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for tv I have never really had problems with signal loss during storms. During the worst storms every ten minutes or so my local channel may get a little fuzzy but not unwatchable. I refuse to use anything but cable internet though!
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post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by linkin93 View Post
Satellite has input lag for changing channels and doing stuff with the set top box I've found.

But we don't watch TV at all anymore so yeah.
Depends on the receiver I think, and how many transponders have to be skipped to get to the right one (such as going between Speed TV and CNN it takes a few seconds, whereas between CNN and Discovery it's instant). I know there's a bit of difference between old and new DirecTV receivers' channel changing speed when accessing the same channels, too.
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4 years without a TV bill. Just pay for internet service. All TV billing schema are a sham anyway. No cable bill means an extra ~$1000USD in my wallet a year for something that is loaded with commercials and programming I almost never want to watch anyway.

Digital amplified rabbit-ear for the local stations.
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Digital amplified rabbit-ear for the local stations.
I actually went that route myself, but also added Netflix streaming. I save enough money to pay for a killer trip once a year and I honestly don't miss cable.
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so what forces the cable companies to compress more/provide less channels?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -iceblade^ View Post
so what forces the cable companies to compress more/provide less channels?
Well, the main thing is that their networks have to support broadband internet AND dozens of high-def TV channels at the same time. At some point they just sort of run out of room, and only keep the channels people still pay for (for the most part, anyway). If the infrastructure allows it they will add more channels, though, but this typically comes at the cost of compressing those additional channels, or adding more (or better) compression to existing channels.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -iceblade^ View Post
so what forces the cable companies to compress more/provide less channels?
They sell in blocks of channels to recoup licensing money. You as a company buy an advert slot, you only want to pay for the spot if its going to air on a cross-section of channels that get viewed. Hence cable networks only sell packages of 50 channels at a time that you probably only watch 1/10th of.

Odds are if consumers could have a la carte cable subscriptions, prices would be much higher than the unreasonable sum they are now.
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Well, the main thing is that their networks have to support broadband internet AND dozens of high-def TV channels at the same time. At some point they just sort of run out of room, and only keep the channels people still pay for (for the most part, anyway). If the infrastructure allows it they will add more channels, though, but this typically comes at the cost of compressing those additional channels, or adding more (or better) compression to existing channels.
fair enough, but i thought there'd already been a switch to digital. that would have freed up space on the pipes wouldn't it?

so in other words what you're saying is Dish/DTV use satellites for only TV, so don't have to offer internet, and can make the most of that capacity?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
They sell in blocks of channels to recoup licensing money. You as a company buy an advert slot, you only want to pay for the spot if its going to air on a cross-section of channels that get viewed. Hence cable networks only sell packages of 50 channels at a time that you probably only watch 1/10th of.

Odds are if consumers could have a la carte cable subscriptions, prices would be much higher than the unreasonable sum they are now.
oh right - makes sense.

thanks .
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Quote:
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I actually went that route myself, but also added Netflix streaming. I save enough money to pay for a killer trip once a year and I honestly don't miss cable.
Cables and satellites are just not worth the money anymore. The ridiculous amount of commercials on TV channels pulled the last straw on me couple of years ago. Hell, why would I pay so much money per month to watch commercials every couple of minutes? They should be paying me to watch them instead.

Now I watch what I want, any time I want, without any commercials or ads.
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