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Old 05-16-2018, 06:33 PM
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This is why I still have a Windows 7 PC. Windows Media Center actually was a pretty good product, and we use it for the channel guide and DVR. We ran a wire from the antenna down to the basement and plugged it in where the cable used to come in the house, so now all drops that had cable now have an antenna feed. I bought two cheap usb tuners and stuck them in the windows 7 box so I can record multiple shows at once, pause live tv, and fast forward through commercials. Not sure what I'll do when Microsoft finally abandons media center updates and we no longer get a free program guide.

For the other tv's, they only have antenna and a $35 chromecast. They can watch regular tv and the chromecast lets me push netflix to any tv, even if it's not a smart tv. We dropped cable completely and home phone as well, and only kept the internet connection.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:05 PM
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My friends switched to YouTube TV. They are watching it on three AppleTVs. Most months they bust the 1TB Comcast cap and have to pay extra. Otherwise, it's a very economical deal.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
My friends switched to YouTube TV. They are watching it on three AppleTVs. Most months they bust the 1TB Comcast cap and have to pay extra. Otherwise, it's a very economical deal.
They routinely use a TB of data???!?!

How many friends sharing the plan?? That's so, so, so much TV.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:24 AM
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Has anyone had verizon triple play and try to change just to internet? My contract is up and I'm trying to go just internet and they will not offer me the price they advertise and say it's for new customers. Therefore the cost savings is pretty minimal. My only other carrier is Comcast and the internet is not as good.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:33 AM
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Has anyone had verizon triple play and try to change just to internet? My contract is up and I'm trying to go just internet and they will not offer me the price they advertise and say it's for new customers. Therefore the cost savings is pretty minimal. My only other carrier is Comcast and the internet is not as good.
cancel it, tell them to come get their shit. and on the same phone call tell them you want to speak to a sales person to setup new internet service. that's what I did with Comcast.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:35 AM
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They routinely use a TB of data???!?!

How many friends sharing the plan?? That's so, so, so much TV.
They're a couple in their 50s. When they get home from work they each watch their own TV until they go to bed. I'm guessing they have TV on all day on the weekend. I was surprised when they told me they were hitting the data cap. They can get unlimited for $50 more a month. I guess that's their best option.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
They're a couple in their 50s. When they get home from work they each watch their own TV until they go to bed. I'm guessing they have TV on all day on the weekend. I was surprised when they told me they were hitting the data cap. They can get unlimited for $50 more a month. I guess that's their best option.
Average Netlfix stream is 1.6GB per hour for HD content (not UHD) and there are 1,000 GB in a TB, so thats around 625 hours of TV or 10 hours per day/person.

I don't think they are actually watching that much. I think they are turning their TV off without stopping the stream and don't have it setup to turn off by itself.

Save the money and turn the stream off
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
Average Netlfix stream is 1.6GB per hour for HD content (not UHD) and there are 1,000 GB in a TB, so thats around 625 hours of TV or 10 hours per day/person.

I don't think they are actually watching that much. I think they are turning their TV off without stopping the stream and don't have it setup to turn off by itself.

Save the money and turn the stream off
Your math is good. However, they have iPads, Ring door bell, etc. I've advised them to be sure to quit streaming before they turn the TV off. They swear they are.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
Your math is good. However, they have iPads, Ring door bell, etc. I've advised them to be sure to quit streaming before they turn the TV off. They swear they are.
Their money, so I'll drop it after this

My home network has been up for 14 days and with two kids, 3 TVs, 4 tablets, and have been through 60GB.

Ring doesn't count toward your download cap, and unless they are saving all of it offsite (normally motion based) wouldn't add up to much.

They have a data leak - gotta save that $50!
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:17 PM
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I bought a TiVO OTA a couple years ago with lifetime service for $350 and hooked it up to an antenna in my attic. Get 60+ channels, of course i only watch the major networks and this is primarily for my local sports. Have been using PSVue for a while now so wife can get all her Bravo/TLC/Food network stuff for $30/month and you have DVR and 5 simultaneous streams, though we never hit that. I pass out the logins for the apps to my MIL so she can benefit. We use Amazon Fire TVs.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:46 PM
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so a little help if anyone can, I cut cable installed a cheap antenna got most channels but not all, nbc was one that I didn't get so I bought a channel master antenna the 80 mile extreme now 2 of 4 tvs get all channels even nbc except for 2 of the tv,s they get perfect reception but 2 wont get nbc all 4 tv,s are on wall, I thought about changing to see if that mattered but would be a pain in the ass , an other suggestions.
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:13 PM
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so a little help if anyone can, I cut cable installed a cheap antenna got most channels but not all, nbc was one that I didn't get so I bought a channel master antenna the 80 mile extreme now 2 of 4 tvs get all channels even nbc except for 2 of the tv,s they get perfect reception but 2 wont get nbc all 4 tv,s are on wall, I thought about changing to see if that mattered but would be a pain in the ass , an other suggestions.
you should have a antenna preamp or in some cases combine that with an amplified splitter. Ever time you split the signal it will drop by 50%
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:39 PM
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ok I just took a tv off the wall that I could get nbc with an put in in the room I couldn't get nbc with an it got the channel perfect , I cked the make sure the tv wasn't programed to block that channel but nothing wwas blocked , im stumped
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Called Comcast on Thursday night and told them to cancel my cable TV service. Been paying $225/month for as long as I can remember for TV and internet. The person on the phone asked if I would be interested in cutting my bill in half. I said yes, and then some. They said OK, your new bill will be $110/month for the next 12 months without any changes and no contract. It really pissed me off knowing that I've been paying $225/month for years and all I had to do was call, ask a few questions and now my bill is cut in half. They said in 12 months, it will go up to $134/month and to call back at that time to see what specials they had. Will probably still cancel next year but for now, I can live with my new bill.

Lesson learned. Don't be afraid to call and tell them to reduce your bill.
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bingo91799 View Post
ok I just took a tv off the wall that I could get nbc with an put in in the room I couldn't get nbc with an it got the channel perfect , I cked the make sure the tv wasn't programed to block that channel but nothing wwas blocked , im stumped
Are they the same model TV? Same distance cable run? Different models have more sensitive timers and could get different channels. Also, the longer the cable the more signal loss there is. This is why you need an amplifier when splitting the lines from the antenna as well.
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Are they the same model TV? Same distance cable run? Different models have more sensitive timers and could get different channels. Also, the longer the cable the more signal loss there is. This is why you need an amplifier when splitting the lines from the antenna as well.
I have 1 tv getting that channel the other wont, the one getting it will get it anywhere there not same brand but the 1 not getting it is a better an newer tv, I know its confusing maybe its just that tv for some reason not a big deal just confusing
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by bingo91799 View Post
I have 1 tv getting that channel the other wont, the one getting it will get it anywhere there not same brand but the 1 not getting it is a better an newer tv, I know its confusing maybe its just that tv for some reason not a big deal just confusing
You haven't answered the question whether you added an amplifier when you split the antenna signal into multiple TVs? Each time you split the antenna cable you lose 50%+ of the signal.
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no I didn't add a amp, but 1 tv ges that channel an the other doesn't, I moved the one that does to the spot where the 1 doesn't an it gets the channel so how would a amp be any better,
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The problem with any cable TV (besides price) is the f-ing commercials, I was on a moto camping trip recently. and needed a shower so i got a cheap motel, they had cable and I was enjoying watching "last man Standing" one of my favorites, I also had my 8" tablet with netflix streaming, so during the many commericals, finally I gave up and just watched Netfix
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The problem with any cable TV (besides price) is the f-ing commercials, I was on a moto camping trip recently. and needed a shower so i got a cheap motel, they had cable and I was enjoying watching "last man Standing" one of my favorites, I also had my 8" tablet with netflix streaming, so during the many commericals, finally I gave up and just watched Netfix
This is why I like the Tablo dual DVR for watching local OTA ABC/NBC/CBS/etc. With Tablo DVR we can fast-forward through ads, but with DirecTv Now DVR you cannot FF thru commercials.
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