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When did you first get cable TV (non OTA)?
Posted 02 May 2010 - 04:57 AM
Anyway back to the question, "When did you get cable, and how many channels did you get?" Being an A/V geek at even 8 years-old, I remember every one, we got it in about 1980. Channels 2-13 so no cable box was needed...
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:23 AM
But we did get the box and I can't remember the numbers, but we got
MSG (at that time all Ranger/Islander home games were on MSG, Ranger away games were all on Channel 9)
We also got a selection of independents from Philly and Boston.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:55 AM
I kept the Cable service until I got Dish Network in 1996.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 07:16 AM
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 07:59 AM
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:29 AM
When I moved to NC to live with my oldest son and his family, they already had Time Warner cable. After we moved into our new house (still with Time Warner), I investigated going with satellite and due to our unique needs (7 TV's in 7 rooms, with two TiVo DVR's serving two of the TV's), cable turned out to be the practical solution. Although we had the house prewired, provision for room to room cabling was not provided, so we would have needed 7 individual satellite receivers and the TiVo boxes would have been useless.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:45 PM
I lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico where we had a total of 3 OTA channels 6, 8 and 10and the transmitters for 8 and 10 were 70-80 miles away.
A local radio station owner went in with some other businessmen in town and put in a small cable TV system, bringing in 4 channels from Albuquerque, and 4 channels microwaved overland from Los Angeles, KTTV, KCOP, KTLA and one more - we had 12 channels (2-13) one was a weather channel that was a black and white camera panning a thermometer, barometer wind gauge amd clock.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:56 PM
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:58 PM
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 02:56 PM
House after house had a huge tripod, 20' pole, and 4 guy wires on the roof after TCI Cablevision screwed up their lineup.
We had ours mounted on the side of the house and looked a lot nicer. I still see them from time to time, even though the company is long defunct. I might snap a pic if I have my camera next time I see one so ya'll can see how ridiculous it looked.
Owned H25-700 and H24-700 off and packed for the move.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 03:54 PM
Basic package included TBS,WGN,WOR, C-SPAN ,CBS CABLE(an arts channel),USA and a few more .HBO was on the air from 4P.M until around 4 A.M.
Basic cable was $7 and you could get HBO, SHOWTIME and TMC for $14.00 more.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:53 PM
I personally got cable for the first time in 1984 when I went off to college (lived off campus). There were 2 tiers, basic (around 14 channels) which ran about $7.00 a month and extended (around 30 channels) which ran about $20.00. HBO & Cinemax were the only 2 premiums being offered an I think they were around $10.00 for the two.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 09:38 PM
I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:23 PM
my brother left for college when i was 14; he got a primestar dish @ the duplex he rented. about a year later (1998), he moved to a house w/ cable and gave me the primestar setup. by this time they had been purchased by directv, and the local dish network dealer got me a free dish net system for being a primestar customer. i had it installed in my bedroom @ my parents and paid for it myself. my parents still weren't interested in having anything other than OTA.
anyhow, almost 6 years ago i got married and moved down the street to a house that had cable. $25/mo for 60+ channels including 3 HBO's.
I disconnected that 3 years ago when I got my first HDTV and signed up for dish network's HD package.
I disconnected that about a year ago and went back to OTA w/ streaming netflix through WMC.
I currently have no interest in paying for TV again, except for netflix because it has so many things we like to watch and all on-demand.
And having a DVR w/ OTA gives us plenty of choices for programming. Many shows I actually like come on network TV, and we can watch them @ our convenience.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:35 PM
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:51 PM
I was shocked - 34 channels with a wired remote control (it used a modular phone cable to connect the remove to the cable box). I was in heaven - HBO, Cinemax, Showtime the local regional sports network was a premium channel - Home Team Sports and I refused to pay for it.
When I moved to Fairfax a couple of years later they actually had cable in the area I moved to. 120 channel system (not all of them live) - double cable system - two cables came in and both connected to a Zenith converter box - box was required because of the dual cable.
Moved to Prince William county and went back to a lousy 35 channel system.
Moved back to Fairfax to the 120 channel system and got so fed up with the service that I put in DirecTV in 1996.
Been with D* ever since.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:56 PM
I remember they didn't broadcast the local channels on their OTA channel numbers. The cable channels that they did broadcast on the local channel numbers didn't come in very good sometimes as they got interference with the OTA channels leaking into the cable.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:51 PM
I lived in an apartment in 1980 that I could get HBO and WTBS on in Lakewood, CO. In 1981 We moved into our first house in Morrison CO and had Televents cable. We had a converter box that went up to 36 but I think I had about 25 channels including MTV (when they played videos).
Televents was bought out by Jones Intercable who was bought by TCI who was bought by AT&T who was bought by Comcast. I luckily got Satellite in 1997 and got to miss the TCI, AT&T & Comcast conversions.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:52 PM
I was shocked - 34 channels with a wired remote control (it used a modular phone cable to connect the remove to the cable box).
Was it the one with a large array of mutually exclusive switches and the channel guide printed on the back? My grandma had that was back in the day.
Owned H25-700 and H24-700 off and packed for the move.
DIRECTV subscriber since Nov. 2009
Posted 03 May 2010 - 07:07 AM
They had cable in the 60's? I wonder if your friend actually had this?
I remember in the 60's we had friends in Frankfort KY who had cable that could pull in stations from Louisville and Cincinnati.
The abbreviation CATV is often used to mean "Cable TV". It originally stood for Community Antenna Television, from cable television's origins in 1948: in areas where over-the-air reception was limited by distance from transmitters or mountainous terrain, large "community antennas" were constructed, and cable was run from them to individual homes. Link