Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums - Reply to Topic
Thread: Cut the Cord Today Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
2014-02-01 05:07 PM
PrinceLH There is some Watertown repeaters, near the border around Ogdensburg, NY. They may be an easier pull for you.
2014-01-26 10:22 PM
Originally Posted by dsspredator View Post
My friend lives out your way. He gets 20 channels OTA from Kingston / Ottawa and the US nets from Watertown.

Put your postal code into TV FOOL.
Yes, already did that. I can get the two stations that are 30 and 50km away as the crow flies. Ottawa is about 70km, Kingston is 80km and Watertown is 90km. I can probably get the more distant station with a large tower and antenna rotator.
2014-01-25 03:50 PM
Originally Posted by JasperJoe View Post
I'd cut, but I live in the boonies and would only get minimum OTA even with a monster antenna.
My friend lives out your way. He gets 20 channels OTA from Kingston / Ottawa and the US nets from Watertown.

Put your postal code into TV FOOL.
2014-01-24 04:14 PM
notsure Not gonna lie, live sports did take a hit and it's difficult some times... especially when you want to watch stuff like curling which isn't so mainstream.

The mainstream stuff is easy and available via streaming.
2014-01-24 01:57 PM
JasperJoe I'd cut, but I live in the boonies and would only get minimum OTA even with a monster antenna.

There are still a few shows I like to watch that are only available to me on sat.
2014-01-24 01:10 PM
PokerChip This new article confirms this trend if definitely not going away:

I am torn on this. Live sports is still an issue, not that I watch a ton, but still... I can see myself cutting the cord in the next couple of years...

The only value proposition my provider (Shaw) could offer to keep me long term would be TV on the go and the ability to watch recorded shows on my PVR away from home on portable devices, and they are simply not there.
2013-10-28 11:11 AM
57 Heisenberg: Please read the following welcome thread for OTA discussions. There is a link in there for various installers. If you have OTA questions, please follow the instructions in the welcome thread.

It would also be a good idea to post your location in your UserCP profile (location) since a BC installer would not be much use in Ontario and vice versa.
2013-10-28 07:23 AM
notsure No.

We use an indoor antenna. Although, I'd considered getting something installed outside if we could find a reputable installer.
2013-10-28 02:25 AM
Originally Posted by notsure View Post
We cut the last "cord" in April.
can you recommend a good OTA installer that doesn't cost a fortune?
2013-10-23 11:27 AM
notsure We cut the last "cord" in April.

Get all my local news via OTA.

TV and movies are via Netflix / Hulu+ / iTunes.

Hockey and NFL via online providers.

Phone is via VoIP provider.

Home alarm via IP.

Internet via TPIA.

Was it hard to do? No.
Have our TV watching habits changed? Yes, significantly. We now watch what we want when we want without the need for a PVR / DVR.
Did it take some getting used to? Yes, but much more for my wife than for me.

My parents still don't get "it". Not having cable / satellite to them means we are living in the dark ages.
2013-10-23 11:12 AM
Satellite or Internet

While the legality of downloading TV shows is an ongoing issue, many more folks are doing so. High resolution, no commercials, on-demand, and so on. I watch my Shaw mostly for the news channels now.

BUT on my Nexus tablet, I can get tons of headlines and news video feeds from anywhere in the world, in any language, at no cost other than my Internet fees.

While the tablet screen is kind of tiny, it's great in bed. And I can always Roku it to the TV if I want to. So I'm seriously considering cancelling my Shaw Direct account. At $150/mo, it's gotten pretty damn steep.

My question is, how many of us here might be moving in the same direction?
2013-07-16 04:35 PM
Krydor I've been Shaw Direct free, and cable free, for about 6 months. Just got sick and tired of waiting for them to be proactive in adding HD channels.

When you don't have it, you don't miss it.
2013-07-16 10:13 AM
cyberham TSC (Shopping Channel) is also watchable. I couldn't find BC Legislature listed in the Guide. Not sure SD still broadcasts that. Music channels are also gone.
2013-07-16 09:21 AM
classicsat Anything as old as when they started should receive CTV2 AB (Former Alberta Access), Knowledge (BC public channel), TSC, and I think BC Legislature, when service is cancelled.
2013-07-15 05:48 PM
cyberham Probably, if it was a Star Choice or Shaw Direct receiver at one time.
This thread has more than 15 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome