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Cable TV alernatives

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by pudge151, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Jul 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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    pudge151

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    im looking to ditch my cable and have been researching some alternatives with internet streaming and TV. I have seen AppleTV, googleTV, Roku, PS3.......

    i am leaning towards the roku for now unless someone has bad things to say or really good things about something else.

    my requirements are
    1-HD 1080p stream or at least 1080p playback
    2-ability to watch NHL games, i think NHL gamecenter subscr is needed but thats ok, and i hope you can play games from a day or 2 b4 you want to watch
    3-be able to watch new episodes of shows within a few days of the 1st showing on TV
    4-DVR or on-demand so i dont have to watch everything live, because im not always home when the shows are on.
    5-live sports


    i think that i would need to get sub's to things like hulu, netflix, NHL...
     
  2. Jul 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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    anyone?
     
  3. Jul 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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    I don't think your going to find all of your requirements however there are alternatives.

    1. Netflix
    2. XBox Live has an ESPN widget which has quite a few live feeds and replays of just about all the "Primetime" games.
    3. AppleTV
    4. Hulu

    Not exactly a match to your requirements but a start, maybe worth ditching cable depending on how much you pay and really "need".
     
  4. Jul 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM
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    The above with Windows Media Center which you probably already have. It's more work to watch everything off of your computer but if your willing you can save some money. America is lazy so that is why cable does so good.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    I got a computer hooked up to a 52". I get netflix, hulu....... I hooked up a roku at my sisters house. Make sure you get the wireless n version. You get better connections, unless you are going to hardwire it. You can get netflix, hulu plus, and I'm pretty sure I saw NHL on there. You can also hook up a hdtv antenna and get your local stations and few extras. Netflix is 8 or 9 bucks. Not sure how much hulu plus is or NHL. I would ditch cable. There's mostly crap on there anyway ahahahaha
     
  6. Jul 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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    Don't go wireless if you can. You would be better off with using powerline adapters than trying to stream HD content wirelessly.

    My whole goal with building the new house was to make a dedicated server set up with multiple storage drives then run workstations with WMC at each TV in the house. I had a dedicated HTPC setup at the last house but I think it's feasible to go totally off cable but there is going to be a learning curve when it comes to my wife and daughter so I am going to have to make it as basic as possible.

    I think the Roku units are fine and dandy but I think after time you won't be satisfied with their limitations.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    Dude, I want to move into your new house, sounds like a sweet set up.

    As far as the Roku units, I have to agree and based upon the OP's "Requirements" I think he'd be disappointed. My parents have one, it's cool but limited and really for basic needs and users.
     
  8. Jul 12, 2011 at 6:21 PM
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    thanks guys,
    i would wire it to the router for sure.

    any more ideas?
     
  9. Jul 12, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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    I don't pay for any cable. I have a Win 7 PC setup @ my TV. I use WMC to pick up local channels if I want to watch news or something. The TV shows my other half watch are all on basic cable too, so i can record them on the PC via WMC.

    I currently use Netflix for movies, but i'm starting a 2 week trial with blockbuster by mail now because netflix just raised their prices.

    Cable is definitely more convenient and easy, but I don't care cause I don't like paying for it.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    Going back and checking them again for $99.99 it may not be a bad option to go with the Roku. the do have a NHL widget but I'm sure it requires a subscription.

    http://www.roku.com/roku-products#2

    Another idea might be Xbox live. There's quite a few nice features there beyond just gaming if you are looking to go cheap.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    I've got a Roku high def box connected on my wireless. I just watch the SD output but it streams just fine. I used it in HD for a little while and that worked just fine too. It's just easier for me to use it in SD since everything else I have except the TV is SD.

    I usually just watch Netflix on it. I haven't gotten rid of my cable just yet but I don't watch it very much anymore. The selections on Netflix aren't always that great so I've considered subscribing to Hulu plus as well.
     
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