Dish? Cable? U-Verse? OTA? Nothing?
Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:53 AM
It looks like we can save some money by repackaging all of our communications services through U-Verse (tv, phone, cell, Internet), but we're thinking of going one step further: buy a couple HD antennas and another Netflix streaming device and get rid of pay tv completely.
What say you? How do you consume tv?
Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:09 AM
The antenna is the catch. Finding the right one and being able to position it correctly is tough.
Edited by M. Leary, 21 October 2011 - 08:10 AM.
Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:19 AM
Posted 21 October 2011 - 09:07 AM
Posted 21 October 2011 - 09:15 AM
: What say you? How do you consume tv?
I haven't subscribed to cable in years, but I found out at our most recent strata council meeting that our condo might vote soon on whether to get a bulk cable deal ... meaning everyone's strata fees would go up a bit, but those who currently pay for cable would save some money (while those, like me, who currently DON'T pay for cable will end up paying for it whether we like it or not -- but at least we'd be getting it at a bulk rate!).
Hulu doesn't exist in Canada, and our Netflix selection isn't anywhere near as good as what you get south of the border, but lately I've started making a point of watching The Daily Show on TheComedyNetwork.ca, just because all my Facebook friends kept posting clips from ComedyCentral.com and I couldn't watch those clips from my side of the border. And once in a very rare while -- when The Daily Show takes a week off, say -- I'll check out one of the other shows on TheComedyNetwork.ca, like Conan or The Colbert Report.
Apart from hyper-topical shows like that, if I keep tabs on a TV show at all, I generally wait until it's on DVD (and its reputation precedes it) before catching up on it (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, Modern Family, etc.).
Posted 21 October 2011 - 09:29 AM
Anyway, we decided to not subscribe to any TV plan. We're not interested in live sports, so we just use Netflix streaming. I am interested in some premium shows, but am content to 1) wait for them on DVD, or 2) watch them with friends that DO have premium cable.
Posted 21 October 2011 - 10:31 AM
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:20 AM
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:23 AM
Goodbye "Sunday Night Football."
We'll watch "30 Rock" via NBC.com or Hulu once it returns; we've ditched "The Office" this year.
Anyway, back to antenna installation. People keep telling me, "You can do that yourself." These people obviously don't know me too well. I'd cut into some wire and end up six feet under (where, I'm told, over-the-air TV reception is even MORE difficult). So, years ago, I priced antenna installation with a local company. They wanted about $400 to install an antenna; I don't think that included the cost of the antenna. I had a TV antenna from Radio Shack still in the box, but it was UHF only (or was it VHF only?). They told me that wouldn't do, that I'd need an HD antenna, and that makes sense. But it costs $$.
For the past several years, I've asked myself how long it would take to amortize the cumulative costs of antenna purchase and installation and weighed that against how much it would cost to add Fios (fiber TV via Verizon) to our telecom bill. Antenna is the way to go, but as the years have elapsed, I've watched less and less TV, leading me to wonder if the one-time cost of antenna installation is worth the bother.
Edited by Christian, 21 October 2011 - 11:25 AM.
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:49 AM
Since the digital conversion, we've had pretty much no ability to get network TV with the little, in-house antenna we had. We recently decided to remedy this, buying an antenna and paying about $200 for a guy to come out and install it. It works beautifully. We still watch very little TV, but we like the access to PBS for the occasional kids program, and I certainly don't mind catching part of a football game now and again. Of course, other challenges come with having access to actual TV channels, illustrated by my first-grade son's comment right after school the day we got the antenna: "Now I can watch TV everyday after school until dinner!"
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:53 AM
Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:47 PM
Our bluray player is used primarily for Netflix. I have a half-dozen blurays and several hundred DVDs (many of which came in the mail as promotions). Half or more of what I watch at home comes from the public library.
I watch very little TV these days. Downton Abbey has been worth the time. The Wire was worth every minute, but I saw it on DVDs from the library. 30 Rock is like a really good chocolate chip cookie on occasion. Anne watches a lot of TV on DVD (Dr. Who, Bones, Castle, Buffy, Firefly.)
Posted 21 October 2011 - 03:53 PM
Christian, we found him through google. There seem to be several websites (BBB and the like) that gather reviews and that the professionals need to join and maintain their good rating. I actually expected it to be a lot more and was on the fence about the job until we got the quote. When hiring for jobs like this (we also had a window repair recently), I also tend to favor people who live/office in my city. Local just feels safer, more neighborly to me.
Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:51 PM
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:00 AM
But really, the only things my wife and I watch religiously are COMMUNITY and PARKS AND RECREATION (we're waiting on 30 ROCK's return). We'll sometimes catch THE SIMPSONS on Sunday evenings, but that's about it. We do spend plenty of time in front of the TV set, but that's usually due to Netflix or our DVD collection.
Edited by Ryan H., 22 October 2011 - 06:04 AM.
Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:54 PM
While there are many, many channels I have no interest in, when my father visits, he really enjoys the ESPN channels & has to watch FOX news, so I guess I mainly keep the subscription for him.
I confess that as a person living alone, I sometimes leave it on just for the background noise. Guess I could use radio for that, but of course, the satellite service comes with numerous music channels, too. One of the cats occasionally tries to catch the news-crawl--extra entertainment value.
Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:57 PM
Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:35 AM
We live in a small town on the edge of Pittsburgh suburbs, and our broadcast reception is probably similar to what you'd get in a rural area. I think we just don't care too much about broadcast TV. If we want weather, we'll look online. If we want news, we'll look at newspapers or go online. I'll often want something on in the background while I work around the house, and I usually go with podcasts.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 03:29 PM
We're FREE! We've had it for almost two years and although we've enjoyed it tremendously, I always felt like we were either using it too much (watching TV shows that we didn't really care about instead of reading or talking) or using it too little to justify the price.
We're looking forward to going back to using digital bunny ears, Netflix, and DVDs. Much cheaper and doesn't allow for as much mindless watching/channelsurfing.