Well, us cord cutters finally have one to call our own:
Well, us cord cutters finally have one to call our own:
Rather than share a video wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to share a working Fire TV or Roku app? 8-}
Cord? I never knew there was a cord, I never had anything TO cut. I never bought into that Kool Aid.
@ShadowsPapa, believe it or not OTA sucks. It sucks like Internet and cell phones suck. That is, not everybody can get the technology (practically speaking). With that said, I group cable and satellite together. Perhaps you just believe cable is evil and not satellite? If so, then sure, people in outlying areas certainly could get broadcast signals via satellite instead of cable. This problem existed well before ATSC... it's just that the move to ATSC made the problem worse for people in fringe areas.
There's a reason why there is interest in a QAM or cable card capable device. For many, that's the only way... or perhaps it's just simpler and "nicer looking" than having Area 51 on top of their house. :)
I used to live in such an area... and really before satellite and guess what... the only practical solution was cable. Ok maybe you could get license and clearance to erect the world's biggest antenna and pull in one or two channels... but maybe that's too expensive and maybe just one or two channels isn't quite enough?
If you live in an urban or suburban area... sure, I think antenna can work well (realizing that I currently can't watch ABC... though with a few hundred dollars of effort I could make that work... but maybe it's not worth it??).
I don’t consider satellite an option in our area because of weather. You lose the sun, have a storm, ice, etc. you lose TV and you lose satellite Internet. Otherwise, I lump them together. When I say “cable”, I really mean cable/satellite.
We don’t have cable, can’t get cable, there is no fiber to the homes unless your home is NEWER. Parts of this is because of the existing phone and other infrastructure and tax laws. When building out NEW plants, they lay fiber. The existing equipment and cabling still has some years on the books for depreciation, etc. so isn’t going to be replaced really soon, so we live on over-subscribed copper with feedback and cross-talk on the phones so bad that even in flourishing West Des Moines, fax machines retrain down to 2400 baud!. That’s because of the existing older infrastructure, tax laws, depreciation the cost of replacing all that equipment and the fact that parts of that area were under water for weeks back in 1993.
OTA doesn’t suck for us, it’s all there is, all there’s ever been. Can’t afford the wasted layout of thousands of dollars a year just to watch TV even if we COULD get it.
I had satellite Internet for about 3 years, talk about sucking! Wow, that was NASTY NASTY. Heavy rain, heavy snow, ice, wind, no Internet. Use too much, they throttled you back to sub-dial-up speeds. They over-subscribed the satellites to the point that all users suffered speed issues.
I wouldn’t use satellite if it was given to me -
@ShadowsPapa, believe it or not OTA sucks. It sucks like Internet and cell phones suck. That is, not everybody can get the technology (practically speaking). With that said, I group cable and satellite together. Perhaps you just believe cable is evil and not satellite? If so, then sure, people in outlying areas certainly could get broadcast signals via satellite instead of cable. This problem existed well before ATSC… it’s just that the move to ATSC made the problem worse for people in fringe areas.
There’s a reason why there is interest in a QAM or cable card capable device. For many, that’s the only way… or perhaps it’s just simpler and “nicer looking” than having Area 51 on top of their house.
I used to live in such an area… and really before satellite and guess what… the only practical solution was cable. Ok maybe you could get license and clearance to erect the world’s biggest antenna and pull in one or two channels… but maybe that’s too expensive and maybe just one or two channels isn’t quite enough?
If you live in an urban or suburban area… sure, I think antenna can work well (realizing that I currently can’t watch ABC… though with a few hundred dollars of effort I could make that work… but maybe it’s not worth it??).
I find I’m starting to creep a bit on my OTT apps. I had MLB.TV and Netflix, which wasn’t too bad. Then I decided I needed the NFL, so I got GamePass. My kids like the Anime, so I got CrunchyRoll. I have SXM, so I figured what was the harm in getting the Web app. There are a couple of shows on AMC that we would like, so we bought season passes through our Apple TV’s.
Crunchyroll is pretty awesome. I love anime as well.
My math works like this.
I think my first disappointment with cable started way way way back when my parents first got it in the early 80s … I had assumed there was no commercials (lol … how naive) … MTV came and that was great for a while … then it all started down hill from there when MTV sorta rolled over and became the spawning ground from which reality TV sprung. I think the real disapointment kicked in when the prices started to go higher and higher and I wasn’t getting anything more out of it… digital cable just added to the vast sea of cruft that was not worth my time to watch… the real linchpin for me was when they forced people to get those dumb “tv adaptors” because they were cutting off the basic analog cable you could get on any TV and moving to a pure “encrypted” transmission on their lines… We had one of those “adaptors” set up in the kitchen and because it only had RF channel 3 out the picture was grainy and sub-par … and looked even worse on the HDTV we had out there… When they wanted to charge me for a “full box” was the final straw… my bill was already astronomical and they kept pushing those “double play / triple play / home security” packages I didn’t want in the first place.
Waydago, Tablo! Let’s sing it… “Oh, Can a da…” Tablo is made in another country that starts with a “C”…in our own hemisphere!
I was shocked when I unboxed my Tablo order, turned the device around and read that label that proudly read “Made in Canada”.
@ShadowsPapa, some have recommended black eletrical tape to cover the led… but real men will use duct tape.
“Tuner 1” of my home dvr solution (mostly sports) isn’t working anymore as my neighbor has chosen to close their blinds.
However “Tuner 2” and “Tuner 3” are ok… as long as nobody messes with the cameras… and as long as nobody sits on the sofa of the front window.
And here I was going to say cutting the cord was tougher than I had imagined when the doctor handed me the surgical scissors after Luke was born and asked if I wanted to cut the cord.
But the Canadians and Texans will always be able to beat that. ;-)