Sunday, January 11, 2009

Considering Cable

We've been without cable for a couple of years now and have been using an antenna I installed in our attic. It should be installed on our chimney and may need to be even larger. I'm not going to climb onto our roof with it though, due to my ability to work is more important. We get 5 channels OK, though a little static at times. With the DTV box though, we get 0 channels.

My choices are:

1. Hire someone to move it, see if the current antenna works and possibly install a larger one. This could cost up to $200.

2. Purchase basic cable from Comcast for $10/month for a year, then at that point decide if I want to do the antenna option, go to a higher cost package, or cancel.

3. Do nothing and make it hard to watch shows. My roommates may not like this option.

I'm leaning towards #2 for now. I called Dish Network to see what they had to offer and the best they could do was $25/month for basic channels plus their 100 channels, which with taxes and a 2 year agreement would come out to over $700. I'm not up for purchasing a car at this time.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

We can get cable through our internet service provider. In fact signing up for the "basic" package actually lowers our bill since they give you a huge discount on the internet. Check out if you have the same option

Finance Guy said...

If you don't have a digital TV, going with basic cable eliminates the need for a DTV converter box.

Sick of Debt said...

Regarding cable through our ISP, it is AT&T and they basically resell Dish Network.

Regarding the comment about not needing a DTV converter box, that's a given (to me at least).

TheVixenette said...

Maybe you could use a SMART antenna, made specifically for transmitting digital signals to converter boxes. I believe they sell them at Target. A little research into one may help you save that $120 :)