Does anyone have experience with new TV antennas? We hardly ever have time for TV and don't want to pay $50 a month for it so we were thinking about getting an antenna.
I called the FFC (Federal Communications Commission) and Charlotte was very helpful to explain some things to me. (1-888-225-5322) She is going to mail us a magazine that shows how to hook it all up.
The lady at the FCC said you can buy an antenna at like Target or Best Buy and the outdoor kind is best. Then, you need a converter box for older televisions, but not the new ones that can receive a digital signal, or something like that.
We want to record our shows and the lady said we could get a TiVo for that. Then it would be like $12 a month for the TiVo service, but that would be the only monthly charge. And, with a TiVo, we could stream videos from our Netflix account online to watch on our TV.
So, the upfront cost can be something like this...
antenna - about $100
converter box per tv (if you have an older tv) - about $50
(If you want DVR - $250)
The initial DVR cost is a lot. There are websites that claim to have free monthly DVR service, but I don't know if they are good or reliable.
We know it's the cheapest way to go monthly and we might wanna do it so please let me know if you know anything about which brands of equipment to get or any useful information to help us decide!
All of this started because the speakers on our TV went out (we got it for $35 at the Mesa Auction so it we got our money out of it for sure). So, we got a new TV. Well, without a HD receiver for our Dish, the picture is not good at all, pretty much worse than the old TV. So, we called up Dish and wanted a new HD DVR. Well, they wouldn't give it to us unless we upgraded our plan, which we don't want to do because it would go up to $57 a month. If we wanted to buy their DVR it would be $500! Yeah, right! So, we started looking into the antenna option. Please let us know any suggestions!