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Maideneer
12-27-2013, 10:08 PM
I've been debating this stuff for a while now in my head. I just got a Chromecast for Christmas, I hooked it up and I'm really enjoying watching Youtube on this big screen. I'm upgrading devices soon to control it (phone, iPad) and I plan to get Netflix very soon to round it all out.

It's hard for me to think about ridding myself of some of the stuff I watch on cable like WWE Raw (on Hulu they give you an abridged version a few days later), and History Channel and a lot of live stuff...especially things I DVR. I'd hate to wait weeks or months just to watch some current show I could have with cable...but cable is so damn expensive and my bills are way too high.

What set-ups does everyone have? Pros/cons would be appreciated, because I'm going back and forth with what I should do. I need to watch shit like Pawn Stars and Masterchef and NFL/NHL/MLB Network and my wife needs to watch her Law & Order SVU and crap like that, so giving up cable is difficult.

W0unds
12-28-2013, 05:44 AM
The only thing I watch on broadcast television these days are sports. For that I have a tiny aerial mounted outside that I got at XS Cargo for less than $30. Picks up 20-25 channels which allows me to watch some hockey and basketball games. In New York something like this should allow you to pick up a good number of stations as well.

Otherwise I have a WDTV box (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136997) that I stream content to from my NAS. It can stream just about any file type or size and supports Youtube, Netflix, etc. However I have let my Netflix lapse for a few months as I prefer 720/1080p+ content.

As for getting content I typically only have an hour or two delay from episode upload until it is automatically downloaded. Currently using Newsgroups + Sickbeard (http://sickbeard.com/) for searching and automatic download.

dcmetal108
12-28-2013, 06:53 AM
I have netflix off my tv and then my computer is like 20 inches from my tv. No cable but remember you can watch ANYTHING off a computer.

John The Drummer
12-28-2013, 08:06 AM
I have cable... only cable, but I rarely watch anything unless its the news in the morning, Seahawks game, WWE, and then the occasional other shows. Xbox has a YOuTube App, so I use that A LOT, can't beat YouTube on a big screen.

I have been tossing around getting Netflix, though. My girlfriend has Netflix and Amazon Prime, and OMG the stuff they have on there, so much nostalgia, could spend years watching all my favorite old shows.

As for watching anything on a computer, that dcmetal posted, I hate sitting at my computer for long periods of time. Even when recording music I find myself getting restless, looking at that small screen and just knowing its a computer :lol:. I'm weird.

For myself, It's really hard to think of life without cable... especially since a lot of streaming movies/videos are not the best quality...

ravenheart
12-28-2013, 08:12 AM
Amazon Prime obviously means something different there than here. Here it's next day delivery on all orders for an annual payment.

Maideneer
12-28-2013, 08:27 AM
Amazon Prime obviously means something different there than here. Here it's next day delivery on all orders for an annual payment.

That's what it means here too (2-day shipping though). But along with your yearly subscription, you automatically get access to Amazon Prime Instant Videos, essentially free downloads for TV and movies.

ravenheart
12-28-2013, 08:37 AM
That's what it means here too (2-day shipping though). But along with your yearly subscription, you automatically get access to Amazon Prime Instant Videos, essentially free downloads for TV and movies.

Interesting. I don't think we even have that service here yet. But it's standard for Amazon to do things in the US first, then roll out across the rest of the network, usually starting with us.

I wonder if they'll add that to our service as well, or charge us extra.

mankvill
12-28-2013, 08:58 AM
I have Netflix and it's awesome, and I use my computer to stream some sports that I otherwise wouldn't pick up, but I also use my TV for ESPN stuff + a couple of TV shows.

What is Roku?

Maideneer
12-28-2013, 09:09 AM
Roku is an internet streaming box. Here's a really easy and fast FAQ on it. My sister has it, it's great. It's like having apps for your TV that are really TV channels.

http://community.qvc.com/blogs/electronics-talk/topic/247470/what-is-roku-faqs.aspx

dcmetal108
12-28-2013, 09:50 AM
I have cable... only cable, but I rarely watch anything unless its the news in the morning, Seahawks game, WWE, and then the occasional other shows. Xbox has a YOuTube App, so I use that A LOT, can't beat YouTube on a big screen.

I have been tossing around getting Netflix, though. My girlfriend has Netflix and Amazon Prime, and OMG the stuff they have on there, so much nostalgia, could spend years watching all my favorite old shows.

As for watching anything on a computer, that dcmetal posted, I hate sitting at my computer for long periods of time. Even when recording music I find myself getting restless, looking at that small screen and just knowing its a computer :lol:. I'm weird.

For myself, It's really hard to think of life without cable... especially since a lot of streaming movies/videos are not the best quality...

If you have a 24" LED screen with a big speaker set like me its just like a TV.

300%_Density
12-28-2013, 10:45 AM
Few things that are also effective. For live sports if you google VIP box you can watch live sporting events on it. Blackouts do not apply.

Also google project free tv. If you have a show you forget the night before. I'll promise it'll be on project free tv the next day. On this we would just turn Dexter into a Monday night routine. Hdmi cable and you're pretty set.