I'm seriously considering downgrading my package with Comcast from Triple Play to just internet. I hardly ever use my land line (in fact had at one point forgot my phone number) and figure I can watch t.v. on-line and through Netflix. However, I can't seem to find a decent website that allows me to watch t.v. before the season is over in full episodes.
I'm mostly interested in watching WWE Raw, the NBC Thursday night shows and some of the stuff on FX. Is any of this stuff on-line afterward?
It depends on how you want to receive shows - Hulu.com has several shows from the networks posted, usually, the day after they air - I know that NBC and Fox are on there. I believe ABC.com has their own player that works much the same (and I'd assume CBS.com does too).
WWE Raw will probably never be aired online (though Smackdown and Superstars are and, if you're into it, Impact is available at spiketv.com), though you can get clips. Technically you could torrent or watch many streams on broadcaster sites (Justin.tv), but that depends on if you want to go that route since it's not, er, strictly on the up and up.
Apple also has season passes for a lot a programs, too - you can also rent individual shows for $1.99 (I think).
We dumped our cable, and - with broadcast, Hulu, Netflix, and the network websites - generally don't miss cable at all. Oddly enough, we still get a few basic cable channels (CNN, USA, MSNBC, Spike and TBS - as well as the HD offerings of our local network affiliates) without a cable box or paying for cable. I have no idea why - but I'd gladly dump those if it meant an increase in our internet speed.
My only complaint about Hulu Plus (aside from the 30 second commercials) is that not all shows are stream-able to PS3 and "non-computer" devices. But with what we've saved on cable, we could easily justify getting a Mac Mini or some other small computer just for entertainment purposes.
We still keep a land-line - mostly due to the fact that we had four major wildfires in 18 months and when the power goes out the cell carriers all jam up. For me, it's worth it solely for piece of mind to keep a land-line and a standard analog phone connected.
I'm having this discussion with my girlfriend for when we move out, and the biggest issues would be sports-related and the whole leaving an SVU or NCIS marathon on as background noise.
I like sports (and I don't care who knows), and since we'd be moving way out of the Mets broadcast area, she'd want MLB's package, which would be cheaper than cable, but... I'll watch almost ANYTHING. Late-night West Coast college football? FUCK AND YES. Cutting cable might complicate matters there, although there's ESPN3 for some of these things.
Do Netflix or Hulu Plus have decent-sized archives of SVU or NCIS? She already subscribes to Netflix, and Hulu Plus might be worth it for other shows. It'd eat into the savings of not getting cable (we're already not getting a landline if we can help it), but it'd probably still be worthwhile.
Although Raw probably won't be online, WWE posts chunks of the show on their site, so that's an option. If they expanded 24/7 to make it into a Hulu-like service, that'd be one avenue, but that's WWE's call, alas. (Oh, and with ROH being sold to Sinclair, their new TV show will be posted online, if you're so inclined, because it'll be primarily targeted at Sinclair-owned stations.)
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My friend did something like this and loves it. He called Time Warner and for their cheapest cable service. No digital. No dvr. No box at all. Just an old fashioned coaxial to the tv. He cut his bill down by over a hundred bucks and still gets to watch a clear picture for network tv and has most of the common basic cable channels to boot.
Before dropping completely, it might be worth checking that out....
I made the switch and added Netflix. Not the huge savings I thought I would get but I never used the phone service and the t.v. was only background noise. Used DVD's are cheap and there seems to be a lot I can watch on the Netflix website. Thanks for all the feedback!
I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents. My wife and I gave up cable about 5 years ago. We had Netflix and used Hulu and network sites to watch all the stuff we wanted. It was great. Then, because it took a bit of work to actually access what we wanted, we found ourselves watching less. We eventually cancelled Netflix and had Hulu Plus for a few months. That wasn't worth it either, and now we just use free Hulu to follow the maybe 4-5 shows we still care about. So, watching less TV can be a huuuge upside to cancelling cable if you are somebody who maybe spends a bit too much time with it.
The downside is that I really don't save any money because I buy way more comic trades nowadays. Oh well, at least I can get some fresh air while reading them!
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An awful lot of television can be downloaded for free from Usenet if you have a service such as EasyNews. Send me a PM if you'd like to know more about this since the material isn't necessarily being posted legally.
Originally posted by Peter The HegemonAn awful lot of television can be downloaded for free from Usenet if you have a service such as EasyNews. Send me a PM if you'd like to know more about this since the material isn't necessarily being posted legally.
Actually, please don't.
Can't you guys please, please keep everything on the up and up for me? I'm begging you.
I really don't ask for much around here by way of rules, but I'm a stickler for this one.
Between Netflix, Hulu (and Plus), iTunes and Amazon Prime, you should be able to watching almost anything from the past 60 years your little heart desires.
I'd almost say get a Roku, but not having one I can't actually speak to their performance, but I know they have additional "channels" available. I currently use my Tivo for hulu/netflix/youtube, but recently hooked up an old computer to the plasma to watch other stuff (non-hulu plus, network TV sites) "in-browser."
Almost everything can be found *legally* online, generally for free (or after some ads, which can be blocked for the most part) so I really wouldn't bother with the newsgroup route. For the most part, I've found I can wait for serialized TV to show up on Netflix/Hulu (unless it's something I absolutely love, like Doctor Who, and then I have to seek it out on the tuner)
Sports are a problem, but again, I think Roku has an MLB.tv channel (I'm not a sports fan, so I should be a prime candidate for "cutting the cord", but my wife loves to channel surf and pick something at random to watch while she crafts after I go to sleep, and despises picking out what she wants to watch on netflix.)
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I've been having fun with my MacBook for almost a month, and the main software I've used is VLC for video playback - since iTunes or whatever their default media player doesn't support a number of codecs.