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See, I've got a large antenna on my roof, but the antenna wires have fallen off over the years -- and I can't climb on the roof to hook it up because the shingles are in such bad shape. I know what you're thinking, but I really don't think twenty bucks a month or so will make a huge difference in the cost of replacing the shingles.

Poll #1547188 TV options

Best option to keep me from pulling my hair out over television reception:

Keep messing with rabbit ear antennas and lousy digital reception for free
0(0.0%)
$19.99 per month (Dish) for 120 satellite channels (but for only one year)
8(42.1%)
cable TV (Mediacom) at around $15 for the basic basic (12 channels, if they still offer it.)
4(21.1%)
Pay thirty bucks or so for an outside digital antenna and hang it up on the side of the house -- maybe it'll help despite the trees.
2(10.5%)
SkyNet will take care of your reception problems.
5(26.3%)

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ozma914
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's cheaper for the first year; then the price goes up. :-(

I'm thinking of just sticking with the antenna -- I was up on the roof yesterday and I noticed my chimney bricks are deteriorating badly, which means I need a new chimney as well as a new roof. At this point, every dollar counts.
deb_t
Apr. 6th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Our roof is new, but our chimneys need help. We don't have chimney caps, do you?
ozma914
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Some of ours do and some don't. I would think it would be a good idea to have them, to help keep rain and animals out, but some people seem to get by without any problems.
petzipellepingo
Apr. 4th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
I say whichever is going to cause you the least amount of hassle in both installation and upkeep.
ozma914
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well, there's a difference between hassle and cost! I never wanted to be wealthy for power -- I always wanted to be wealthy so I could pay someone else to mess with the stuff I didn't want to mess with. :-)

I'm thinking of just sticking with the antenna -- I was up on the roof yesterday and I noticed my chimney bricks are deteriorating badly, which means I need a new chimney as well as a new roof. At this point, every dollar counts.

Edited at 2010-04-06 04:38 pm (UTC)
sp23
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
I had to be a smart aleck. ;-)

I have cable at $48 a month, and I'm lucky to watch 1/3 of what's on there. And then they don't offer what I would like such as Fox Business and BBC America.
ozma914
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
That's not too far from what satellite would go up to after the introductory year. Plus, they *don't* have either Fox Business or BBC America, which was pretty much a deal breaker for me.
cbtreks
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I voted for Dish, which I don't have. One of my sisters does, though, and I liked it when I lived there. Does their offer come with a free DVR? (Her's did.) Who does your phone and Internet? Can you get a good deal with Mediacom if they do all three?
ozma914
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Well, the DVR is free, but the DVR service itself is another 6 bucks a month.

Mediacom does have that three for one deal they've been shopping around, but I get phone and internet through Verizon and I'm really happy with them. I don't think I want to break up a good thing!

I'm thinking of just sticking with the antenna -- I was up on the roof yesterday and I noticed my chimney bricks are deteriorating badly, which means I need a new chimney as well as a new roof. At this point, every dollar counts.

Edited at 2010-04-06 04:44 pm (UTC)
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ozma914
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I've had satellite in the past, so I already know what I'm missing. :-( The deal that's being offered doesn't have BBC America, though -- I'd have to upgrade for more money to get that.

I'm thinking of just sticking with the antenna -- I was up on the roof yesterday and I noticed my chimney bricks are deteriorating badly, which means I need a new chimney as well as a new roof. At this point, every dollar counts.

Edited at 2010-04-06 04:45 pm (UTC)
nuchtchas
Apr. 4th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
you know if you have good signal in your area you can build an antena with wood and coper wiring and put it up inside your home, like in an attic or something. A friend of mine did that as a lark, he lives in west virginia and can't get local channels through his satellite so he has been paying for a bad cable signal for 2-13. He did this, it worked out so great he now has 8 channels in HD without a monthly charge. He was able to drop the cable
ozma914
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, therein lies disaster for me. I can turn the easiest home improvement project into a new adventure in pain -- that idea should work, but I *would* find a way to screw it up.

However, they do make small outside antenna's that I could hang on the edge of the gutter, and that should pick up much better than the inside ones I'm using now. It's worth a try.
deb_t
Apr. 6th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Cool!
Obviously you would have to string it from the the TV, right? Or not?
ozma914
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Yep, it has to be connected with an antenna with, but that's not usually a huge problem -- houses as old of mine already have a bunch of little holes drilled for various cables.
saber_fang_wolf
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Back here in the middle of nowhere, reception is crap too. Hey, it may be for just a year - but it will give you some time to think about what you'd perfer to have. Even if what you're watching matters, because at times I watch TV non-stop and other times I watch it 3 hours a week.
ozma914
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I've had both cable and satellite in the past; I think I prefer satellite, although that causes problems getting local channels, sometime. I do miss Discovery Science and BBC America, which I had on satellite but not on cable!
deb_t
Apr. 6th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Antenna
We're planning on buying a better antenna, one of those flat ones. Funny that you mention them.I was looking at some yesterday while my son was in the Geek Squad line waiting to upgrade his RAM. Most of them were out of stock. If you can find a good antenna for $30 please let me know. The flat indoor ones were around $50 something and the flat outdoor ones were $100 something. They were at Best Buy, but obviously were not the "best buy". There might be some discounts somewhere, idk.
ozma914
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: Antenna
I looked at outdoor antennas at Wal-Mart, but I don't recall the exact cost; I'd thought they were about $30, but I wasn't really paying that much attention. Maybe I'll just hook up one of my indoor antennas on the side of the house -- after all, it's not like they're plugged in!

The worst part is, Ihave a perfectly good antenna on top of the house; I just can't *get* to it.
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