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David

Have cut the cord. My media is Over the air, Netflix (streaming & DVD), Hulu powered via a mac mini

Drew

I'd love to but SportsCenter, Chelsea Lately, and Pardon the Interruption are all holding me back.

Paul S

I cut the cord one year ago. I bought an indoor amplified antenna for HD digital TV. I receive about 30 local channels. I supplement it with Netflix. Nice to have the extra $600 in my pocket each year.

Hbi2k

Already done. Netflix + Hulu + Crunchyroll + network-specific streaming sites + $20 OTA antenna + a little Bittorrent when all else fails > cable.

All I really need is a good way to get Hulu into my living room. Right now I use a laptop, but it's a hassle hooking it up and plugging in the remote control receiver just to watch last night's 30 Rock that I wasn't home to watch OTA.

Next time I have some extra money I'm thinking about buying a nettop and using it as a dedicated Boxee box.

mmorowitz

Cord cut. Netflix + Hulu + WMC7 + Over The Air on a Dell Zino HD.

Joel Spangler

Mine's already cut... or rather was never installed. I pull OTA broadcasts in with SageTV, and use playon and its associated plugin for sage to watch content that isn't available ota such as netflix and hulu.

zaq

I cut the cord four years ago and discovered Netflix a few months ago.

Nathan

I have cut cable down significantly. Now we only receive the basic package which is essentially the over the air stations. The nice thing about that is that I also get the HD versions of those channels for no extra cost. I use Hulu since I don't have a DVR and then obviously NFLX.

dAVe

I keep checking about every two years but the lowest tier Comcast deal (Extended Basic Analog TV) offers more channels that I'm interested in than the lowest tier DirectTV or DishNetwork packages do. And, like Nathan said, all the "locals" are also delivered in HD even though I don't have a Digital Cable box or pay extra for HD add-ons. I'm not sure but I think the franchise agreements cable has to obtain from the local governments requires them to deliver any Free-To-Air regional signal (DTV now) over their system. The DBS companies have no such agreements and, thus, they charge extra for the "locals."

I would still love to cut the cord, though, but sports would be my vise.

lynn

pay $16 a month for very limited basic. get my local channels. tried cutting completely and went a little wonky but this is working for me.

Del

Dropped Dish over 4 years ago. Netflix, OTA and Streaming works for me. But, just recently I had to take care of my mother, she wanted her news channels and she got cable. So now I have cable again. If she leaves of passes on the cable will go off again.

Bob Emmerich

Is this a recurring monthly topic? I swear I remember just writing a lengthy in-depth response to this.

Bob Emmerich

Found it, 18 days ago:

http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2010/04/consumers-to-start-cutting-the-cord-in-2010.html

Colinski

Already did. When I moved last year, I needed to keep my costs down, and cable was nearly always something I watched out of boredom, and rarely to see specific shows. I upgraded my Netflix and recently got a Roku. It's all I need.

George

I'm in pretty much the same place as Mike. I'd love to cut cable, but want FoodTV, Disney, and either CNBC or MSNBC. I keep hoping that Boxee can deliver FoodTV and Disney, but no such luck so far. Lots of Disney is available from Netflix streaming, so that might be possible. I was hoping that we might see Disney stuff via Hulu as well, but no.

bill

Never even plugged the cord in.

David

George:
FoodTV-Replace with Bourdain, Man v Food on Netflix + a couple of dozen food programs on hulu.
CNBC and MSNBC-Their shows are available on streaming inside of Boxee. (Today Show, Maddow, etc)
Disney-Some diseny shows are on netflix. My kids are more than happy with the streaming cartoons on netflix + Cartoon Network on Boxee.

I replaced my $120 cable with $18/mo netflix+W7MC/OTA/Boxee/Hulu back in January. Bedroom uses a $199 atom PC and can access all the same content as the living room. Kids watch Netflix on Wii connected to TV and use the living room TV if they want to watch anything else. Most of the time they are happy enough with that.

Our $120/month cable gave us DVR only in the living room and bedroom only got half the channels live broadcast only.

Everyone in the family likes this better than the $120/month cable. We get faster access to movies than we did on Cable. More TVs in our house get more content.

Everyone is getting more of the TV they want and we're no longer paying for a ton of sports channels none of us watch. IMHO, if you have the know-how on how to do this, there is no reason not to unless you are a sports nut who is willing to pay for 20+ sports channels.

karin

I just do OTA on my television. The rest is filled with Netflix and torrents.

Chad

Trying to cut the cord. Not quite there. Sports are the last hurdle for me. I ran across Veetle the other day. Anyone used it or anything similar?

Travis

Done it already. Hulu and others on a WMC Extender using PlayOn media server plugin. This also plays music and views photos and videos on my home theater. Netflix on my Wii. OTA antenna in the attic for locals.

PatB

Cut cable? It could be. I didn't think it could happen, but last night I looked at Amazon Video on Roku. I also found a TV series on NetFlix WI that I had never heard of. It was pretty good.

If I watched only movies I think I would have cut out my cable service long ago. But many TV series are better than most movies. I remember a movie reviewer saying that about the "Rockford Files" thirty years ago. I realized it again when I came home from the movie theater a decade ago where I had just seen "Master and Commander" and watched "Hornblower" on TV. Hornblower was better.

But TV is plagued with commercial interruptions. I enjoy watching "The X Files" or "Mythbusters" on NetFlix WI in part because they are commercial free. Last night I toured the Amazon Video site and discovered that essentially every TV show I would ever wish to see is now available commercial free. Of course these shows are not free - far from it. They are very expensive but its comforting to realize that everything ever made is available. I'm confident that prices will drop.

Ten years ago I went out to a theater to see a movie. Those were usually new releases. Gradually I got used to seeing new movies about two or three months later when they became available for home viewing. Now I can imagine watching TV series only after they become available on streaming video - months later. For example I've seen all of Heroes episodes but I've never watched the show when it was broadcast first on network TV.

Sports are harder to time shift. I watched some of the Masters Golf Tournament last month. I know who won. I'm not interested in re-watching it now. I'll stick with live TV over cable for that sort of event.

Finally there is news. I have the kitchen TV on Fox News all day. I often watch news shows at night on my Home Theater system. I don't understand how NetFlix or Amazon or Hulu or whatever can be a substitute for that, at least not yet. I do read the news on Drudge every morning but that's not quite the same thing. The availability of Drudge stopped my need for a newspaper subscription but I still want to watch TV news shows.

Barbara Bay

Already done. I loved the comment from my daughter after we put all the Disney shows she loves on the Netflix instant Cue. "Now I can watch the episodes I want to watch, the ones I missed." It's nice the kids have to think about their TV watching instead of becoming zombies to whatever is on.

The Whiz

We cut the cord for 3 months during the summer of '07. The Cubs weren't playing well, so I didn't care much. It was very liberating. I realize what Evangeline Lilly was talking about when her house burned down. It frees you of your attachments ("The things you own end up owning you.")

When you have cable, you feel like you have to watch all this stuff, especially with a nice DVR. I don't want to miss this show, that show, this interview, that interview...etc... I have tons of DVR'd stuff saved on 1TB external hard drives. I've been DVR'ing things like "Mercy" & "Flashforward." Have never watched an episode. Sometimes they get cancelled and are never available on DVD. That's why I have all 40 epi's of "Hack" (which I've never watched, but I like Morse) in HD on a hard drive. Ditto for "Barney Miller" which has had a long lag since S3's DVD release...maybe they'll stop releasing them?

There's always something keeping me around. Bill Maher, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bears games, HDNET Movies & their premiers, and now a new HD channel called EPIX which has aired a lot of good new and old movies (Iron Man just aired) in HD. I just got Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman & The Wedding Banquet in HD. Tampopo too. All saved on hard drives. I have 3 1TB hard drives filled with movies and shows. HD takes up 7 times the space of standard. I'll probably buy more hard drives soon.

George Hines

Hi Hbi2k,

There are lots of good options for getting Hulu (and other sources) into your living room. Like you, I hated having something temporary that I had to unplug / plug constantly (and it wears out the connectors).

I specifically wanted a box that would merge several functions into one (e.g. play any web video source, record live TV, play blurays, Netflix, etc). I ended up building my own so that it could do exactly what I want. Not too bad price wise, I got it done for $600 base price (plus it is has a decent amount of horsepower for anything I want to do).

I've posted my build instructions here:

http://www.cuttingthebills.com/2010/04/do-it-yourself-do-it-all-media-pc-for.html

jayfest

I can't be bothered with trying to track down TV shows from all the different sources online and I don't have a good enough computer connected to my TV. My Tivo automatically gathers all the shows into one box that is connected to my HDTV.

deeznutz

I cut the cord. Got Sezmi (www.sezmi.com)and LOVE it. Use Boxee for anything else.

Anonymoose

Comcast VOD sucks and their menuing system is extremely slow and painful, especially with the forced ads.

I mostly watch Netflix streaming (using the Wii), and Hulu.

Unfortunately, my wife loves her idiotic reality shows (Dancing with Stars, Idol, some moronic house decorating show) and so won't give up the cable.

Zamiel

I lived that way for a long time, until the digital switch-over. After that, I couldn't get two of my locals' ATSC broadcasts (very weak signals and I'm in an apartment, so no roof antenna allowed), so I had to subscribe to cable to get them in HD.

Now I've got the whole big triple-play package, because it covers my phone and Internet. The cable TV is just kind of a bonus to that.

My wife uses cable. I watch almost everything via the Internet or rentals.

Tarrick Grant

I just recently cut the cord. I feel so free. OTA HD, Boxee, & Hulu. The tuners in my HTPC are getting a less of a workout along with my 2 TB hard drive.

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