I am thinking about dropping cable

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  1. Blitz28179

    Blitz28179 Member

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    Same with charter.They dont care..I called and they do have a "basic" channel subscription .My bill is gonna drop a whooping $20 to $50 a month.Think i am just gonna cut the line and then eventually get a HDTV antenna.
     
  2. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

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    Does that include Internet?
    Because if it doesn't, the rep lied to you.
    (Which is why I suggested digging around on their website.)

    http://www.fcc.gov/guides/regulation-cable-tv-rates
     
  3. Blitz28179

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    Update:

    I decided to pull the plug on cable.Going on 2 weeks and can honestly say I havent regretted the decision.

    I am now in the market for a HDTV antenna.Would love to get abc hd, nbc hd and fox hd..I have done a little internet research and it seems most people have problems getting all 3 on a HDTV antenna(getting 2 out of 3 is a high % though)

    Anybody have a suggestions on a HDTV antenna that will have a high chance of getting all 3?I know its all about the area too.
     
  4. Blitz28179

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    Whats the name of the antenna you use?
     
  5. kturcotte

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    There is no one perfect antenna for everybody. It'll depend on your location and the channels you're trying to pick up. Go to tvfool.com and input your address, that'll tell you what type of antenna you should have, and from that, recommendations can be made. You don't want one that's too weak, but you also don't want one that's too strong either. You may also need an antenna that pulls in VHF.
     
  6. connie_w

    connie_w Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Right now, I'm just using a temporary solution. A Mohu leaf. I actually ordered the Mohu leaf 50 but don't need the amplifier so it is actually the equivalent of the Mohu leaf 30, but with a 16' cable. All the towers for our area are in the same general direction and area, about 28 miles away. I get all the major networks and a bunch I could really care less about. But they are all crystal clear.

    This was just a proof of concept. I will eventually have a permanent antenna installed either in the attic or outside.

    It really depends on your location.
     
  7. Blitz28179

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    I just read a guys review online and he also suggested the less expensive mohu leaf 30 over the more expensive powered ones with the amplifier.Its currently $39.99 on amazon.

    Does the 16 ft cable look bad?Is there a way to hide it with an indoor antenna?
     
  8. Blitz28179

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    So you have to set the antenna close to your TV basically?Because the cable form the HDTV antenna has to hook up to back of the TIVO correct?
     
  9. connie_w

    connie_w Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Mohu leaf can use up to 25' of cable. Longer than 25' cable the signal degrades, per Mohu.

    I suppose it depends on the antenna. The bigger, exterior antenna's can send signal further. But they will degrade after a certain amount of length, as well.

    As far as looking bad, well without knowing where you will have to place it in relation to your Tivo and what aesthetics you are willing to put up with.... Mine goes behind a cabinet and then into a closet right next to it where I happen to get the best reception.
     
  10. Mikeguy

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    On 1 TiVo set, I get all major television stations, plus many others, without any issue. On another set in another room, good reception of all stations is more difficult--I need to play around with the antenna some. But it all is so idiosyncratic: distance to transmission towers, terrain, house construction and barriers, particular antenna, etc.
     
  11. Inigo Montoya

    Inigo Montoya New Member

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    This isn't rocket science, but don't think there is a one size fits all antenna. Stop guessing and just look up your specific address here and spend a few minutes understanding exactly what channels you are likely to pull in AT YOUR HOME.

    For most people within a reasonable distance to towers you're fine getting HD broadcast channels with a very inexpensive antenna.
     

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