Thursday, January 31, 2013

74 Cutting the Cable Cord

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 Inspiration

My 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 Us

I 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.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024R4B5C?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0024R4B5C&linkCode=xm2&tag=lifaftempnes-20

I decided to purchase from Amazon (since I am a Prime member and get free shipping) for $56.50
The link is here.

Installation 

The 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!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024R4B5C?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0024R4B5C&linkCode=xm2&tag=lifaftempnes-20

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 Search

After 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/Suggestions

Have 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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Update

Thanks 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!
Sharon
xoxo








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74 comments:

  1. well that all sounds doable we have our land line phone with cable and our internet too since we live in the woods I don't think I have much choice for the internet. I could get rid of the land line phone.
    Cathy

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    1. We used this web site to see what channels we would get. Try it out! The results were spot on for us!

      http://www.antennaweb.org/Address.aspx

      Let me know if you end up cutting the cord!!
      xoxo

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    2. As per your getting a tv o with a monthly charge - I purchased a dvd recorder that allows you to record live tv as well as convert vhs tapes to hq dvds. I can't remember the brand right of but it cost under $100. You might want tho check into one of those. You can get large stacks of dvd rs rather cheap if you watch & get them on sale. It's nice too build up a library of some as well. Good luck - may do same myself, tired of the $150 Bill each month !!!

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    3. thanx for the site address:)

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  2. My hubbie and I are going to do the same thing. Did you ever hear of Roku? Someone has told me about that. We will be looking into alternatives. Thank you for the info.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/french-toast-grilled-cheese-sandwich-with-an-italian-twist/

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    1. Good for you Sue! Nothing better than NO cable bill!

      I have heard of Roku. We don't own one because our blue ray player has Netflix and we use the Wii for Hulu. If you don't have these options the Roku would be a fantastic choice!

      Let me know if I can assist in any way!
      xoxo

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    2. Sue & Sharon, this conversation is several months old but I'm just discovering it and want to add that Roku has hundreds of channels of programming including games like Angry Birds, movies, TV shows, sports, news, weather and specialty channels (religion. kids shows, cooking, crafts). You can, as Sharon states, use Roku to view Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime, too. Roku is quite the little gadget.

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  3. I have a Roku player and have had it for a while. It's great! I can get into Netflix and also, since I am an Amazon Prime member I get free movies from Amazon. Hulu is on there also and some others. I can get rid of the cable TV bill but not the Cable for internet and now we also have telephone through cable. However, I think I could save a whole lot of money just getting rid of the cable TV part. Kinda scary. The only thing we watch basically is Fox News Channel 61. Thanks for this information. Linda

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    1. Don't be afraid Linda! I'll be your cheerleader!

      I was afraid too, seems silly! Think of it this way, you can always get cable back...they keep calling and sending me deals in the mail!

      You can DO IT!
      Let me know what you decide!
      xoxo

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  4. We have never paid for cable, we didn't even upgrade our dinosaur of a tv when they switched to all digital years ago. We have Netflix, Amazon (we are Prime, so we get some free movies, but also buy series if we just can't wait for them to pop up on Netflix), and Hulu+, so between those we can find almost everything we want to watch! We used to do it all with a Roku box, but then Wii got Amazon and Hulu+, so we switched to just using that, although it seems the the internet connection through the Wii is a bit spottier than it was with the Roku, but that may just be our internet service. There are times I miss being able to watch "live" tv (spoilers!), but most of my favourite shows I can catch up on the next day with Amazon or Hulu+, and it's just not worth it for us to pay a huge cable bill for the amount of tv we watch! Good luck!

    Buttons
    The Hot Toddies of Washington

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    1. Good for you Buttons! Sounds like you are light years ahead of me in this area!
      Thanks for sharing!
      xoxo

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    1. How do you watch now Callie? Did you miss it? I can't believe how much we DON'T!
      xoxo

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  6. We cut the cord over two years ago. Sometimes I miss it, but for the most part, I can find shows online for free. We have Netflix and basic Hulu. My 7 year old has all her shows on Netflix and doesn't have any issues. Nick Jr and Disney also have shows online. So glad we ditched it!

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    1. I'm so glad you ditched it too! Lots of savings and plenty of other options! Plus as long as your daughter is happy...everyone is happy, right!
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  7. Good tips! We also have Netflix and it's been great for us since there's a lot to watch at a low cost. Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello :)

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    1. We watch a lot of Netflix as well! Have you watched Nikita, Carrie? Don't judge the show by its cover picture. I didn't want to watch it but my husband talked me into trying an episode....then we were hooked!
      xoxo

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  8. We have Direct TV and it went up to $82.46 a month. That is just insane, so I called to cancel. The lady gave us $30 off for the next 6 months. I still don't like $52.46, but it gives us time to get ready for going without. We have Netlix and are enjoying it.

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    1. That always seems to be the case...the price continues to eek up and before you know it, you are paying a ridiculous amount of money. I'm glad they got the price down a little for you! Remember if you decide to cut the cord and it isn't for you, you can always get the service again. They will be offering you deals left and right to try and lure you back!
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  9. We have no cable at our camp and I don't miss it. We do have a converter box and are able to get 4 crystal clear channels with just rabbit ears. Perhaps, once the kids are gone we will take the plunge at home and cut the cable chord like you.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

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  10. We recently bought a Roku, works similar to TiVo except no DVR. It is also similar to the HD antenna, but all channels are from the internet, barely any local channels. We also stream through Netflix and will soon add HuluPlus. Hubby is having a difficult time actually cancelling the cable, but I'm working on it. We agreed for a 30 day trial to see how we like the Roku. They are available at Walmart, Target, etc and online for about $49 to $99, which depends on your needs (explained on their website). No need for a blu-ray player, wii, etc. ~Cara

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    1. Thanks for the info Cara! I've heard lots of great things about Roku!

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  11. WOOT! Good for you Sharon! Josh and I don't have cable, mostly because there are about all of 3 channels I would watch and I don't really watch the news, I read it online. And if something big is happening such that I would want to watch the news (like my city being locked down!) it will be streaming live online anyway. I LOVE Netflix! So many great shows on there :) I find a show I like, watch it until there are no more episodes left, wallow in my depression as I realize the show is over and wonder to myself nwhat is left in the world that could possibly take it's place, and then I find a new show, forget about the last one, and repeat :D It's terrible! I love it! lol.

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    1. Me too Gabby! Have you watched Nikita on there? It is great! I have to admit when I saw the cover picture...I said no way...but Todd talked me into it and we have watched 2 seasons!
      What other shows have you loved on there? Always looking for suggestions!

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  12. We went cable-less in December and I don't miss it. Our decision wasn't financial but was instead due to the horrible cable company we have in our area (there is only one). We watch a lot of Netflix but the selection in Canada isn't great. We also watch a lot of television online and have our computer hooked up to the tv screen. I'll never pay for cable again.

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    1. I don't think I'll ever pay for cable again either...don't miss it AT ALL!
      Thanks for reading Al!
      xoxo

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    2. I cut my cable 1 year ago and put up a $20 mini-antenna i bought on mono-price. I catch all the local Canadian and US broadcast channels in beautiful HD. Netflix with a US DNS provides all the other content I used to watch via cable/sat. Instead of a DVR I use the HDHomeRun to record shows directly to my NAS and or PC and can watch it anywhere anytime. Thinking of upgrading to the RCI ANT751 to try and catch VHS channels.
      Rob

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  13. We got rid of cable 3 years ago. We went with a Tivo because at the time that was the only real choice. I really love my Tivo and couldn't live without it. I think if you want a DVR and it seems to be the only choice, the $14 fee is a lot less than you were paying for cable, at least if your cable is as expensive as it is here. You can watch both the Netflix and Hulu on the Tivo. I don't pay for Hulu plus, I just hook my laptop up to the TV and use the free Hulu. Hope it works well for you to go cable free.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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    1. Thanks for the tips KC. I'm finding more and more of us are tired of the HUGE cable bills and are going without!
      The $14 for a TiVo is a lot less than the $130 I ending up paying...after the intro offer expires!

      Right now we are not missing it ONE BIT!
      xoxo

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  14. We cut cable 3 weeks ago too. I don't know how we are surviving! haha. It's been fine but we, living in Canada, don't have near the antennae access you do and our netflix sucks compared to American. Oh well...I guess we could just sit around and talk...

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    1. Talk...what's that? :)
      Sorry your Netflix isn't good...that and Hulu Plus are great in NE Florida!
      Not missing my bill at all....

      You could always stream from the computer! Do you have an iPad? I wrote a post on how to do that!
      http://www.lifeafteremptynest.com/2013/03/after-cutting-cord-how-to-stream-from.html

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  15. I've been cable free over 2 years and don't miss it at all. I didn't quit to save money, but rather to protest the high price for the 3 channels I usually watched. Also, I'm protesting the fact that digital is NOT better because most of the time, even with cable, pictures were pixeled/spotty, and antennae no longer worked over 100 miles and in my case not even 15 miles very well with a 50+$ antennae and there is no company available to install an outdoor antennae on a roof. Frustrated! I figure the cable company was behind the conversion to digital to have us depend on them. Also, ran across a 20 year old girl that didn't know you could use an antennae to get what people are now calling "free" channels. Cable brainwashed generation? The way I look at it, if they don't want me to watch their commercials, it's their loss, and I'm not about to pay high prices to do that.

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    1. Joy...I doubt they ever lived without cable! I remember when it was the new rage, long, long ago. Now to some it is just as important of a utility as power and water.

      I LOVE NOT having it!!!
      xoxo

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  16. Our cable bill has gotten so expensive in the year that we've lived in our house. I'm planning on cancelling this summer and getting netflix & hulu plus instead. Thanks for the great idea about the antenna - I didn't think of that. I'll definitely look into it.

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    1. Laura..the picture using the antenna is AMAZING! Better than our cable HD picture!

      You'll be so happy with out that ridiculous bill...
      xoxo

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  17. I haven't heard of a HD antenna before to get free HD channels, so that's really cool! Great idea for next time we try cutting cable! We've done it before, and just gone with Netflix and Hulu, but that darn DVR gets you coming back every time! I love that thing!

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    1. I LOVE the DVR as well! Was even considering getting TVio for that reason, they too have a monthly fee but it is MUCH cheaper than cable.
      Honestly though I have gotten used to not having it and now I don't miss it!
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  18. I've been deciding on canceling cable. I think with summer approaching now will be a good time to go cable free. Hopefully canceling it during the summer will help us adapt for when fall/winter comes a long.

    Victoria @My Thoughts for Thought

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    1. Try it Victoria! I REALLY don't miss it now that I have gotten used to it!
      Try it and let me know how you do!
      xoxo

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  19. When we moved to a new state we were so busy initially that I did not get cable or even internet. Two years later we still don't have cable or any free channels at all. The kids like to get DVDs from the library and we will too. I can't say I even miss not having TV most of the time. I am much more productive without my dvr and cable.

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    1. That is awesome Liza. I think most people would get used to not having it. I was afraid to cut the cord...now isn't that ridiculous?? That means I was way too dependent on the "idiot Box" as my Nana always called it!
      I'm so glad we did it! More time for conversation with the family... : )
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  20. The minute my cable contract is up I'm dumping it. In the meantime I have gone to the least expensive plan they offer, which comes to $31 a month. I use my laptop to watch tv series and movies on both Netflix and http://www.couchtuner.eu/. Most tv's are wi-fi compatible now, but you can also purchase a specific cord from your computer to your tv and go that route, it's a one time purchase of about $30 or less.
    Great article, thanks!!

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    1. Thanks for the great info Tiffany! We do have the adapter to watch shows from my iPad to the TV. It is awesome!
      I'll have to investigate the couchtuner.
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment!
      xoxo

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  21. If you have a TV tuner on your laptop you can record shows on to the laptop. Windows media tutorial will show you how. Simply connect the TV to the laptop.

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    1. I have a Mac Shella...do you know anything about that? I'll have to do some research!

      Thanks for giving me this idea!
      xoxo

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  22. We got rid if our bill to. But we just have a huge antenna it works we get 26 channels and we use tubplus.com to watch shows from syfy and other stations that we miss from the sattlelight. And its all free......

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    1. Good for you!! I'll have to check out the tubplus.com

      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  23. Any way to get the ESPN programming? House full of guys so we watch lots of sports. Otherwise this sounds great!

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    1. I totally understand Sherry. We are huge college football fans! We usually go to a local sports bar if the game we want to watch isn't on the major networks however a fiend of ours streams his through the ESPN app on his iPad. You can read how to do that here.

      http://www.lifeafteremptynest.com/2013/03/after-cutting-cord-how-to-stream-from.html

      If the game is on a special ESPN channel he uses his brother's password because he still has cable.
      Hope this helps!
      xoxo

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  24. Is there any way to do this in a NYC coop that doesn't allow antennas?

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    1. Yes you can!! I have heard great things about an indoor antennas as well. I updated this post to include one. Read about this one.
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00APPDX86?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00APPDX86&linkCode=xm2&tag=lifaftempnes-20
      Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes!!
      xoxo

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  25. good plan on putting it in the attic. if they move in the wind the picture goes all wonky.

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    1. Yes...our neighbors are not big fans of roof decor! : )
      Having it in the attic has worked great for us!
      xoxo

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  26. I'm tempted at saving $149 a month by cutting the chord!

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    1. Wow...that is a ton of $$! Is that just for your TV? Ours was $170 with cable and Internet. Now it is $50 for Internet and $16 for Netflix and Hulu. I'm thrilled with the savings!! From $170 to $66!
      Keep me updated on what you decide to do!
      xoxo

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  27. Great info, thinking of dumping Comcast and adding the HD Antenna and picking up a Roku for streaming.

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    1. Looking back it was such a wise decision. Let me know what you decide to do and keep me updated on your results!
      xoxo

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  28. I am dotty over ALL the cooking channels and HGTV. Are these channels available through the antennae after dumping cable? If not, I am afraid I will just continue being "robbed." Are local channels NBC, ABC, CBS available as well with the antennae?

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    1. I do get the local channels. I get lots of cooking shows on PBS, like Martha Stewart and Cook's Country. I LOVE watching cooking too...I just wish I could taste it when they were done!
      xoxo

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  29. Try a website projectfreetv. It's awesome and you have a heap of movies you can watch or download to your pc..... Even has favorite tv series there too.... All you need is unlimited download on your internet plan and voila..... You've got free(almost) tv.... Just hook up your pc or laptop and your done :)

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  30. Check out Aereo. Record & Stream Live TV Online with Aereo Cloud DVR for $8 a month. https://aereo.com/ It is only available in big cities right now, but it is expanding.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Audrey! I just checked and they aren't planning on Jacksonville yet. I left them my e-mail so we will keep a look out for this!
      Thanks for commenting!
      xoxo

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  31. We cut the cord last year also and use the HD antenna and Roku. But here's what we did about a DVR if you want to record a program from live TV (alot of CBS programs aren't on Roku). We hooked up an old computer CPU to the TV and use Windows Media Center. It records programs great and we have a remote control for it. A PVR is better than a DVR!

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    1. Thanks Nyla! That is a great idea! We are MAC users but I bet I could pick up a old computer! You're a genius!
      xoxo

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    2. What about ESPN? That is what is holding me back!!

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  32. We do not have cable right now. I don't mess it much at all. But going to look into the HD antana. We don't even have the internet, except for the smart phones. Now not having the internet I miss. Going back to Comcast, but rethinking the basic local for internet, even though it is only $15.00 but why pay that ifwe can get it for free.

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    1. We do still have internet with comcast. I need it to blog : )
      xoxo

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  33. What about ESPN? That is what is holding my husband back!!!

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    1. That may be the deal breaker. Comcast allows me to watch ESPN on the Internet through my Internet package. I have an iPad and can stream to my TV that way. When the game we want to watch is not on regular ESPN we go to a local sports bar or a friends house.
      Sorry!
      xoxo

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  34. Simple tv is a dvr box and I believe it has a one time lifetime fee based on your individual needs. (It works with antennas)

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  35. I would love to cut the cable but like tontowimberg ESPN and sports and my husband not having it would a health hazard in our house. Is there a way to get the sports and cut the cord? And what if you don't have internet? Is it just airwave digital that you can do?

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  36. You can use a pc to record shows. All you need in a tv card.

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