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Poll Results: How Do You Mostly Receive Broadcast TV?

 
  • 42% (273)
    Terrestrial OTA
  • 27% (177)
    Cable
  • 21% (135)
    Satellite
  • 4% (30)
    Online
  • 3% (24)
    I don't watch broadcast TV
639 Total Votes  
post #121 of 205
Sticking with cable for now, mostly for sports viewing purposes. I also have a connection at the cable company that has given me a "manager's discount" for the past 6 months. Makes swallowing the cable bill much easier.
post #122 of 205
Netflix, Hulu, and very little OTA.
post #123 of 205
IPTV. Bell Fibe (Here in Canada) to be specific. Not really cable, as it goes over the internet connection.
post #124 of 205
We're too far away from the antennas and down in a valley to use OTA. We have cable via Comcast and use a CableCard tuner as our receiver. We then have a couple of dedicated HTPCs for our two TVs.
post #125 of 205
Well dunno about you folks but TV is overrated I have 3 young ones in the house and let me tell you there is so much to watch on the net that if you get bored with it you will be bored with it you are not looking hard enough or not open to watching things that are not mainstream per say.

As far as having kids and not wanting to "Babysit the TV" just get a PS3 for video watching I have a 4 year old here who can handle watching his own shows and picking them out on netflix it is amazing how quickly they learn the stuff when they want to! Teach your kids tech now because they will be dealing with it their whole lives online streaming would be a good starter for any kids as well as video games I know people say its bad for you to play video games but it can't be any worse then non interactive TV actually it is probably better.

Takes a little getting used to I grew up with cable TV and satellite TV my whole life I decided to big media 8 years ago no cable.... Have not looked back just into what is up and coming for online services.

VUDU is a nice option.
Netflix is a nice option.
Playon / Play later is a nice option. (Allows you to stream video to any device PS3, Phone, Xbox, Roku, anything DLNA compatible you can stream anything from the internet or your PC)
Hulu Plus has a fair amount of users and content...
Amazon Prime is a decent service you can watch tons of movies and you get free 2day shipping with amazon prime products...
There are many other service out there available I am sure more legal options are available every year.

What the internet needs is for the broadcasters to rent their TV stations on the internet and allow for online purchases on a per month basis they would gain a crapload of new paying customers I could envision this very soon really... Especially with the court ruling on restreaming the OTA channels on the internet as being legal just a couple weeks ago it appears that even the courts are saying to crap or get off the pot. You have a potential for income hand over fist with the internet but yet it is ignored. This way people could pick the handful of channels they would ever watch pay for them. I would be totally happy with the discovery network and history channels myself and maybe the cartoon network for the kids movies otherwise are available online from other providers ... There are very few networks which actually provide their own content made for their network only most of it is just networks rebroadcasting stuff that is on other networks.
post #126 of 205
hiSStory channels......... ? I'm not paying for propaganda shows. lsol smile.gif
post #127 of 205
Terrestrial OTA, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll.
post #128 of 205
I'm a "Zero TVer" Home Video Only. IMO Cable/Satellite is a waste of money, and if anything either OTA or Cable/Satellite tickles my fancy, It will make its way to Home Video for a price far cheaper than a months subscription will cost me, and I can watch it without all the commercials they cram in.
post #129 of 205
This thread is not representative of the masses, or even a typical AVS user.
post #130 of 205
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

This thread is not representative of the masses, or even a typical AVS user.

I think that's an accurate statement, primarily because those of us who have stepped up and stopped paying cable/satellite are proud of that fact and more apt to speak up on a thread like this. biggrin.gif
post #131 of 205
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Originally Posted by thrillcat View Post

I think that's an accurate statement, primarily because those of us who have stepped up and stopped paying cable/satellite are proud of that fact and more apt to speak up on a thread like this. biggrin.gif

Yup. I actually know a LOT of cord cutters/cord nevers, but they basically don't watch TV, or just stream it all online, few use OTA.
post #132 of 205
I also think it's pretty accurate statement. All of my family (parents, brothers, in-laws, etc.) and most of my friends cut the cable for streaming. And just about all their kids that are old enough (there are a LOT of them) will Never get cable/dish - they all stream. The younger generation for the most part will choose streaming, just as they also choose texting over talking over the phone.
post #133 of 205
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Originally Posted by cavchameleon View Post

I also think it's pretty accurate statement. All of my family (parents, brothers, in-laws, etc.) and most of my friends cut the cable for streaming. And just about all their kids that are old enough (there are a LOT of them) will Never get cable/dish - they all stream. The younger generation for the most part will choose streaming, just as they also choose texting over talking over the phone.

I'm trying to figure out if people will come back to cable when they get married and have kids. If they don't, then the industry is really going to have to go through some big changes.
post #134 of 205
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

I'm trying to figure out if people will come back to cable when they get married and have kids. If they don't, then the industry is really going to have to go through some big changes.

I'm not sure why anyone would get cable/satellite because they had kids. Nothing but garbage on there for most of it. My 6 year old is fine watching reruns of Bill Nye the Science Guy and new episodes of Word Girl.
post #135 of 205
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

I'm trying to figure out if people will come back to cable when they get married and have kids. If they don't, then the industry is really going to have to go through some big changes.

We cut the cable - I am married with a kid. My son loves the streaming options (we have Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and Netflix = all together per month only $22). Antenna for OTA (hardly ever used). Most of my friends are married with kids and also cut the cable. As for kids, especially once they are teens, most of them that I know would care less about cable or dish. They all want to watch all their shows on thier pads and smartphones.
post #136 of 205
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Originally Posted by thrillcat View Post

I'm not sure why anyone would get cable/satellite because they had kids. Nothing but garbage on there for most of it. My 6 year old is fine watching reruns of Bill Nye the Science Guy and new episodes of Word Girl.

The more people you are buying a la carte for, the less it makes sense, and the more it makes sense just to TiVo it. Or for people whose girlfriends/wives want the cable.
post #137 of 205
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

The more people you are buying a la carte for, the less it makes sense, and the more it makes sense just to TiVo it. Or for people whose girlfriends/wives want the cable.

I'm not buying any of these. Word Girl is on public television. Bill Nye is on some broadcast network. We TiVo several different shows OTA for our son. We've only bought Season Passes for 3 shows - American Horror Story, The League, and Californication. We have never paid for Showtime, so Californication is just a bonus. The other two total $64/year, which is about half of what we were paying monthly for cable.

We only pay monthly for Netflix, and we did that when we had cable, too. We're testing NBA League Pass right now, but probably won't do that again or MLB until they loosen up on the blackout rules (I don't consider us being in the home market of a team 3.5 hours away, but they seem to).
post #138 of 205
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Originally Posted by thrillcat View Post

I'm not buying any of these. Word Girl is on public television. Bill Nye is on some broadcast network. We TiVo several different shows OTA for our son. We've only bought Season Passes for 3 shows - American Horror Story, The League, and Californication. We have never paid for Showtime, so Californication is just a bonus. The other two total $64/year, which is about half of what we were paying monthly for cable.

We only pay monthly for Netflix, and we did that when we had cable, too. We're testing NBA League Pass right now, but probably won't do that again or MLB until they loosen up on the blackout rules (I don't consider us being in the home market of a team 3.5 hours away, but they seem to).

For most people, it doesn't work out that way, and you can't get the same live sports and other content a la carte that you can with cable TV.
post #139 of 205
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

For most people, it doesn't work out that way, and you can't get the same live sports and other content a la carte that you can with cable TV.

I don't know why people can't get kids content for free, but you're right about sports content. But you know what? If everyone keeps paying the cable/satellite companies, it'll never change. We cut the cord and made sure sports programmers knew it, and we encourage everyone else to do the same.

The infrastructure is now in place. Aside from existing antiquated contracts, there's no reason there couldn't be a Big 12 channel on the AppleTV that I could subscribe to. Or an ESPN channel that offered all their networks. With the money we save every month on the cable bill, we have around $2000/year of extra income that we are willing to spend on the packages we want. We're just tired of paying for the garbage we didn't want.

We've bought season tickets to our local teams, and for now we just go out to eat at a sports bar if there's a game on that we have to watch. But we're trying to start a movement for these sports content providers to stop letting the cable and satellite companies hold their programming hostage.

Think about it. I'd pay $300/year each to the Big 12, the Big 10, the NFL, the NBA, and MLB. That's $1500 directly to the content producer - they don't have to let cable/satellite scrape their half off the top. And I still have $500 left over out of my annual savings.

Starting to make sense, isn't it?

Send them a message. Tell them you want their program content, and tell them HOW YOU WANT TO RECEIVE IT, and HOW MUCH YOU'D PAY FOR IT.
post #140 of 205
They could do a-la-carte with a cable box. It's a matter of them setting the contracts up that way.
post #141 of 205
When I last posted a month or so ago we were getting CBS and Fox OTA from the tiny station in Alpena, MI. Pretty lousy reception using just rabbit ears. DH had no desire to put up a big antenna for just that. Everything else was on DirecTV though we were forced to get NY channels for the rest and who knows where the PBS station was (and we payed extra for those). But last month DH decided he was tired paying the $90 plus for DTV and switched to Dish Network because the deal they had was so good. Besides not having to pay $10/month for the HD channels they are providing the Alpena stations and the others are all Michigan broadcasts from places like Flint. And they don't charge extra for them. It's nice not having to keep playing with the rabbit ears every few minutes.

Be interesting to see what DirecTV has to offer in 2 years to try and get us back. rolleyes.gif

Still using Hughesnet for the internet. No effective cable in these parts, no DSL, no nuthin'.
post #142 of 205
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

They could do a-la-carte with a cable box. It's a matter of them setting the contracts up that way.

I think you're missing the point. There's no reason anyone should have to pay a cable company anymore, except for these antiquated contracts. I can pay Hulu $7 a month and watch a lot of the same content I used to pay cable $100+ a month for. Why can't the sports networks/leagues create a similar business model and charge us directly.

I remember when we first got cable, wishing we could only pay for the 12 channels we wanted, not the other 7. The infrastructure is there now, but the content providers are allowing the cable and satellite companies to continue to hold their content hostage.
post #143 of 205
The fast way for sports to on the internet is just stop paying the cable companies
They do have sports on antenna TV an it is free biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
post #144 of 205
My brother has satellite TV that costs him over $100 Month. Where he lives there is no other choice, thank goodness for those recorder boxes. I'm gonna just stick to streaming/ downloading youtube stuff. smile.gif

The ONLY air wave stuff I watch is the morning news with coffee. All the networks could go belly up as far as I care.......
post #145 of 205
The poll answered its own question, in my case. "Broadcast". As in, ANTENNA. I am very happy to see that AVS Forum members use real antennas with a far higher percentage than the general public.

I have a DVR setup with free program information and intelligent recording ("season pass", no reruns, etc.) and I would not go back to pay-TV service.

Thank you for running this poll.
post #146 of 205
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Originally Posted by thrillcat View Post

I think you're missing the point. There's no reason anyone should have to pay a cable company anymore, except for these antiquated contracts. I can pay Hulu $7 a month and watch a lot of the same content I used to pay cable $100+ a month for. Why can't the sports networks/leagues create a similar business model and charge us directly.

I remember when we first got cable, wishing we could only pay for the 12 channels we wanted, not the other 7. The infrastructure is there now, but the content providers are allowing the cable and satellite companies to continue to hold their content hostage.

My point is it could be done with an existing 256-QAM cable system by authorizing channels selectively at the box level.
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Originally Posted by ChrisW6ATV View Post

The poll answered its own question, in my case. "Broadcast". As in, ANTENNA. I am very happy to see that AVS Forum members use real antennas with a far higher percentage than the general public.

I have a DVR setup with free program information and intelligent recording ("season pass", no reruns, etc.) and I would not go back to pay-TV service.

Thank you for running this poll.

Or Direct Broadcast Satellite.
post #147 of 205
I use a DVR by Epvision PHD VRX it works great can record two programs from the Antenna no monthly FEE
post #148 of 205
I "cut the cord" 12 months ago and have not missed it. As part of that I use an OTA to receive about 27 broadcast channels. I'm using MythTV as a whole house DVR & HTPC which is feeding 3 TVs. It's a very high quality picture.

We also use a couple of Rokus with subscriptions to Netflix & Amazon, and of course the other several 100 channels available via this device. Overall it's much superior to the $120/month that I was paying to Dish. There is more to watch and I can watch it on my terms.
post #149 of 205
OTA mostly and Internet.
post #150 of 205
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Originally Posted by FreyTheater View Post

Besides - I have plenty of unwatched movies and TV series in my projection theater to keep me occupied; at last count, I have over 250 unwatched Blu-rays and a half-dozen TV series box sets in my collection, all still sealed in plastic wrap! redface.gif

This. Really need to stop compulsive buying of new movies and watch more of what I already have smile.gif
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