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In the next few weeks I am going to put an antenna up and cut the cable.

I've been getting tips and advice from friends that have done the same and I figured I'd ask here too. Hopefully this thread can serve as a resource for others as well.

I am not concerned with what I'll get over the air. We are close enough to Atlanta that we'll get everything we need from that perspective. I've played with a smallish antenna and seen what I can pick up.

The only thing I'm concerned about is live sports. Especially Braves games and Georgia football in the fall.

I am looking at www.sling.com for "cable" channels and they list the fox regional sports channels that the Braves play most of their games on (I'll get big FOX and TBS over the air for the rare occasions they're on one of those). Is anyone else using this for live Braves games? Most of what I've read isn't completely clear as to whether MLB will black out home games on these channels via sling.

I have the same question about Georgia games on SEC network (offered by sling) or ESPN etc. - am I going to get blacked out?

My other option for live Braves games is to sign up for MLB.TV and use a service like overplay (www.overplay.net) so that I can make it look like I am out of the black out area. I'm not completely opposed to this because I'm a baseball nerd and MLB.TV has some really cool features that I'd use (archived games, in game stats, player tracking for fantasy baseball etc.). On the other hand, I'm cheap and if I can get the games via sling (which is pretty cheap compared to cable) that's my preference.

Here are some of the links I've got so far in case anyone else is interested in firing your cable company.

Sling TV's different packages:
https://www.sling.com/service

How To Watch Baseball Online Without Cable:
https://www.groundedreason.com/how-to-watch-mlb-games-without-cable/

MLB Blackout areas:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/MLB_Blackout_Areas.png

sling FAQ's about Fox Regional Sports networks (this makes me think I'll be fine without MLB.TV but I want to hear from someone using it in GA):
http://help.sling.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/How-do-the-FOX-Regional-Sports-Networks-work

Here is some great info on antennas and what channels you should be able to get based on your zip code:
https://www.antennaweb.org/

Example w/ my zip code entered:
https://www.antennaweb.org/Stations...alse&Latitude=33.6832181&Longitude=-84.448772

Antenna I am considering (my buddy has it in his attic and says it works great):
https://www.amazon.com/ClearStream-Indoor-Outdoor-HDTV-Antenna/dp/B001BRXW74

With this amp:
https://www.amazon.com/Channel-Mast...sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Channel+Master+CM3414
 

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Use a VPN service and you shouldn't have to worry about blackouts!
 

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Are you a T-Mobile subscriber? They give a free subscription to MLB.TV premium included. It's how I get my Braves fix when I'm not listening to Jim and Don (and grandma!) on the radio.
 

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No, we are with Verizon. I do listen on the radio quite a bit but I would like the option to watch on TV too.
 

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My understanding of Sling is you shouldn't experience any blackouts on those channels since you're within the normal broadcast area. I've been looking into it quite a bit for when my contract with Comcast is up.
 

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I'd test drive it for the free trial when a game you want to see is on to verify. I have had Sling Blue for a few months and do not remember seeing a Braves Game on at all, though I don't watch it that much.
 

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I've heard that Sling is good for Baseball fans. I personally probably won't get it, I'm not a fan of watching games (baseball) on TV.

We just cut the cord ourselves. Here in Stockbridge the Mohu Leaf gets us 40+ channels downstairs a couple more upstairs.
Not all are great reception but the major ones come through just fine.

Good luck with your baseball.
Directv tried to bribe me to stay by reducing my "lowest tier" bill by $10 and "giving" me NFL Sunday Ticket for free.
I laughed.
 

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I posted this in another thread on the same subject. I figured I'd post it here too.

I cut cable about 3 months ago (maybe a little longer) I am using an antenna in my attic, except for one room that doesn't have attic access over it - I'm just using an HD antenna hanging on the wall over the TV in that room.

We are inside the perimeter and less than 10 miles from downtown ATL. We get a ton of channels over the air, something like 80 I think but a lot of them are home shopping or religious channels so, really, we get about 40 or so that are actually watchable. We get all the major networks, of course (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX).

I have a sling subscription and I went with the Blue and Orange packages and also added a sports package so I pay $50 a month for that. No contract with sling.

We've had Netflix and Hulu for a long time and still use those (I don't ever use Hulu but my wife does). We also pay for an HBONOW subscription so we can access all their content.

On our big TV in our living room we have an Amazon Firestick (not jailbroken because I honestly don't really know what that means) so we can stream Sling right to the big TV. It works basically flawlessly. Every once in a while you may get some jitter or pixleation but rarely. It depends on your internet connection, of course so if the internet is down you get nothing. We also have an old AppleTV on that TV which we've had for years. I still use it for NetFlix, HBO and a couple of other things. I could easily use the FireStick for these too I just don't. NOTE: the older AppleTV's don't have a native SlingTV app and AirPlay doesn't work well. If you want to use an AppleTV you need the latest version.

In the two other rooms, we have over the air via the attic antenna and old AppleTV's. Eventually, the old AppleTV's will be replaced with new devices (probably something cheaper than AppleTV - I've been happy with the Amazon FireStick and I hate everything).

When we canceled cable we had to upgrade our internet connection because that's how Comcast treats their customers. It's probably necessary anyway given how much we stream now but it was still annoying to me. Right now, Comcast is our best option but AT&T and google are going to have fiber here someday.

We aren't saving a ton of money every month but that wasn't really the point for me. I am paying for less crap that I don't watch now and I don't have contracts on anything so I can change at any time.

If you live out in a rural area you will really want to check your internet speeds and test out whatever you are considering first. The streaming services are going to try to stream you HD content whenever possible and that takes up a good bit of bandwidth. Your upload / download matters too. If you don't have good upload speeds it won't work very well either. ETA - you'll also probably need to mount an outdoor antenna to get the most channels.

If you don't watch a lot of live cable only channels (Fox News, CNN, ESPN, AMC etc. etc.) then you may be happy w/ an antenna and Netflix. There are a lot of over the air channels that show old TV shows etc. (we watch a lot of old sitcoms on these). If you did this you would save a lot of money over cable.

I quit watching cable news long before I cut cable but if you do watch it, you'll need something like sling, BUT (it's a big but for some on here I think) there's no Fox News on sling. The only big cable news channel you get is CNN (you also get Bloomberg and one other that I've never heard of).

In some areas you can get Newsmax's tv channel over the air - it's like a really low budget fox news. :)

This website was helpful for determining what antenna and in which direction I should face it: https://www.antennaweb.org/

This is the antenna I've got in my attic (they make a bigger version that I would probably buy if I did it again, it's not much more): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IITMTKE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You'll want a powered splitter to boost the signal (install close to the antenna) I bought this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0082ZJNW6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you have long cable runs you can also mount a one port booster (I don't know what the actual term for it is) right at the TV.
 

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Y'all are lucky I tried an antenna and got nothing from Atlanta. There is a ridge about 4-5 miles south of me that prevents signal from Atlanta and I am to far south of Tennessee to get their signal. I would have to have a 50 or 60' tower to pick up from Atlanta.
 
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