ditch paid tv?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by fishinjim, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. after being fed up with the always rising cost of time warner cable tv, I've been thinking about ditching subscription tv and going with ota instead and compensating with netflix. Until today, I expected to have to use tivo for DVR services (another $13/mo) until I ran into this device:

    DTVPal DVR

    with discussions here:

    So, I should be able to get by with $9/mo after buying the DTVPAL DVR, the ROKU Netflix device and $9/mo for unlimited movies and previous seasons shows.

    Anybody else with similar thoughts?
  2. i must be technically challenged...and i'll admit, i don't watch much tv but went to those links and have NO clue what they are talking about! :) Puts me in mind of one of my favorite John Prine tunes.

    She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol
    And I was just a soldier on my way to Montreal
    Well she pressed her chest against me
    About the time the juke box broke
    Yeah, she gave me a peck on the back of the neck
    And these are the words she spoke

    Blow up your TV throw away your paper
    Go to the country, build you a home
    Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
    Try an find Jesus on your own

    Well, I sat there at the table and I acted real naive
    For I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve
    Well, she danced around the bar room and she did the hoochy-coo
    Yeah she sang her song all night long, tellin' me what to do


    Well, I was young and hungry and about to leave that place
    When just as I was leavin', well she looked me in the face
    I said "You must know the answer."
    "She said, "No but I'll give it a try."
    And to this very day we've been livin' our way
    And here is the reason why

    We blew up our TV threw away our paper
    Went to the country, built us a home
    Had a lot of children, fed 'em on peaches
    They all found Jesus on their own

  3. don't get that ROKU device. you can only watch certain movies with it.hulu.com is a good site.
  4. iam20fan,
    from the avsforum, someone stated:

    My Roku box which I use for viewing NetFlix instant movies is suddenly HD. At no extra charge.

    When I got my Roku box just a month or so ago it had a lot of second tier NetFlix movies displayed in a slighly shaky "near DVD" format. Soon they added Starx movies which are more current and generally better artistically. But today I now suddenly have true 720p HD. Thee picture is rock solid - no more little shakes - and gorgeous. It is clearly better than DVD quality. It seems to be about the same as broadcast HD. I don't have a Blu-ray player and I won't speculate about true 1080p HD.

    The announcement hints that Roku is going to expand beyond NetFlix with Hulu and YouTube and other web video. If all this is true it may sound the death knell for Blu-ray. Everyone will want to have a Roku box at $100 and all its low cost content. After people see how good a 720p movie can look and how convienient it can be, many just won't want to bother with Blu-ray player.

    For me, the intention is to save the $600 I spend on TW cable TV each year and apply it elsewhere. If I can spend $99 on the roku box, get netflix, and use over-the-air digital tv for basic channels, I'm saving $500/yr and getting more options with the movies and past-season shows.

    Have you tried the Roku/Netflix device?