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    Does anyone know if there is an alternative to Comcast? i think their prices are crazy. and when we have had issues the service also STINKS>

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    DITTO!!!!!! Comcast has the absolute worst customer service on the planet. It's gotten a bit better as of late, but I would love to find an alternative.

    We're on the "snowbird plan" since we're not there much between November and February. You pay a nominal monthly fee and get a few channels. I need to tinker around with one of those TV antennas, don't know how many stations you get with those. Really when we're at the shore, be just need the Weather Channel, ESPN and a few other local stations., On my "to-do list" to call them and tweak our account and bill.

    Funny thing about Comcast, they are responsible for the ONLY time in my life that I have used an "F-Bomb" while talking to my Mom. I make a habit of not using that word, but was venting one day about Comcast and was so upset, it came out. She thought it was pretty funny.

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    • #3
      comcast

      We are on the 5 month cheap plan...but dang when you add in the taxes...franchise fees...jacks it to 15 then i get a bill for 159..prorating the next month...wth??? regular fee is $95.00 a month... rip offs.

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      • #4
        I switched to DirectTV.

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        • #5
          comcast

          I saw they offer that...do they have a "winter rate" that allows you for 5 months..to just pay like 15 and have minimal channels??

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ocmommom View Post
            We are on the 5 month cheap plan...but dang when you add in the taxes...franchise fees...jacks it to 15 then i get a bill for 159..prorating the next month...wth??? regular fee is $95.00 a month... rip offs.
            Have you tried calling and tweaking what channels you receive? Not sure if they do that or not; as I stated in my earlier post, we get a lot of channels and really only want the basic ones when we're at the shore. Can't get Direct TV in our condo.

            If there are any high-tech folks out there, 2 gadgets I hear bout a lot are Roku (sp?) and Slingbox. Aren't these cheap ways to get cable? We have Spectrum here in Ohio and I wonder if there is a way to access that account in OC.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jozo View Post
              Have you tried calling and tweaking what channels you receive? Not sure if they do that or not; as I stated in my earlier post, we get a lot of channels and really only want the basic ones when we're at the shore. Can't get Direct TV in our condo.

              If there are any high-tech folks out there, 2 gadgets I hear bout a lot are Roku (sp?) and Slingbox. Aren't these cheap ways to get cable? We have Spectrum here in Ohio and I wonder if there is a way to access that account in OC.
              You need an internet connection for those gadgets. Guess who provides the internet?

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              • #8
                I just called Comcast today to discuss our service plan. Customer service is still poor, menu from hell, but I did get through to a representative who was helpful.

                Basic cable, which includes a lot of channels is $65/mo. We have 2 boxes. There is an economy package, but it doesn't include a lot of channels like CNN.

                The Snowbird Plan is only for 3 months, I thought it was longer. You have to call to activate the plan, which brings the bill to $8/mo. for 3 months. Then it automatically turns back on and the regular rate.

                Question for Bob Hall in the previous post: If we drop cable service and just get internet, would we be able to use the Roku or slingbox to get basic cable channels?
                I've heard you can do this, but no one seems to be able to explain it very well.

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                • #9
                  DirecTV is a no brainer if you have a clear view of the SW sky and if you have DirecTV at your main residence. DirecTV offers a vacation home plan. You can have receivers at a vacation home without the need for a second account. They only bill you for the additional receiver(s).

                  So if you have DirecTV at your main home it would only be an additional $14/month for 2 receivers at the vacation home.

                  I have 3 DirecTV receivers at my vacation home in OC. I still need to have Comcast for internet. I use internet year round as I have a wi-fi thermostat (It is nice to get to a home at the right temperature) and some wi-fi cameras (like to check on the place when I am not there). I also have an Ooma device for telephone. (comes out to about $5/month for the phone).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jozo View Post
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                    Question for Bob Hall in the previous post: If we drop cable service and just get internet, would we be able to use the Roku or slingbox to get basic cable channels?
                    I've heard you can do this, but no one seems to be able to explain it very well.
                    I have not used Roku or slingbox myself, but if you just the Comcast internet, you will be able to have those 2 devices connect and do whatever they are programmed to do.

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                    • #11
                      At my primary residence I have "cut the cord" as they call it. Was tired of paying Verizon $265 every month for the 95% garbage TV & cable programming. Switched to Comcast, but ONLY the Internet. $40 per month. I installed a MOHU Sky60 antenna in the attic, and am now receiving almost 60 channels over the air for free. This includes the digitally broadcast ABC, NBC, CBS, WUSA, and FOX (not the same as FOX News) stations. Each of these broadcast more than one program. For example, WUSA in Washington broadcasts on 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 and 9.4.

                      We also use ROKU, Amazon Fire Stick, and Chromecast. All three enable us to access programming that we used to receive over cable... History, HGTV, HBO Now, Food, Netflix, ABC, Showtime, Fandango, Bravo, Animal Planet, Disney, Pandora, Hulu, YouTube, Nat Geo, Oxygen, and so many others. Too many to list here. We use a 4 tuner Tablo device to record and playback the live Over The Air (OTA) television programming like the 10 o'clock news. All I am missing is my "right wing extremist" FOX News, but I learned that if I open an account with http://www.Directvnow.com I will receive that as part of their package.

                      We can access everything described above on any of our 7 televisions. It's all broadcast throughout the house over our wireless router.

                      Since I also pay $25 monthly for Vonage for my house phone, I pay a total of $65 per month for phone and internet.

                      I have a PDF configuration diagram showing the products and how they're connected but I don't see a way to upload it here. I'll try to insert it as an image in another post.
                      Last edited by SlowRider; 04-26-2017, 08:37 PM.
                      Regards,
                      Pete, Gaithersburg & Ocean City

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                      • #12
                        Our "Cutting the Cord" configuration is unfortunately a little too large to upload here. I've tried jpg, pdf, and gif.
                        Update: After reducing the image size, it looks like it might have worked

                        Cut The Cord 2017.04.22.smaller.jpg
                        Last edited by SlowRider; 04-26-2017, 09:19 PM.
                        Regards,
                        Pete, Gaithersburg & Ocean City

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                        • #13
                          hmmm sounds like i am stuck with cable...the winter rate we had was 5 months.... came to 15.95 by the time they added their fees and the taxes on..But hey...will take that over the 95 we are paying now.

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                          • #14
                            You can enter your address at this FCC website to find out which digital over the air broadcast channels you can expect to receive based upon your distance from the closest stations.
                            https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps
                            Regards,
                            Pete, Gaithersburg & Ocean City

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SlowRider View Post
                              You can enter your address at this FCC website to find out which digital over the air broadcast channels you can expect to receive based upon your distance from the closest stations.
                              https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps
                              SlowRider: I may have to hire you to set up our place on 29th! Just got a goofy bill from comcast and have to call to straighten it out.

                              Your attachment was impressive and easy to follow. Question about the MOHU attic device. If you're at The Pyramid (cool building), where do you have it?

                              Since we need the internet, it really makes sense to just pay for that and drop comcast for cable. really don't use most of the channels they provide and we're on the basic plan. Just want TWC, ESPN, etc. (yes and FOX News )

                              Adding this to the "to-do" list.

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