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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUAlum08 View Post
    According to the websites that you put in your zip code, Brookings is 56-57 miles away from a few of the major towers. The website tells me Ill need to put it outside at least and possibly on my roof.
    That's pretty crazy. Being in Eastern SD I would expect the SF TV stations would have towers between SF and Watertown. Sounds like an opening for the Fargo stations to expand their coverage area. We have towers which boost the signals coming from east and west. And one can't say it is because Denver is such a large metro area. Grand Junction is much smaller then Sioux Falls and we get their signal out here in the sticks.

    Time for KSFY, KDLT, KELO, PBS and whoever the Fox affiliate is to get their crap together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTownJack View Post
    I live in Brookings and run a pretty basic package with Swiftel. Thought about cutting the cord but after some research (early fall 2017) I was only going to save $13/month. We currently pay $170/month for Phone/TV/Internet and Swiftel's internet is fiber optic, very reliable and fast. Didn't seem worth running a cord for an external HD antenna, losing a few channels and not every being sure if local channels were going to work where all the major sport events are on (World Series, Super Bowl, etc). Also, streaming services seem to be creeping up in price as time goes on - as I was doing research, PS Vue was upping their middle package another $10/month, which had increased $5 or $10 12-24 months before that.

    I'd simply recommend doing a lot of research and put down on paper what you will be saving versus what channels you will lose. I thought it was going to be a no brainer to cut the cord but in the end, $13/month wasn't worth it to me.

    You can likely get by with a $10 indoor antenna for locals if you live right in SF. If more than 30 miles away, you'll probably have to go outdoor antenna route. No actual experience here, just what I read while doing research.
    My guess is they are killing you on the phone (taxes and extra fees can be horrible on phone). For cutting cords...Ooma is the first purchase you could make that will save you tons. If you don't know, Ooma is a VoIP device you plug into your router and plug your phone into that. Get a free Google phone number, and you have free phone service. Yes, free. If you want 911 service you have to pay a monthly fee...but if you don't go for that it is free...permanently.

    The we put an outdoor antenna in and used the existing cable input so just used the existing cable jacks so all our tvs are hooked to one antenna. We also bought a OTA dvr...but only really use it for football games. We have Netflix and Sling...and have all the channels we watched before. By not having a phone and cable and instead having Netflix and Sling and the Ooma, we save about $95/month.

    Again...if you need a home phone drop the landline and get an Ooma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmBison View Post
    My guess is they are killing you on the phone (taxes and extra fees can be horrible on phone). For cutting cords...Ooma is the first purchase you could make that will save you tons. If you don't know, Ooma is a VoIP device you plug into your router and plug your phone into that. Get a free Google phone number, and you have free phone service. Yes, free. If you want 911 service you have to pay a monthly fee...but if you don't go for that it is free...permanently.

    The we put an outdoor antenna in and used the existing cable input so just used the existing cable jacks so all our tvs are hooked to one antenna. We also bought a OTA dvr...but only really use it for football games. We have Netflix and Sling...and have all the channels we watched before. By not having a phone and cable and instead having Netflix and Sling and the Ooma, we save about $95/month.

    Again...if you need a home phone drop the landline and get an Ooma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmBison View Post
    My guess is they are killing you on the phone (taxes and extra fees can be horrible on phone). For cutting cords...Ooma is the first purchase you could make that will save you tons. If you don't know, Ooma is a VoIP device you plug into your router and plug your phone into that. Get a free Google phone number, and you have free phone service. Yes, free. If you want 911 service you have to pay a monthly fee...but if you don't go for that it is free...permanently.

    The we put an outdoor antenna in and used the existing cable input so just used the existing cable jacks so all our tvs are hooked to one antenna. We also bought a OTA dvr...but only really use it for football games. We have Netflix and Sling...and have all the channels we watched before. By not having a phone and cable and instead having Netflix and Sling and the Ooma, we save about $95/month.

    Again...if you need a home phone drop the landline and get an Ooma.
    Who needs a home phone anymore anyway?

    I still pay for Directv because I keep calling them each year and getting them to take my prices way down, plus they give me Sunday Ticket for free. I just threaten them that I'm leaving enough times and they always bring the price down. So I pay about $90/month for internet (only game in town, but it's good internet at least) and about $45/month for Directv. At that price, I don't think I could switch to Sling and still have the channels I want to have.

    The real question I have is, does sling allow you to use all of the streaming apps like Fox Sports Go, BTN 2 Go, NBC Sports, etc... the apps where I have to log in with my Directv info... does it let you log in with Sling info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappinHard View Post
    Who needs a home phone anymore anyway?

    I still pay for Directv because I keep calling them each year and getting them to take my prices way down, plus they give me Sunday Ticket for free. I just threaten them that I'm leaving enough times and they always bring the price down. So I pay about $90/month for internet (only game in town, but it's good internet at least) and about $45/month for Directv. At that price, I don't think I could switch to Sling and still have the channels I want to have.

    The real question I have is, does sling allow you to use all of the streaming apps like Fox Sports Go, BTN 2 Go, NBC Sports, etc... the apps where I have to log in with my Directv info... does it let you log in with Sling info?
    I hear ya on the home phone...but we did find a need for it. My kids are home alone now at times...so we wanted them to be able to call us if needed...so either they get cell phones, or we pay once for an Ooma and now we have a home phone. It barely gets used, but it is there if needed. Nobody else has the number, so it just has the one purpose.

    With your Directv package I don't think you can pass that up...$45/month is pretty good. Sling has some add ons for sports, but it won't grant you access to the regular apps (at least I don't think so). Now $90 for internet? That seems really high...I don't know your situation...just wondering if you are on a really fast internet and could go to a slower option and still have more than enough?

    Sling works well if you aren't a channel surfer/or don't spend hours and hours in front of the tv. I only had a handful of channels I watched anyway...and Sling had all of them. I find that 90% of cable channels are garbage that just get passed over. And Sling has most shows in a catalog for a while, so no need for a dvr. It also saves your place just like a dvr. Again though, wouldn't be for you...at your price there is no reason to switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmBison View Post
    I hear ya on the home phone...but we did find a need for it. My kids are home alone now at times...so we wanted them to be able to call us if needed...so either they get cell phones, or we pay once for an Ooma and now we have a home phone. It barely gets used, but it is there if needed. Nobody else has the number, so it just has the one purpose.

    With your Directv package I don't think you can pass that up...$45/month is pretty good. Sling has some add ons for sports, but it won't grant you access to the regular apps (at least I don't think so). Now $90 for internet? That seems really high...I don't know your situation...just wondering if you are on a really fast internet and could go to a slower option and still have more than enough?

    Sling works well if you aren't a channel surfer/or don't spend hours and hours in front of the tv. I only had a handful of channels I watched anyway...and Sling had all of them. I find that 90% of cable channels are garbage that just get passed over. And Sling has most shows in a catalog for a while, so no need for a dvr. It also saves your place just like a dvr. Again though, wouldn't be for you...at your price there is no reason to switch.
    Yeah, it's a company called Golden West. Like I said they're the only game in town. We use our home internet pretty hard, so I don't want to go any lower. I've got a projector hooked up to directv then I stream on 2 roku boxes to 2 other TVs at the same time so I can catch 3 games at once during football/basketball season.

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    I also have Golden west the $90 s is because of the requirement to have phone in order to have internet. you can buy just phone but not just internet, I chewed on the vice president of GW about that once, It's due to all the federal $$$ they get having rural phone subscribers. And no We don't get all that fast of speed (25Mbps)Not overly slow either, but it's ironic when I have fiber to my house even out in the country. I forgot you live in Dells? Cap'n. FWIW my MIL works for GW. I don't get anything special unless hey are running a promotion

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    Quote Originally Posted by slosho View Post
    I also have Golden west the $90 s is because of the requirement to have phone in order to have internet. you can buy just phone but not just internet, I chewed on the vice president of GW about that once, It's due to all the federal $$$ they get having rural phone subscribers. And no We don't get all that fast of speed (25Mbps)Not overly slow either, but it's ironic when I have fiber to my house even out in the country. I forgot you live in Dells? Cap'n. FWIW my MIL works for GW. I don't get anything special unless hey are running a promotion
    Yeah, I have a good buddy that works for them that I rib about it all the time. Doesn't really matter when they have a monopoly. Nobody else is about to bring fiber through town, so you just have to swallow the pill. Yeah, I live in Dells.

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    FTR for those of you worried about local channels, if your biggest worry is that you wont get CBS, NBC, ABC, or FOX for sporting events or their programming they all have apps you can use on a Roku or whatever you choose I'm pretty sure. I haven't missed a sporting event yet and don't watch the local news stations so I have forgone the antenna entirely. I've managed to get midco internet for $45 for 75 mb, T Mobile pays our Netflix, and we already have Prime.
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