- 03-04-2013, 11:28 AM #1
So my cable bill is officially too much and they won't work with me to lower it. So I'm cutting the subscription.
Here's my layout. I have an HDTV in the basement which is where my home theater setup is...bluray, gaming console. I have an SD tv on the main floor that gets the most use. I have a tv in each of 2 bedrooms upstairs, wall-mounted, used every-so-often.
I think I'm going with an over the air HD antennae, and a Roku box. I'm assuming I'd need a Roku box for the basement and main floor. I think I can run the antennae into the cable system and have my two upstairs tvs pick it up without needing an antennae for each one.
TV #1 (Basement HD) - Roku and tapped into OTA antennae
TV #2 (Main floor SD) - Roku and tapped into OTA antennae
TV #3 (Master Bedroom ED) - tapped into OTA antennae
TV #4 (Spare Bedroom ED) - tapped into OTA antennae
Any thoughts or insight? Can I run an antennae into the cable junction at some point and have the other TVs pick it up? (My cubicle neighbor says she does this).
What about Roku, can I do the same thing? Or do I need a box per TV?
Any other suggestions? I plan to subscribe to Netflix, HULU+. I wish HBO allowed a Go subscription without cable.
- 03-04-2013, 11:41 AM #3
While I can't help you with your setup, I can tell you that I ditched cable over four years ago and haven't missed it at all. I do have a Netflix subscription that I use but even that isn't used often.
When I had TV, I couldn't imagine how people survived without it. Now that it's gone, I can't imagine how people live WITH it. :)
- 03-04-2013, 12:13 PM #4
- 03-04-2013, 12:22 PM #5
You don't need a roku box if you have an Xbox. If you own a Mac, apple TV works great with streaming from your desktop. For example all of abc's shows are free for streaming. How much are you paying for your internet, cable? I currently pay for HFN (exclusive to the Issaquah Highlands) and Comcast. Comcast basic is about $55 per month, and HFN with 100 MBPS is $55 as well for a total of $110
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- 03-04-2013, 12:26 PM #7"Engineering is more than just the number of megapixels." - Stephen Elop
- 03-04-2013, 01:03 PM #8
my current cable internet is 15 mbps as part of a bundle with phone and tv, which I'm cancelling. The option for standalone is $44.95 for the first year, $54.95 after that.
I do not currently subscribe to Hulu or Netflix because I have cable with DVR. I will subscribe to those without cable.
- 03-04-2013, 01:33 PM #10
I also have a Roku. You'll have to buy a Roku for each TV you want to use it on. It has only one HDMI output, so it can be used on just one TV at a time. And if you're trying to figure out how to get Internet to your Roku boxes I can recommend Actiontec or TrendNet 500 Mbps powerline adapters. I use them and they're superb for streaming video as well as playing online video games. I play Battlefield 3 on my PC all the time across my powerline adapters. WiFi access on the Roku box works, but I had buffering troubles often when on WiFi. Once I switched to powerline the buffering issues went away and overall speed of the Roku accessing video streams was *much* faster.
- 03-04-2013, 01:34 PM #11
- 03-04-2013, 01:52 PM #12--Laura Knotek (formerly known as lak611)
- 03-04-2013, 01:54 PM #13
- 03-04-2013, 01:58 PM #15
- 03-04-2013, 02:01 PM #16
does century link have FIOS, I thought it shouldn't have the effect on how many people are on. FIOS is pretty fast, and better than DSL and Cable. in a fast growing area I would expect Century Link to give more resources to your area.
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- 03-04-2013, 02:44 PM #20
I gave up on cable last year and haven't looked back yet, I did have basic cable but Comcast raised it and that was the final straw. Now I have Roku 2 XS with Hulu, amazon prime, Netflix and love watching movies on vudu. All this on 20mbps DSL, funny thing is it jumped up from 6mbps just 1 1\2 miles down the road when I moved a couple of weeks ago, so you may be just beside available bandwidth. Also, read somewhere that you need at least 4-5 mbps just to stream HD movies, so consider that when watching movies simultaneously in different rooms plus whatever other bandwidth you're using, WiFi, etc.
- 03-04-2013, 04:42 PM #21
Yep, just grab yourself a set of 500 Mbps powerline adapters and you'll be good to go. Don't plug them into a surge protector or UPS or anything. Plug them directly into the wall only.
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