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Am I behind times when it comes to the way I watch TV? Am I paying too much to be able to watch everything I want to? I keep hearing people talk about things like Google TV. and Amaxon video. I currently pay close to $100 a month for dish network. But then every once in a while I'll come across a thread where people are laughing saying they'd never pay for satellite cause its way too expensive and you can just watch what you want by finding it online.

Is all that true? Or is it more of a pain than its worth? Something tells me that the major satellite and cable providers do a much better job at cobbling all the networks and programs together, in one easily understood and usable package, than "the internet" does. Am I wrong here? Is there some website I don't know about and you can just type in any show you want and watch it whenever you want? All the way up to the very latest episode? I'm starting to feel like I must be missing something here. What are the disadvantages to cancelling your paid TV service and just using the internet to watch TV?
Edited by PhotonFanatic - 11/10/12 at 10:24pm
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I dont know much on TVs I just have my 42" flatscreen TV, nothing special.... It's all I need biggrin.gif
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I use a Logitech Revue which has the Google TV client and I really enjoy it. It comes with most basic stuff you'd imagine: Amazon Instant, Netflix, plus other apps like NBA Live. It also can work as DNLA recipient. Most stuff I download I stream to my TV via the Revue, the only downside it doesn't natively support DTS so you either need to convert videos using something like handbrake or media software like Mezzmo (which is amazing BTW) to transcode.

Also if you have cable or satellite it can act as an in between giving you an awesome menu in comparison to the stock TV providers STB. My parents still pay for cable, but once I'm finished with school and get my own place I'm definitely not paying for it and only paying for an internet connection, TV doesn't seem worth the cost especially with almost a third of what you pay for being commercials.
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But don't you have to watch their little ads they put in the shows? Say I wanted to watch Dexter which is a showtime exclusive. How is it that I could go about watching something like that without paying dish or cable or direc TV or one of the other providers? I thought all the major networks had contracts with the providers and didn't just let their shows get out there for free. Cause if they're not putting in ads, and they're not going through a major provider, how could they make any money?
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IMO whether one is paying too much really depends on if you get exactly what u paid for or end up with lots of junk you dun watch anyway wink.gif Example : if you are a diehard sports fan and nothing gives u more pleasure than following 2+ games at the same time paid tv is a must. Of course some providers are better than others like bundling packages/combos that make sense and others just downright bizzare!
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Reddit has a nice subreddit dedicated to this:

www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters

The general idea is that you only pay for what you want to watch, instead of paying for all those useless channels and useless stuff. In the long run it's often cheaper, but cordcutting is not for everyone, and some content simply isn't available (legally). This can be done via smart tv's, amazon prime, roku, netflix, tons of options.
Also, an obvious requirement is an unmetered internet connection.

If you are willing to use usenet, you can automate downloading specific shows and movies.*
As for the internet 'cobbling all the networks and programs together', here is a guide you can skim through to get an idea of what can be achieved by automation: http://totalhtpc.com/TheCompleteUsenetGuide.pdf

If you like watching sports, don't cut the cord.

*may be illegal depending on country and content downloaded
Edited by .:hybrid:. - 11/11/12 at 3:06am
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IMO whether one is paying too much really depends on if you get exactly what u paid for or end up with lots of junk you dun watch anyway wink.gif Example : if you are a diehard sports fan and nothing gives u more pleasure than following 2+ games at the same time paid tv is a must. Of course some providers are better than others like bundling packages/combos that make sense and others just downright bizzare!

I probably only watch about 1/3 of the channels im paying for. I have the full package. I looked and I'm not paying 100 dollars I now see that its closer to 125 dollars a month. I do get ALL the freakin channels but of course they give you tons of just garbage that no one would want. I think I have like 10 spanish channels, at least 20 constant advertising channels, and then you got stuff thats in the package that you can't turn down, that guys like you and me won't watch. Like Lifetime and Womens network and Oprah's network and on and on. So yeah, I think that fraction 1/3 is about right. I probably watch 1/3 of all the crap they give me. But you have to take it if you want the other stuff that comes in those packages.
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Reddit has a nice subreddit dedicated to this:
www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters
The general idea is that you only pay for what you want to watch, instead of paying for all those useless channels and useless stuff. In the long run it's often cheaper, but cordcutting is not for everyone, and some content simply isn't available (legally). This can be done via smart tv's, amazon prime, roku, netflix, tons of options.
Also, an obvious requirement is an unmetered internet connection.
If you are willing to use usenet, you can automate downloading specific shows and movies.*
As for the internet 'cobbling all the networks and programs together', here is a guide you can skim through to get an idea of what can be achieved by automation: http://totalhtpc.com/TheCompleteUsenetGuide.pdf
If you like watching sports, don't cut the cord.
*may be illegal depending on country and content downloaded

I don't like sports. No one does. But the internet connection might give me some trouble. Currently my connection speed is a mere 1.3 megaBITS per second. With some doing and possibly some expense, there is a possibility that I might be able to get it up to 2.6 megabits per second. I live on the fringe of civilization and as such, my options seem to be more limited when it comes to that. I think I could go satellite and get up to 8 megabits per second, but then you got the damn clouds coming in and messing everything up. So I don't know.... maybe its not for me, at this time.
Edited by PhotonFanatic - 11/11/12 at 6:29pm
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You should be fine when streaming certain content (up to DVD quality, Netflix recommends 5Mb for HD content, not sure if that's an overshot or not) if you decide to cut the cord with a connection speed. Though, I'm not sure where you live and if you have any data caps. If that's the case it may not be the best idea for you.

Though if you host a media server in your home (which I recommend doing) and you just download a stream to a device, Revue, PS3, XBOX 360, etc... you're speed while streaming won't matter much, only when downloading your shows.

As Harold said when he was escaping from Guantanamo Bay, "Freedom means nothing if you're a slave to regular programming."
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Hmm $125 and not taking up premium sports is kindda steep but that's just me perhaps

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Though if you host a media server in your home (which I recommend doing) and you just download a stream to a device, Revue, PS3, XBOX 360, etc... you're speed

What exactly do you mean by a media server? I do have a HTPC in one room, but not in my main room. I was thinking of using a media streamer like that new Vizio Co Star or something and just using an online guide service like Buddyguide or something. Then hook up a DVR to it all and wam bam you got a makeshift TV watching setup. IF.... IF you can still get all shows somehow this way. Random examples of shows that I'll need to be able to get, in HD: The walking dead, Dexter, Army Wives, Wheeler Dealers, Doomsday preppers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and on and on and on. Is all that somehow available online, in HD? I guess that's what I'm really asking here. Cause I get the feeling that most of those TV watching sites are pretty flaky. They seem to make you have to sift through all serveral vids to find one that works sometimes.
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Hmm $125 and not taking up premium sports is kindda steep but that's just me perhaps

I have every last channel they offer. I don't know maybe I do have to take the sports package just to get all I want. I'm not sure, I've never looked at it. I know I certainly never asked for the sports. I got the nations top 250 plus all the movie channels. Such as HBO, Stz, showtime, skinemax, etc etc. If you take all that it gets high pretty fast. Most people don't take all the channels they can get for fear of the bill.
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