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I will be moving to STX on Jan. 13. I inquired with Paradise Satellite about getting the major broadcasting stations such as NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. He said that as of Dec. 1 they were ordered to stop broadcasting those networks. Does anyone have any more information about whether or not they will be able to broadcast them again soon or does anyone know if I can get those networks through Innovative Cable? I love the selection of Satellite but I must have the major networks.

Posted : December 4, 2006 1:25 pm
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Innovative digital is not a bad cable provider. I pay about a little over $100 for all the movie channels and extended & regular cable. So yes u have all of your abc, cbs, fox etc and we finally got hgtv this year but as of yet no comedy channel. Plus with innovative you get the joy of local news 😉 They also offer dsl which for works better then any of the other internet providers i have tried. Not that it is up to state side speed or consistency.

There is one other choice which is Choice cable but it is only able in certain areas mostly center island and has a few more cable channels then innovative i believe (not more movie channels though). If i could have gotten Choice that would be my choice 😉

Satellite was a very bad option for me b/c i am in a valley and it would have required two satellites. Remember you need a bigger satellite hear then you will stateside and there is no free installation. I believe the smallest satellite here starts at $400 (not positive) but the largest (and will still go out in a bad rain storm) is about $800. And these are not satellites you want to be moving around so if your not buying i wouldn't recommend it either.

Posted : December 4, 2006 2:28 pm
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Try checking on Dish Network. I have full cable with two three premium channel packages plus I get my network stations out of NYC with four receivers for under $100 per month. I had a different package for a while at $50 per month but decided switching my package was easier than dealing with the hassle of Netflix for movies. Since the islands don't have their own network local stations for the big 3, you get to choose which major market you want yours to come from when you set up your service. I went with NYC since we're in the same time zone half the year so the evening shows you might want to watch are at approximately the right times. We can lose signal now and then in a really heavy down pour or if a gecko or frog gets on the dish in just the wrong spot, but otherwise reception is great.

Posted : December 4, 2006 5:33 pm
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I have dish , it cost 2k for both satellite dishes and 4 boxes, you have to buy your dish and boxes , you can not rent.... I pay $72 for satellite with all the movie Chanel's and 100 stations I don't use...... $49 for satellite Internet.....we registered our dish in NY before the Dec 1st date......... ABC-CBS-FOX-NBC- affiliates still broadcast to is an additional $1.50 per affiliate, so $8 extra on the a problem here for dish you have to petition the local carrier with a few letterers and calls before they will give you the channels , or should I say charge you to use the channels............I.had innovative and hatted it would pay again for satellite well worth it for what we need it for. we have never lost signal, while allot of people on the north shore have been without innovative for weeks at a time

Posted : December 4, 2006 6:57 pm
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I paid $375 for my 4' dish and $50 per receiver box with remote. Installation was included.

Posted : December 5, 2006 3:43 am
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We use Innovative with no problem. We have about 100 channels, no premium, and pay about $60.

Posted : December 5, 2006 9:25 am
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DishNetwork is advertising their situation regarding the loss of distant network channels (CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC) on satellite tv channel 240. This problem is worldwide and just not affecting the VI. The local DishNetwork retailers on island (Orbitron, Glentronics, Pardise Satellite - there may be others) merely provide the hardware and do the installation and have no say in which channels you can and cannot get. DishNetwork is now required by the settlement of a law suit to pull the plug on distant networks. DishNetwork DOES cost more here because the small dishes that they "give away" in the states won't work here because the VI is on the fringe of the signal. We need the 4 ft. & 6 ft. dishes to capture the signal from the satellite. Major cities in the states get their signal "spot beamed" from the satellite.

Posted : December 6, 2006 3:58 pm
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