Television - Roku & Similar Devices

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    image.jpg Got this in the mail today, looks like a great deal! Something to think about.
     
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    They are all tempting in the beginning .... don't mean to rain on your parade ..:rolleyes: but they all offer great deals to get you to sign. ... and the deal might be good for the twelve months, but it will get to a maddening point somewhere along the way... count on it!
    I've been getting (over & over again) $19 a month offers for a TV pkg. from AT&T, along with a $250 gift card. ..Trash! At times, they bother me on the phone and offer the moon ..... I usually tell the sales rep. that I don't own
    a TV ... they aren't deterred.o_O
     
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    I know, Bonnie. It will most likely be that the second year of the contract will be twice that amount monthly if not more.
     
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    Probably
     
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    We just had a phone call here from Lisa's Internet company who installed fibre optic broadband to the apartment a couple of years ago, and are now offering a free digital TV recorder box and remote control, plus increasing the broadband speed to 45Mbps from 30Mbps and giving a 150 channels of digital TV for 50 roubles ( 66 cents) a month on top of the broadband charge of 375 roubles ($5 ), which seems crazy to me.
    Plus they will come any day any time up until 9pm to install it for free.
    Needless to say Lisa agreed, Oh that UK prices were that cheap.
    Evidently Putin has decreed that the whole country must be digital within the next few years, so I guess it's subsidised :)
     
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    Awesome prices but how does it compare to the salaries there? Still sounds really cheap though.

    Maybe you can offer to pay it for those that can't even afford that, you may become a national hero there and February 24 can become Terry Page Day. :)
     
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    Lisa's pay is $500 a month so yes pay is low but the new Russians will be on western pay levels so a huge gap. I am relatively poor in the UK but very wealthy here of course.
     
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    What do you mean by new Russians? Tell me elsewhere, we are starting to go off topic. :)
     
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    Yes I guess it's a bit off topic :rolleyes: but I will just answer your question as I don't feel it needs a separate thread.

    This is a Wikipedia quote and not quite accurate, but St.Petersburg is full of them and they are very wealthy with western cars and bling, plus corruption is endemic here and on an industrial scale, that is not an exaggeration either .

    New Russians (Novye Russkie, Russian: новые русские) is a term for the newly rich business class in post-Soviet Russia. It is perceived as a stereotypical caricature. According to the stereotype, New Russians achieved rapid wealth by using criminal methods during Russia’s chaotic transition to a market economy.

    Having a modest education and social background, New Russians are perceived as arrogant nouveau riche and gaudy, conspicuous consumers with poor taste. Money and status symbols are prominently displayed by the New Russian, in particular jewelry and luxury cars. In the early 1990s, prominent attributes of the New Russian stereotype also includedmobile phones and crimson jackets. A wide range of elite restaurants and nightclubs catering to the New Russian social circle have sprung up in Moscow.
     
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    Ah, so New Russians are basically what we call here nouveau riche, those who are very conspicuous with their wealth, all flash and cash. I'd also never heard the term New Russians. I think those who've been through a recession or two (or three) tend to be a bit more judicious with their spending, and know the value of holding onto what they have, since there may not always be more. I have heard of all the corruption over there. When I was in Boston, the 'Russian mob' was becoming quite prevalent with regard to drug trafficking and prostitution (human trafficking, no doubt), as well as probably arms trafficking. Since the cost of living is so much lower over there, no doubt they're able to treat themselves very well, as well as using those funds they acquire to buy loyalty.
     
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    I still have my AT&T for the time being, and this weekend they are offering free HBO and Cinemax. The channels I have on my plan don't always offer the best movies, so I try to take advantage of these freebies when they're offered. I watched The Intern last night, and am planning to watch The Longest Ride tonight. Hopefully I can catch at least one more before the weekend ends, since it's been a while since I've seen a good movie.
     
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    When I switch to Direct TV from AT&T last month with the choice package which is the 200 in AT&T, I get 3 months of free movies. Think HBO and Cinemax and don't know what else because I haven't even watched one yet.
     
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    I was so suprised when I turned on my tv and had HBO and Cinemax. Nice treat and cheap entertainment since it is free. It will help while away the hot afternoon hours this weekend.
     
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    I did watch The Longest Ride last night, as planned. I really enjoyed it, and will probably watch it again. I like that it had both young and old (one, at least) characters, and some action, as well as art. It's based on a story by Nicholas Sparks, so it's a romance, and I think it was well done.
     
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    We have one of the top programming packages in Dish TV but no longer have access to CBS. I think I posted about this back in the day.. when it first happened. I mean this has been going on for almost 2 months. They can not reach agreement with Tribune media.. Now, apparently, they can not reach agreement with NBC providers! This is absurd. I called the FCC. They said they would contact Dish..but they have 30 days to respond..I do plan to leave this satellite provider but I have to wait until the beginning of September to get a 300 dollar gift card from Direct TV. Am I supposed to sit here without two local channels?? I mean the only thing they are offering is a free antenna which likely would not work out here in the boonies in the first place!! I don't have unlimited streaming so I can't do roku or anyting like that..Does anybody have any suggestions??? I can not believe this, service. I guess I should demand premium channels or something while I wait. This is unheard of for a provider to do this really.
     
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