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If you're close to NYC or PHL you can bring in the local stations with an indoor antenna.  I am 48 miles from the broadcast antennas in Philadelphia and I get all the stations with a homemade antenna in the attic and a decent RF amplifier.

Very handy for local news and info, especially if we lose internet or power.

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16 minutes ago, leahcim said:

If you're close to NYC or PHL you can bring in the local stations with an indoor antenna.  I am 48 miles from the broadcast antennas in Philadelphia and I get all the stations with a homemade antenna in the attic and a decent RF amplifier.

Very handy for local news and info, especially if we lose internet or power.

You might like this

https://www.tablotv.com/

DVR or stream your OTA signals over Wi-Fi 

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5 hours ago, leahcim said:

If you're close to NYC or PHL you can bring in the local stations with an indoor antenna.  I am 48 miles from the broadcast antennas in Philadelphia and I get all the stations with a homemade antenna in the attic and a decent RF amplifier.

Very handy for local news and info, especially if we lose internet or power.

which antenna? 'cause the one I tried a couple months ago gets something like 1 channel. 

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11 hours ago, 1LtCAP said:

which antenna? 'cause the one I tried a couple months ago gets something like 1 channel. 

I made one out of a 2×4 and metal hangers 

 Or this one is even better:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-the-Pennyloop-UHF-Antenna/

Added a decent RF amp (channel master 7777 our 7778), placed in attic and I get about 15-20+ channels (weather dependent).  And I am 48 miles from the antennas (located in Roxborough (https://billypenn.com/2015/10/05/those-giant-antennas-in-roxborough-the-secret-home-of-philadelphia-broadcasting-on-tv-and-radio/))

If I still had reception issues I'd look at a roof mounted rig such channel master Ultratenna 60 (https://www.channelmaster.com/Digital_HDTV_Outdoor_TV_Antenna_p/cm-4221hd.htm or one of their Yagi antennas.

https://www.channelmaster.com/Cord_Cutting_Guide_a/332.htm

For vectors to your best stations check;

 https://nocable.org or http://www.tvfool.com

 

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I should check that out.  But it is tough to change since we have the triple-play and extra DVR and landlines.  I must admit that Fios with 1gb internet is faaaar superior to Comcast  until they ran the fiber through my area.    Comcast used to go down every few weeks for some reason.  So we would call and be told they wouldn't send out a tech to the street unless 3 different households reported the same problem.  It was unbelievable.

 

Fios has been good.  At the same price point, we get a true 700-800mbps internet (from the speedtest sites).   Ijust like to plop down and flip on the tv without navigating stuff.

 

Sad point about new versus existing customers...I had the same discussion with T-Mob about our 4-line cell account.  I pay twice what they advertise for new accounts, and they told me to pound sand when I asked about it.  Been a customer for 25 years.  I would swith to Metro for half but need to herd the cats and get their phones in hand to affect the change.  Hard to do 800 miles away.

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On 1/12/2019 at 12:06 AM, 1LtCAP said:

which antenna? 'cause the one I tried a couple months ago gets something like 1 channel. 

We have @ 80 channels you should get “ on air”. Granted a lot are foreign language and repeats. But 3-6-10-12-29 should come through easy 

https://antennaweb.org/

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2 hours ago, Zeke said:

We have @ 80 channels you should get “ on air”. Granted a lot are foreign language and repeats. But 3-6-10-12-29 should come through easy 

https://antennaweb.org/

Yeah, I get 15-20 broadcast channels, but each one has between 2-5 subchannels (e.g. ABC Main Feed is on 6.1, Live Well is 6.2, and Laff is 6.3)  So it is probably 50-60 total channels.

I gotta get that tablo though

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Just now, leahcim said:

Yeah, I get 15-20 broadcast channels, but each one has between 2-5 subchannels (e.g. ABC Main Feed is on 6.1, Live Well is 6.2, and Laff is 6.3)  So it is probably 50-60 total channels.

I gotta get that tablo though

I’m thinking more commercial antennas. But we’ve been discussing it for a couple years 

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18 hours ago, AlDente67 said:

Fios has been good.  At the same price point, we get a true 700-800mbps internet (from the speedtest sites).   Ijust like to plop down and flip on the tv without navigating stuff.

 

Sad point about new versus existing customers...I had the same discussion with T-Mob about our 4-line cell account.  I pay twice what they advertise for new accounts, and they told me to pound sand when I asked about it.  Been a customer for 25 years.  I would swith to Metro for half but need to herd the cats and get their phones in hand to affect the change.  Hard to do 800 miles away.

Wish I could get FIOS, only choice is Comcast.  Adequate, but quite slow compared to FIOS, and uploads only 5MBPS???

Check out Mint mobile--reseller (MVNO) running on T-Mobile.  I am paying $15 for 2GB/Month ($20 for 5GB)  http://fbuy.me/lwK-2

T-Mobile coverage is not great out here, but neither is Verizon or AT&T.  ANd I am usually on wifi at home anyway.

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4 minutes ago, Zeke said:

I’m thinking more commercial antennas. But we’ve been discussing it for a couple years 

Since we started streaming we just do not watch that much broadcast tv.  Big Bang is probably the only show we watch regularly OTA.  Used to watch NHK World quite a bit OTA, but now I just stream that also.

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20 minutes ago, leahcim said:

Since we started streaming we just do not watch that much broadcast tv.  Big Bang is probably the only show we watch regularly OTA.  Used to watch NHK World quite a bit OTA, but now I just stream that also.

Can any of you cable cutters meet my wife at ladies night at TTC. Thanks in advance!

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5 hours ago, Zeke said:

Can any of you cable cutters meet my wife at ladies night at TTC. Thanks in advance!

When is ladies night? 

Just IM me or call me.  It's easy, especiallyif you use one of the streaming services to replace cable tv.

Check out Cord Cutting Tech Support.  Think they have a website in addition to a FB group.  Very informative.

Don't over think it.  It's very easy....well, except for convincing the wife.  Lol.

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8 hours ago, gleninjersey said:

These are all excellent resources.  This has gotten so easy compared to when I first did it and even when Glen did it.  There are literally dozens of streaming services now with new ones being added every day.  No one service is right for everyone, you need to look at what features you want and what you are willing to pay.  Also look for deals on streaming devices.  When I got into it Direct TVNow was giving free AppleTVs when you paid for three months up front.  SlingTV was giving free RoKu streaming sticks.  Timing is everything here.  The nice thing is all these services are month to month, so if you don't like the service you can drop it and change at will with no penalties.

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1 hour ago, Howard said:

These are all excellent resources.  This has gotten so easy compared to when I first did it and even when Glen did it.  There are literally dozens of streaming services now with new ones being added every day.  No one service is right for everyone, you need to look at what features you want and what you are willing to pay.  Also look for deals on streaming devices.  When I got into it Direct TVNow was giving free AppleTVs when you paid for three months up front.  SlingTV was giving free RoKu streaming sticks.  Timing is everything here.  The nice thing is all these services are month to month, so if you don't like the service you can drop it and change at will with no penalties.

Agreed, one group of IPTV streaming services that this article does not cover are the ones like vaderstreams, gears tv, nitro ect..
Here are some links for those: 

GearsTV: https://www.gearstvhd.com/

Nitro: https://iptvnitro.com/

VaderStreams: https://www.vaderstreams.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, carl_g said:

Agreed, one group of IPTV streaming services that this article does not cover are the ones like vaderstreams, gears tv, nitro ect..
Here are some links for those: 

GearsTV: https://www.gearstvhd.com/

Nitro: https://iptvnitro.com/

VaderStreams: https://www.vaderstreams.com/

 

That would probably be because those folks are pirating content and then charging you for it. Two of them even encroach on trademarks of others to present themselves. 

If you like the content you watch, and want more of it, these outlets are helping to ensure that doesn't happen. 

You are also, in a fairly traceable manner, engaging in a an activity that is definitely illegal for the provider, and a couple court cases away from being definitely illegal for the consumer. The weight of the house of mouse, comcast/nbc/universal, etc. are working hard on the side that will make the consumption of a pirated stream very clearly illegal. 

If for any reason it does not work or live up to what they say, you have zero recourse. You are out your money. This really isn't that different from the legitimate over the top IP streaming options, but there is more reason for it to cease working. 

You guys do what you want. I'm just making sure your decisions are informed. 

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1 hour ago, raz-0 said:

That would probably be because those folks are pirating content and then charging you for it. Two of them even encroach on trademarks of others to present themselves. 

If you like the content you watch, and want more of it, these outlets are helping to ensure that doesn't happen. 

You are also, in a fairly traceable manner, engaging in a an activity that is definitely illegal for the provider, and a couple court cases away from being definitely illegal for the consumer. The weight of the house of mouse, comcast/nbc/universal, etc. are working hard on the side that will make the consumption of a pirated stream very clearly illegal. 

If for any reason it does not work or live up to what they say, you have zero recourse. You are out your money. This really isn't that different from the legitimate over the top IP streaming options, but there is more reason for it to cease working. 

You guys do what you want. I'm just making sure your decisions are informed. 

I totally agree with what you have said. I am just putting the info out there. These are good services that have been around for a long time. They may go away tomorrow or they may be around for 10 more years... who knows.

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