Cut the Cable & Dish

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  1. PBCCowboy

    PBCCowboy Well-Known Member

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    There are many youtube videos that show you how to do it.It is very simple.
     
  2. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    you can get 75 high def channels on an antenna? I didn't even know you could get high def on an antenna
     
  3. greatwallofdallas

    greatwallofdallas Well-Known Member

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    Fire stick is good cause it's free once you got it all set up.

    But if you have a Roku you can add the Machtv channel which is about $20 a month but you get all the live cable channels and premium channels like :
    espn's, NFL Sunday ticket, MLB, NBA league pass, NHL ,HBO, Showtime, PPV, etc...

    It also has movies and tv shows on demand.

    For $20 is not bad.

    Or you can get a Mag 254 box with an iptv set up which is almost the same thing as the Roku with Machtv installed.
     
  4. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Almost all are sent in HD now.

    Yes. I think I showed the type of antenna I got. It's real small.
     
  5. DanteEXT

    DanteEXT Well-Known Member

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    Depending on your area yes. I live in the rolling hills of southern Indiana about halfway between Indy and Louisville. I can get about 46 stations total with my current set up. The the terrain was flat from Indy to the 'ville I'd probably get about 60-70. Some channels are duplicates (CBS & FOX which works out great for football season plus PBS), 5 are strictly Christian broadcasting and a couple are hit and miss on the reception.

    One of the best parts of OTA is the sub-channel networks like MeTV, Comet, LAFF, COZI, tec.
     
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  6. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    PlayStation Vue is a good value if you want some of the cable channels.
     
  7. pjtoadie

    pjtoadie Cleveland's #1 Cowboys fan

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    Is the Machtv channel legitimate or is it like Kodi?
     
  8. greatwallofdallas

    greatwallofdallas Well-Known Member

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    It's like kodi, you can probably find more info on a YouTube search.
     
  9. pjtoadie

    pjtoadie Cleveland's #1 Cowboys fan

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    Cool, thanks!
     
  10. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    Recently bougt a 4k TV that has chromecast built-in and comes with a bunch of apps and ps4 games. Looking to cut DirectTV. Perfect timing for this thread.
     
  11. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    Do yourself a favor and spring for the 11.99 for commercial free Hulu and Netflix......If you don't you'll see the same commercial over and over and over again. Worth the extra 4 bucks a month.
     
  12. vlad

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    Where in NY do you live? I was paying some stupid amount like $180 for cable/internet, after years of threatening to cancel to get whatever deals I could. I finally went to the TWC shop, sat down w/a kid going through their archaic interface and got myself down to 100mbps internet for ~$55. That is in NYC. They even kicked in a free Roku 3 for the same channels you'd get on antenna

    In any case you can threaten to cancel and they should take care of you. I have to admit I've been shocked that when TWC said they'd improve customer service, they really did. Now that it's Spectrum I have no idea.
     
  13. Hardline

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    The great thing about Kodi is they also have a phone app. You can watch free movies on your Android phone. I don't know if Kodi has an iPhone app.
    My $40 I spent on my Firestick was a great investment. You can watch entire seasons of your favorite TV shows and there's music channels for every type of music.
     
  14. Doc50

    Doc50 Original Fan

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    What does Chromecast include?
     
  15. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    I'm still waiting on delivery of the Amazon Fire - Streaming Media player.
    Some time next week.

    When I get it going I'll reply back.
     
  16. haleyrules

    haleyrules Well-Known Member

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    Interesting! Old fashioned Antenna??
     
  17. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Not really. It's a new smaller one that can go in attic or outside. IT's and HD antenna.
    It is the same connection as Dish or cable wires.
    In fact all I did was assemble antenna - took 15 minutes. Went in attic with a 10 foot black round cable for the TV. Found the splitter and removed the line from outside to the new line that connects to antenna and then into splitter.
    From where I am I took out my iphone and put the app on for compass. Pointed it south as Fort Worth city is south of me.
    First time a charm when I went and turned on TV. Got 75 channels right off it.
    The picture quality is better than I was getting with Dish.

    I'm still trying to figure the stations out to watch.

    But I mostly watch movies - that is why the second box to link - house Wi-Fi to box into TV.
    So stream movies into TV and other things from the internet.

    I'll report back when I get it all going.

    Savings for this is the cable bill at $100 per month.
     
  18. Vtwin

    Vtwin Power and Performance

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    Don't know how they compare to a new one but I have two setups using old antennas. One a traditional rooftop model and one a set of rabbit ears that go back to the seventies. I seem to get all the same channels other people I know are getting with their newer antennas.

    The digital signals are much less forgiving regarding direction than uhf/vhf. If you are using a traditional rooftop directional antenna it has to be pointed pretty close to directly at the tower.
     
  19. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    O.K.
    They delivered the Fire TV box yesterday.
    My friend installed some software on it yesterday afternoon - Kodi I think.
    It's up and working. Movie I watched yesterday was very sharp image.

    Simple plug and play. Find your internet connection - put in the password and it starts talking to you.
    You can also use Amazon to order shows with but this software bypasses that for what's on the internet.
     
  20. viman96

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