Satellite or cable service for local TV broadcasts?

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Hello.

I don't know if this is the proper newsgroups to ask this. In a few
months, my family and I (three people) will be relocating/moving to
another house. We won't be able to get free over the air (OTA) due to a
small mountain/giant hill blocking transmitters for Los Angeles/L.A.
broadcasts. It is impossible to get a very high antenna (would require a
high rise building height with twenty floors -- 193 or more feet for the
local English stations in green color according to TVFool.com!). So that
means we will have to order cable or satellite TV for TV feeds. Since we
don't watch many movies and stuff (we just rent or stream), we will
still keep it simple and basic. Hopefully, cheap/low cost. Basically, we
want all local broadcast channels including foreign ones (asian like
Chinese).

We are definitely ordering Time Warner Cable (TWC)'s Road Runner
Internet service since that is the only fastest and cheapest ($52.99 per
month for standard package) since nothing else and/or good is available
(no DSL, no FIOS, satellite and dial-up sucks and are too slow).

TWC sales said for monthly payments as of Christmas break of 2011:
$24.50 (basic/local broadcast TV)
$52.99 (regular Internet package)
$10 DVR rental (heard cable DVRs suck? Or should we get our own
[however, I can't find one that doesn't require subscriptions like
DTVPal and ChannelMaster DVRs]
$49.99 for installation charge

Total = $84.79 per month for service (without $49.99 for installation
charge).

Bundled packages and a single bill would be nice too if it is cheap/not
much different, but if satellite TV service is a lot cheaper than we
will get it. However, it will suck if the whole cable goes out/down,
then no Internet and TV. :(

I read and heard that satellite TV services for TV stuff can be cheaper
and better quality. We will also need to get a new DVR (we still have
VCRs, but why?) to replace DTVPal DVR (only for OTA). There are several
satellite TV services like EchoStar, DishTV, DirecTV, etc. Which ones to
get? We have never owned satellite TV services before so this will be
new to us. Also, we still use old CRT TVs but we will get HDTV ones
later on when they break/die.

Thank you in advance. :)
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Re: Satellite or cable service for local TV broadcasts?
Cable companies can (and usually do) carry more local channels than
satellite systems do. They're both required to carry certain locals,
but AFAIK, Dish and DirecTV carry few (if any) of the subchannels,
and that's where many of the foreign-language broadcasts are. So
check the channel lineups for all the companies you're considering
before you make a choice, to make sure that you select one that
has the channels you want.


Patty


Re: Satellite or cable service for local TV broadcasts?
On 2/17/2012 12:29 PM PT, Patty Winter typed:

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Thanks. :)
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Re: Satellite or cable service for local TV broadcasts?

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They don't. QAM tuners are in digital TVs. (Although as Bill noted,
not in all of them.)

Given the information you've posted (repeatedly) in these groups and
others, it's obvious that your new home will not get OTA without an
impractically tall antenna, so just bite the bullet and do what we've
all suggested: figure out which international channels you really want,
check the channel lineups for the cable and satellite companies that
are available at that location, and subscribe to the service that will
give you those channels. If you're lucky and the channels you want are
available from more than one provider, then you can compare prices on
their websites and take the cheaper/cheapest one.


Patty


Re: Satellite or cable service for local TV broadcasts?
On 2/18/2012 9:53 AM PT, Patty Winter typed:

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OK and thanks. So, OTA is definitely out.
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Well, 80+ channels seem to be out of the question, but the major
networks seem very likely. I realize you can't live with that, though.

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Well said.

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Bill

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What did the DirecTV and Dish websites say about local packages when
you looked at them?



Re: Satellite or cable service for local TV broadcasts?
On 2/23/2012 9:25 AM PT, Patty Winter typed:

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They included the other TV stations/channels like ESPN, AMC, TNT,
Discovery, TBS, Nickelodeon, etc. I am trying to make the costs lower
without them.
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