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October 3, 2015 - 4:20pm

Western NY Protech and McBride Electronics opens in Le Roy

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There's a new game in town for your entertainment and digital access needs -- Western NY Protech and McBride Electronics in Le Roy. The company represents DirecTV, Dish, Empire Access and security services.

The company represents these services throughout Genesee County and manager Robert Radley, who has five years experience in the industry, said Protech can help customers reduce their monthly bills.

The company is owned by Chris McBride and Paul Welker, who have combined decades of experience in the industry.

Protech kicked off its new business in Le Roy with a grand opening celebration today.

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Too bad our City Manager, Molino, cannot manage to allow us to have Access Empire so we could save some money on cable.

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John. According to Empire Access' website, at http://www.empireaccess.com/where-we-are/city-of-batavia , it is available in the (city) of Batavia.

Which is correct?

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Ed, high-speed internet and security are available from Empire Access in the City of Batavia. Because the city has not yet granted Empire Access a franchise for cable TV, television services are not yet available.

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I should have noted, Empire Access will soon be available in Le Roy.

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It's been almost 1 year since Empire Access started the process to offer lower cost cable TV to the City of Batavia. But the City continues to stall. That is stopping competition with Time Warner and costing many who would like to change more money in higher bills.

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Yep. My mistake. There I go - AGAIN.
Just proving the 'ASSUME' theme, once more.

I assumed that they were providing a complete list of their services.

You'd think I'd learn. Guess I don't, 'cause I'm an [email protected]#!

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glad to hear that Leroy is in the future, wanna tell Time Warner to suck it

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The only thing I hate with TWC is when the box freezes up and has to be rebooted(unplug the power cord) and is still frozen, or the picture is pixelated and doesn't clear up, I call the service number and their first step in their scripted help response is, "We're going to reboot your box for you.", which I've already done 3 or 4 times. They seem to think that sending a reboot signal from a remote location does something different to reboot the box then if I unplugged the power and rebooted it myself.

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I lost my HD channels last week on my TWC box. I called CS and they wanted to sell me the service that I have been receiving for the last 3 years.; I decline. After I rebooted the box I lost all access to the HD channels. It said my account was suspended. I then called technical services and they sent a majic signal over the cable and all was well again.

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My girlfriend and I cut the cord, and we couldn't be happier with that decision. We can still pick up local channels and through Hulu can stream just about anything we want by heavy use of our Roku. We are saving a ton of money this way. Cable is going to die on the vine within the next 15-20 years, I gander. That said, it would be nice if Empire kept expanding, we live in the Town of Batavia near the edge of the city, it's like being separated from a steak and lobster dinner by a glass box. TWC has good speeds, but FiOS is better and at a much lower rate.

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We also just happened to be talking the other night about how we would be more likely to buy cable channels if we could use an a-la-carte system and pick them individually.

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I gander?

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I like uncommon words.

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We cut the cord too and went to Roku and for about $25/month we get Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime and the Amazon Prime membership includes much more than the media content. Love my 2 day free shipping. What really surprised me is the volume of content that I can get for free on YouTube, including many full length shows.

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Hi, Beth.
You're right about the amount of free, available content on Youtube. Full length movies, tv shows, etc.
Don't suppose YOU would be interested, but, a couple years ago, EVERY "Gunsmoke"episode (all 635 episodes), plus the 5 television movies based on the series (which I had never seen), were available on youtube. And, that was just 1 series.
There's SO much available out there. And, not just on youtube. There's other FREE websites.
There's IMDB.COM (has some free stuff on it)
There's http://www.solie.org/alibrary/ (all kinds of 'older' shows)
There's http://www.publicdomainflicks.com/ ( for movies that are in the public domain)
There's https://archive.org/details/movies (literally hundreds of thousands of free movies, etc)

That last one (above) is just a 'subset' of
https://archive.org/ aka Internet Archive, is listed as a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

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Thanks Ed. There's some new ones there that I'll have to check out. I use Archive.org, aka Wayback Machine all the time in my job to see what a website looked like on a particular date. It's a great research tool.

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Yeah. I came across the Wayback probably 4 or 5 years ago. If you know the exact website addresses, you can find really old stuff -

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