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Hi, I am looking to get rid of Cable TV, it is just getting too expensive for my families budget, and I was going to see if there is any good sites that might be like $10-$15 a month that have a good selection of shows.

I'm looking at Netflix and Hulu, but I've heard Netflix doesn't get shows in until they come out on a season DVD. I've read about Hulu but have never used before, but I am also just seeing recommendations or should I just downgrade to a cheaper cable TV package?
    
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I have both Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Between them and the shows I can stream free with my Amazon Prime membership, I don't watch much "real" TV.

Which I would recommend depends on what your family watches most.

Netflix pros:
Huge selection of movies. Not all are available for streaming, but I never have to look far to find something to watch. The choices for instant viewing change frequently too. I think this has to do with licensing.
Decent selection of TV. Not current season, as you have noted, but I like older shows anyways.
No commercials (Hulu has limited commercials...not too bothersome)

Hulu Plus pros:
Current season TV. Pretty good selection, and episodes are available a week after they air.
Better viewing experience as far as quality adjustment. Not to get technical here, 'cause I don't know how it works , but when my connection slows, it doesn't really pause. It will lower the quality slightly with no delays. Netflix will stop and re-buffer at the lower quality which can take 5-10 seconds.

Overall quality for both is excellent for me.

To recap: Netflix for movies and older TV shows. Hulu Plus for current shows.

You could actually subscribe to both for around $15/month.

Other options would include the aforementioned Amazon Prime. I have an account for work that was $79 for the year and includes a pretty good selection of free movies and TV shows. I actually got Prime for the free 2nd day shipping and $3.99 overnight.
You can also watch a lot of shows for free on various websites. I watched several seasons of one of my shows on Fox.

I bought a new Samsung LCD TV back in January and still don't have it hooked up to the cable. I watch everything on it through the internet.

Hope this helps,

Rich

P.S. You might get more responses if you post this in TV and Movies. You might ask a Mod to move it for you.
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Yeap this should probably be in the HTPC section.
One thing that you should be aware of is, if you cut cable all together. How many TV's are used for watching cable? Most homes in the US have 3 TV's connected to cable, some with more. You need to figure in the number of set-top boxes you will need to replace.

The cost to replace these devices will obviously have an impact of immediate funds going out, tho most cable companies change a monthly fee for use of their set-tops, normally around $5 per month unless it is a DVR or HD then anywhere from $15-20.

Your overall goal to replace cable is doable, just remember in order to have a true cable replacement for say 3 TV's, you will be looking at a $400-600 initial investment. Unless you already have say an 2-3 XBox's, without DVR capabilities. Your computer could be used for the DVR replacement, tho you may need to get a TV Card.
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