wouldn't miss a thing. If only I could convince my wife of the same...

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Response to rucky (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:24 AM

14. Thank you for the Roku link. That's probably the way I'll go.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 11:11 AM

6. Wow, this post could have been made by me

so I'll give it a kick, too.

In the mean, time, checking out the Roku . . .

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:17 PM

9. I use my PS3 to stream Netflix and Hulu

It's also a Blu-Ray player. But that's an expensive option. Roku box is the cheapest option.

The WII also streams, but not in HD (you get HD on some streaming shows, but not all and it depends on your bandwith, but Netflix at least adjusts the picture automatically.)

Note that HULU Plus (7.99 a month) is what you would need. Also CBS is not on HULU at all currently, so you'd get ABC, NBC, and Fox shows, as well as Comedy Central for current shows.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:14 PM

10. Roku.. $20 off the two top end boxes this weekend

and don't forget to sign up for Fatwallet - http://www.fatwallet.com/Roku-coupons/ for a 3.5% rebate.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:18 AM

12. Thanks for the tip!

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:50 PM

11. Here's a previous thread from GD...

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Response to hunter (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:20 AM

13. Many thanks!

I've bookmarked the thread and saved the link. I'm going to read the article carefully and try to get my questions answered.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:38 AM

17. I have a Blu-ray/dvd player that came Netflix ready

It's hooked up to my modem and tv so I can stream movies and tv shows and watch them on the big screen. In the beginning my subsription to Netflix included getting Blu-ray or dvds via mail but I dropped that part and my cost now is $7.99 a month and I'm perfectly happy with what I'm able to watch.

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