Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Clarkston, Michigan
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I stopped using cable TV several years ago, and started using OTA. In my area, I receive around 35 channels using a roof mounted antenna. Unfortunately, acquiring internet, can be costly, since there are only two providers in my area, I pay almost $70 for 80 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up.
Been using VOIP phone service for around 12 years now, and that uses my internet, but not intensive. Most of our internet media usage is thru Netflix, or especially YouTube. My experience is that younger kids, prefer YouTube, so in a few years, live TV will go the way of the dodo bird.
Since I detest watching commercials, I either record the shows or sports that I wish to watch, or use the pause/play function. I created my own inexpensive whole home DVR solution, 3 or 4 years ago, using my roof top antenna and a couple of HDHomeRun tuners. Using a $40 device, and a subscription to Schedules Direct, I used TVHeadend server as my 14 day DVR which runs on my network.
Recently, I have been using Emby as my media server/streamer for my networked DVR solution. Emby will run on very low powered, very inexpensive hardware and provides a very nice media experience. One advantage, I can watch live or recorded TV from my inexpensive system anywhere in the world. In other words, if I am in another state, or country, I can watch TV from my home using my antenna on my roof. I can use cellular data or anyone's WiFi. My son that lives in another state, can not receive my local sports teams, in his location, so he can watch my live local channels using his Apple products.
So, yes, I am a cord shaver, but the cable companies will just keep raising the internet cost.