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Old 05-11-09, 10:53 PM
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Living cable free: How?

I'm in Rochester, NY. I am a slave to Time Warner, and I'm sick of it. So what are the viable alternatives? Let's leave Dish out of the subject, because that is just another spendy subscription.

I assume I can slap on the antennas to get the locals, but then what? For Hulu to be of real use, you need to dedicate a computer to the tv, right? And is their picture good enough for a 1080p tv?

What other alternatives are there? I am old enough that I feel like a rube for paying for tv.

Who is cable/dish free, and how are you doing it?
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I have cable right now because of where I'm living, but if I were on my own I wouldn't have cable. I went four years without it and it never bothered me, except in the NBA playoffs. But for that I just went out to a bar if I was really interested.

I just don't watch TV that much. I prefer to read on the internet in my spare time. So for me it isn't really a big deal, and I just go without.
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Originally Posted by Spreggy View Post
I'm in Rochester, NY. I am a slave to Time Warner, and I'm sick of it. So what are the viable alternatives? Let's leave Dish out of the subject, because that is just another spendy subscription.

I assume I can slap on the antennas to get the locals, but then what? For Hulu to be of real use, you need to dedicate a computer to the tv, right? And is their picture good enough for a 1080p tv?

What other alternatives are there? I am old enough that I feel like a rube for paying for tv.

Who is cable/dish free, and how are you doing it?
Turn off the tv. read a book. explore your world. drink a beer. start cooking.
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Old 05-11-09, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
Turn off the tv. read a book. explore your world. drink a beer. start cooking.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.
I watch 69 minutes of TV per week. I don't know why I have cable still.
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For the handful of shows (new or old) that are really worth watching, buy the DVD sets when they go on sale, or just rent them from Netflix.
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
Turn off the tv. read a book. explore your world. drink a beer. start cooking.
+1

My girlfriend has been without cable, antenna, dish, or any such since she moved here two years ago, and she's quite happy. She watches her shows on the internet, right on her laptop, no computer to TV dedication required, it's free, and you sit through far fewer advertisement minutes for a 40-minute program (one hour timeslot on regular TV).

What we really need is cable la carte, since I watch three, maybe four channels off of expanded basic.
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Old 05-11-09, 11:15 PM
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I watch little tv but everything I do watch is on cable.
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I'm looking more for techy answers than read-a-book answers to be honest. Anyone watching streaming tv on a 1080p?
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Old 05-11-09, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Spreggy View Post
I'm looking more for techy answers than read-a-book answers to be honest. Anyone watching streaming tv on a 1080p?
Yes.

Streaming Netflix to xBox 360.

There are some DVD/Blue-Ray players that have the Netflix interface built in.

Edit: It's limited to their selection of movies and TV series.
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Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.
I watch 69 minutes of TV per week. I don't know why I have cable still.
+1 I watch only an hour of TV an evening... jsut enough for Stewart, then Colbert. I cant stand most things on TV. Movies are a different matter.
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Old 05-11-09, 11:37 PM
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Most of the shows you can stream/view for free off their respective network homepages. They will stream a few adds too. It beats (for the networks) having the episodes stolen/torrented with no revenue for them.

For movies, stream from netflix or torrent (*legal notices here, bla bla bla*...don't steal..bla bla** whatevah...).

My LCD (or plasma, I'm not sure) has a vga port and it's permanently hooked up to one PC. It doubles as a very big PC Monitor for lonely Foo nights:



PS: the photo is a few months old... the cable box is no longer there...
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hang out on foo, or start a drug habit, i havent owned a tv since 2001.
go ride a bike, that's a good one
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I find no need for cable.


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Without cable I wouldn't be able to shift gears or use my brakes.

(I have no television).
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Addendum:

If you have a digital movie collection, get a network drive such as the WD MyWorldBook 1tb (or something faster for HD) and put all your movies there... stream with any player over your home lan. If want a fancy menu for the movie collection, try out mediaportal which is free (but kinda slow).

If you have kids, rip every cartoon dvd that pass through your hands and add the avi files to the movie collection. If you wanna get fancy, get an old touch screen pc monitor and set it up with media portal (only with the kid's movies) and let your toddler choose movies from the collection by himself.

And repeat to yourself... "I do not need cable".... many times over.
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I watch Family Guy, and sometimes MythBusters.
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Time Warner sucks, I use them for internet.

Once I move out I'm never dealing with them again, sucks this place I got it's the only option.
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I'll put in another vote for Netflix. That should cover most of what you can't get over the air (except the history channel).
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I can't help you as I haven't turned my TV on in over a month. Occasionally someone tries to sell me a tv subscription service. I tell them I have no need for more channels as I don't utilise the ones I can get for free.
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Where on earth do you find time to watch enough TV to make paying for it worthwhile, anyway?

You need more interesting hobbies
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I don't watch tv at all now, but when I did I never had cable, just a good old antenna. When I'd be at friends' houses with cable I almost never saw anything worth watching anyway.
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I have a converter box, and the only thing I am watching is the Giro d'Italia every day from 11-1, over lunch. Greatness.
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Where on earth do you find time to watch enough TV to make paying for it worthwhile, anyway?
+1. I've never had cable and never missed it

Besides, you can get more crap than you could possibly watch off air, from netflix, or streaming.
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Originally Posted by Spreggy View Post
Who is cable/dish free, and how are you doing it?
I did it for about eight months. It was pretty easy for me. I have a few shows that I'm a slave to, and I would just watch them online.
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If you google "Free to Air Tv" you will get a whole bunch
of stuff about free satellite tv. Not the stealing-card kind on E-Bay,
but stuff tv nerds build to pick up free signals from around the world.
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