Could You Live Without Sat/Cable

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Scarpad, May 22, 2006.

Could you live without satellite/cable?

Poll closed Mar 2, 2017.
  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
  2. No

    134 vote(s)
  1. molists

    molists New Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    Have you tested this 100 minutes? If so, what massive UPS are you using? How much heat does it dissipate and how much obnoxious noise does it make when running on battery?

    My "1000 VA" Tripplite UPS is good for about 90 minutes on a 13 watt fluorescent light bulb, nothing more. No way it would keep the PC on more than 15-20 minutes, or a TV monitor. During extended power outages, I drag out my radio, which runs for >72 hours a pair (that's 2!) of AA batteries, set up the scrabble board, and turn in early.

    How much power does a modern satellite decoder box draw, active/standby?
    Are these now engineered to be energy-saving? I seem to recall older models pulling 25 watts when "off".

  2. Capmeister

    Capmeister Large Hairless ApeCutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Sep 16, 2003
    What about... um... reading?
  3. Stew

    Stew Cool Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    I've had E* since Oct, 2005 and enjoyed it. I made the mistake of trying to upgrade from the 942 to the 622 and the installation became more than a nightmare. Long story short, I cancelled E* today after waiting more than two weeks for the installer to point the dish. Do I miss it? Sure, but not as much as I thought I would.
  4. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    I have 3 of these in my room.

    I had a 1200, but exchanged in for a 1500 then got a few more when Office Depot had them cheep. On the PC UPS all I have is the PC, Monitor (LCD), cable modem and router connected. When I run it on battery, after in settles down I get 75-77 minutes on use. I have never had the chance to test the one that my home entertainment crap connects to.

    I silenced the beeping on two of the UPS units, when it’s on battery the fans kick in, its louder, but it doesn’t bother me. Some people get all flustered about sleeping in the same room as a DVR, you should hear my room at when I go to bed. :) Two computers always running, a DVR, A/C blasting on high, it’s never quite.

    :lol: Reading? Yeah right. I have never read an entire book in my life, hell I don’t even think I read a half of a one. I don’t have the attention span to read anything but PC World articles. In elementary school I refused to read, they tried to put me in a special reading class, but that didn’t happen. Graduated from high school with honors and a two year member of the National Honor Society.

    Technology is my life, PCs, High Def TV, iPods, satellite radio, the bleeding end of 21st Century technology, not reading a bunch of words by a bunch of dead guys that I don't care about.
  5. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Cool Member

    May 8, 2006
    I think the question is can you live without satellite or cable?

    Answer, NO !!!! :nono:

  6. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...
    I already did from 1987 to 2002 had OTA channels and a VCR.
  7. News Junky

    News Junky Icon

    Mar 16, 2005
    Of course. Look at what our military lives without serving in the Middle East. No air conditioning. No home cooked meals. No affection of thie wives and husbands. No seeing their kids. Possibly no hot water to shower in. The more I think about it the more I feel like a spoiled brat. I know I'm a friggin fool for not directing by D* bill into mutual funds at least every other year. Do that starting at 21 and you'll be a multi-millionaire by 60. Instead we make Rupert's kids multi-millionaires.

    But seriously, as long as I have air to breathe, food, water and shelter I think I'll be okay. The human spirit is a survivor. If you had to you could live on room tempurature water, PPJs and beans with brown rice and no other food. Pretty boring diet but probably enough nutrients from all the important sources to keep you alive till 90. There's also enough free media exposure out there that if cable ant satellite went away after 60 day you wouldn't even miss it. Free local radio, free local TV, free books at the library, free access to local papers at the library and via the Internet at the library. I'm starting to think this might be a good idea!
  8. Taha24

    Taha24 AllStar

    Jun 15, 2006
    I could most likely live without cable/sat. If reality I dont even watch that much tv. But I hope to change that with having my first HDTV and getting HD channels soon from DISH :)

    But if I had to give up cable/sattelite, I would hook up my TV to get OTA HD channels. Then i'd go buy a Blu-Ray or HD DVD player (or both, lol) to watch movies in full HD, and lastly i have a Xbox 360 which can play games in HD.

    I love being in High Definition now :D
  9. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Terrestrial radio sucks so much, that’s why it’s free.

    If I had nothing to be entertained by except for free 'local' radio, you'd be hearing news reports of a certain Mr. Steven J Mehs jumping off of Niagara Falls. Hearing ‘local’ radio at work almost makes me want shove nails in my ears, and that’s just in passing by.

    Siriusly, I’d be in eXtreMe depression without my satellite radios.
  10. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Cool Member

    May 8, 2006
    If you are wanting to hear anything other than someone talking, you had better go for X/M Satellite Radio. Music and the kind you want to hear. :D

    I agree with you on most of your comments on your Post. I have I don't think seen anyone with such a low {Member #5} Post here. You have been a member for a very long time.

    Congrats :D

  11. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Already done. :) I've had XM for 3 years now and Sirius for almost 2 years. Two subscriptions to both as I have receivers for each in both my home and in my truck. My home theater receiver no longer has an AM/FM antenna attached and I removed the AM/FM antenna on my truck. Between XM, Sirius, Music Choice on cable and my iPod, I see no purpose for, or reason to listen to ‘local’ radio.

    I definitely could not live with out my SDARS. Best $39.88 a month I could spend :)

  12. CeeYion

    CeeYion New Member

    Mar 1, 2017
    11 years later and I wonder what this poll would look like now.
  13. yosoyellobo

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    Just voted no by mistake. You could add one to yes.
  14. RBA

    RBA Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Been over a year without DISH and I have survived.
  15. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Kansas City KS
    A 2017 version of this could be an interesting thing to look at...
  16. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    Eleven years will change your viewpoint.
    DishnetSuperfan likes this.
  17. DishnetSuperfan

    DishnetSuperfan New Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    Enochville, NC
    11 years later, and now I have ditched the satellite, and have Netflix, but I still consider myself a loyalist to E*......
  18. theisabella

    theisabella New Member

    Sep 26, 2017
    Yes I can, as long as there's an internet.
  19. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    I'm of the "Baby Boomer" generation. We grew up and entered our adulthood in a world that didn't have cable, internet or satellite. Of course I could live without these services.
  20. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    Many recent college grads refuse to subscribe to PayTv. They do need broadband, however.
    If you're a spots fan (20% of subscribers, according to Ergen), and if you need your sports fix, you will have to pay a higher monthly sports tax to make up for all the PayTv subscribers who are fleeing.

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