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Scott Blasingame

I cut the cord a long time ago. Netflix streaming does the trick for most of the family's TV watching. Problem with going to full-streaming is if you're a sports fan. It's getting better though. I've got NFL Game Rewind ($40 for the regular season) for my football fix or UStream of Justin.tv for college football occasionally. Problem with NFL.com is you have to wait 12-24 hours b4 you can watch. I suspect they are trying to protect their old DirectTV revenue stream, but sooner or later, they'll stream live to the US. Watched some tennis via USOpen.org this year and the picture and features were pretty good.

Robert

I use Comcast and subscribe to basically broadcast only. They charge $18.99 for that service and $42.95 for Internet. If you decide not to have Comcast cable tv service the Internet the price rises to $52.95 so I decided to eat the $8.99 for access to local channels.

T-Duck

Cord was cut a year ago. Use 3 game consoles for Netflix, and $20-$40 over the air antennas per TV to catch broadcast primetime and football.

Inquiring Mind

I thought they put OJ in jail?

Aaron

Just cut the cord this summer. Built my own antenna for the attic. I record OTA TV to the computer and stream to the Xbox 360 via Windows Media Center. Works great. I use TVersity to stream anything not recorded in WMC. Also, Netflix streaming on the Xbox. And, hopefully early 2011, Hulu on the Xbox.

PS3 fanboi

Cut the cord a year ago. Don't care about sports. I only miss original HBO series - but I can get the old ones from Netflix, and the new ones from torrents, so no big deal there...

Jake

I cut it when I moved into my condo a few months ago. The only issue I've had is with the sports (and trying to find a good indoor antenna. my current one isn't too bad, but it can get wonky in bad weather). But major stuff is usually on the networks and I can visit a local bar or friend's house for the rest (watched Monday Night Football at my girlfriend's last night). I do hope there's more sports streaming in the future. But I can survive.

I've also gone the "season pass" on Amazon for a couple shows I can't live without (Psych is one of my favs).

Adrian Jordan

I am currently testing out my htpc with windows media center (tv tuner installed) and an xbox 360 as an extender in the bedroom and it is working out well. The 2 things I miss are sports and hbo series but I can live without. Espn3 is a good source for viewing sports (waiting for integration with the 360, which is coming soon). My content:
Internt tv (through windows media player)
Netflix
Hulu
OTA digital HD antenna

CJ

No plans to cut the cord yet. I'm resigned to living in a world of overpriced, bundled services, just so I can access those few obscure subject channels I enjoy watching. And then of course there is sports, where my biggest challenge is usually trying to find what channel the event is on, and when. I'm still paying for convenience.

Ken

Cord has been cut for about a year now...I watch Roku mainly (via Clear 4G modem, works fine), and use digital HD OTA for some sporting events. Hulu on occasion to catch up on a show.

macinjosh.pip.verisignlabs.com

I cut the cords in January. I get all my stuff from Hulu+, Netflix, and an EyeTV on my mac mini for recording network shows not available elsewhere.

Brian

I'm in the process of killing off the dish. Xbox, netflix and hd torrents ftw!

Frank22

I don't have cable, I use over the air for free, Verizon dry loop DSL for $29.99 and Netflix $17.99. Very happy and my DSL streams fine with no caps. From what I have read the cost of my DSL is great, I don't think I would pay more than $40.

I think Verizon is better because there may be less chance of caps because they don't have a cable service that my streaming would cannibalize.

Jake: I use this one:
http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT1450B-Multi-Directional-Digital-Amplified/dp/B001GE6T9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1286320296&sr=8-1

CompUSA has it cheaper. I like it because I you don't have to worry about moving the antenna for different stations. It can get distorted a bit when cars go buy, but I live in an apartment and I don't think I can do better.

Cathy

Cut the cord ~16 months ago, no OTA either (no antenna in complex and rabbit ears don't work). I watch programming on my 15" MacBook Pro or use RCA cables to use TV as second monitor. A bit ghetto but it works for me.

Netflix, Hulu, whatever other streaming sites I can find.

BING BANG

Yesterday! I lowered my Directv to the family plan in Jan. So really since then. Monday night football is the only problem so far. GO BEARS!

FearNo1

Since I watch sports and national news, I just have basic cable. When XBox gets ESPN3 I will see what programming it has. But I doubt ESPN3 has NFL and NBA games.

WilsonTech1

Thanks for the plug, Mike. It's definitely happening this month; I'm excited and nervous!

Mark12547

I had cut the cord to premium cable channels 8 years ago when I decided that I didn't want another price increase, and most of what I wanted to watch was either on standard cable or already out on DVD. So for the price of a DVD player and a monthly subscription to Netflix, I returned the last of the cable boxes to Comcast.

When Comcast decided that they would slash half of my analog channels, it didn't bother me because most of the good shows end up on disc anyway and some of them are also available for streaming (e.g., to my Roku box). Actually, I found it far more enjoyable to watch a season of a show on disc or streaming than over the air because I don't lose track of the multi-episode story arcs, two-parter episodes are one-sitting, I don't have to do mental juggling of mythologies between similar shows, and no fussing to skip past the commercials.

If I had to estimate, I would say that now my TV time is divided up to roughly:

75% disc (DVD & blu-ray)
15% streaming (mostly to the Roku box)
10% analog (VHS of local TV stations for fast-forwarding past commercials)

BoloMKXXVIII

Cut the cord a year ago. I have more content than I could ever watch with Netflix/Roku, OTA recording, Hulu, Clicker & Miro on a HTPC. I usually watch sports with friends so if it is not OTA we don't watch at my place. The only down side is the complexity. IPTV is still relatively young. At some point there will be a more seamless method of getting everything.

Dan Kueck

Have you or are you planning on cutting the cord? What's your choice of hardware and services for your "escape plan?"
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Haven't cut the cord yet, but thinking about it. I would suggest to anyone buying a new TV: get one that is Internet-ready, and has the apps you want. We were recently in the market for a new TV and decided on the Panasonic Viera - amazing! We are pleased with it, especially since they recently added a Netflix app. The video and audio quality of the HD Netflix streaming titles is amazing. Most Internet-ready TVs should also have the option to add a USB WiFi adapter. Ours does, but I do this: I have an extra wireless-bridged router in the house, tucked away near the TV. I just plug a LAN cable from the bridged router into the TV and it works fine. The Viera also comes with Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa, Weather, News, Fox Sports (coming soon), Skype, and more. For the Skype app, you must use a Panasonic $170 webcam - $90 on Amazon.com. I have not tried this yet. Caveat: Our Viera only has optical audio output - something I didn't realize until I had it unboxed and running. However, the TV speakers are better-than-average, so it's not a deal-breaker for us. Make sure your new TV has the audio output that you need.

Nathan

I just have Comcast high speed internet for $42.95 a month. When you have that, they can't block the broadcast channels (1-20). The nice thing about that is that the HD channels come through also. So I use that plus IW and Hulu. I can wait for the HBO and Showtime series.

Andrew

Cut cable TV last month. Have cox cable internet and game stream in three different rooms at a time. Have the 42.95 internet package. This includes ESPN3 so I can watch some sports on there. besides that I use Hulu, IW, Redbox, blockbuster express, torrents, and OTA antenna.

Del

I cut the cord over 4 years ago. Have been using Windows Media Center to record OTA, the rest is Netflix(WI or DVD).

BoloMKXXVIII

Sorry Dan, but I do not agree. HDTVs are expensive and IPTV is still very new. What are you going to do when the next hot thing happens and your TV doesn't support it? A set top box is a lot cheaper so it is no big deal to replace. The TV is going to last at least 10 years. A lot can change in that time. How many widgets in your Viera will be useless at that point? Food for thought.

Doug

We cut the cord in January. Up until last month, our primary source of content was Netflix though a Roku box. We've recently added an Apple TV to the mix. Now we also have access to a handful of rented shows and streamed TV shows (and other content) from iTunes. I'm a news junkie, so I do miss watching MSNBC, but I can get The Rachel Maddow Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann via video podcast (on both Roku and the Apple TV). What I do miss are Showtimes' originals like Dexter and Weeds. Have to wait a year for DVD or VOD.

What I'd like to see is additional rental shows, and apps on the Apple TV. I'd love to see individual cable channels make apps available that one could subscribe to individually.

Bobby

I would love to But I'm not going to give up excellent picture for Crap picture do to DRM. When drop the DRM then I will until then Netflix will always ship streaming titles available on DVD

Bob Emmerich

"Hey bill, I can't justify you."

I'm currently in a reverse wave due to Cablevision oddities. I just got my 2nd box free (for a year) so I'm watching more tv on my bedroom tv, due in part to the multibox 9-in-1 channels for news and sports. Their recent addition of Free-on-demand limited commercial HD has me using Hulu LESS. We only watch 4 series: Chuck, White Collar, Caprica and Lie to Me (on Hulu) and the Mrs. wants to try The Event. My youngest loves free on demand NickJr and my oldest the Food Network on Demand as even he can't tolerate their normal level of commercials. Plus sports of course, and being in NY we have lots of teams to choose from (I prefer football, my wife baseball). All currently for $100 month - $50 internet, $35 phone, $15 tv?.

So yeah, my "tv" portion of the bill is money well spent.

Jim Dolan still sucks eggs though.

Clay

I'm in exactly the same situation as Robert on the first page - I downgraded Comcast to locals only but need to keep it for the net connection. Between Netflix, recording local channels on my computer, and stuff you can watch online I'm pretty much able to find everything I'm interested in.

jon@hotmail.com

I don't get it. How is everyone getting around the bandwidth caps? I'm pushing over 200GB some months just surfing and watching youtube (yes, I do a lot of surfing). There's no way I could not top out my cap if I cut the cord.

Slips

There's only one thing holding me back. I'm a die hard Knicks fan living in NY, and NBA league pass broadband blocks local teams.

Jim Eubanks

I just cut the cord. I simply couldn't afford cable any longer. I also didn't want to sign a long-term contract with cable or satellite to get a deal. An antenna gives me ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW. I use shows internet sites for SYFY, and some others. While quality, availability, and ads vary widely, it is functional. I will use my Netflix membership for movies and any TV shows I cannot watch over the internet.

Brett

I'm very close to cutting it. Most of the shows I want to watch are either OTA or on USA, which does have on-demand streaming of their shows, in pretty good resolution, too, even on full screen HDTV. In fact, the last thing holding me back was a live stream of Fox News. Sorry, I just can't give it up. Since Fox's lawyers recently pulled the plug on live streaming video, I thought the situation was hopeless. Now I found a site that does carry the live feed: http://watchonlinee.com/usa/fox-news.html. The resolution is poor, but what the frak? It's live Fox without a cable box!

The days of having a cable box in my house may soon be over.

Jason

Never had cable or a dish in my life.

ChrisFromthaDtothaPHX

I cut my cable nearly 5 years ago..

Comcast/DirectTV/Time Warner/Dish/Cox.. All should be scared if TNT..ESPN..or MTV decides to go broaband based.. because if they do, most folks will cut their Cords in a second..

Robert

Any ideas on how to get Fox News Live? I have Comcast basic and 3 Roku box's for my local TV and for movies and up until two days ago I was able to get FNL through streaming ATDHE.net and another one called BOX-live TV but something happened and am not able to get anything LIVE on FOX. I was able to get the full content (commercials and all)on my lap top and would hook it up to my big screen Sony TV.Worked great. Any suggestions?

ana marie

S0oo the ex and i broke up, and its like im in a new apt, everything is out of the window lol .. (literally) .. now as i was fixing and moving my room around i noticed the Cable wire and hooked it up to the tv. i do get the regular chan. so how would i go about getting my netflix linked up ?

Artur

I have a TV with HDMI input only (others do not work). The Comcast cable box accepts antenna input and has HDMI output that I use. If I wanted to get rid of the Comcast service (and their box) but keep watching the local channels, I would need to get a device that would still be able to convert the antenna input into HDMI - is there such device I could buy?

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