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kasijbrown
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I am reading that Innovative is not the best option.
What is recommended for Cable and Internet?
We will be at Sapphire Resort so I am not sure what the regulations are for satellite.

Any insight is welcomed!

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Topic starter Posted : May 17, 2016 7:04 pm
ms411
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Do you really need cable? If you have internet you can access more content than local basic cable.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 7:44 pm
OldTart
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I have the Innovative package - telephone, internet and cable and am VERY happy with it. No problems at all, have had it now for 3 years after ditching Dish.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 8:19 pm
ms411
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2 out of 3 of those services are almost obsolete. Why have a landline with a 6 hour battery life? The only reason, and I learned this today from watching John Oliver's segment online on 911, is the phone companies know where their landline customers are, but cellphone companies don't require a physical address. 911 might not be able to find you in an emergency on St Thomas.

But, I heard someone was hit by a taxi yesterday when crossing the street at Nisky and bled to death because emergency response didn't get there until maybe an hour had passed. Everybody who lives here knows where Nisky Center is.

Hopefully the story will be in the paper so I can get more details.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 8:32 pm
Alana33
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If you're renting, you might have to settle for what your landlord will allow.
If you're an owner, you'll have to check HOA rules.

I use Broadband VI for internet and DISH TV for cable.
Very happy with both of their services.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 8:38 pm
ms411
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It all depends on what you watch. I have Netflix dvd and Amazon Prime for now and don't have time to watch everything I may want to watch.

Make a decision based on what you like to watch.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 8:47 pm
Alana33
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I like DISH as I can record things to watch at a later date.
I often don't watch TV every day but I like quite a few programs and enjoy watching for a couple hours at a time, on the weekends.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 8:58 pm
ms411
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I watch what I miss online. Again, it all depends on what you like to watch. The only thing I like about Innovative cable is that they broadcast NY local news affilliates. I used to live in NY so I can relate.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 9:19 pm
OldTart
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Ms411, I care not a rat's patootie that you deem what I use "obsolete". I live a simple life these days without a whole mess of bells and whistles. I've no desire to watch TV on my computer, I have a DVR which records everything in which I'm interested (and all of which I can watch at my leisure and as time permits, including John Oliver); I don't need Netflix, Roku (or PlasmaGurgle and Spindelflurb), nor do I need to be attached to a mobile phone wherever I go or have an implanted GPS in case I forget where I'm going. I guarantee that I fork out a heck of a lot less than you do every month on all the techy things you surround yourself with. And, let me add that my dreadfully obsolete setup provides me with almost immediate answers to questions I have while you're posting on this forum saying you'll have to respond later when you've sorted out why you can't find the information on your "smart" phone. Oh, and emergencies? Lucky me, I actually TALK to my neighbors and if there's a problem they're just a shout away.

The OP asked a question to which the answer is that there are many options depending on your wants (as opposed to your needs), so dispense with the "obsolete" editorial and stay on point.

And I shall now hit the pause button and return to, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" which seems appropriate ...

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Posted : May 17, 2016 9:54 pm
watruw8ing4
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If you're renting, you might have to settle for what your landlord will allow.
If you're an owner, you'll have to check HOA rules.

I use Broadband VI for internet and DISH TV for cable.
Very happy with both of their services.

About HOA: FCC rules are that if you live on HOA controlled property, the HOA can't deny satellite service. The HOA can control property rule guidelines, like where the dishes may be placed (as long as placement doesn't restrict your signal), maximum dish size, and prior approval of your installation scheme. Or they can opt to supply the service. But you can have satellite somehow, if that's what you decide. If you're renting, though, it's up to the landlords to decide if they want to install or not.

I'm a happy DISH customer. But I'd ditch it and stream everything, if I didn't have to pay for all the sports packages my husband would insist on. I do like DVR scheduling.

We use Broadband VI for internet, with no complaints.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 10:12 pm
Alana33
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Good to know as I'd heard some condo associations didn't allow as some DISH satellite installations required drilling thru a wall. That was some time ago, however.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 11:18 pm
Exit Zero
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I am happy with Innovative - all the services - don't even own a cell phone and don't need to be bothered having one, or checking it a few hundred times a day or reading stuff on it in public.
Everyone has different needs. I do miss having a landline that doesn't lose power like the old copper lines ones never did. But that is the way having these modern conveniences seem to be. Finding charging power for a cell phone with a 3 month hurricane WAPA outage would be just as bad I guess.

cable seems to offer all the TV I need, my internet speed seems more than adequate for my usage, I can send and get texts via computer on my email and I live a damn simple life overall in many ways I guess. Everyone has different needs.
I can pay Innovative by phone in a minute or online. I have been impressed with the battery life and have 2 batteries in my 'black box'

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Posted : May 18, 2016 2:31 am
ms411
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OT, I don't care that you don't care. I don't want any residents or potential residents to get the impression that they have to have cable or DISH to get tv signals. We have Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Many people are cutting the cord, as they call it.

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Posted : May 18, 2016 5:25 am
CruzanIron
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OT, I don't care that you don't care. I don't want any residents or potential residents to get the impression that they have to have cable or DISH to get tv signals. We have Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Many people are cutting the cord, as they call it.

How much is your internet bill? You certainly aren't using minimum service to stream those media.

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Posted : May 18, 2016 7:16 am
crazyinca
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NEVER a dull moment on this forum! Who needs cable when you can get all of your entertainment right here:D

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Posted : May 18, 2016 9:36 am
OldTart
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We have Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Many people are cutting the cord, as they call it.

That's the strangest definition of "cutting the cord" I've yet heard. 😀

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Posted : May 18, 2016 9:47 am
ms411
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I subscribe to this.

Cord Cutters News <info@cordcuttersnews.com

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Posted : May 18, 2016 10:01 am
OldTart
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I know what it means in current parlance, just interesting how definitions often do a major shift over a relatively few short years. "Cutting the cord" (a phrase which has been around for decades) sidelined to "cutting the cable cord" which then was shortened to simply eliminate "cable" so ends up with a quite different definition from the original.

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Posted : May 18, 2016 10:57 am
Pammerjo
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We use Innovative and we pay about $175 per month for a bundle which includes wifi 25 Mbps, HBO, STARZ and a few other premium channels and a landline. My wifi service on STT is stronger and faster than it is in NYC, tbh. Also, their technicians are great to work with and they have pretty decent customer service.

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Posted : May 18, 2016 1:14 pm
Exit Zero
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Doesn't the WiFi service depend on your own WiFi broadcast unit ?? not an Innovative device?

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Posted : May 18, 2016 1:42 pm
LiquidFluoride
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Doesn't the WiFi service depend on your own WiFi broadcast unit ?? not an Innovative device?

these darn technical terms....

"wifi" generally refers to what you are thinking of, the home unit which depends on equipment you buy (the wifi in your house).

we do have "wireless internet" that runs off WIMAX (this is how BBVI distributes internet, via point to point microwave shots.. basically WIFI on steroids) & it can have signal issues depending on where you live in relation to the tower that serves your area (the tower holds one side of the microwave shot, your roof, or exterior wall will hold the other).

so,,, yes to both?

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Posted : May 18, 2016 1:56 pm
Exit Zero
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So as I understand it Innovative does not provide WiFi and your own personal WiFi experience will depend on the strength and quality of a separate device you purchase and install in your home. Thanks!

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Posted : May 18, 2016 1:59 pm
LiquidFluoride
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So as I understand it Innovative does not provide WiFi and your own personal WiFi experience will depend on the strength and quality of a separate device you purchase and install in your home. Thanks!

Yup!

Innovative is "cable" based (or, in the very very rare cases, Fiber based) to the home (physical media) once it's in your home it's up to you how you distribute it.. WIFI is one option, running cables is another.

One side note however.... "strength and quality of a separate device" the device we are talking about is a WIFI access point (or router) & the "strength" of it through out your home will depend on what your home is made of (concrete walls stop WIFI pretty well) how big your home is, where you place the WIFI access point etc etc... so there's a few more considerations, but in general your statement holds true.

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Posted : May 18, 2016 2:17 pm
watruw8ing4
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OT, I don't care that you don't care. I don't want any residents or potential residents to get the impression that they have to have cable or DISH to get tv signals. We have Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Many people are cutting the cord, as they call it.

How much is your internet bill? You certainly aren't using minimum service to stream those media.

We have the basic Broadband VI and stream Amazon, Hulu and Netflix via Apple TV unit. Initial buffering takes a few extra seconds. But after that, except for a hiccup once every few months, we have no problems.

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Posted : May 18, 2016 4:51 pm
CruzanIron
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You're streaming with 2 Mbps service?

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Posted : May 18, 2016 4:58 pm
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