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I cut the cord many many moons ago.  I have used several different options to augment my TV viewing since then.  Over the Air or OTA is one of them.  You get HD 1080i and a perfect signal.  (quality is better than what you get from the cable people because they use compression)

 

Some of you know we recently bought a new house and when we finally moved I left my old setup behind.  I honestly didn't put much thought into it and hen it came time to get the new system up I suddenly realized the new house has a very large hill between me and the transmitters!  (read no l ine of site).

 

I was suddenly very concerned and decided I needed to put the best system together I could (within reasonable $$ limits).  I got it assembled, installed, hooked up and WOW it beat my expectations by a million miles so I decided to share the details for other inspiring cord cutters.  This setup is now tested and I can tell you that if you are on the fringe or in a tough spot this is going to help you out in a big way.

For the heart of the system I chose the ClearStream 4.  I have also used the ClearStream and ClearStream 2 so I knew it was quality.

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I have 1 local channel that transmits in VHF so I added the VHF retro kit to the mix.  It''s simply a VHF dipole.

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For good measure I included an 18db gain Winegard 200 pre-amp.

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The final product:

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Ready for this?  I scanned 102 digital HD channels!  22 in a foreign language and 8 shopping networks but I also get cartoon channels, movie channels, classic movie channels, retro sitcom channels, news, music videos and lots more.  Very happy.   The results from this combination of equipment is fantastic, hope someone will benefit.

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I cut the cord a few years ago. I have an antenna that looks similar to yours. It gets me the major local channels and some pbs channels. I supplement this with Netflix through my son's Xbox. We don't watch much TV. Maybe 2 or 3 hours a week at the very most. Too much other stuff I want to do and way too little time.

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So when you do something like this, what do you do for internet?

Verizon Fios 60/60 - I need vpn to work from home and I also include Amazon Prime, Netflix, Youtube and Sling TV in my collection of video sources.  Deal is I am not paying to be force fed content and a bunch of junk.

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I cut the cord a few years ago. I have an antenna that looks similar to yours. It gets me the major local channels and some pbs channels. I supplement this with Netflix through my son's Xbox. We don't watch much TV. Maybe 2 or 3 hours a week at the very most. Too much other stuff I want to do and way too little time.

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I couldn't agree more, mostly our kids use the TV but I'll enjoy a little something now and again.  TV is generally a big waste of time/$$.

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I tried to cut the cord and was semi successful. I called Verizon a few years ago and said I am done, take my cable boxes. I still need phone and Internet both for wife's business. They told me repeatedly it is cheaper to leave the triple play bundle than to cut cable out of my bill. The cable boxes are gone. All TV is watched through Roku. Couldn't be happier.

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We have fios 50/50, we use ooma for the phone which is free except for the taxes so it costs maybe 4 dollars a month. We still have tv thru fios but it's the smallest package available because my 75 year old mother lives with us and she's not going to learn any system besides turning on the cable box lol. I never use the cable except baseball games. If my mom didn't live with us we'd stream everything. Te only reason we have a home phone is incase my son needs 911. I didn't want him or anyone to have to find a cell phone in an emergency. 

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They told me repeatedly it is cheaper to leave the triple play bundle than to cut cable out of my bill.

How did it work out?

I cut my phone service and HBO from Comcast and my bill dropped a whopping $15 a month.

Phone and Internet would be $99/ month, I pay $70 a month for the "triple play" and have faster internet.

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I tried to cut the cord and was semi successful. I called Verizon a few years ago and said I am done, take my cable boxes. I still need phone and Internet both for wife's business. They told me repeatedly it is cheaper to leave the triple play bundle than to cut cable out of my bill. The cable boxes are gone. All TV is watched through Roku. Couldn't be happier.

 

I had a similar experience with Comcast. I had their double play bundle of internet and tv with one HD DVR. I called to cancel the TV service. Eventually I was transferred to a "retention specialist." He was able to get me into a plan that allowed me to keep the double play for $10 more than internet alone would have cost.

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I tried to cut the cord and was semi successful. I called Verizon a few years ago and said I am done, take my cable boxes. I still need phone and Internet both for wife's business. They told me repeatedly it is cheaper to leave the triple play bundle than to cut cable out of my bill. The cable boxes are gone. All TV is watched through Roku. Couldn't be happier.

I had a similar experience with Comcast. I had their double play bundle of internet and tv with one HD DVR. I called to cancel the TV service. Eventually I was transferred to a "retention specialist." He was able to get me into a plan that allowed me to keep the double play for $10 more than internet alone would have cost.

I did save a bunch by returning the DVRs and cable boxes, so I won there too.

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I tried to cut the cord and was semi successful. I called Verizon a few years ago and said I am done, take my cable boxes. I still need phone and Internet both for wife's business. They told me repeatedly it is cheaper to leave the triple play bundle than to cut cable out of my bill. The cable boxes are gone. All TV is watched through Roku. Couldn't be happier.

I had a similar experience with Comcast. I had their double play bundle of internet and tv with one HD DVR. I called to cancel the TV service. Eventually I was transferred to a "retention specialist." He was able to get me into a plan that allowed me to keep the double play for $10 more than internet alone would have cost.

I did save a bunch by returning the DVRs and cable boxes, so I won there too.

 

 

I use a TIVO with a life time plan for a DVR. I have thought about eliminating the cable but then the TIVO would be useless.

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We have cut the cord twice in the last 2 years. The only thing I miss is sports. When baseball and college football went 90 percent cable, we added SlingTV. (which still doesn't have baseball for the Rangers)

 

You would be surprised how much you don't miss it...and also how much reception you can get with one of those cheap antennas you can unfold and slap on a wall (like a map). It all depends on how close you are to the local dish farm. 

 

We get just cable internet for 39.99 a month and we bought a tivo (we have to have this because (my wonderful, sweet and normally introverted wife seems to only want to talk to me DURING the show) then we added Sling TV to get the SEC network and AMC for walking dead (you could also download a lot of cable shows from iTunes if you are willing to wait a day.) Sling's service is sketchy, you can only watch it on one TV or device at a time,  and they don't offer anything in the way of pausing live TV so this month we switched to Playstation Vue (you don't need a playstation.)

 

Playstation View is a little bit more expensive. We have the $45 dollar package, but I'm totally happy with the cost/benefit ratio. Every channel we would watch is on there (except HBO but GOT isn't on right now. lol.) I can see the Rangers and the Razorbacks. You can stream it to multiple TVs/devices. It will pause live TV long enough for my wife and I not to get in a fight over interrupting the show :-) It's kinda perfect so far (but only been a month.)

 

Our total bill is 80 ($90 if you include netflix) which seems very reasonable considering that includes really fast internet and we were paying almost 3 x's that before. 

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I tried to cut the cord and was semi successful. I called Verizon a few years ago and said I am done, take my cable boxes. I still need phone and Internet both for wife's business. They told me repeatedly it is cheaper to leave the triple play bundle than to cut cable out of my bill. The cable boxes are gone. All TV is watched through Roku. Couldn't be happier.

I had a similar experience with Comcast. I had their double play bundle of internet and tv with one HD DVR. I called to cancel the TV service. Eventually I was transferred to a "retention specialist." He was able to get me into a plan that allowed me to keep the double play for $10 more than internet alone would have cost.
I did save a bunch by returning the DVRs and cable boxes, so I won there too.

I use a TIVO with a life time plan for a DVR. I have thought about eliminating the cable but then the TIVO would be useless.

Wouldn't the TiVo work with the over the air HD antenna?

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