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THE SWITCH 2/17/09 TO ?????

No mansland? These converter boxes that they gave out $40 coupons for are really sucky and hard for my 74 yr. old mom to adjust! I can't understand why the U.S. expects everyone to dip into their pockets for cable. I barely make enough to pay the taxes on my house, utilities, insurance, car, groceries, etc. our main source of entertainment is our computer. I am not on any type of government assistance and I never felt the need to have cable, I was happy with regular television but now, to be fighting with the signal on a converter box? I swear every time she changes the channel she has to reach up and play wiith the rabbit ears. Kind of makes me mad. Are you having any trouble?

 
Gigi1969

Asked by Gigi1969 at 2:11 AM on Jan. 10, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • Well, if the computer is your main source of entertainment, you know you can watch tv shows and movies right on it . . . here are some links:

    http://www.ovguide.com/
    http://www.hulu.com/
    http://ninjavideo.net/
    http://www.moviefather.com/
    http://netv.com/
    http://tv.blinkx.com/
    www.tvcorn.com
    www.tvland.com

    You don't need no stinkin' cable! Forget them and their crappy boxes!!
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 3:17 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • She shouldn't have to adjust it once February 17th comes...at least thats the idea. :)
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 2:14 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • Cable isn't that hard to steal. Slip the guy a $20.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:24 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • My boyfriend just went out and bought a new HD television. However, we still have an old TV in the bedroom that we may need the converter for. Haven't gotten one yet. Right now it's just being used for playing DVD's in our daughter's room.
    bittrsweet81

    Answer by bittrsweet81 at 2:34 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • Not here in my city in So. Cal.! lol My neighbor was threatened to be turned in!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • We're having a tough time. A lot of people here are having to get newer roof-top antennas ($200 or more) for the things to even work, and they're still shitty. We lucked out and our $30 Wal-Mart bunny ears are doing better than the ones that came with the tv. But yeah, we have to adjust a lot, so right now we don't actually use the box much. We'll see what happens when the switch happens I guess!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:47 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • All I know for now is the BIG TO DO is get this stupid converter box and I still have them in my closet, I have cable in the livingroom now but as for my bedroom and my sons room....... I think I will hook up the boxes when I really need to i.e. earthquake, riot etc. lol, when I really feel the need to watch the news. I agree with bittersweet, the DVD player is all my son really uses in his room. It just makes me mad for the truley poor that can't afford cable. What will the poor watch when we have another 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina? I guess they will go back to the 50's when 3 families would go to one house and watch the "special fancy talking box" I got that phrase from my brother, he said in a funny voice.
    Gigi1969

    Answer by Gigi1969 at 2:52 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • "Cable isn't that hard to steal. Slip the guy a $20. "

    And then be ready for criminal prosecution.

    It hasn't been a big deal where I live...cable/satellite penetration here is nearly 100 % because you're not allowed to have aerials on your house.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:20 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • OH! my cousin told me about fancast.com! I have received so many good answers and need to take notes!
    Gigi1969

    Answer by Gigi1969 at 4:21 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • I don't think it's right for that type of broadcasting to be taken away, either, but I guess it's all about money {{sigh}}. Now what am I suppose to do when I go camping? I like to watch my little 3" black and white battery operated tv sometimes, especially when it's raining. It's not as if I can carry a cable or satellite dish into the middle of the woods with me.
    PrydferthMenyw

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 4:34 AM on Jan. 10, 2009

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