It’s been over a year and a half since we originally canceled cable. Here’s a quick update on what’s new…
On July of 2008, we wrote a blog post comparing the costs of keeping cable with buying a 50″ TV each year and tossing it in a dumpster and created a simple calculator to see how much cable TV really costs.Â Â We also launched a free showfinder tool which shows how to watch your favorite shows without cable TV.
A lot has changed since we started this blog.Â Â The digital transition has taken place.Â Â Hulu.com is on it’s way to becoming a household word.Â Â And we’ve found even more ways to watch our favorite shows without cable.Â Â We’re amazed at all of the attention our site has been receiving and appreciate all the recommendations!
Here’s what’s new since our last post…
Our current setup:
We took some of the money we saved by canceling cable and purchased a 50′ flatscreen TV for our family room.Â Â It was a good feeling, since it cost less than what we would have paid for about 7 months of cable.Â Â Best of all it has a built in over the air tuner, so we now receive free broadcast HD programming with a picture quality that is superior to our old cable signal.
For movies, We’re using a Roku player in combination with a basic Netflix account.Â This lets us watch thousands of movies and shows for free using Netflix’s free streaming service – kind of like zero cost pay per view.Â If a very recent movie isn’t available, we usually get it by DVD via Netflix.Â Another nice thing about the Roku is that it lets us rent current movies from Amazon’s Video on Demand Service (typically $3.99) and watch them on our TV.
We ended up canceling our Tivo service and instead, we connected our laptop to the TV using a HDMI cable and watch our favorite shows on Hulu.com.Â Â The only downside is that we can’t fast forward through commercials, but the nice thing about Hulu is most commercial breaks are 30 seconds vs. 2 minutes or more on broadcast TV.
We pulled the TV out of our bedroom and use our widescreen laptop (an old 15″ HP) to watch TV in bed via Hulu.com
In addition to the widescreen laptop, we have an inexpensive Netbook which weighs about 3 pounds and lets us watch Hulu.com, Netflix Instant, and Itunes anyplace in the house.Â Â We also take this with us on vacations and use it instead of a portable DVD player.
What we are working on…
In the next few posts, we’ll try to answer some of the most common questions we’re asked…
- How to watch Hulu programming on a TV
- Watching sports coverage without cable TV
- New devices which let you watch movies and TV over the Internet
We’re also in the process of updating our Showfinder tool to reflect the new programming which is now available.
If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles, please leave a comment for us.Â Â Thanks!