questionsanyone have a good resource for how to (step by…

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I cut the cord on the TV providers years ago when I realized I was spending half my time streaming from the network home pages and HULU. I like being able to spend a week watching the same show a couple of episodes at a time. I did recently start subscribing to Netflix as HULU started being too unreliable. I have a computer hooked to my TV to make it easy to stream web content. I also have a Samsung Smart Hub Blu-Ray player that puts the "smart" in my smart TV. My TV has some "smart" functions but it's 5-6 years old, The Blu-Ray brought in a lot of useful functionality. You can get them for around $70, around $50 if you scour everywhere.

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This site is a good place to start : http://cordcutterguide.com/
Also, Roku is your friend: http://www.roku.com/

You can get either a inside or outside antenna for most of your local stations.

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@computiac: I live on the slope of the last, littlest Rocky Mountain, which has all our broadcast stations on top. I am in their broadcast shadow, and can receive only one US radio station and one snowy TV station. It's been so long since I was able to watch broadcast TV that I generally forget that TV is actually beamed through the air to most people.

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I cut the cable. No sports in the house, so that was easy for us. Walking dead is 2.99 for HD per episode, even with prime.
We love the chromecast, for Hulu and Netflix, but it is best with android devices. No amazon app for chromecast yet.
We have a core2duo dell D620 running XBMC hanging off the back of the TV in the wall bracket, it is hooked into the VGA port. XBMC is fantastic it was a bit to set up, but worth it. I am going to try Plex next. (Plex has an Android app.) The laptop has issues playing some of my 1080, but not all. I think I am going to hook my old PC up to it next, depending on Plex.

We use http://www.amazon.com/SANOXY%C2%AE-Wireless-Remote-Control-Mouse/dp/B001M56DI0 most of the time.
And for set a wireless mouse and
http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Wireless-Keyboard-Android-Smartphone/dp/B0043862N4

You can always call your provider and tell them you about to invest in cutting the wire so you will pay $15 a month unless the cost goes down of the cable.

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Ran out of room.

We have Cable internet, they must give you some basic TV channels but I have not even bothered to run the cable to the TV. I think it may be illegal to use the cable TV if you are not paying for it.

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We dumped DirecTV over a year ago due to increased pricing (~$80/mo. w/NO premium channels) and lack of access to the channels we actually wanted, esp. local news which we were not "allowed' to get (per FCC regs. that protect advertising markets rather than serving the public interest which is one of the prime principles of airwave use in the USA)
Starting w/a Roku2 (about $60 or so to purch.) w/Hulu+ ($7.99/mo.) we easily spend 1/10 of the DirecTV cost and have no equipment rental fees. (cont.)

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(cont.)
Probably 70% of the stuff we used to watch is available through Hulu+ or a couple other streaming services. We have discovered a lot of content that is just plain great that we never would have found on DirecTV or over-the-air sources.
We now have added an AppleTV which works well w/the Roku and our various Apple computers & iPad. We tried ChromeCast but it didn't 'play nice' with the home network setup we have, requiring us to 'drop' our firewalls and change major router settings. So that is on Craigslist now. YMMV with Android stuff.
Next up: trading up to a Roku3 after the holidays when presumably the prices will come down some. And I am still looking for some type of DVR that will work w/Roku & AppleTV.

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@zippy the pinhead: Can you tell me about the main differences between the Roku 2 and Roku 3? I thought I read somewhere that the Roku 3 was for hard-wired systems, but now I can't seem to find that anywhere. Using the feature comparison chart on the roku.com site, mostly all I see listed are:

Motion control for games (Angry Birds Space included); 5x faster processor; ethernet, USB & microSD slot*; and YouTube and updated Netflix (Both with DIAL support), none of which are of particular interest to me.

Am I missing something important or something I don't know (and would want to know) about those extra features?

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Thanks for all the information.

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@magic cave: I have heard that the streaming is much faster w/fewer glitches than the Roku2. Also full 1080 support on all stations supposedly. Have yet to check out all the specs but we have been happy w/the Roku2 so far and would like the performance to be a little better. Seems like a fairly cheap upgrade if I can get a deal on a 3, since I can sell the 2 on Craigslist.

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@magic cave: Hulu told me the Roku2 has less trouble calls. That being said, the Roku2 has been out longer and has more factory refurbished.

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@caffeine_dude: Thanks for the comment from the Hulu folks!