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    I feel like OTA (Over the Air) channels are some well kept secret. Everytime I tell someone that we have all the basics in HD they're stunned. Most people think free channels went away with analog TV. But now there are more of them, and they're even better.

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    Yay thanks everyone! We have also been discussing this in our house, and we spend 180/month on internet and cable (plus amazon prime, plus tivo).

    Ive been the holdout in our house - I say *What about the shows we dont know about yet? What about when there is something really interesting that comes on that we wouldnt otherwise watch or even know about?*
    We would still be losing the Discovery-ish channels, Nat Geo, and the other learning-type channels we get, but maybe they will come around, too.

    I think we are going to go with Appletv and OTA/tivo.

    Thanks for the thread!
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    About Smart TVs..... like that creepy Barbie, they record your ambient conversations. Any words you speak, sounds you make, where your TV can hear, get uploaded to the internets.

    Samsung admits smart TVs record your conversations

    (The voice commands you issue arent translated on your tv, but uploaded to the mfr and 3rd party translator...)
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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    Oh how weird! Ours doesn't have voice command, but I'm sure everything we watch and do is being monitored. But, then, so is all Internet use now, right? Def all cable. Oh well. No one has any privacy anymore. Not really. Someone is probably watching you through your computer camera now. Smile and wave!

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    I thought this was an old thread: I seem to recall that one of these comes up every year or so

    Our story: we are not TV watchers, more like serial tv bingers (Sopranos, et.al.) that we would watch on a digital projector (has dvd, but also can be wired to a computer to stream stuff). Everything big screen/big sound, and at night only. Or we'd watch PBS videos on daughter's iMac. Never had cable tv, only cable for internet (we both work from home).

    But when our old box tv finally gave up the ghost, we got a new flat screen tv. This was maybe 3 years ago. It took us about a month to remember (!!) that tv is still being broadcast, and our new tv probably has a built-in aerial...and that our ancient farmhouse has one of those 60' tall antennas attached to it. So we set it up and watched the aerial/whopper antenna pick up 70 tv stations. 4 different PBS stations, each PBS station having 4 sub-stations...am in a bit of heaven here now. Anyway, with the Google dongle we can now stream direct to the tv anything we can (sometimes illegally, hello Outlander aka MomPorn) find on a computer. All good and all free. But...we still don't watch much tv.

    The projector comes out now only on long holidays for days of consecutive movie-watching. I kind of miss it!
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    I can always find something good to watch on Netflix! Not so with Cable, because of the way the Guide is set up. I seem to find things faster on Netflix. If watching sports, Game of Thrones, or Vikings wasn't my partner's favorite thing to do to unwind after work I'd get rid of the cable in a heartbeat. I hardly watch it anymore.
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    We cut it last year and it has been fine. We have a Roku (and we can also stream off of the Wii U). We have Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu. We put an antenna in the attic for local channels, but the only time we use it is for Cowboy games (for husband).
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    We cut out cable for Hulu/Netflix a few months ago and love it. We never watched much on the cable provider and most of what we did are either commercial channels or specialty shows. Hulu has most of those anyway and an antennae takes care of the rest. The only thing I miss about cable is ghost hunter shows, but between Amazon and network websites I still get my fix.
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    We haven't had cable in...gosh, four or five years now, I guess. When we moved back to CT we kept it because my husband wanted to get a subscription to NHL Center Ice so we could keep up with the hockey team here, but we found that to be a waste of money so when the season was over we dropped cable entirely, and we didn't bother subscribing when we moved back here a few years ago.

    We just recently got Hulu Plus - maybe 6 months ago? We have had rabbit ears to pick up local channels & we get ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and a few other things. And sometimes the CBC, depending on the weather. We did fine with those but I wanted to watch an Australian show that was on Hulu, so we subscribed to that. My brother has a Netflix account & so he gave us that password (he is living with us at the moment but has his own TV in his room). Between broadcast TV, Hulu, and Netflix I don't think there is much we can't watch. If you have a TV that has an integrated Web browser you can also get just about anything that streams online as well. We watched the Red Sox and Patriots parades on Channel 5's Web site on our TV. (My kids love the Duck Boats... )

    I read recently that there is going to be a new subscription service that will broadcast live sports and news, too, but I haven't looked into that much.

    So no advice or suggestions, I guess, just that doing without cable has been working fine for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly View Post
    I'll have to look into antennae for local tv. I think I would miss local news and PBS, so it would be nice if we could get that to work.
    Depending on where you are in NH you may be able to get away with rabbit ears or you may have to get something higher powered. (When I lived in Plymouth all I could get was channel 9, very staticky, on a good day...) We live in a city now with all the broadcast channels local (I can almost see the towers from my house, lol) but we've been thinking about getting one to put in the attic & then running a cable down to the TV so we can get all the channels without having to adjust the rabbit ears all the time.
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