StopLurkListen: When I first moved into this box canyon I installed an unpowered analog antenna on the roof -- haha! No way. I could only get one station's signal from San Jose, 30 miles away. Otherwise, the hills blocked the much closer San Francisco signals.I'd be willing to try a powered HD antenna and see if it's any better. The Mohu Sky antenna is expensive ... sorta. It's only one month's cable bill.Anyone have any experience with powered HD antennas in hill country? Thanks!
havana_joe: dookdookdook: havana_joe: With cable it's just so much easier to scroll through channels or the listings and find something to put on.See, what you need isn't cable, it's a white noise machine.I don't think so... My point is that with cable it takes me 10 seconds and 1 remote control to have something up on the screen. With Netflix it takes 3 remotes and 60 seconds to be in the search menu. If there is something I want to watch I have no problem going to Netflix and looking for it; when I just want to sit in my chair after work and find something to relax to I go to cable because the process requires less thought and time.
hubiestubert: Or I can just pay for an internet connection, and forget about cable entirely.
Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: Roku
Raoul Eaton: Comcast keeps trying to get me to put my phone on their service. I ask them "why would I put my phone on my most unreliable service provider"? I need my phone to call Comcast when the Comcast connection is down.
Fark_Guy_Rob: Okay Buddy, tell me, where are you going to get your blazing fast high-speed internet connection that will allow you and your family to stream all this media? What's that? The CABLE COMPANY? Or maybe you'll go to the PHONE COMPANY. In either case, you'll be getting screwed, just like everyone else. The last time I was in the US, ~4 years ago, with Comcast, internet only cost me $50 and internet only + basic cable was like $55.
mrmopar5287: If Netflix can start offering some streaming deals for a la carte pricing on individual TV channels that the cable companies refuse to offer, that could really take the wind out of their sails.
Slam Bradley: I just bought the antenna yesterday. I think we are both (wife and I) ready to cut the cord. The major test will be in August when Dr. Who comes back. I can't for the life of me find a way to stream current episodes of Dr. Who without resorting to the dark arts of the internet.
qorkfiend: muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers,I doubt it. Immensely popular channels like that are paid enormous amounts of money to be carried on the cable networks (and in HBO's case, on top of their premium subscription fees). Someone like ESPN makes the majority of their revenue from "subscription fees" paid by the cable companies. Under the current arrangement, you're paying to subscribe to ESPN even if you don't watch ESPN. There's no reason for ESPN to change that.
hej: Google Fiber with all the channels under the sun is $120.
padraig: 210 dollars for cable ? What the hell is wrong with America ?
RussianPooper: I gave up cable 4 years ago. Never looked back except for sports, and hey, you find other things to do ways to watch.
AverageAmericanGuy: Back in 2011 after the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, the Japanese pitched in and did what they could to conserve power. Tokyo went dark with famous landmarks like the crosswalk in Shibuya with multiple video screens and bright neon lights turning off for several months. We all tried to do our best to use only what we absolutely needed so that the diminished power supply could be shared by all.A month of this conservation had a huge impact on the overall usage. Tepco realized that the conservation had led to lower power bills which in turn meant lower bonuses for Tepco employees. So in order to make up the shortfall, they raised rates on everyone.The same thing is happening here. A company that should, by all rights, be seeing lower revenues is gouging their customers to make up for the inevitable decline of subscribers. It works in the complete opposite direction you'd expect supply and demand to work. It's disgusting and customers really should drop their service.
TuteTibiImperes: I'm paying closer to $300/month right now when you factor in Internet service.
optikeye: In other news...the average consumer will say "Fark that" and go to over the air antenna and internet for movies and TV series.
Relatively Obscure: hubiestubert: Or I can just pay for an internet connection, and forget about cable entirely.I have cable because cable and internet cost me essentially the same as just internet, unless I wanted to downgrade to something like a 3-5 Mbps connection from the competition.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: I get about 30 channels for free/I'm sure the cable companies are working hard to make sure that won't last long, too
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