Monday, June 22, 2009

Gasp! Cutting Cable?

Ben and I have been thinking about leaving the world of cable this summer and switching to a Hulu/iTunes/Netflix system. Basically a good media computer would replace our cable box. Our only problem is keeping HD quality (so if you have any advice...). I am embarrassed to say exactly how much we spend on cable, but until 5 minutes ago, we use to have everything in HD except for Starz (which has all the good stuff). To help ease the transition for me (which I am worried might be painful), I am taking little steps to slowly end the cable addiction and so cancelled the Premium Channels today. Goodbye Entourage, Weeds, and The Tudors, you will be missed.

Soon we will be cable free and then we will move on to re-examine the expensive DSL we have. Do we really need 5 static IPs?


At 10:39 AM, Blogger Margo said...

Netflix has a system where you can get a box that'll stream movies to your TV. We have a relatively big computer monitor, so we just watch our Hulu and Netflix on-demand stuff on that, rather than getting the Netflix box.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Yes, we need 5 statics! We're grandfathered in under an old AT&T plan that allows our statics to connect without PPPOE authentication. I just can't give that up! (OK, so I guess maybe that doesn't matter as much as it did six or seven years ago...) I LOVE our Internet, maybe as much as you love our Cable!

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Jesse Englert said...

Meghan and I have been streaming Netflix/Hulu from my laptop to our PS3 which connects to our TV in HD. The laptop acts as a media server and streams video wirelessly to the PS3. The media server software costs $40 though. You can use the PS3 controller to pause/play/rewind/fastforward Netflix/Hulu and browse Hulu and your Netflix queue. If you're thinking about getting a Blu-Ray player this is an option worth considering.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Margo & Jesse - Thanks for the advice. I like to hear how it is working for others and the set-up.

Don't worry Ben, you can keep your fancy internet :)

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