Goodbye Cable - Hello FREE HD Channels!
Well, we did it....Gone....No more cable TV. Which means no more cable BILL! One of my goals for 2013 is to save more money and here is another way we are cutting corners!
My InspirationMy neighbors cut the cord quite a while ago, well I should say my neighbor's husband decided to take the plunge while my dear friend, his wife, was out of town.
Imagine her surprise when she returned home...
I figured I'd observe for a while. I knew if she could live without cable, so could I! (She's MY inspiration!)
Since they adjusted so nicely and have been enjoying the extra money each month with no cable bill....I hopped on line and did some research.
Best Antenna For UsI am a researcher....I always want to make sure I buy something that other people have had success with. I found a great site with lots of information about the top 10 HD Antennas.
I wanted to find the best HD Antenna for our area and decided on the RCA ANT751.
I decided to purchase from Amazon (since I am a Prime member and get free shipping) for $56.50
The link is here.
InstallationThe installation was QUICK and EASY! (This according to my husband who is very handy) He did say I could have done it...which means it was SIMPLE!
The RCA ANT751 is an outdoor antenna but my husband installed it in the attic. To be honest - It is not the prettiest thing, but since it is working well in the attic - no one will EVER see it!
Channel SearchAfter we had it all hooked up, I was disappointed because we were not getting ANY channels! Then I realized we had to do a channel search on the TV!!
It may have been in the directions... but we aren't big fans of those...unless there is TROUBLE!
Channels For FREE!When the channel search was finished I was pleasantly surprised!
28 Digital channels for FREE!
The HD picture on the network channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) is impressive!
I feel like it was a little better than the HD cable picture....but the FREE aspect may have gotten the BEST of me!!
Reading to Shop and Cut the Cable Bill?Here are some antennas you might want to check out!
This is the one we bought (click below)
Live in an apartment or want the antenna inside? (Click below)
Going to Miss My DVR!Honestly, my husband and I rarely watch "live" TV except for sporting events. When we sit down to watch, we loved being in charge... stop, fast-forward, rewind.
We use Netflix pretty regularly (through our blu-ray player) - that we watch past TV series and movies on.($7.99 a month)
I just signed up for Hulu Plus (through the Wii) to watch current television shows but I noticed that some of my favorites aren't on there! ($7.99 a month)
I'll keep you posted on how I'm coping....I can always get a pep talk from my neighbor!
Help/SuggestionsHave you cut the cord?
Thinking I may need a DVR. I searched around there aren't many choices! The cheapest TiVo is around $100 but it has a $14.99 a month charge.
Seems with all these little charges I won't be saving that much.
Leave me a comment if you know some secrets you can share!
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UpdateThanks to HomeTalk I have lots of new interested cable cutters! Here are some resources to help you out!
See what channels you may get and what type of antenna to buy visit antennaweb.
Want to steam Netflix, Hulu and others? Try a Roku
I also learned how to stream my iPad/iPhone to an HD TV!
Click here to read how!
Thanks for reading!
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