Originally Posted by DCAllAmerican
So you are 100% satisfied with this decision?
What are some of the issues?
Damn you are convincing me
Yes, so far so good. The only negatives/comments so far:
1) I need to play with the antenna- I pick up like 37 channels or something (majority have good to great signal), but had to adjust it to get ABC, and I may need to move it into my attic or adding an amplifier to get NBC, because the auto-search isn't picking it up for some reason. Both of those signals are broadcasting from the same direction, though, so maybe just turning the antenna may help. I'm definitely still learning this part. CBS and Fox have been strong from the first time I connected the antenna. Of course the stations available to you will vary by location, check: http://antennaweb.org/Address.aspx
2) Sling and Amazon Instant Video have been working great. So far no problems with streaming at the lower bandwidth (5 Mbps). Of course there's only two of us, and we don't stream a show while doing stuff on the computer, etc. Doing multiple things at the same time is the main reason you'd need more bandwidth.
3) The one thing to consider if you downsize to a cheaper internet tier, though, is not only the bandwidth, but the max allowed data... Before we had like 350 GB/mo and never had to worry about it, now we have 150 GB/mo, which is ~4.8 GB/day. Most days we stay under that, anyway, but if you stream a lot of video (including internet use) on a given day, it's not hard to exceed that. Of course we are on the absolute cheapest internet pkg we can get, so if you're on a "normal" amount of bandwidth/data, you probably won't have to worry about it. Just cutting cable may give you enough cost savings to stick with the same internet settings you already had.
4) Our old modem (a Motorola Surfboard that we own) is a DOCSIS 2.0 unit. I dunno if that has anything to do with it, but ever since I hooked it up, our internet keeps disconnecting and I have to reset it (and yeah, I called it in so the service provider would have it set up on their end, so it's not that). I hooked the modem we're renting (Cisco DOCSIS 3.0) back up this morning, and have a feeling we're going to see a continuous, reliable connection again. It could even just be that our particular unit was damaged at some point over the years (fried by lightning). So it looks like we're gonna stick with the modem rental for now.
5) I guess if you are a heavy DVR user, you may want to look into ways to set that up. We liked having a DVR, but going without it hasn't really bothered us. A lot of shows are available to watch within a day or two of broadcast via Sling, anyway. And there's always Hulu, etc.
The biggest positives of my new setup:
1) WAY WAY cheaper than my old bill (obviously).
2) It's 100% legal.
Edited by rollout - 12/14/15 at 8:07am