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    mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    How about a service for folks like me...willing to cut the cord but poor OTA reception? Service would provide every OTA channel in my service area with hopefully a little overlap. I would get New Haven- Hartford with maybe a little NYC thrown in. Plus all the subchannels. They could all be native 1080 or 720. (The world series made me realize how bad Comcast picture is) . Service could be very cheap as only cost is delivery.
     
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    mattyro7878

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    Not available in my area. According to the locast home page.
     
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    Adam C.

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    What part of CT are you in? If you're in Fairfield County I would think you would qualify for the NYC market. But Locast does not cover Hartford-New Haven.
     
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    connie_w

    connie_w Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    That's what it said for me, as well, but then my browser asked to show my location to the site and I said yes. I could see a Tower on the map for Phoenix. I registered and it works great! Downside is no DVR.
     
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    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    This description is what I received from Comcast for years. It was a minimal service bundled with my internet service, worked fine.
     
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    DVR_Dave

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    Limited Basic. That's what I had until I switched to FiOS internet & TV.
     
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    Just FYI - The World Series picture quality wasn't actually Comcast's fault this time. I saw how poor it looked on cable so I hooked up an antenna to my tv and tuned in both Fox channels (Hartford and Springfield) and the picture was just as bad as it was thru cable.
     
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    jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Let me offer something up......

    As best as I remember, as long as the clear QAM/OTA channels exist, the cable operators HAVE to have a (sub)basic package that essentially is just the locals in HD. For the longest time we did that with our comcast and it was always about $9.99 a month. I think it's gone up a few bucks since.
     
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    From my last bill on 9/2019.
    My billing for Comcast listed broadcast tv as a mandatory $10 fee plus another $8 fee for regional sports which they could not even tell me what channels those were beyond my package.
    Super bonus was the $6.53 franchise fee. All told I was paying over $53 month just in fees.

    Someone on this forum said Comcast was switching to a simplified structure next year. It will be interesting to see how close that actual bill comes to the advertised price.
     
  11. Dan203

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    Have you tried an attic mount antenna? I couldn't get any channels reliably with any of the indoor antennas I tried. Bought a cheap attic mount on, and now I get channels from far away, even with all the mountains around me.
     
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    We just have the Limited Basic with Cox in Las Vegas as OTA is too difficult to non existent inside the condo. It's locals, Music Choice and the infomercials. It's $30 a month with cable card. Internet puts the bill over $100 a month.
     
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    connie_w Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Which attic mount antenna are you using? I'm thinking about doing this.
     
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    Unfortunately, Comcast's revised pricing system--marketed as "Simple and (apparently not so) Easy"--does not eliminate those add-on fees (yet). The Broadcast TV Fee, Regional Sports Fee, and Franchise Fees in actuality simply represent part of the cost of doing business and should rightly be folded into the basic service charges IMHO. Although, in fairness, Comcast's major competitors engage in similar misleading tactics to keep their advertised rates deceptively low, so Comcast would be placing itself at a competitive disadvantage if its listed rates reflected the true end cost to the consumer.

    My general rule of thumb when researching or advising on Comcast CATV pricing is to add $25 to the on-line pricing shown in the cart at check-out in order to account for the BTV, RS, and Franchise fees plus taxes. That will usually get you in the ball park on your actual monthly recurring costs.
     
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    Impressive looking for just $35! It looks like it would be quite directional, i.e., most gain within +/- 30 degrees of the direction it's pointed. Are the distant stations you get all in one direction? Although you could get bounces off mountains, too.

    Have to laugh at this in the description:
    "Designed for HDTVs, you can receive up to Full HD 1080p"
    As if there's some special sauce about designing antennas for digital HDTV signals. :)
     
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    I think that's a holdover. Back in the day all the "real" TV stations were VHF but when we started transitioning to HDTV most of the HD stations were on UHF. So you're standard rabbit ears wouldn't really pick them up. So a lot of UHF antennas were marketed as "HD Ready". These days they're all over the place, UHF and VHF, depending on where you live. So you either need one that can do both or use one of those websites that recommends an antenna based on your address.

    I don't remember how I found this one. I might have used one of those websites.
     
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    Before the ongoing "repack", most stations were UHF. But in repack a lot of them are moving back to VHF, which means the (small) UHF antennas are not as effective. Some people are finding they no longer get good reception for some of these stations.
     
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    Mine has always been a mix, so the one I linked above is both VHF and UHF. Seems to pick up all the locals around here, which I had trouble with before even though I had one of those huge indoor antennas like this...

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