I know this article is a few weeks old but i'm basically staring at the Time Warner order screen and saying if i get an HD DVR and HBO plus good internet it's $150+ a month if not more. I can just get do what you did and survive. The key is if my wife can survive...
The UI on TiVo actually isn't as bad. I too took about 4 years off from cable. I decided to plug back in and the only way I'm still using it is with TiVo. Sometimes I think I'll cut the cord again, but the serendipity of the live feed of cable is actually kind of fun. Read more
Live sports are the main reason I need cable. I can't watch sports on a computer, and the internet is never completely smooth and skip-free (if I were to hook it up to a TV). I was reminded of this on this past Saturday as I sat down for a day of English Premier League on the HDTV.
You should seriously consider building an HTPC with a tv tuner setup. I have a Windows Media Center setup I built with a Ceton Infinitv 4 card and it's completely changed my relationship with cable altogether. For starters, you don't have to pay to rent a DVR box you hate. You pay about $3 a month for a cablecard… Read more
4 years in, cutting cable was the best thing I ever did for my life. If I want entertainment, I actively have to seek it online via netflicks, various legal streaming sites, 'other' sources, etc. But I have to manually go out there, perhaps wait awhlie and then I get to watch something. Usually I have a nice… Read more
Can't we all just agree that Beats are for teeny-boppers??
I got cable back recently too when I moved in with my fiance. We hardly watch it, and mostly still watch Netflix etc... It's hard to go back to watching commercials all the time, and not being able to pause or watch episodes in order.
sabnzbd+sickbeard+usenet - auto-download shows of your choosing as soon as they're online:
First things first, get an app for you cable provider on your os of choice. If your service provider doesn't have an app, then yeah you screwed up. I'm a Directv customer, and their app is crazy useful, but I've used the xfinity app and can safely say that it's equally awesome. Beyond providing a much better guide,… Read more
Cable boxes seem to be getting worse rather than better. My first DVR was from Dish Network and it was awesome. That was years ago. You'd think the technology would have improved but, no. I had to downgrade to Comcast and their DVRs are the pits. They sometimes don't record your shows. Series recordings… Read more