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Old 09-19-2012, 02:38 PM   #21
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If you still have an Analog TV I would put the $40 towards a new TV with built in internet connectivity. So you can watch Netflix, Hulu ect.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:43 PM   #22
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AT&T Two cellphones $120 (no data)
Would like to cut the cell phone costs a bit. No wireline phone though.
You can go with two plans from someone like Straight Talk or Net 10 for less than that, and talk, text and data would all be unlimited and with no contract. If one or both phones have very low monthly usage something like the T-Mobile plans mentioned earlier ($100 for 1000 minutes, then $10 per year to roll it over) might work better, too.
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If you still have an Analog TV I would put the $40 towards a new TV with built in internet connectivity. So you can watch Netflix, Hulu ect.
Many DVD players can do this now, too, though a new 32" flat screen TV can often be had for little more than $200 or so. And they would probably have a digital tuner so you wouldn't need the converter box. And you would get over-the-air HD for free.
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Many DVD players can do this now, too, though a new 32" flat screen TV can often be had for little more than $200 or so. And they would probably have a digital tuner so you wouldn't need the converter box. And you would get over-the-air HD for free.
Don't think you would be able to hook that new DVD player up to an old Analog TV. Even if you could I would still change out the TV first.
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If you are in an apartment, can you even get Dish or Direct


I would not let each apartment put out their own dish if I were the owner... just sayin....
I live in a condo, and no antennas allowed on balcony (them condo by-laws).

Yet, my antenna I keep indoors by the window. The reception is not as good as if I had it outdoors, but still does the job nicely.
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I live in a condo, and no antennas allowed on balcony (them condo by-laws).

Yet, my antenna I keep indoors by the window. The reception is not as good as if I had it outdoors, but still does the job nicely.

I guess you have to be on the right side of the condo to get a signal....
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I pay $62.95 a month for internet alone. It costs more if you don't have any of their other services, such as TV or phone. I pay $14.65 for my Ooma phone, and buy a 1100 minutes for $100 for my cell phone each year which last me all year. I pay $8.00 for Netflix, and get Amazon Prime for free, plus all the other stuff available on Roku. I have a computer running Windows 7, which with a dual tv card, so I can record either two programs at once, or watch one while recording another. I have an OTA antenna, which has major networks plus 2 PBS channels and a few others.

So my total outlay for TV, home phone, cell phone, internet and TV is
about $95 with cell phone. All the cable news stations stream live on the internet, except MSNBC. You have to wait 24 hours to watch their programing. HGTV has full episodes on line as well, as does National Geographic, Bravo, Lifetime, and some others. There is really no shortage of things to watch with a DVR setup, and all the other sources.

The only thing that bugs me is I can't get MSNBC live (legally anyway)
But to save $100 a month, I live with it. You can even buy a Push TV gismo for $100 and connect it to you TV and it will transfer it from the internet to your TV for viewing, if you don't want to watch on your computer screen, as I usually don't. I was paying $103 alone for TV before I decided to go this route.
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I guess you have to be on the right side of the condo to get a signal....
What I found interesting is that actually the coat hanger antenna even works better than an antenna that's on the rooftop (for all the units). With the rooftop one, I still can't get CBS.
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We just dropped our directv and long ago went to cell phones only. Our high speed Internet is $51.00/mo. We subscribe to Amazon Prime ($69.00/year) for free shipping on purchases and the streaming content. Also currently subscribe to Netflix, but will probably let that go as Amazon offers quite a bit and really should be sufficient.
My cell is fairly high, but that is related to w*rk and will eliminate some features once I retire. I hope to get it down around $50.00 a month.
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I guess you have to be on the right side of the condo to get a signal....
You guys need to Google the telecommunications act of 1996 regarding the right to receive communication signals whether you are a renter or a condo unit owner. You cannot be denied the reception of these signals.
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I would not let each apartment put out their own dish if I were the owner... just sayin....
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