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Old 03-26-2016, 10:07 AM   #421
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I dropped cable tv from our Cox service last week Now we only have internet and phone service from Cox. I checked yesterday, and despite dropping the tv, we still have a few channels anyway, but are saving $10 a month by "getting rid of the service".
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I dropped cable tv from our Cox service last week Now we only have internet and phone service from Cox. I checked yesterday, and despite dropping the tv, we still have a few channels anyway, but are saving $10 a month by "getting rid of the service".
I've had Cox Internet only for about 12 years. For the first few years I got all the basic channels for free, they did eventually come out and installed a filter at the house to block the TV channels.
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Got a letter in the mail today about Verizon being taken over by Frontier Communications. Never heard of that company. Effective 4-1-16. Everything going to Frontier except Verizon Wireless. All cable TV, internet and regular phone. We'll see how that goes. Anyone have Frontier Communications?
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Got a letter in the mail today about Verizon being taken over by Frontier Communications. Never heard of that company. Effective 4-1-16. Everything going to Frontier except Verizon Wireless. All cable TV, internet and regular phone. We'll see how that goes. Anyone have Frontier Communications?
I know of Frontier, but I don't think they are taking over Verizon. Rather, in some areas, service that is currently being provided by Verizon will be assumed by Frontier, as you say. Verizon is definitely one of the big names in that sector, not a takeover target.
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True, Frontier is not acquiring Verizon... but rather has acquired certain Verizon's business in California, Florida and Texas.

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Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) is today announcing a definitive agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) under which Frontier will acquire Verizon's wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas, for $10.54 billion in cash. These Verizon properties include 3.7 million voice connections, 2.2 million broadband connections, and 1.2 million FiOSŪ video connections. The network being acquired is the product of substantial capital investments by Verizon and is 54 percent FiOS enabled. Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.
Frontier Communications to Acquire Verizon's Wireline Operations in California, Florida and Texas, Doubling Frontier's Size and Driving Shareholder Value (NYSE:FTR)
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This effectively gets Verizon out from the obligations it took on to deliver world-class FTTP service beyond its traditional RBOC footprint in the northeast. Frontier's service commitments are notably lower than Verizon's, so effectively Frontier can offer those services more cheaply without risking the kind of PR backlash that Verizon would have.
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Frontier is trying to cobble together all of the more rural areas that other companies do not find so intriguing and make a go of it. And FTR is loaded to the gills with debt. They have had to help finance this binging with a 11% yielding convertible preferred, and even it is trading under par with an even higher trading yield. And the common of FTR yields 8%. Not exactly a company one would substitute circa 1970s Ma Bell for in the ol Widows and Orphans investing fund.


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Frontier picked up the hard to service accounts at first. These were mostly rural. Now they pick up AT&T and Verizon customer base as wireless becomes the future. We are not rural, but our area is being turned over to Frontier. The copper infrastructure is a mess, and Verizon did not bring FIOS. so the customer base is offloaded.
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Not exactly a company one would substitute circa 1970s Ma Bell for in the ol Widows and Orphans investing fund.
More like the old GTE.

Where I live it was originally GTE, then it was Verizon for a while, now Frontier.
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Sling is offering a "free" roku 2 with 3 months prepaid subscription. got mine in the mail this week. picture is better than our previous satellite service, and there's no further obligation if we decide to cancel.
we have dsl speeds, so we occasionally get some hesitation, but can live with it until we get better internet service.
DTV actually doubled their price on me, outrageous since I have had the same equipment for years.

our at&t tech said that the feds are looking to classify high speed internet as a right, the same as telephone service, regardless of your location (we live in a rural area, not many drops). this is going to force at&t to install small antennas in everyone's house to get on their mobile network. It's cheaper for them to wire us up to their 4g network than to run more copper/fiber lines to each house in the area. he expects this to happen sometime this year.
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DTV actually doubled their price on me, outrageous since I have had the same equipment for years.
Actually not surprising. Infuriating, but not surprising. It's the same reason why they give all these great offers to "new" subscribers that loyal customers who have paid their bills on timer for 10 years can't normally get. They want you to call in and they will give you new equipment many times, and sometimes a discount on programming for a while.... with a new 2-year contract. When I had satellite TV, the value of the freedom of not having the contract was worth more than anything I might save by asking for discounts with a new 2-year commitment.
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Verizon sold out to Frontier in my area many years ago, just after laying a lot of fiber all over the area. We are not in a rural area but a major suburb of a major city.

Overall, I find Frontier FIOS to be highly reliable. I have had three problems in three years and two got fixed quickly with a call to their support number. The thirds was a major issue since they decided that a tech needed to visit my home and the earliest time was in a week. (this was after a major power failure hit the area.) However, three days later my FIOS started working again with no tech visit, so obviously they fixed something that had broken somewhere in their network.
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I was at a flea market place on Saturday and there was a booth for Home - OneBoxTV which looked interesting but I am suspicious. Anyone familiar with or using this?
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I was at a flea market place on Saturday and there was a booth for Home - OneBoxTV which looked interesting but I am suspicious. Anyone familiar with or using this?
You can add illegal stuff into Roku(through private channels), so this box may very well do what it says. But I have to believe it contains illegal content.
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I think I may have replicated what ERD50 mentioned a few posts ago - about using a splitter in conjuction with a DVR box. Not sure I understood his terms, though (Letterman used to call himself a "dumb guy from Indiana"; that's not me - I'm from Illinois. )

Anyway, I repurposed a splitter I got to help someone separate TWC modem rental charges for modem but keep TWC phone. She is braver and going with Ooma-Ooma, so I reclaimed the splitter and helped set that up. I brought the splitter home and used it to split the signal coming from an amplified antenna: one side going directly to the coax input on the TV and the other side going to the converter/DVR (in my case, an iView), from there on to older style RCA jacks (not HDMI) on the TV. The picture is perfect whether going direct from antenna or through the iView.

It also goes from one tuner to two - the built-in one on the TV and the tuner in the iView. So I can watch one program while recording another. I don't seem to want to do that often, but it's nice to know I can.
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I basically watch 5-6 channels now (CNBC, ESPN, Velocity, CNN, "Root Sports")


Read several of these posts and did an internal search. Question I have is about being able to watch a local MLB game (in my case the Seattle Mariners). I have Comcast and it's broadcast by Root Sports channel 627. It appears the MLB.com pkg for $20 ish will not include local MLB games so I'd be missing 81 a year?


Thanks in advance!
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I basically watch 5-6 channels now (CNBC, ESPN, Velocity, CNN, "Root Sports")


Read several of these posts and did an internal search. Question I have is about being able to watch a local MLB game (in my case the Seattle Mariners). I have Comcast and it's broadcast by Root Sports channel 627. It appears the MLB.com pkg for $20 ish will not include local MLB games so I'd be missing 81 a year?


Thanks in advance!
you're not going to be able to watch your local RSNs if you cut the cord. You'd miss all of the Mariner games except for what is on ESPN. The only exception would be if PlayStation Vue is available in your market AND if it happens to carry Root.

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/

In LA, PlayStation Vue does carry Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, so I'd be able to see the Angels, Ducks, Kings and Clippers, and most of the national sports networks, but not the Dodgers or Lakers.
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you're not going to be able to watch your local RSNs if you cut the cord. You'd miss all of the Mariner games except for what is on ESPN. The only exception would be if PlayStation Vue is available in your market AND if it happens to carry Root.

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/

In LA, PlayStation Vue does carry Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, so I'd be able to see the Angels, Ducks, Kings and Clippers, and most of the national sports networks, but not the Dodgers or Lakers.
Thanks for the recommendation and I had no idea that was offered up. It is in my area (98116). Looks like I could still watch the Seahawks but did not find Root Sports Northwest (formerly Fox Sports NW). I will look again however in case my eyes missed it
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I signed up for Playstation Vue today. I cut the cord a couple of years ago and have really missed The Golf Channel. Had Sling TV for a while but they didn't have it. Bit the bullet and got a Fire Tv Box so I could subscribe to Vue. Plus there are lot's of other channels I will get that I like and of course some I won't watch. I got the 70 channel package for $35. Will continue receiving my local channels via antenna. Pretty happy with the Fire Box too, several nice features including voice commands. I'm coming from a Roku 2 box so this is new for me.
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The problem with going with a streaming service like Vue here is that you'll end up paying the same or more that you did with a Comcast HSI + cable sub. The reason why is that Comcast has a 300GB data cap here with a $10 per 50GB overage fee. You can easily hit that by going all-streaming + antenna. Or you can pay them $35 extra per month for the privilege of having the same unlimited data that you had before they got greedy and the FCC looked the other way. So your $65/mo. HSI bill goes to $100 + the cost of whatever streaming services you want to pay for.

The problem here is that no one has solved the HSI access issue, it's really not about the cost of TV itself. Competition and OTA takes care of TV but not HSI, in other words. Yeah this might not affect everyone, but it does affect a lot of folks. At least we have Google Fiber coming but they're only cherry-picking a few areas in the ATL right now, mine is not one of them.
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