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    Cutting out cable TV

    Hey guys,

    So I had been planning on getting rid of my DISH network pretty soon and switching to Aereo. Aereo was a business that let you "rent" an OTA antennae in a datacenter and use the Aereo app to watch TV (mostly the local stations). That, plus NEtflix, gave me 90% of what I would have watched anyway.



    Yesterday however the supreme court effectively shut down Aereo. So I'm wondering what the other options are. I've never had an antennae, but is there a good, inexpensive way to get antennae based HD local channels + a basic DVR in place myself in the home? What product(s) do you guys use?

    I think at a minimum I need an antennae. I'm wondering if I can set that up on a desktop computer in my house to automatically record shows and then use DLNA streaming to push it to my TV's in the house, for example.
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    I had a Winegard amplified "squareshooter" outdoor antenna installed a few years back. It's split to three TVs. It works well for my location. We use either a box / or smart TV for our Netflix. Works well for our application! I'm able to buy broadband internet only from the cable company at $40 a month. The only drawback is I have to watch The Walking Dead on Monday nights via iTunes.
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    I dropped cable a good while back but went a different route than you did. I considered it, but didn't want the lady to have a tough time when she wanted to watch something and I was away.

    We currently use the Xbox for Hulu Plus ($8/mo), Netflix ($9/mo), and Amazon Prime ($6/mo, $72/yr- not to mention the free 2 day shipping perk). Through those we can watch just about everything. For HBO, USA, FX, and other channels that don't air content on the three I mentioned, we use a friends HBO go and cable provider log-in. You can also buy current seasons episodes at very reasonable rates on Amazon for the programs that aren't on Hulu or Netflix. I watch Justified this way.

    I also bought an outdoor HD antenna (don't waste your time with that indoor garbage) so we could watch football or anything else that is important enough to watch live on the over-the-air channels for free. This is the one I got, its about $90 at Best Buy
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...ce=google_base

    I unplugged my existing satellite feed and ran the CAT5 cable to the new HD antenna since everything was already wired in the house- no extra work on my end!! Picture quality is fantastic.

    We pay $45/mo (was $29, but Charter jacked up the rate) for internet and save a good chunk of cash annually because of it.
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    There's resources online that can give you an idea of what kind of reception you can expect at your location. Like this from the FCC

    http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

    That might help you to determine if getting an antenna is right for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    There's resources online that can give you an idea of what kind of reception you can expect at your location. Like this from the FCC

    http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

    That might help you to determine if getting an antenna is right for you.
    This looks OK.

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    I have Charter too. I had 2 years of internet at $39.99 but it just bumped back up to $59.99. I also just heard that in my neck of the woods they are going to do a customer swap in Massachusetts between Charter and Comcast, so I would become a Comcast customer. Which really worries me because I do tons and tons of work online (and WFH several days a week), and their 250gb data cap is right in my area.

    AZ alone does automatic backups to my house and it's like 50gb a month. I delete older stuff but it still comes over my connection.

    I have Netflix and Amazon Prime but really want at least the basic cables so we can watch the primetime stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    This looks OK.
    Note that it says that's for an outdoor antenna 30 feet off the ground...
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    I did the FCC tools analysis a year or two ago. Providence is OK but I'd need a 40 foot mast with a high gain antenna to get the Boston stations at the Needham towers. Other than NFL football, it really doesn't help me. I watch sports that aren't over-the-air (Red Sox on NESN, some ESPN events) and premium commercial-free movie channels (Encore, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc). Every year when I turn cable back on at my Massholia place in May, I agonize over this.

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    I nagged the lady for some time about cord cutting but we compromised on trimming it down. Signed a two year deal with Comcast for less than $100/mo for internet with HBO and a handful of channels.

    We have AMC and Comedy Central, which is good. She lost Bravo, which is great, imho. We lost some oddballs, like TNT, TBS, MSNBC, SyFy, and IFC. I'd rather have IFC and MSNBC back, but not abig deal.

    What really stung is losing FX. I didn't realized how many shows we watch on that.

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    Cut the cord a few months ago. I pay $40 a month for internet thru RCN. Pay for netflix and amazon prime, also use my brother's credentials for HBOGO and watchespn. Bought a chromecast and roku stick for streaming. Bought the basic amazon hd antenna as well as another cheap one and they both work fine. I am however not far at all from the broadcast towers in needham, ma.

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    I could never do without cable or satellite, due to my addiction to college sports. It is essentially impossible to get the LHN, SECN, or BTN online. For things like ESPN and ESPN2, you can usually find a pirated link online.

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