We have a very basic cable contract which used to cost us $8.00 per month, but the cable company has been raising the rates gradually to $20.00 with absolutely no added value to us. So I researched antennas last weekend, and after a set of inexpensive rabbit ears didn't pick up all the stations we wanted, we went out and bought a $60 antenna from Radio Shack, which my husband installed in our attached garage attic. We immediately picked up 32 channels, and most of those are high-definition! We deleted 6 of the channels that we didn't like. Now we're having an electrician come next week to run a coaxial cable from the new antenna to the cable in the basement, which will hook up the antenna to all 3 TVs in our house - then we will cancel our cable company - yay!
Initially my husband didn't want to give up cable, but now he is willing to do so with the added channels and high definition we'll be getting from the antenna.
One interesting thing we found out is that both of our PBS channels have multiple channels: regular, world, creative, wildlife, etc. While I don't watch TV very much, I usually prefer what is on PBS. So I was happy to gain those extra PBS channels.
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (34,118) Posts: 1,006 4/10/11 9:29 A
My husband always takes the max package including movies, and I hate that we pay that much for it. I watch more than I should because it is there, even though we watch different stations for the most part. I try to watch my favorite shows on PVR so I zip thru commercials. I also use the commercials to exercise for short periods of 2 or 3 minutes. Like hip flexors, jog on the spot, and dumbbell arm exercises.
current weight: 166.6
Fitness Minutes: (74,003) Posts: 4,725 4/8/11 10:55 A
There has been a trend in the past few years to get rid of cable because you can get practically everything on the Internet now, except for sports. Hulu.com has most of the programs available, although there's a short waiting time for it to be available for free. Other things are on the network websites. I have a lot of DVDs that keep me busy, but other people make use of Netflix's regular service and "on-demand." Cable isn't necessary anymore unless you're a die-hard sports fan and/or want to see the programs when they're first aired..
I recently moved to a new place and there is a problem with the reception. It just about drove me nuts because I refuse to pay for cable. I have a system now, I have 2 televisions. One in the bedroom and one in the livingroom. When I can't get reception in one room I go to the other room. The channels I can watch, alternate according to the time of day. By not watching television so much I gain so many other benefits. I am not just sitting around and it makes me more active.
We haven't had any cable or satellite for over 5 years. We don't miss it at all. We have a pretty nice dvd and video library, do get local channels on one tv (the other one isn't high def. and the box we got doesn't work). We go days without even turning on our tv, so it's just not an issue for us. I'd rather read any day. We have found our lives greatly enriched by giving up the satellite.
Good for you. We have a cable standoff at our place too. I keep reducing our package so we can stop paying for all these useless channels that never have anything on. but dh calls the cable company a couple of weeks later and puts them back. It is ridiculous!
The standoff at our apt. has ended! I refuse to subscribe to cable service as I am not home much and watching late nite criminal shows gives me real nightmares...lol... no TV. I was given one for Christmas and it sat in the box. UNTIL...my husband built a great antenna and mounted it on a movable mount with legs. Now we get 7 channels, crystal clear reception. We have it near a window, and it can be autorotated to get the best picture. We are both really happy with the result.
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