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Old 02-16-13, 04:18 PM
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Dumped Comcast--Now What?

Hi all. It's been a while, but I always know I can count on a friendly word here.

So here's the update--got a job that requires a 45 mile commute each way every day which has severely hampered my riding miles. BikeFriday had their famous blunder with the Tikit stem and we have been off the foldies since Oct. Just got the new stems and are waiting for them to be installed.
I threw a fit and cancelled Comcast cable tv. Malkin's only response was, "How are we going to watch cycling?"

So that's the question for the group. Are there any decent internet options for watching cycling? We don't need it live, just recent.

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Old 02-16-13, 04:36 PM
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Uhhh, Don't watch it. Do it.


... Congrats on cutting the cord!
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Old 02-16-13, 04:49 PM
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Youtube is your friend . Look up Cycling.
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There's a lot of stuff on YouTube. The entire day of UCI cyclocross finals competition is there, and they were good races. There might be a channel you can subscribe to for recent races.
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When I want to watch the pros, I go to SteepHill. Unfortunately, I have only found them live, but since I am often free in the mornings, which is when the races air, that works fine for me.

On the topic of your riding time being cut into by the new commute, you could make some lemonade. Assuming you are not up to 90 miles per day of cycling, you could start by driving in Friday morning and riding home. Then ride in Monday morning and drive home. Increase the number of one-way trips as your fitness improves. Alternatively, you could drive part way and ride the rest.
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Old 02-16-13, 05:03 PM
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Steephill.com is your friend. Also keep an eye on the Pro Cycling for the Fans forum.
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Old 02-16-13, 05:17 PM
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If you can catch the right links- You Tube can give you some good viewing of the races. I know it is Cavendish but he won the Tour of Qatar.


On the same link were the other stages in full. Wait until this clip finishes and you can see those other links.
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So the thing you lose (and that I would miss the most) is live sports. After thinking about dropping cable for OTA and Internet, and realizing it was all about live sports I ended up just switching cable service AND adding DirecTV. Now I have NFL and NBA ticket, soccer from all over the world, all the trashy premium channels, and loads of other stuff. Both are still on promo rates so it's still cheaper to have both now than my previous single cable service but the day is coming when I get screwed --repeatedly. Oh well. The kids love hanging out here and getting every sport there is (except I don't remember getting any cricket).
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I have never had cable TV, and I have not missed it. Between my antenna, the Internet, and DVDs at the public library, I still have more potential viewing material than free time.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like steephilltv is the place to be.

As far as commuting goes, I'm likely to use our public transit and my foldie on both ends when possible.

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Old 02-17-13, 12:12 PM
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I so very much want to dump cable TV. The Comcast internet may be worth it, but the TV, which I don't watch much, is not. I wish I new a local antenna expert. I think I could get the major networks with the right gear. Between that Hulu and Netflix I'd be set and save a ton of cash.
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Originally Posted by brewer45 View Post
Malkin's only response was, "How are we going to watch cycling?"
Put the power of the internet to work for you to find a source for cycling news and views.
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I so very much want to dump cable TV. The Comcast internet may be worth it, but the TV, which I don't watch much, is not. I wish I new a local antenna expert. I think I could get the major networks with the right gear. Between that Hulu and Netflix I'd be set and save a ton of cash.
As a starting point, try reading some of the posts in the DTV/HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion subforum on this informative digital TV online discussion forum: https://www.dtvusaforum.com/forum/ . For instance, several posts in this subforum describe Web sites you can go to where you can type in your location, and they will generate a nifty chart describing the digital TV channels you should be able to receive at your site over-the-air using various kinds of antennas.
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I so very much want to dump cable TV. The Comcast internet may be worth it, but the TV, which I don't watch much, is not. I wish I new a local antenna expert. I think I could get the major networks with the right gear. Between that Hulu and Netflix I'd be set and save a ton of cash.

I dumped the cable last year.

The only thing I really wanted to watch was tennis, & didn't get that regularly anyway.

A bit of adjustment, now I watch DVDs more, and spend more time on the internet. This is not all good, with sitting in a chair more (I often stretch or exercise while watching TV) Occasionally watch a sporting event at a pub or friend's.

Sometimes watch cable at my girlfriend's, and it's still crap.

So I say go for it!
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In my single days, when I was either sleeping/working/eating or riding my bike, I had a Comcast internet account and a prepaid cell phone. Didn't need anything else, and anything I cared to watch, I could get online. Now that I'm married and have a family, our Comcast bill is more than 3 times what I was paying before, in addition to a hideously expensive AT&T cell phone account... *sigh* Not to mention the car payments (I used to just take the bike everywhere) and all that.
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Verizon, ATT, Comcast and Time/Warner are rip-off artists.

Congrats.

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There's only one place to watch cycling. From the saddle. Get on your bikes and ride!
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In my single days, when I was either sleeping/working/eating or riding my bike, I had a Comcast internet account and a prepaid cell phone. Didn't need anything else, and anything I cared to watch, I could get online. Now that I'm married and have a family, our Comcast bill is more than 3 times what I was paying before, in addition to a hideously expensive AT&T cell phone account... *sigh* Not to mention the car payments (I used to just take the bike everywhere) and all that.
I hear you with the Comcast Internet. Comcast in Little Rock is a rip. It's my biggest single bill each month, aside from rent. I also have the GoPhone from AT&T.
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I threw a hissy fit a year ago and threatened to cut the cable, but the cable company responded by cutting the rate. Roll on 12 months, and they jacked the price back up. So I politely asked if they could do better, and they cut the price back to where it was before. There's nothing they hate more than losing a customer.
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Originally Posted by Banded Krait View Post
As a starting point, try reading some of the posts in the DTV/HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion subforum on this informative digital TV online discussion forum: https://www.dtvusaforum.com/forum/ . For instance, several posts in this subforum describe Web sites you can go to where you can type in your location, and they will generate a nifty chart describing the digital TV channels you should be able to receive at your site over-the-air using various kinds of antennas.
Thanks for the info. I'll research the site tonight.
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