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RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

ok, ota-minded peeps mourning the loss of your dvr...i started here my earlier thread about dvrs here is a dvr that seems to be of recent origin that i saw at walmart for $50. rca dta880 after looking at all suggestions, i think this box is a pretty solid choice for 2 days schedulable EPG recording. it scans ota digital and as a digital-transport- adapter, it puts out a signal that plays thru analog devices including my old tivo alas, i'm still unable to get tivo ir blaster to change this (or any other) DTA's tuner the tuner is strong and gives great pic. the too tiny remote allows very easy record-now, or schedule multiple recordigs from EPG. has HDMI, coax, and analog ports, needs a usb stick/hdd a must have for home or rv w/ ota and no dvr
burlmart 12/01/15 05:57am Technology Corner
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

Basically stating that the OP is in the dreamland that since Cable co's have dropped analog channels that they put over the cable that will allow for vast increases in "bandwidth" for more streaming options on the cable co's INTERNET STREAMING CAPACITY. You need to understand how the cable co works to fully understand the folly in that thinking. Cable co uses ONE "HEAD END" for a given service area where ALL the "programming" on that cable is originated.. The more data traffic (as in cable customers) that are connected the less bandwidth there is for ALL customers. That one Head End design becomes a huge bottle neck for INTERNET ACCESS. Wired Telcos do have some advantage with how they are set up for Internet.. Instead of ONE "Head end" they have THOUSANDS of switching stations in a given area.. Each customers line goes back to a switching station.. That switching station has a bigger pipeline allowing each customer to enjoy full speed without other customers affecting each other.. As far as competition lowering costs, nope, not going to happen.. Hasn't worked, never will work.. Streaming is a two way street (double the traffic bandwidth than broadcasting), broadcasting is a one way street (which takes less bandwidth than streaming). Going "wireless" has similar issues like a Cable co, there is only so much bandwidth in traffic on the cell frequencies available.. The more customers you have in a given area the less bandwidth they will be able to get.. Sometimes slowing access to a crawl (which is why many cell co's put data caps in place or throttle down your speed). Can't have your cake and eat it to. i always look for what another party stands to gain when i seem to be getting the short end of the stick, or personally put down. every explanatory article i've read indicates cable cos are dropping analog to free up space for more channels (dubious -- where will they find any more crappy programming to fill new channels), and to vastly increase internet capacity. but i defer to your expertise and now take it that cable cos are taking great pains to kill analog for little gain.
burlmart 11/29/15 02:23pm Technology Corner
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

all posts about this cordcutting so far are SPOT ON. even if some posted facts appear to be in contradiction, they really aren't. the cable co's model of 100-200+ channels of a few good current content + 100s of channels endlessly cycling thru 30 y/o reruns is broke, and they know it. the bundling thing has helped them crawl along for a while now, but going forward, all they will have of value to sell is broadband data. my bill w/ internet and 70+ cable channels is approaching $150 w/o their crummy (compared to tivo) dvr. $70 alone for 30+ Mbps downstream, 12+ up. (way more than we've needed, before). there is supposedly a 300 Gb limit, but w/o streaming, we MIGHT currently go thru 40 Gb a month w/ laptops and phone on wifi and tivo ethernetted to router. the cost of broad band is surely gonna rise and data caps will lower. i figure verizon, at&t, et al, will be happy to compete when homes ultimately pay $120/mo for broadband. the battle looms.
burlmart 11/29/15 02:29am Technology Corner
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

as cox is shutting off its analog cable with which our old big analog tv and old analog series 2 tivo have done so well, having no cable card slot on the tivo, we'd be forced into a sub-par cox dvr. tried all sorts of settings to get tivo's ir blaster cable to turn channels in cox cisco minibox, as well as an insignia converter box (for ota recording). no luck. anyone w/ cordcutting hints? We have two older model TiVos and during setup there is an option for "antenna only" which works really well in most areas. Does your TiVo setup procedure have that option?" i have that tivo option, but like i said in another thread, my tivo has 1 tuner only, and it is analog. in guided searuo, you are supposed to set tivo to change the digital channels of the DTA (new cable boxes now called mini box). tivo traditionally did this via ir blaster cables placed in front of box's remote control "eye". but now, neither tivo or cox will supply the ir code # needed for tivo setup software to control the digital DTA tuner. this conspiracy wreaks bad, and is THE cause of my cordcutting urge. i f
burlmart 11/29/15 02:01am Technology Corner
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

I use OTA and Roku at home. Works fine for me. OTA is great for everyday stuff. If you've got a lot of current network TV shows you watch, then Hulu Plus might be worthwhile subscribing to as you can watch the episodes at your convenience - they offer a free trial so you can see how much of what you want to watch is available before paying for it. For me, I usually wait until the season is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime and then watch it. If there is a show that I am really eager to see as soon as it airs, I just purchase the season on Amazon - I can watch the latest episode anytime after the day it originally airs. I usually purchase only one or two shows per year so it's cost effective. PBS shows take a bit longer to appear on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., but in my area, there are 3 OTA stations for our local PBS and I can find any show on one or the other at some point during the next week. I don't find the other Roku apps that great. Most of the free apps have tons of commercials or have very little full content. Instead they show behind the scenes interviews and clips only. this is what i am thinking, too. we will look at hulu in a few days. thx
burlmart 11/27/15 01:53pm Technology Corner
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

Are you talking about the one in your house or the one you travel with? cox is home cable internet and tv. the mention by another about roku in an RV serves to show the limits of cable vs cellular broadband. i am mainly focused on home cordcutting here
burlmart 11/27/15 01:50pm Technology Corner
RE: RUV's

okay... http://i.imgur.com/4YC8JNul.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mKcj68Al.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mAsLxdhl.jpg
burlmart 11/27/15 01:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

Your setup works fine for home use but for an RV'er may not work as well. Currently, the WiFi at most RV parks may not support Roku or other streaming devices. I'm guessing within the next couple of years readily using a streaming device in an RV will be possible as the WiFi technologies improve. agreed. i have concluded that the cable tv packages of 100+ channels can be likened to the grounds of a chicken coop, and the dvr's purpose is to capture an occasional valuable corn kernel worth having for use when you decide to watch tv. roku gives an entire field to pick in, and no need to set recorder up. in a couple years, all homeowners will come to see what the cable companies already know. the elimination of analog bands frees up new space for wired broadband delivery to houses. this will help cable companies to compete w/ cellular broadband delivery from verizon, t-mobile, etc. i expect to see cox home broadband get a run for their money w/ t-mobile in 2-3 yrs. but only t-mobile, verizon, etc. can deliver roku to your RV!
burlmart 11/27/15 12:33pm Technology Corner
RE: RUV's

speaking of short old class As, i would dare say they are not a lot bigger than current full-size dually sprinter class Bs. (for sure when looking at GMC As)
burlmart 11/27/15 06:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 07 R-Vision

just did 2 nites at chicot sp in our 22' r-vision like your gulfstream. w/ no freeway and no AC, our near 11 y/o chevy w/ 44,000 mi did 12.2 mpg (best ever AFAIR} these are handy MHs.
burlmart 11/27/15 06:07am Class C Motorhomes
I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

as cox is shutting off its analog cable with which our old big analog tv and old analog series 2 tivo have done so well, having no cable card slot on the tivo, we'd be forced into a sub-par cox dvr. tried all sorts of settings to get tivo's ir blaster cable to turn channels in cox cisco minibox, as well as an insignia converter box (for ota recording). no luck. bought a $279 insignia 40" tv w/ roku built-in and added $8 netflix streaming to our $12 dvd-by-mail plan, and scanned 20+ local ota network channels using trusty coat hanger bowtie antenna. hope to cover all tv shows and movie needs w/ 2-pronged netflix (dvd plan has more current content). new sitcoms we miss on live network ota(formerly recorded w/ tivo) can hopefully be available in netflix, or on some of the roku apps like abc, pbs, etc. will have to see commercials on most roku apps, but at least pbs (where we tivoed a lot) has few ads. anyone w/ cordcutting hints?
burlmart 11/27/15 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Really bad news about our Trail Lite

ours has always been under an awning, but i have applied dicor here and there from time to time (shower skylight, awning lag bolts, and all across rear fiberglass-to-roof seam that was poorly made at factory). seems like the roof maintenance as 'insurance' you have been paying for should be at issue. also, maybe the prolonged heavy rain and closed windows caused prolonger inside humidity to condense on walls. maybe just clorox cleaning inside and some good sunshine??? (some kind of inside dehumidification technique might help) call some local dealers to see if this is a common thing this year. i hope there is an easy fix for you
burlmart 11/22/15 02:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: anyone know of a good basic OTA DVR

not to bore w/ regional cox policy and dated series 2 tivo, but there are quite many of us in this boat, from looking into various help forums. i have found that cox cable here is using the motorolla cisco dta 250 hd 'minibox' for those of us who've hung on to analog cable to the end (1/1/16, here). it has an IR 3.5mm input, and my toshiba rs-tx20 has an IR out. all forms of communication w/ cox and tivo fail at getting the needed 5 digit IR code that would let us run tivo software guided setup to allow tivo to change the tuner of the dta to execute scheduled recordings. many of us have tried, and using a beilen IR cable from amazon, some have had success. cox only wants to give a cablecard w/ tuner adapter, but this tivo unit has no such slot. so they say the'll supply their dvr box instead. we do a lot of time-shifting w/dvr. i want to tell cox where to go, but ota recording, even w/ roamio, is hit and miss... and so it goes.
burlmart 11/15/15 02:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Thor Compass Thor Gemini like Winnebago View Itasca Navion

https://thormotorcoach.com/image/cache/frontend/data/Motorhomes/RVs/Class-B-Plus-RV/2016-Compass-23TR-Waterscape-exterior-700x459.png width=500 diesel transit tows 5000# - winnie trend does 2000# a lot going on in this ruv concept. fwiw, this C is one of the more B-like B+ motorhomes out there. from the video, it seems kinda' cramped. if you want any daylight from the 4 rear windows, you must extend bed slide. tthere seems to be a lot of interior 'finishing' material, which adds to a sense of plushness. didn't see if cab seats swivel. coming from an A, the lack of a solid shower glass door may be an issue. the long wheelbase and close-to-ground door entry may cause some scrapes in urban curbed entryways and/or uneven cg sites. the unit looks fun, especially for a solo traveller.
burlmart 11/15/15 02:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rethinking our Toad plan

We were thinking of moving from our 5th wheel to a class a last summer and in the process looked into towing our manual transmission Subaru Forester and I was shocked at the cost to set the car up , baseplates, tow bar, braking system and lights, and labor had quotes from $3000.O0 on up, of course less costly if I did it myself which I don't feel comfortable doing. We did not make the move since we could not find a class A coach we liked but it was an eye opener. suppose it was only $100 to set up and you found an A you like. what is the significant travel lifestyle change between a trailer/5th wheel + tow vehicle vs motorhome + toad? having access to coach amenities en route seems to be a limited need if what you plan to be doing is to park somewhere and tour the surroundings for a while.
burlmart 11/11/15 02:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cable went up. Again.

luvvin' this thread! i am going nuts trying to come up w/ a works-for-us response to cox's audacity and greed. it occurs to me that all those millenials that never had cable TV, along w/ all who are cutting it off, may be one reason cable costs are skyrocketing.
burlmart 11/10/15 02:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Rethinking our Toad plan

to see things from another angle, 25' delivery trucks run all over urban streets and parking spaces all day long. maybe all that it takes in an intensive immersion in a site-filled place like gatlinburg or san antone to get the hang of it
burlmart 11/09/15 12:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rethinking our Toad plan

"But with the little C, it's not so clear cut." if you were still in the 22' trail lite, would you even consider a toad? i am just guessing, here, but maybe not. but you are only 3' longer now in the sunseeker, and most seasoned C drivers seem to feel that added length has limited impact on driving experience. what has not been mentioned is how day-long tours in the car means all your MH amenities are way back at the c.g., perhaps even your pets. we like having all this w/ us all day on our travels.
burlmart 11/09/15 07:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: anyone know of a good basic OTA DVR

tivo stopped making roamio OTA (lots of issues), but the base $199 roamio can still do OTA i've been researching roamio and am very wary of its build quality and lifespan (no at all like early on tivos). plus people are being led in circles between cableCARD hookup from cable company and tivo service rep hassles. cord cutting is gaining new devices to bring in OTA with web streaming. maybe in a year or two some robust options will come out then we can cancel cox cable TV -- of course, we'll likey then see our cox broadband double in price :(
burlmart 11/09/15 05:25am Technology Corner
RE: anyone know of a good basic OTA DVR

thanks, john martha would certainly put me on ice for a LONG time if i started posing these techy solutions for combatting arrogant cable giant monopolistic edicts like in my OP i have a happauge usb tuner that we used in our rv for several years w/ win XP. while it was very wonky on our underpowered gateway laptop, i felt its TITAN EPG was quite strong we now just have a 19" insignia with a wingman batwing and a radioshack 'additional' amp for RV OTA TV. no ota recording, as we just go 1 or 2 nites to local SPs. i am seeing that martha is not too enthused when i present her w/ all the possible 'TAKE THAT, COX' options i am generating in response to their non-apologetic destruction of our perfect-for-us-for-a-decade home analog tv and tivo and no cable set top box. i fear we will likely succumb to another $25/mo increase to get their own DVR w/ HD channels l
burlmart 11/08/15 09:26am Technology Corner
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