Cut the Cable & Dish

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  1. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Well this weekend I got a small antenna that I ordered through Amazon.
    View TV VT-366 Digital.
    I hooked it up in my attic and pointed it south.
    As I'm North of Fort Worth.

    75 channels. All great quality on the TV - better than Dish.

    My friend lent me his old Fire Stick and I got all the movies also.

    So goodbye Dish at $100 per month.
    Antenna was under $50.
    Upgraded fire stick is about $95.

    Great deal.
     
  2. Ranching

    Ranching Well-Known Member

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    Pardon my ignorance, what is a firestick?
     
  3. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    A Fire stick is a plus in via Amazon.
    The Amazon Fire Stick is a small device the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TVs HDMI port. The Fire Stick enables any TV to stream content over WiFi such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go, and much more.

    So you buy it - plug it into the TV HDMI port and... You get things free.
     
  4. Ranching

    Ranching Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I'm not very tech savvy.
     
  5. LocimusPrime

    LocimusPrime Well-Known Member

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    Bro what Chanels do you get. ESPN?
     
  6. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Still working on the ESPN part.
     
  7. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Neither am I. My friend gave me the set up in house.
     
  8. Supercowboy1986

    Supercowboy1986 Well-Known Member

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    How are you able to get 75 channels with an antenna? I've tried cutting the cord before and only got 20 channels and they were not ones I was interested in.

    My cable bill is pushing $180 for cable and internet now. Screw spectrum or time warner or whatever they call themselves now.
     
  9. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Well.

    My friend came over - who did the same install two weeks prior.

    We pointed the Antenna at Fort Worth. When it looked it came up with 75 channels found.
    This may vary by area your in.

    Next up is the fire stick.

    Amazon Fire TV | Streaming Media Player

    The internet I'm stuck with from AT&T.
    So I was paying $160 per month.
    Now down to $58 for just internet.
     
  10. KJJ

    KJJ You Have an Axe to Grind

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    When did you sign up for cable and was that the combo deal? The first year they give you a good deal then it goes up. I have Dish, that along with my Internet is $150.
     
  11. Supercowboy1986

    Supercowboy1986 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it was a combo/bundle deal. I had a "promotion" that renews every year. Except for the price continues to go up.

    What kind of download/upload speed do you get
     
  12. KJJ

    KJJ You Have an Axe to Grind

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    I just moved into a brand new house a month ago that hasn't been wired for cable yet so I have DSL right now along with Dish. I'm paying $31 for a phone line and $45 for Earthlink DSL so that's $76 for DSL. It's painfully slow at times, brings back memories of dial up. I don't watch a lot of TV so the package I have with Dish runs me $67 but I get a lot of channels. I finally have time to get wired for cable and will be checking out the offers Spectrum has with their Internet/TV combo. How many channels are you receiving with the cable package you have? NFL Network and Redzone is a must. Dish offers NFLR a la carte and I think it's part of a package with cable.
     
  13. honyock

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    Congrats on the change! I just cut the cord with Spectrum yesterday...cancelled my cable/internet/phone bundle for internet only. I ended up paying almost exactly what you did for internet, just under $58 monthly including taxes.

    That, an antenna for local channels and a Firestick is my setup for the moment. It'll save me about $100-120 per month, depending on which streaming services I stick with after trying them out.

    It's nice that Hulu, Sling TV, etc., almost all have a free trial period. I'm in Hulu's free trial at the moment and am leaning to keeping it. It's cheap at $7.99 per month.
     
  14. Supercowboy1986

    Supercowboy1986 Well-Known Member

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    I get 150+ which includes NBAtv NFLnetwork but no red zone or any of the premium channels like hbo, showtime, etc :(

    I don't remember if dish is in my area but last time I checked I believe only spectrum was. I'd really like to get grande because they offer the same channels and internet speed (200/50) for $80 but of course it isn't aviliable in my area. :mad:

    Google fiber is my #1 choice but it's only aviliable in south and downtown Austin.
     
  15. hipfake08

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    For me on movies with the old basic fire stick it's slow.
    But my friend said it's faster with the new type.

    Interesting as it hooks into your home wireless and down loads from there streaming. It finds your device all you do is put in the long password.
    I have been told you will incur data charges off the internet streaming data.

    But my plan allows 1,024 per month. AT&T
    I used 3 of the 1024 last month. :facepalm:

    We'll see how it goes on the next billing period.
    My friend said you would need about 300 movies a month to hit your limit. :omg:
    But I'll hold off till I see next bill. :rolleyes:
     
  16. Supercowboy1986

    Supercowboy1986 Well-Known Member

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    I don't have the stick but rather the Amazon box, Amazon fire tv. It's legit but I don't have any data caps so that's interesting. Please keep me updated on your data useage with the fire stick, I'm really interested about that.
     
  17. Zordon

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    Did you download Kodi on your firestick? That's how you get all the free channels and movies.
     
  18. sunbum

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    so cutting the cable but not really the cord? That's the catch 22 I find myself in here in the NY area where endless regulations you'd expect in these parts minimize competition and therefore options. I'm paying close to $200/mnth for cable/internet/phone where I haven't used a landline in close to 10 years. If I were to go with just an internet service, the savings would be minimal and wouldn't justify the loss of convenience. It's frustrating.
     
  19. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmmm..

    The Data caps come from AT&T internet as that is where the data comes through.
     
  20. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Kodi was on the fire stick already when I got to use it.
     

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