Forget cable: Here's how to get your TV online

Feb 14, 2009 Read more: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 29
Tired of seeing your monthly cable or satellite TV bill eat up a big chunk of your household budget? Maybe it's time you considered joining the growing number of tech-savvy consumers who are bypassing paid ... Read more
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Sunrise resident

Homestead, FL

#1 Feb 14, 2009
I think you're overstating the simplicity of some of these systems and what they offer.

"Forget cable: Here's how to get your TV online" should be more like "Here is how you can still enjoy some of the shows you like with a little more inconvenience and an investment in some equipment".

Also....you should have included Snapstream and their line of products at http://www.snapstream.com .

I wouldn't recommend ANY of this for the lazy or technically inept though.
Internet

Dania, FL

#3 Feb 14, 2009
Don't forget that some cable and dsl providers charge you more if you don't have tv or phone service bundled with your internet connection.

These internet streams can eat up a lot of bandwidth. Broadband isp's are starting to cap their monthly usage per subscriber. Going over will cost you more as well.

Just something else to keep in mind.
Floridabird

United States

#4 Feb 15, 2009
Who watches most of that nonsense on TV anyway? Or should say, "the in-home advertising machine." I won't be long before ISPs get the idea and will raise rates to get their slice of the pie.
internet on tv

Frederick, MD

#5 Feb 15, 2009
Dan - you don't need a media extender to connect your PC to your TV. Just an affordable cable: PCTVCables.com
gary ohio

Andover, OH

#6 Feb 15, 2009
my majic jack has been really great the reception is clean better than my embarq phone that is poor as it gets. you can buy five years service for $60 or $20 a year. unblievable great.
gary ohio

Andover, OH

#7 Feb 15, 2009
get the majic jack it is a real keeper for clear clean reception at a steal of a deal for $20 a year or 5 years for $60. are you kidding me this is the best deal anywhere.
Thanks A Lot

AOL

#8 Feb 15, 2009
Great column and good timing,since my DirectTV gift of a year from a friend is about up.
Birgus Latro

Gainesville, FL

#10 Feb 16, 2009
I live way out in the sticks and have lived without Tv for four years and I also have majic jack it's great

Since: Jun 08

United States

#11 Feb 16, 2009
Unfortunately this will be a short lived trend for a few reasons:
1) The content being rebroadcast isn't always licensed to be used that way.
2) A lot of these video startups are having issues monetizing.
3) ISP's are quietly putting limits on your download and upload capacity-- if you have AT&T or Comcast as your internet service, you ALREADY have download limits per month.
4) These limits are only going to get tighter as these companies try to squeeze the services for more profits.
Tony

United States

#12 Feb 16, 2009
But you have to get the internet somehow?

DSL, as I dropped a landline I guess I could
get dry-loop DSL, but it cost a little more.

Comcast internet without cable, but it also cost a little more.

So Comcast internet with basic cable is probably
the best way to go.

With their 6 month promotions,
switch between roommates account
to keep the low price going.

“If you say it, back it up”

Since: Jan 08

Ocoee, FL

#13 Feb 16, 2009
If you have T-Mobile cell services, they have a terrific home phone service called T-Mobile @ Home for only $10/month unlimited everything. Need a digital V-Tech type phone for maximum quality. We tried with a regular wired phone and the quality drop off was too large.

“If you say it, back it up”

Since: Jan 08

Ocoee, FL

#14 Feb 16, 2009
Hussian wrote:
OBAMA IS THE END
we must bring Regan back to live!
SAVE US ZOMBIE REGAN BEFORE DRUNK JOE AND KING OBAMA BECOME TOO POWERFUL
And this is relevent to the discussion....why?

We republicans are already going thru a tough time. Don't be an idiot. We already have enough.
Jeff H

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Feb 16, 2009
Since I am not a habitual TV watcher, the internet has afforded me more convenience in watching some programs that interest me.
I wouldn't say that watching TV through on the web is easy but it's definitely an option that works.
Great article! Thanks Mr. Vasquez.
john

United States

#16 Feb 16, 2009
hey mike- what model v-tech do you have?
Frank L

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Feb 16, 2009
I'm using At&T's U-verse, its okay but there are problems, the show info on USA cast information list people that are not on Monk, NCIS to name a few. Does anyone feel that AT&T was not clear on there U-verse and telephone rates.
Tapsa

United States

#18 Feb 16, 2009
Tony : DSL, as I dropped a landline I guess I could
get dry-loop DSL, but it cost a little more.

Just keep in mind that with the dry-loop most carriers offer slower speeds. E.g. AT&T only sells you 3.0 mmbs with the dry-loop.

I have ooma with dry-loop and it works fine. It's $200 up front but there is no phone bill.
Really free

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Feb 16, 2009
If you want to talk to friends around the world for free, try Yahoo Messenger. Get a webcam with mic, sign up for a free Yahoo email account, download messenger..it doesn't get any cheaper or easier. Okay, so you need a DSL connection and you have to send an email to let the other person know when you would like to call or chat. Big deal. It's free and it works..plus you can see the person on the other end in stop-motion video - cheaper than a plane ticket to see the grandkids.
Linda Nelson

Burbank, CA

#20 Feb 16, 2009
I've been doing this for a year - i.e. streaming films from my laptop to my TV. I'm about to cancel my cable service, except for broadband internet. I never watch "at the scheduled time" anyway. I know this trend will continue and the beautiful thing is that you don't even need another set top box.
Birgus Latro

Gainesville, FL

#21 Feb 16, 2009
Birgus Latro wrote:
I live way out in the sticks and have lived without TV for four years and I also have majic jack it's great
my computer is hooked to a 35in HDTV-DVD player, I can watch any day old TV show and with hulu I can watch 100s of old movies and TV shows free, hulu is great
destinationspac

Orlando, FL

#22 Feb 16, 2009
Wow, I've been doing this forever. Though, I havent bothered with the TV interface. The laptop screen meets my needs. I suppose that will change when I have kids. I haven't had a land line phone in years. I watch my favorite shows online at sites like Hulu. One advantage of that is that you also contribute to your favorite shows' ratings (for some networks anyway).

Of course, if you want movies, there is also Bittorrent, where you can find just about anything.

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