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Offline 19and41

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Re: Putting Up My First Tv Aerial
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2019, 03:53:30 PM »
Wow! That's a lot of money for cable TV service.
Here in Germany the cable fee is much lower (maybe 200 a year, would be close to 225 $), but then there is an obligatory license fee of 18 per month and household to finance the public broadcasting instutions. These can be received via air or satellite for no added costs in return. Pay TV has not caught on here for general programs, but football/soccer fans get fleeced extra...
A couple of formerly free to air commercial stations have begun to charge for HD service also.

Out of curiosity, Are your cable services provided by government or by private businesses?  It's been a long time since I was in Germany and I didn't know you had cable service.
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Offline Key2871

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Re: Putting Up My First Tv Aerial
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2019, 04:09:24 PM »
Yea, cable is way too expensive for what you get. We dumped cable three years ago, and just have internet with roku tv's, so we can watch things like Netflix and the like.
Time Warner, spectrum what ever it is this week, is way to expensive for what little tv programs are on.
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Offline 19and41

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Re: Putting Up My First Tv Aerial
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2019, 04:18:52 PM »
I  have to keep renegotiating my plan with Comcast and I have the ultra cheepie weepie TV (OTA and the shopping channels) and middle range internet for $72.  It started last year with the fastest internet and C-W TV for $56.  I have to keep the crap tv for a bundle deal.
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Offline countryman

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Re: Putting Up My First Tv Aerial
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2019, 04:54:11 PM »
Out of curiosity, Are your cable services provided by government or by private businesses?  It's been a long time since I was in Germany and I didn't know you had cable service.

The TV cable was dug into many city streets in the late 1980ies/1990ies first by the state-owned Deutsche Bundespost, that became Deutsche Telekom (a stock corporation) later. Due to anti trust regulations the cable business was spun off to mainly 3 private operators. These also offer internet service via cable now.
According to Wikipedia 70% of the households have cable access. I personally use free to air satellite service, which works fine since a long time now. Until the eighties we only had 3 public channels, meanwhile these have grown many sub-channels, and free to air commercial stations appeared, also on the Astra satellite system. Plus the before mentioned pay TV sport channels.
The value transmitted has kept the same, but is diluted over 20 times as many stations now :-(

My internet and VOIP service comes from Telekom through the same copper wires that carried POTS for decades. (40 monthly) They upgraded the system by adding fiber optic and "DSLAM" access boxes in the streets. POTS nowadays is only available for customers that never changed their subscription nor requested internet service, via interface modules I guess.
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