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Old 09-14-2016, 09:34 AM   #61
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I cut the cord several years ago. After several attempts (different antennas and DVRs), the set up I'm happy with is:

1) DVR - Maganox HDD/DVR recorder
2) antenna - HD Frequency Cable Cutter Indoor/Outdoor
3) streaming - Amazon Fire TV
4) baseball playoffs if Cubbies are in - Sling TV (keep only for playoff time then cancel)

For the most part, I'm happy. I get the all local channels and overall the reception is steady. The picture on the DVR, though not high def is adequate for my eyes and I can pause live TV and burn to DVD if I want.

My favorite antenna was a home built coat hanger, but I get CBS better with the purchased antenna. The antenna is mounted indoors (beauty in the eye of the beholder ) by my balcony window.
Never had cable except for that time I figured out how to hijack it years ago. can't do that anymore. I pay $10.99/mon for Netflix and 9.99/mon for a newsgroup subscription where I download latest movies.

I built my own home theater for under $2000 and its quite impressive 110' screen, 8.1ch with 16speakers, a 15" and 12" sub. Fully automated, highest quality vid/audio and sometimes lossless. I live in the woods and reception isn't great but I ordered an outdoor hd antenna to see if that will help. 5tb hard drive stores all the content. I built a little script that maps to my universal remote. One button can dim the lights, queue the movie previews and play the feature film. Works well to allow me time to run and pop popcorn.


My four guilty pleasures in life (hobbies):
1. Home Theater
2. Skiing
3. My truck
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hard to sneak all this in on a budget but I fare well.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:13 PM   #62
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If you haven't already, check out Sony Playstation Vue as an alternative to Sling. It's $30/mo for the slim package which includes (among others) NBC SN, ESPNx, and Fox Sports. I think that slim package compares favorably to having Sling blue and orange. Also, Vue has a cloud-based DVR function so you don't have to watch everything live. On the Roku at least, the interface is a bit clunky but still -- pretty nice and IMO a worthy alternative to Sling.

FWIW, both Sling and Vue logins appear to work for the networks' apps directly (e.g., NBC SN channel on Roku and the app on phone).
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I built my own home theater for under $2000 and its quite impressive 110' screen...
Yes, 110 feet is quite impressive. According to Wikipedia, the largest IMAX screen in the world measures 117' x 97', so you're up there with the very best.
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:30 PM   #64
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I'm ready to cut the cord but don't really know what I need to do this. Currently have Frontier (formerly Verizon), and have cable, internet and phone. Costing me about $215 per month. I'm running four TV's and the equipment rental is about $50/month. No premium channels but we do have Netflix. I'm thinking Roku 3 or 4 but don't know what else I need except for an antenna for local channels. Figure I'll keep Frontier's router and use them for my internet provider. I'm thinking about hiring the Geek Squad from Best Buy to tell me what I need and have them set it all up. Is there any advice you can give me?
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I'm ready to cut the cord but don't really know what I need to do this. Currently have Frontier (formerly Verizon), and have cable, internet and phone. Costing me about $215 per month. I'm running four TV's and the equipment rental is about $50/month. No premium channels but we do have Netflix. I'm thinking Roku 3 or 4 but don't know what else I need except for an antenna for local channels. Figure I'll keep Frontier's router and use them for my internet provider. I'm thinking about hiring the Geek Squad from Best Buy to tell me what I need and have them set it all up. Is there any advice you can give me?
It's not that hard to do but if you don't care to fool with it all, the Geek Squad may not be a bad idea. There is a cord cutters group on Facebook that has a lot of good info. In my case, I bought a modem and router off the advice from this group and use Comcast internet. But you can continue renting your provider's modem/router. I have an Amazon Fire box in my living room as I like Amazon Prime shows/movies and their box features their stuff a little better. But a Roku 2,3 or 4 will work as well. I use a Roku 2 in my bedroom. As far as what antenna you need, it depends on where you live. Some people who live in rural areas may need one attached to their roof. In my case, all I needed was a cheap $15 one hooked directly to my tv's. It picks up all my local channels.

Do you have a neighbor or someone close by that has cut the cord? They might be able to give you some advice.
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I'm ready to cut the cord but don't really know what I need to do this.... Is there any advice you can give me?
Here is a nice guide: Cable TV Alternatives - A Guide to Cutting the Cord
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I'm ready to cut the cord but don't really know what I need to do this. Currently have Frontier (formerly Verizon), and have cable, internet and phone. Costing me about $215 per month. I'm running four TV's and the equipment rental is about $50/month. No premium channels but we do have Netflix. I'm thinking Roku 3 or 4 but don't know what else I need except for an antenna for local channels. Figure I'll keep Frontier's router and use them for my internet provider. I'm thinking about hiring the Geek Squad from Best Buy to tell me what I need and have them set it all up. Is there any advice you can give me?


If you are like me, and really dont want to change...just tired of high bills, call them and ask for customer retention and tell them you are dropping them and doing something else ( fill in any lie you want,, Direct TV, Dish, Sling, etc) Run through the gauntlet and chances are they will knock off your bill some. Ultimately last month Direct TV gave me 2 options...$30 off for 2 years or $50 off for 12 months... I chose the worst option for 2 years because I dont want to call them again for 2 years... FWIW, I pay $140 for 3 tvs, hd, DVR, equipment insurance, and uverse internet is part of the $140... Package has everything but the movie channels.
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I'm ready to cut the cord but don't really know what I need to do this. Currently have Frontier (formerly Verizon), and have cable, internet and phone. Costing me about $215 per month. I'm running four TV's and the equipment rental is about $50/month. No premium channels but we do have Netflix. I'm thinking Roku 3 or 4 but don't know what else I need except for an antenna for local channels. Figure I'll keep Frontier's router and use them for my internet provider. I'm thinking about hiring the Geek Squad from Best Buy to tell me what I need and have them set it all up. Is there any advice you can give me?
Aren't you able to get Bright House ? I have 5 tv's , 2 boxes , super fast internet & phone for $134.
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Like Mulligan, a couple years ago we decided we were over it, and roughly figured out 80% of what we needed we could do. So we called our cable co, and said "cancel, we're done" and after a bit of back and forth, got to keep everything for about $25 more per month than we'd pay for internet solo (including HBO). So we stayed put. Did the same thing when it came up for renewal.

The offers and scripts they have for "i'm not happy i want a discount" are not remotely as good as "i'm done, cancel". Try a bluff call before you invest in anything else.
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I'm ready to cut the cord but don't really know what I need to do this. Currently have Frontier (formerly Verizon), and have cable, internet and phone. Costing me about $215 per month. I'm running four TV's and the equipment rental is about $50/month. No premium channels but we do have Netflix. I'm thinking Roku 3 or 4 but don't know what else I need except for an antenna for local channels. Figure I'll keep Frontier's router and use them for my internet provider. I'm thinking about hiring the Geek Squad from Best Buy to tell me what I need and have them set it all up. Is there any advice you can give me?
Verizon FiOS (now Frontier) has a little-known "double play" consisting of internet plus broadcast TV. It's actually cheaper than internet alone by about $10/mo because you get the double play discount. They really try to discourage people from going internet only. This avoids the antenna hassle and requires no equipment rental. We've had that package for about 3 years.

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We only use 2 TVs regularly and they are both equipped with Fire TV boxes. We subscribe to Amazon Prime and Netflix. We run Kodi on the two Fire TV boxes which provides online guide and DVR functionality for live TV, plus access to all our owned media on a 3TB external drive. The 2 spare bedroom TVs are each equipped with Chromecasts so visitors (mostly our kids and their families) can cast whatever they want from their phones, tablets, etc. Those TVs also get the FiOS broadcast channels. Landline phone is free using an Obi-200 VoIP device with a Google Voice number.

Upfront cost included $70 ea for the 2 Fire TV boxes, $35 ea for the 2 Chromecasts, $50 for the Obi-200, and $75 for an HDHomeRun tuner. The tuner is connected to a PC which enables live TV, DVR, etc on the Fire TV boxes via Kodi. Ongoing cost is $70/mo for the FiOS package and $20/mo for Netflix/Amazon combined. We had been paying same as you for triple play FiOS. The upfront cost for this setup paid back in less than 3 months.
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My goal tomorrow is to sign up for a month (7 days free) of Sling TV in preparation for some playoff baseball .
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