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Time Warner Cable Handing Out Free Antennas
by Karl Bode 09:34AM Monday Aug 26 2013
Time Warner Cable has been directing users impacted by their feud with CBS (and their subsequent blackout) toward Aereo, who is probably more than happy to take the help in promoting their streaming TV service. The company has also started giving away free antennas to impacted users who can then grab lost CBS content over the air. Users in our forums seem to indicate that most users are getting a free RCA ANT501. The company's website states that if local offices run out of antennas, Time Warner Cable is offering $20 off coupons for the purchase of any in-stock antennas at Best Buy.

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Paul in SF

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San Francisco, CA
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Helping to spread the joy of cord cutting?

I can't help but think that handing out free OTA antennas might be contributing to their own eventual demise.
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: Helping to spread the joy of cord cutting?

If they could (maybe they can I dont know) incorporate the OTA antenna and signal into their box which would allow for transparent guide and DVR capabilities that would make it still very compelling for users that want more than just OTA content.

Maybe they should work on getting that to happen so they can just flat out not carry any OTA signals and just have it incorporated in that way for all stations. That would lessen the strangle hold the OTA stations have.

Hooner

@myvzw.com

Re: Helping to spread the joy of cord cutting?

said by Skippy25:

If they could (maybe they can I dont know) incorporate the OTA antenna and signal into their box which would allow for transparent guide and DVR capabilities that would make it still very compelling for users that want more than just OTA content.

Maybe they should work on getting that to happen so they can just flat out not carry any OTA signals and just have it incorporated in that way for all stations. That would lessen the strangle hold the OTA stations have.

Great idea NOT. Voom satellite tried that and failed. OtA doesn't work in most of TWC mostly urbane markets.
esjones
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join:2010-09-10
Springboro, OH
TiVo does this already for models that have OTA tuners.

RavonTUS

join:2003-10-15
Lafayette, IN
One day, someone will invent wireless TV and we won't need cables.
esjones
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Springboro, OH

Re: Helping to spread the joy of cord cutting?

I see what you did there, Mr. Farnsworth!

fifty nine

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Sussex, NJ
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said by RavonTUS:

One day, someone will invent wireless TV and we won't need cables.

My TV is already wireless. It comes from a satellite.

Fib3rguy

@charter.com

Glad to see TWC not giving in to CBS

Hopefully all cable operators follow suit. If not, the rates will continue to go up.

A lot of people can't pick up CBS with an antenna, in my opinion TWC should be getting $$ from CBS to use their cable system to deliver the channel.
hchen42

join:1999-12-23
New York, NY

Re: Glad to see TWC not giving in to CBS

Yup, I don't understand why TWC needs to pay CBS. I actually think CBS should pay TWC for delivering contents.

I live in NYC, the signals are strong here.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Re: Glad to see TWC not giving in to CBS

said by hchen42:

Yup, I don't understand why TWC needs to pay CBS. I actually think CBS should pay TWC for delivering contents.

I live in NYC, the signals are strong here.

You don't because like most people who don't work in the industry you think it costs nothing to produce and that ad revenue pays for everything.
biochemistry
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92361

Re: Glad to see TWC not giving in to CBS

Once upon a time, it did exactly that. Not only that, but hour long TV shows were 50 minutes. Now you're lucky to get 40 minutes.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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The rates will go up anyway. You think TWC will charge the same price every year? This is all a big show to justify a big rate increase that TWC wants anyway. They're just doing their best not to blame their own profit motives.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

There's Your Service Credit!

To all those who want a service credit...better get that free antenna fast before they exhaust their supply!
rjbasye

join:2000-05-24
Dry Ridge, KY

Re: There's Your Service Credit!

And cancel your TV service with them while you're at it. TWC The Worst Cable.

IPPlanMan
Holy Cable Modem Batman

join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
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Cracks beginning to form...

The cracks in the legacy TV model are beginning to form... As much as people loathe Time Warner Cable, should TWC be the front-runner in al la carte channel packages, I think *most* all would be forgiven.

Giving out Antennas means this isn't going to end anytime soon. I bet TWC wins this... but ultimately, the customers will win.
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