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Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by 1951dodge, Feb 20, 2013.

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  1. 1951dodge

    1951dodge Thread Starter

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    Does anyone know if you can BUY a converter box (analog to digital) instead of paying Comcast on a monthly basis. If you have a HD TV do you need the converter box?
    Thanks for any information on this. I am tired of paying increased fees to Cable companies.
     
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    Your link is exactly why I was asking about an option. Are we stuck with Comcast and their fees forever. Which by the way never decrease. I would like to get something to use which does not require me to use Comcast. There must be something out there, somewhere, that I can use to avoid Comcast charges?
    Thanks for your response.
     
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    If your television has a digital tuner (all new ones do), then you just need a digital antenna, and you can pick up over-the-air digital high-definition signals for free.

    If you want to watch cable channels, then you need either a Comcast receiver or DVR or you could rent a CableCARD and use it with a media center computer or third-party DVR like Tivo or Moxi.
     
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    I got to change my comcast because the plan I had the pass couple of years went up to almost $80.00 and I only now have limited basic after they said they were giving me more then I was paying for. So now I get nothing really but the local and some other junk.

    So time to find me a deal or a deal on internet and get an digital antenna.
     
  6. 1951dodge

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    I would like to thank the responders to my question. Now I need clarification of the "Digital" antenna. Is that like the old UHF/VHF type that had to placed on the roof or do they have a newer version?
    Thanks again
     
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    You can get outdoor antennas, but there are some good indoor ones as well. Since signal strength and channel availability varies greatly by location, it's best to ask a neighbor or a local store what they recommend.

    I've heard this website recommended for information, but I'm not sure how to interpret the results.

    http://antennaweb.org/
     
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    I thank everyone for their responses. Now I have some research to do and decisions to make.
    Thanks again.
     
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