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There are constantly stories in the news about “cable cutters” ditching the high cost of cable and using online services and OTA TV for their viewing needs. This is fine if you live in a city with solid, fast internet, and any OTA television. Where we live, know what you get on TV without cable? Nothing. Big fat ZERO. We used to get 2-3 stations, although somewhat fuzzy, over the air. Since digital came in, Zero. I tried expensive antennas with amplifiers. Once I managed to get one channel for a few minutes with the “weak signal” warning on the screen. But if I so much as moved the antenna a millimeter, zero. Oh, and this worked only on the third floor of the house, wiht the antenna out a window. digital TV pretty much eliminated TV in this area, unless you have cable or Dish.
My DSL peaks out at 1.6 Mbps. Just enough to watch standard resolution TV. But it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
I’m sure I’ve ranter here about my daughters TV reception in Minneapolis. When I was a kidk living in the same hours she nows lives in, we got all three networks, an independent, and two PBS channels. Since digital came in, she gets 2 networks OK, one on occasion, a crapload of pointless stations, and no PBS reception. These are the very same stations we watched for 30 years in that house, that suddenly became useless with digital TV. She’s to cheap to buy cable, so she settles for what OTA she can get, and watches what’s available free online.
Tim in Bovey