Thursday, January 13, 2011

An Update on Cable-Free

Sony BRAVIA KDL-46EX500 1080P 120Hz 46-Inch LCD HD TVSo, it's been about 3-4 weeks since we stopped our cable service.
At first, it wasn't awesome... but we're doing OK.

We use hulu plus, which we can get through our TV.  Honestly, I don't love it.  You can't resume play and the playback is iffy at best.  We have 11 weeks free of it, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone right now, at least people who have to pay.  Hopefully they're just getting the kinks out right now.

We also have netflix which streams directly to our TV.  It's awesome, I love it.  It's my new best friend.  Besides the song Mandy.

We have basic cable right now, just because it's only 10 bucks more and I'm not sure what our signal strength on the basic channels would be without it.  Once hulu gets more shows, I may consider even cancelling that.  I do like to watch news in the AM, but I think we could get some bunny ears and possibly make that work.

My cable bill was 13 bucks this month (we also get Internet through them).  Sure, that's lower than it will usually be, but it's been 120 at times (depending on what promotion I could beg us onto -- we had a credit last month because we stopped the service mid-month).

We have a TV tuner on our computer, but it's a pain to get shows from our computer to the TV (DVD's take like 4 hours to burn, or longer).  Still trying to tweak that.  BUT, it can record things we REALLY want to watch, so that is surely a benefit.

I'm still looking for a way to get a regular computer signal to the TV.  I've had my eye on a 40 foot long HDMI cord, but not sure that's the best option.  I have a better idea one of these days.  So far all of the ones that go via wifi are super expensive and can't go through walls.  Booo.

Anyway, that's my update.  Anyone else done this lately?


  1. Hey Hill.

    You can actually resume play on Hulu.

    You just go to the queue.

    Then click on history. It will show everything that you have recently watched.

    When you click on the show you want to watch, it picks up right where you left off.

    I enjoy hulu a lot. The jury is still out on whether Hulu Plus is worth it, but I have enjoyed catching up on older tv shows that I wanted to watch, but never did -- like Battlestar Galactica and Heros.

    Troy is working on getting the computer hooked up to the TV. I will let you know how it goes.

  2. if you need help figuring it out, my hubby is a computer genius ( and wouldn't mind helping) and our tv is hooked through a computer and works fine for us. good luck


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