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    T-Rigger

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    CUT THE CORD - LIving Without Cable TV

    Tired of paying COX, AT&T, etc. for watching TV? Me too. Most of the forum members are way ahead of this info - this is a starting point for the still-trying-to-learn dudes like me.

    Researched how to build several types of TV antennas. Built one from Popular Mechanics' very rudimentary instructions - it worked pretty well. Discovered Danny S. Hodges on YouTube, watched several of his antenna build vids - very similar in design to the PM model. Built one based on DSH Ultimate TV Antenna Upgrade. With new dimensions, add-ons & modifications, it picks almost all of the over-the-air TV channels very clearly - (orientation has to be changed depending on the channel). There are occasional, momentary blips pixellating the image, but we still get TV reception when the cable goes out.

    Bought an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for each TV - $40 ea on Amazon. Cut the cable! Use the saved $ for things that go bang. Fire TV Stick requires an internet connection, but you have that already if you're on this forum. I checked out many guru's of video streaming, and settled on who I consider the best, most knowledgeable & practical source - troypoint.com - free subcription. Many, many tutorial videos & site recommendations. Subscribed to his recommended VPN - IP Vanish - $40 first year, $100 thereafter, also has monthly plans. No tracking while online! I was told bytech-savvy people that free VPN's are worth just what you pay for them.

    I had an Amazon Prime membership -$100 annual fee - better deals & free shipping- it also includes free movies and TV shows. With the antenna, FireStick & Prime, the only things I miss are ESPN and the History Channel. There are some sport-specific apps on troypoint & Prime. Best antenna rececption is high outdoor without close up tree or structure blocking in the direction of the tower. Works well in attic. Mine is still sitting on a two drawer file cabinet, on the second floor, facing the general direction of a majority of the towers - a windowless exterior sheetrock wall. Haven't felt the need to relocate it after 4 months of continuous service. I've made several less modified antennas for friends with camps - nothing but positive feedback.

    A friend of mine, in our same neighborhood, just bought an indoor- GE UltraPro OptimaHD Antenna - for about $40. Supposed to have a 60 mile range. Much more compact than mine, about -10"x14"x5"- and far more attractive. Our tower are in the 9 to 18 mile range. It works fine. If I had not wanted an outdoor antenna (will need a remote rotator for best reception), I'd be happy with the GE. With either of them, you'll need a 75-300 ohm matching transformer and probably a length of RG-6 quad-shield coax cable.

    DSH videos listed below - be patient - he talks a lot off subject - A LOT! Don't be fooled by his good ole boy twang - he knows antennas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_axtsSJNCaQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mv9pnpNap0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrRiBomPih8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZcAgWuHdwA

    Tower Locators:
    https://otadtv.com/tvtower/

    https://otatv.com .





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    https://troypoint.com

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    Wealthy women wanted

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    There is a promo to bundle Disney plus, Hulu and ESPN plus together for I think $15 a month. Or maybe 10. Can’t remember the wife signed us up.

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    Wealthy women wanted

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    And yes, most of us did this years ago. Think I cut the cord back around 2009 or something.

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    Pops

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    This discussion could not have come at a better time. I was searching for an alternative to DirectTV last night. I have looked at Hulu, Pluto, Amazon and Youtube TV. Haven't decided which way to go yet. How do ya'll handle multiple TV's with the HD antenna?

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    Marksman

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    We don't have cable in the sticks but I was paying a lot for satilite . We went to free antenna tv and have not Missed 250 channels of garbage .


    Sent from my LM-K920 using Tapatalk

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    On Target

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    Can't speak to antenna TV, but found a surprising amount of free content is available on Samsung Smart TVs. Samsung TV Plus content started off kinda crappy but they've expanded their content offerings to include a few different news channels, yahoo finance, a movie channel or two, plenty of cartoon stuff for kids, etc etc.

    If you've got a smart TV, free tv/movie apps like PlutoTV, Crackle, etc can be a decent place to find a decent free movie if you're willing to put up with the occasional advertisement. If you've got kids, Disney+ is well worth the money. If you or your wife shops online, Amazon Prime comes with decent benefits including a boat load of better-than-average content you can stream on your Smart TV using the Prime app.
    Last edited by AndyG; June 10th, 2021 at 01:46 PM.

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    Marksman

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozarkpugs View Post
    We don't have cable in the sticks but I was paying a lot for satilite . We went to free antenna tv and have not Missed 250 channels of garbage .


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    Check out StarLink they should be out of beta soon and it is designed for people in the sticks.

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    ESSAYONS

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    Quote Originally Posted by shrxfn View Post
    Check out StarLink they should be out of beta soon and it is designed for people in the sticks.
    Hopefully they are better than Viasat and Hughesnet. Both of those are slow, expensive, and unreliable. But when I lived outside the range of DSL and cable internet, the only alternative was dialup. There were about 25 houses in that area and if just wasn't financially viable for them to upgrade their lines.

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    Marksman

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    Dropped Dish Network after nearly 15 yrs. Imo it's a ripoff.Didn't watch a quarter of the channels.Another reason most crap they play is trash not worth watching.

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    Wealthy women wanted

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    Quote Originally Posted by thperez1972 View Post
    Hopefully they are better than Viasat and Hughesnet. Both of those are slow, expensive, and unreliable. But when I lived outside the range of DSL and cable internet, the only alternative was dialup. There were about 25 houses in that area and if just wasn't financially viable for them to upgrade their lines.
    Every review I’ve seen of people in the beta is insane in terms of speed. Not sure about adverse weather affecting it though.

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