Computer instead of Cable TV Provider
Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:55 PM
Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:31 PM
You will still need an active subscription to the cable company, unless you're heavily into blank screens.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 05:55 PM
Posted 07 September 2010 - 08:06 PM
I know how you feel. There is a very very good option in Boxee that is still in Beta stage, but it works fairly well. It's a little funny because to "go back" a screen it requires you right clicking, not hitting a "back" button. Anyway, it brings all kinds of television that is legally shown by sites like hulu, fancast, youtube, etc to your computer absolutely free. The TV shows are generally about 1 week behind the live or 1st showing on cable. Boxee also does movies, but the free movies on the net are not very good... and for that I would recommend NetFlix which also integrates into Boxee. I believe they are something like $8.99 for 1 DVD at a time and unlimited streaming a month right now which I think is fantastic. You can also stream netflix through blu-ray players as well.
You can always go straight to sites like Hulu, Fancast, etc as well.
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Other than that, just about any computer Pentium IV or higher that connects to your TV will do. You may want a better video card for some cases which will require a better more powerful power supply as well. You really don't "HAVE" to spend a whole lot to do what I'm suggesting.
Hope that helps, feel free to ask questions.
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