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davidhoffman
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Re: [DIRECTV] Thinking of cutting the cord in the next 2 weeks

I never got the cord. I have been OTA for 26 years. I might sign up for that Google Fiber+TV if it ever shows up in Warner Robins, Georgia. Some serious competition might get Cox of Georgia to operate their customer service well enough that I would even consider them for video. OTA is very limited, but the constant re-transmission disputes lead only to higher bills on cable. Not worth it in my view.

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said by davidhoffman:

I never got the cord. I have been OTA for 26 years. I might sign up for that Google Fiber+TV if it ever shows up in Warner Robins, Georgia. Some serious competition might get Cox of Georgia to operate their customer service well enough that I would even consider them for video. OTA is very limited, but the constant re-transmission disputes lead only to higher bills on cable. Not worth it in my view.

I'm in a no OTA area. ... but at the end of this month, DirecTV will likely be cut. Going over it with the family.
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said by davidhoffman:

I never got the cord. I have been OTA for 26 years. I might sign up for that Google Fiber+TV if it ever shows up in Warner Robins, Georgia. Some serious competition might get Cox of Georgia to operate their customer service well enough that I would even consider them for video. OTA is very limited, but the constant re-transmission disputes lead only to higher bills on cable. Not worth it in my view.

We will never get that service in this Area dream on and am serious.. OTA Digital you get alot of Channels Atlanta is one of them WSB2.

I can get this which is near the Ala border WRBL-DT 3.1 CBS

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davidhoffman
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Yes, I used to get some far away channels at night due to atmospheric bounce in the analog days. It rarely happens now in the digital era. I am limited to indoor antenna due to apartment restrictions. I went to TVFool and found that even if the landlord agreed to put up antennas on the roof 40 ft above ground level, we would not get any more stations consistently due to the low area we are in . Most of the area is surrounded by rising terrain with tall trees and buildings.


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said by davidhoffman:

Yes, I used to get some far away channels at night due to atmospheric bounce in the analog days. It rarely happens now in the digital era. I am limited to indoor antenna due to apartment restrictions. I went to TVFool and found that even if the landlord agreed to put up antennas on the roof 40 ft above ground level, we would not get any more stations consistently due to the low area we are in . Most of the area is surrounded by rising terrain with tall trees and buildings.

Could be worse and you live in Macon with high rises which Warner robins doesn't have.
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davidhoffman
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I wonder if some of those high rise buildings could support TV broadcast antennas. But even then that does not help everyone. I used to live in Chicago and even after the John Hancock and Sears Tower skyscrapers were built with TV broadcast antennas on top, some people had bad reception in the City of Chicago. That was one of the reasons the city council sped up approval of the cable TV franchise system, people could not get good reception. There had been talk of building an antenna only tower on the lakefront. I think they scrapped the project when it was shown that even a tower a half a mile high would only have marginal benefit. Too much building interference and multi-path distortion exists.


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said by davidhoffman:

I never got the cord. I have been OTA for 26 years.

Of course what you don't consider is the VAST area of this country that is not possible.... nice if you live around a large city with flat terrain.
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davidhoffman
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Oh, I remember the BUDs(Big Ugly Dishes), when I traveled out into the rural areas and far suburbs of Illinois and Indiana. In Wisconsin they existed too. Those people could only get atmospheric skip channels at night from OTA. A friend of mine at work has lived in the forest area of Georgia for 25 years and could never get OTA to work. The TVFool maps would lead you to believe otherwise. They do not take into account dense tall forest interference. He has had DirecTV for a long time. The installers have had a difficult time each time he upgrades getting the antennas positioned to see through the few gaps in the tree cover.


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And thing that pisses me off wiith sat for years here in Key West I could get distant locals like west coast which more fit my night schedule and didn't timer conflict with other things...

A few years ago Congress and FCC once again caved, and just because tied by CABLE though 150 miles from Miami and even over water no way any OTA without giant tower....we are now part of the Miami DMA... and not an option anymore, even though physically far closer toFL west coast Ft Myers DMA if anything.

And believe me KW and Miami socially and politically have about as much in common as Apples and Oranges.
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I have visited Key West and Miami for a short time. It was on the Majesty Cruise Ship Line, now gone. They had one ship. Yes, I was one of those befuddled tourists who stayed for only a day. No way are Miami and Key West similar. I do not know if I could take living in Key West with the long period of hurricane seasons. Always on edge, having to be ready to go north on a narrow road into mainland Florida or even Georgia at great expense. The homeowner's insurance rates must be astronomical. It is a beautiful place, so I guess the sacrifice is worth it to many.