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First! I dunno what section to put this in, so I put it here! Move accordingly

Well the story is simple: I hate Comcast, and so does everyone in this house. Detailed, huh? Right, we've been cutting things down with them plenty, but it's not enough. We want to completely be independent of their TV service, and only have to pay for internet. Thus, the goal is to have an entirely internet TV setup.

Is that simple enough to do?

We already have Netflix, and plan to keep it, regardless of their price hikes, and our TV is not connected to the family computer on the same floor. Question is, would getting an entirely Internet capable TV and then getting something like Hulu Plus suffice? We don't exactly watch an exorbitant amount of TV to begin with (hence getting rid of Concast), and the only channels we would watch are usually news and local channels (the rest is off the internet). There's a chance we will get a 40" TV that is likely fully internet capable, if its around the $600-900 range, and has a good enough background of good reviews.

I've looked at things like the Logitech Revue, Apple TV, and Hulu+, but I haven't been able to run into any information about whether or not they are only supplementary or can run independant of a set top box/cable. FOX, CNN, and a few other channels are the only things we watch, and they are already accessible for free, but what about live streams? That's what we're after with getting ITV. The network portion of things will be worked out, but I need help figuring out what to do in terms of the TV equipment and what internet plans we should use, whether free or pay-for.

I'm sure lots of you already [only] use internet for your TV or something along those lines already. Thanks in advance
 
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I can't speak for Logitech or Apple, but I do subscribe to Hulu+. They don't have nearly the movie selection that Netflix does, but they have a pretty good lineup of TV episodes.

I think I pay $7.99/month, and for me it's worth it. I don't watch the tube a lot, but I can always find something good on. In fact, back at the start of the year, we purchased a Samsung 46" LED LCD TV and I never got around to running the cable to the room it's in. I have it connected via wi-fi and use it as a monitor for my laptop and to watch DVDs, Hulu+ and Netflix. I read the news on the interwebs, so I can't really say I miss "live" TV.

As a bonus, I can watch on my iPhone if I want.

Just my 2c worth, hope it helps.

Edit: to answer your question, no you don't need anything other than internet access. (at least with Hulu+)
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Any more help? Now I need to know if any TV can do Hulu+ without a HTPC to stream off of, AKA run with an app on the TV itself. Possible?
 
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I can't speak for all TV's, but I know that newer Samsungs can. What brand and model TV do you have?

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We're in the market for a new one.

We have a Philips 32" LCD from 2003. It is really high quality, but it's not up to date. Anything within the $400-$700 range and ~42-46" is great. I was looking at Vizios in Costco since they aren't that expensive, but no one there knows whether they support Hulu (AKA the newest models)
 
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According to engadget, they have Hulu + now.

The Vizio Page shows the apps available...looks like you can get Netflix too.

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Are these apps downloadable onto older version of the same TV? All descriptions of the ones in Costco don't talk about Hulu at all.
 
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Why not just get something like a Roku? It is a very small set-top box that can do Netflix, and I believe Hulu+ now. The highest end only runs about $100. Or you could do a Blu-ray player. The Sony ones do both Hulu+ and Netflix. I have an LG TV with Netflix built in, but the experience leaves a bit to be desired. I prefer using my Blu-ray player or my Xbox 360.
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Are these apps downloadable onto older version of the same TV? All descriptions of the ones in Costco don't talk about Hulu at all.
In the second link in my post you can go to the Vizio Apps page and they show the models that are compatible. Or you could google the model #'s. I'm sure you could find some info.

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Why not just get something like a Roku? It is a very small set-top box that can do Netflix, and I believe Hulu+ now. The highest end only runs about $100. Or you could do a Blu-ray player. The Sony ones do both Hulu+ and Netflix. I have an LG TV with Netflix built in, but the experience leaves a bit to be desired. I prefer using my Blu-ray player or my Xbox 360.
That's a good idea too. I get Netflix, Hulu+, Blockbuster, and a bunch of others not only through my TV, but also my BR player and Wii.

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The Roku 2 looks like a perfect device, because another reason why we couldn't use our old 32" was because its resolution support for computer devices was not functional. It can do 1080P, but to hook it up to a PC (which we have tried on multiple occasions) did not yield the correct display, with some distortion of image across the borders of the screen. We don't know if it's fixable, but we know every other input works just fine in 1080P, so as long as the Roku supports the right image, I think I've found our candidate for cheapest option.

I'll need to look into a few more things, do research, and I'll see what happens Thanks!
 
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