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Old 09-16-2021, 08:23 AM
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I am considering using my Cable provider App from up North , and installing an antenna for local channels during our stay this winter. Tired of paying start up fees and high cable bill here every season. Not that tech savy, has anyone used this method or have any other suggestions. Normally watch sports and stream movies miniseries etc
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Old 09-16-2021, 08:25 AM
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May want to consider YouTube TV........can use in both locations. Pay for internet at each location and then about $60/mth for YouTube TV.

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I use YouTube TV (different from you tube). Pay for internet and log in from TV.
Only things you do need to log in from your home zip code once every 3 months OR you can change your home area - but you only can change it twice a year.
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May want to consider YouTube TV........can use in both locations. Pay for internet at each location and then about $60/mth for YouTube TV.

Agree. We switched over from Comcast to YouTube TV a couple of years ago. My only complaint is that the YouTubeTV app is not as mature as the cable ones and we run into glitches here and there. But, we save quite a bit.
If Comcast introduced a household wide plan, I might reconsider. We have 5 TVs (don't ask) and the "per connection" charge pushed the bill to $200-ish. With YouTubeTV the one monthly charge (I think it's $70 now) covers them all.
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If Comcast introduced a household wide plan, I might reconsider. We have 5 TVs (don't ask) and the "per connection" charge pushed the bill to $200-ish. With YouTubeTV the one monthly charge (I think it's $70 now) covers them all.
Xfinity has an app that you can run on your phone or tablet. Could you run the app and stream shows/movies from that device to the additional TVs (either wirelessly or by connecting the device to your TV with an HDMI cable?

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Xfinity has an app that you can run on your phone or tablet. Could you run the app and stream shows/movies from that device to the additional TVs (either wirelessly or by connecting the device to your TV with an HDMI cable?

kathy
Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds too good to be true, but I will give it a try.
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Get a Roku streaming stick Roku which has all the cable TV apps.
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May want to consider YouTube TV........can use in both locations. Pay for internet at each location and then about $60/mth for YouTube TV.

$71.35 to be precise
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May want to consider YouTube TV........can use in both locations. Pay for internet at each location and then about $60/mth for YouTube TV.

I switched from Directv to YouTube TV in June when we moved here. Been very happy with the change. Also ended up saving $175 a month which made me even more happy! LOL.
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I am considering using my Cable provider App from up North , and installing an antenna for local channels during our stay this winter. Tired of paying start up fees and high cable bill here every season. Not that tech savy, has anyone used this method or have any other suggestions. Normally watch sports and stream movies miniseries etc
If you try, be cautious about those antennas you attach to the window. I bought what were supposed to be good ones but got no stations I’d want to watch, and from several directions none at all. It seems that The Villages are too far from the transmitting antennas.
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Why not just put a window antenna in your window? That what I did and I get all the local channels for free!
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By local channels, did you mean the ones up north or down here?
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Suppose | Compare Cable, Satellite & Streaming TV Services to find the cheapest way to get local stations down here by streaming.
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:27 AM
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I am considering using my Cable provider App from up North , and installing an antenna for local channels during our stay this winter. Tired of paying start up fees and high cable bill here every season. Not that tech savy, has anyone used this method or have any other suggestions. Normally watch sports and stream movies miniseries etc
Lot of folks need a basic knowledge of this stuff.
Been doing network installations for many years.
Here is the basic stuff.

1) You have to have access to the internet (i.e. an "ISP")
Example: Comcast "Basic" internet (No Tv, No Phone)
Basic speed is 60 Meg (they recently updated to this )
You do not need "BLAST" or 200Meg, etc; 60 meg easily
handles my 2 streaming Tv, 16 IP Cams, multiple Echo and
Hub devices (Insteon, Amazon, Google, Wyze).
Very few homes need more than Basic speed; regardless of
what they have been told otherwise. Basic internet is $30
introductory and $40 thereafter. Any "upgraded" services are NOT necessary.

Other carriers are available at variuous price points.
e.g. Century Link (God forbid old POTS DSL. Pigeons are faster)

Also, Cellular internet access is viable, e.g. "Hotspot" on phone. Or the up and coming 5G ISP plans now available from most Cellular services.

OK...2) Secondly you need a "Streaming" service (or 2, or 3 )
and, if your Tv is NOT of a Streaming variety ("smart), you will need a "stick" add-on dongle device thingy e.g. Fire (Amazon), Apple Tv (Apple), Roku, Smart" Android etc.

That's it done deal.
Example: Comcast Basic Internet only ($30/$40 @ mo),
Disney Bundle; w/Hulu+, ESPN+ ($13.99 @ mo)
ALL IN FOR $54.....
And, if you are an Amazon Prime member ($119 @ yr.) you get a lot of free Tv from their "Prime Video"
At that point you are all in at $64 @ mo.
AND number of TVs and devices is not even a factor.
Go Nuts!!
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:51 AM
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Lot of folks need a basic knowledge of this stuff.
Been doing network installations for many years.
Here is the basic stuff.

1) You have to have access to the internet (i.e. an "ISP")
Example: Comcast "Basic" internet (No Tv, No Phone)
Basic speed is 60 Meg (they recently updated to this )
You do not need "BLAST" or 200Meg, etc; 60 meg easily
handles my 2 streaming Tv, 16 IP Cams, multiple Echo and
Hub devices (Insteon, Amazon, Google, Wyze).
Very few homes need more than Basic speed; regardless of
what they have been told otherwise. Basic internet is $30
introductory and $40 thereafter. Any "upgraded" services are NOT necessary.

Other carriers are available at variuous price points.
e.g. Century Link (God forbid old POTS DSL. Pigeons are faster)

Also, Cellular internet access is viable, e.g. "Hotspot" on phone. Or the up and coming 5G ISP plans now available from most Cellular services.

OK...2) Secondly you need a "Streaming" service (or 2, or 3 )
and, if your Tv is NOT of a Streaming variety ("smart), you will need a "stick" add-on dongle device thingy e.g. Fire (Amazon), Apple Tv (Apple), Roku, Smart" Android etc.

That's it done deal.
Example: Comcast Basic Internet only ($30/$40 @ mo),
Disney Bundle; w/Hulu+, ESPN+ ($13.99 @ mo)
ALL IN FOR $54.....
And, if you are an Amazon Prime member ($119 @ yr.) you get a lot of free Tv from their "Prime Video"
At that point you are all in at $64 @ mo.
AND number of TVs and devices is not even a factor.
Go Nuts!!
I’ve had CenturyLink (spent literally hours on the phone because my bill was always rising) and switched to XFinity (Comcast). When my initial contract was up I wanted to go to a steaming service and just get internet thru Xfinity. They quoted me $90! By the time I added the other services, ie, Netflix etc, my total cost far exceeded the $152 for everything with XF. Remember when tv was free? The good old days….
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