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Good afternoon board. I very well may have asked this before, but wondering if anyone has any new insights.

I am on island 3-4 months a year in 4-5 week intervals. I am restoring a property on Queen Street in Christiansted. Fortunately, I have been kept busy enough where cable TV has not been a priority (or, for that matter, even owning a TV)

The next time I will be on St. Croix, I will probably be there for 6-10 weeks (hopefully by Nov-Dec). I am hoping to resolve this cable situation while I am there this time. Because I am only there part time, I do not want to pay for an entire year, so I am exploring alternative options.

Here are a few options I would like some opinions on: "snowbird" internet options, internet TV (Netflix, HBO Go, Comcast), Smart TVs, Using a laptop to piggyback programming, Slingbox, or anything else that you have had some success with.

I appreciate all of your thoughts, and have a wonderful day.


Posted : October 3, 2013 8:43 pm
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netflix and roku. there might be other options?

Posted : October 3, 2013 9:15 pm
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Noble Member for the networks. Free for basic service, $19.95 per month for cable-like service.

Most non-cable, non-satellite solutions require a good internet connection to be really useful.

Posted : October 3, 2013 9:29 pm
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If you have Dish Network in the states you can install another dish down here and carry your receiver back and forth with you.

Posted : October 3, 2013 9:45 pm
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I buy programs/episodes from Amazon and can watch when I want. I never liked cable's biz model of bundling, so I'm thrilled with the new and varied options now available as cable options.

Posted : October 4, 2013 4:45 am
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I have Amazon Prime and watch a lot of shows and movies for "free" (Amazon Prime costs $79/year). Many networks also stream their shows online for free (e.g. I watch Survivor on I do buy some shows on Amazon and iTunes (e.g. Dexter). I'm not missing anything and probably watch a greater variety now because of all the suggestions Amazon gives me. As Rotorhead mentions, you do need a good internet connection - we use Broadband VI, and I never have a trouble streaming shows, even while my husband is also streaming something.

Posted : October 4, 2013 12:26 pm
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