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Old 09-10-2016, 08:24 AM   #1
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After 5 years with Comcast xfinity, I've finally cut the cable for TV. Still have them for telephone and internet.

My setup was using two Ceton infinitv 4 tuner boxes with cable cards. Every 4 to 6 months one of the cards would stop working due to subscription being expired. After 4 years of getting new cards and various other tries to get cards re-subcribed, I finally wound up with the Denver cable card group with a guy that tracked down the problem to the way accounting was sending the subscription information to them. It turned out that since I had two cable cards on the same account, the order they were entered in the system would cause the 2nd one to not get the hit every time. They verified this by swapping them on one call and the card subscribed. So I thought they had tracked down the error and would fix it.

But no, not that easy. After another year of still having one of the card not get subscribed and a couple more very frustrating calls to Denver (they last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours) to get back to running, the failure happened at the same time my bill went up $50 because some deal expired and that was it. My wife and I went over the cable shows that we watched vs OTA and cane to the conclusion that they were not worth the extra money for such aggravation and decided to go OTA and drop the TV service from Comcast. That was 2 months ago and so far we haven't missed any TV watching.

We also discussed going back to U-verse, but my wife is visually impaired and has trouble with reading menus which with Media Center I can set up to where she can navigate ok. So OTA was the best for us since U-verse can't be used with Media Center effectively.

Additionally, since Microsoft has decided to drop Media Center, I figure moving to some other software will be easier in the future since there are similar user interfaces, like the old XBMC, to use with OTA, where so far Ceton has not come up with another solution for their boxes.
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Old 09-10-2016, 03:06 PM   #2
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If it were up to me I wouldn't keep the phone. Around here you can get a "Double Play" of TV and internet, but only if you are a new customer.
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Not much on the OTA side of things here. Seriously considering dropping dish for PlayStation Vue though . Would save me about $90 or so a month.
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You could also look at Sling TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime. I don't have Sling but Netflix, Prime and OTA works for me just fine.
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You could also look at Sling TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime. I don't have Sling but Netflix, Prime and OTA works for me just fine.
I am using sling and it has been excellent. Came with ROKU which added some interesting channels. I got it mainly for College Football and Basketball which meant an extra $5 for a total of $25 a month but it really gave me all the options I needed except being able to record. It does allow reruns of games that are over though. Main thing was that it covered the Pac-12 which is important to me. It works for me because I get all of my locals by antenna and I have computers with TV in every room.
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