It took a little longer than I wanted because we were researching antenna’s and finally bought ours about a month ago. Then we found out the cable company required a one month notice to cancel our service. Grrrr …. but still happy.
We paid the following for the equipment totaling $235.37 to replace the cable:
Channel Master Antenna $177.39 ([$134.99 + $21.99 chimney mounting bracket] x 1.13% for Sales Taxes)
Grounding Cable $39.49
So our payback will be in 2.8 months, assuming The Irishman works for free. Not bad…. actually pretty good.
The service stopped last week and our last bill of $83.56 was received last week. Score!
When we first hooked it up we only got 12 channels, 8 English and 4 French.
Then a few days later, after some research online about the location of the transmission towers, The Irishman went back up on the roof and re-pointed the antenna. Now we get 18 channels – 12 English, 4 French and 2 Multi language (English/Cantonese/Indian /Punjabi etc.) That’s plenty, although the 3 PBS Channels are inconsistent and have poor signal quality. Here are the stations that we get.
|4-1||CBOT||CBC||English||Standard Definition||Dragons Den channel!|
|6-1||Global||Global||English||High Definition||Border Security channel|
|6-2||Global||Global||English||Standard Definition||Two Global channels but not sure why|
|9-1||CBOFT||CBC||French||Standard Definition||20/20 channel|
|13-1||CJOH||CTV||English||Standard Definition||Big Bang Theory channel|
|14-1||OMNI||OMNI||Multi-language||Standard Definition||some cantonese, punjabi programs|
|18-1||WNPI||PBS||English||Standard Definition||doesn't come through consistently|
|18-2||WNPI||Create||English||Standard Definition||doesn't come through consistently|
|18-3||WNPI||PBS World||English||Standard Definition||doesn't come through consistently|
|24-1||TVO||TVO||English||Standard Definition||great shows on here I did not know about this channel b4|
|40-1||CHOT||Direct TV||French||High Definition|
|43-1||CHRO||CTV2||English||Standard Definition||Shark Tank channel|
|60-1||OMNI||Multi-language||Standard Definition||David Letterman on this channel|
So as far as selection goes, so far so good. OK I do miss SLICE with shows like THE LITTLE COUPLE but I don’t miss them enough to pay $83.56/month. The thing we do miss is have the guide displayed on the TV, so you can see what is on now and what is coming up later in the evening. I found a site called tvpassport.com where you can personalize the channels that you get and see the schedule.
So it’s not ideal because you can’t see it on your screen, but I’ve got it saved on my tablet now so that’ll work. So, in the end, so far so good as far as cutting cable goes, then I awoke this morning to hear on the news the following:
The CRTC, which is Canada’s broadcast regulator, is proposing a pick and pay structure for cable TV. It would allow Canadians to choose individual channels on top of the basic service. The price of which would be capped at $20-$30 per month. Service providers would be required to offer build-your-own channel packages, but could still offer pre-assembled packages. A controversial proposal would allow local TV stations to shut down their transmitters, a move that would not sit well with consumers who prefer to get their TV programming free over the year via antennae.
Oh.my.dog if they do that I will be so pi$$ed.
debt debs thanks…
Shout out to Jeremy Biberdorf who is looking to reach 400 blogs listed this year in the Modest Money Top Finance Blogs. If you want your blog included, there is a button on the top right corner of the list where you can submit your blog. It’s kind of fun to see the result of your efforts if you don’t get too worked about your rank. So if you’re not listed, what are you waiting for?
One more week until the end of summer as we know it! Enjoy all!
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