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    Quote Originally Posted by Postmaster View Post
    Here is Kevin Spacey talking about the future of TV - well worth watching, he has some excellent points there.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oheDqofa5NM#t=931
    That Kevin Spacey speech is worth watching. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoSlashX View Post
    I completely agree.

    I grew up watching Animal Planet but its such garbage anymore besides River Monsters which I really enjoy. The only time Animal Planet seems to air anything that is actually educational is at 5am but its re-runs of past shows that have been converted to HD so doesn't really showcase the beauty of nature.
    I got rid of my cable as well. The programming was very disappointing. Everything's ghost hunting. There's even an Animal Planet show about ghosts that I flipped through. I guess it's about spooking animals? I don't even know anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Williams View Post
    One of the best moves I made this year was to fire my cable company and go over-the-air (OTA) antenna which is a free signal. It took a bit of research for equipment, positioning and installation. Total cost antenna, grounding rod, cable, wire and amplifier was $100. Hardest part was pounding an 8 foot grounding rod into the ground. I receive all the local Atlanta stations and the ones that broadcast in HD produce a beautiful uncompressed image. PBS plays most of the "Nature" series. I am 25 miles from the towers and am surprised with the quality of reception because of my marginal location. Now I realize this is not for everyone but this coupled with Netflix streaming more than meets my needs.

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    This is exactly where I'm at (and I would love to know what gear you ended up with)...it all started for me with "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet, it just makes my blood boil when, in the intro they say, "...these animals do, in fact, exist.". I'm calling BS!!

    I have to keep internet service, but cable is going and so is the phone. A cell phone is all you need these days anyway. I don't even want to think about how much money I've given Time Warner Cable over the past 15-20 years...excuse me while I puke.


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    ZaZa, sent you mail.
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    Haven't had a TV for 10 years now. Doesn't mean I don't watch TV - because if there is some great series or show, you can get the DVDs or Netflix or the generally the net. But this way, I get to skip all the dross and just go for higher quality stuff - or stuff I simply enjoy, including, yes o horror, reality shows such as Project Runway (at least the earlier seasons before it went totally to hell). So, Breaking Bad, or Wired or The Killing or Mad Men or whatever - hey, I got it. Why do I need cable again? Old movies... nope, I get that from - netflix and DVDs. I happen not to enjoy sports, so I guess I'm lucky that way otherwise that would be a 'must have cable' thing. News I get exclusively from the internet, including newspapers online editions.

    I tell you what though. I have to say - and I know everyone will disagree - but there is a downside to not putting in your time with a TV... you don't quite have your hand on the pulse of popular culture without access to a TV on a daily basis. Shout and scream, fine, but no you don't. That's just how it is. And for anyone who hopes to be addressing themselves to popular entertainment, which f.ex. film is, it is kinda important to be plugged in culturally. In the end, it's a price I'm paying, obviously, since I don't want a TV, but I'm aware of the fact that it's a price... someone starts jabbering at me about Duck Dynasty and I have no idea what they're talking about... ouch! Not good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Williams View Post
    ZaZa, sent you mail.
    Don't keep it private; I'd like to know more about your setup, too, Mark.
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    The Science Channel is still pretty good, at least it was not too long ago. I haven't had as much time to watch TV in the past year so I haven't tuned into that channel as much as I used to. Besides getting an HBO and Showtime package mainly for Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, all I've really been keeping up with this past year are several of my other recent favorite shows (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, The Killing, and some Netflix stuff like House of Cards). Oh, and my summer guilty pleasure, the kind of silly Under The Dome. I am also really digging Showtime's new series Ray Donovan (which is where I got my current avatar).

    But then Breaking Bad is done after this season, and I believe Mad Men is over after the next season. The Walking Dead and The Killing are both good shows, but I think I could wait for Blu-ray or Netflix for those. I wonder if I'll be as excited to pay for cable and premium channels and all that in another year? I'm thinking I might just stick with Netflix, maybe Hulu+ and just watch more movies on Blu-ray/DVD as well as catch up on some reading. To be honest, TV is pretty darn good these days, but I'm finding even with my current limited viewing menu I am missing out on watching feature films these days. I kind of want to go back to watching more straight up movies and not being tied up with five or six TV shows at a time.

    Anyways, there was a series on The Science Channel in recent years called Wonders of the Solar System. It was hosted by Brian Cox. No, not Brian Cox the actor... Brian Cox the physicist. Wonders of the Solar System was not only quality science programming, but it was shot with a nice cinematic/doc style. Obviously it was shot in HD and not film or a Red One or anything as fancy as that, but it looked good nonetheless.



    If what Scott is saying is true, I also mourn the loss of smart science and historical programming such as Wonders of the Solar System.

    I do admit to sort of enjoying History Channel's UFO Hunters and Ancient Aliens from time to time. Although I've been interested in all that UFO and alien abduction/conspiracy stuff ever since I was young. I don't really buy that it is real, but it is fun to speculate about. Amish Mafia though? I would have never thought the Amish would have their own underground crime syndicate. Do they smuggle drugs inside of their handcrafted furniture?
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    Terry, here is what I sent ZaZA,

    First step is to go to http://www.tvfool.com/ and read everything on the site. Next plug in you address on tvfool and get the reception report which includes the compass bearings for your antenna to aim. If you have a clear line of sight from where you want to mount the antenna to the horizon then you are in good shape. If not then you may have to move the antenna location but try to minimize the length of the cable run.

    I wanted to stay cheap so that ruled out a large antenna and pole mount system. The most recommended antenna for my distance from the towers was too large so I came down in size to the RCA ANT751 which includes a small mast http://www.voxxintlcorp.com/docs/com.../ANT751_OM.pdf. I got mine for $34 but the price has now gone up to around $50 due to popularity.

    Once I got the antenna I temporarily clamped it to a photo tripod placed on the roof and ran a direct coax line to my HDTV. The idea being if nothing came in then I would return the antenna. But low and behold after running digital tuner scan for antenna on the tv, I got channels. After adjusting the direction I then saw what limbs I had to trim up which improved reception further. I didn't have a wide view of the horizon, just a few good sized holes thru the tree line.

    Next I have several TVs in the house going thru an existing 2 way splitter I located in the attic. This was where the cable company line fed in. I disconnect the cable company line and attached the coax coming from my temporary antenna. The TV with the shortest line to the splitter came in fine but the other TVs much further away did not. So more research. It seems a splitter and coax line length can severely degrade the signal strength. So after more research the consensus was an antenna pre-amp might help. So again wanting to stay cheap I got one from RCA http://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-Antenn...oduct+Reviews. The most important thing with an antenna preamp is getting it as close to the antenna as possible to maximize effectiveness. It is recommended to be within 3 feet. When I hooked it up everything worked like a charm and all tvs in the house have a good signal. I got my power supply for the preamp line going in the attic where I came off a garage ceiling light and place a new outlet for it to plug into.

    So at this point everything worked well and it was time to make the installation permanent. If you are going to put an antenna on a roof you must have lightning protection so I got my 8 foot grounding rod, grounding block, grounding wire and wire wall clips from Lowes. I alreay had my coax cables.

    I hope this helps. It is a great feeling not having to pay a cable bill. My total cost was about $100. Below are some additional resources.

    http://www.avsforum.com/t/1150551/he...-on-an-antenna

    http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT751R-Ou...SIN=B0024R4B5C

    http://www.voxxintlcorp.com/docs/com...PRAMP1R_OM.pdf

    http://www.solidsignal.com/p/?p=3535...-pre-amplifier

    http://www.avsforum.com/t/861539/how...to-the-antenna

    http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/WC-1051_FreeVision_Wiring_Diagrams.pdf

    http://www.amazon.com/RCA-TVPRAMP1R-...ref=pd_sim_e_1

    Here is my tvfool report. I get the stations in green and yellow where the towers are in the same general direction.
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    Last edited by Mark Williams; 08-26-2013 at 02:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Postmaster View Post
    Here is Kevin Spacey talking about the future of TV - well worth watching, he has some excellent points there.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oheDqofa5NM#t=931
    At around 21:00 he mentioned that he sold subscriptions to ON T.V. I remember my buddy's parents had this. It was one channel, a little box sat on top of the tv with a knob… on or off. I must have been about 12 or 13 when this was around. We lived in Orange County. I wonder if Kevin Spacey sold them that subscription….



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Williams View Post
    Terry, here is what I sent ZaZA,
    Impressive! Thanks for all the info, I'll spend some time researching the links you provided.
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