Originally Posted by djkest
Thinking about cutting the cord.
Currently we pay $110 / month for internet (QWEST), Phone (that we don't use), and HDTV. What kind of OTA stuff is available in the springs and what kind of equipment should I buy? I am guessing ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and RMPBS. Wife likes having a DVR to record shows. We don't watch a ton of TV. We could switch to a wireless internet provider for $40/month and that would save us quite a bit. I need reliable internet but it doesn't need to be blazingly fast.
ETA: TV fool confirms that just about any antenna at my house should pick up the afforementioned channels. I was thinking I could get a small HDTV Antenna and mount it where the dish currently resides. It's not that high off the ground but all the wiring is in place and hooked up. Good idea, bad idea? It's about 7' off the ground and I'm guessing pointing south. I do kind of live on the backside of a hill...
While you're contemplating the change, Comcast is offering TV+Blast Internet for 12 mos. for $39.99. Hate Comcast, but that's pretty cheap and you could get the locals QAM for HD.
I've been recording for years with an HTPC and antenna, still using XP and BeyondTV which works great, but Win7 MCE will do it for you also. For phone, if you don't need call forwarding, MagicJack is pretty good and only $69 the first year and $29 after. I used it for over 5 years and outside of an occasional glitch it worked great, but they quit doing call forwarding and I switched to NetTalk but have had a problem with calls breaking up that they are trying to help get fixed.