Claude M. Schrader on 20 Nov 2014 08:32:52 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Cut The Cord - How to Start?

I recently trimmed the cord, as it were.

I went with Comcast's Internet Plus package. This provides a 15/5 internet
connection, local channels, and HBO (including HBO go). Including the
$10/month "HD Fee", and taxes, I think I pay about $62/month.

The HD local channels require a converter box, but I don't really watch
them much aside from football, and Meet the Press.

We use hulu+ and netflix on an appletv for most of our content
consumption. It takes a little getting used to, but it's a much better way
of watching tv. We spend way less time with the TV making noise in the
background with something we don't really care about. If we are watching
something these days, it took a conscious decision to put it on.

On 10:43 Sat 15 Nov     , Casey Bralla wrote:
> So I've pretty much decided I want to cut the cable TV cord.
> I therefore want to combine broadcast TV with streaming services.   I'll also 
> build a custom media PC for all this.
> Can anybody point me to a good reference for getting started?    I've done 
> some searching, but I feel like I'm drinking from a fire hose.
> Ideally, I'd like to do a virtualbox test setup.   
> I'm wondering about if I need special hardware.  Should I use the TV's tuner, 
> or use a special tuner card?
> Any suggestions or horror-stories would be greatly appreciated.
> -- 
> Casey Bralla
> Chief Nerd in Residence
> The NerdWorld Organisation
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