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8/15/10 8:35 P

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TV? What's that? Lol

We still have a couple old tube type TVs, but I RARELY watch it, mostly only if someone else has it on occasionally something will catch my eye. I don't have a CLUE what programs are on and when they air.

Unfortunately, others DO watch it so can't yet part with cable.


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8/15/10 1:59 P

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We got rid of our cable a month ago after much debate. Finally after the upteenth time of hearing "There's nothing on TV" I finally heard "Let's get rid of this overpriced crap" LOL We have an extra $70 a month to spend on DVD's (flea Market -$2) TV on DVD (just bought a season for $5 at said flea market- still sealed & $48 at best buy) or to save for other random things. If I rally want a show, it costs less then a month's cable & I can watch often. Plus, I ask others for trades for variety. Somebody somewhere has what you want to watch!

Plus, with internet only, there are no taxes or fees so we moved to a higher speed while we were at it. So, $29.99 is literally $29.99!

The only downside of hulu or lifetimetv (that's where I end up) is that they generally only keep the last 2 or so episodes.

We watch computer tv on the big screen all the time. For the most part no problem but if the quality is crap to begin with then the larger screen brings out the low quality. Think: watching old vhs on your new HD.

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8/15/10 11:46 A

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We have 1 medium sized tv (32") on the main floor and a bitty one downstairs by the treadmill and my elliptical exercise bike. The computer is in a spare bedroom we have set up as an office.

We have AT&T Uverse. That's kinda cable, I guess.

My partner is disabled, kinda. She is a survivor of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, 2 brain surgeries and strokes. Suz cannot survive without cable. National Geographic for Dog Whisperer, History, her fix-it-up shows and who-done-its.

I do my exercise downstairs in front of GAC videos (Great American Country)

I know we can watch certain stuff on the pc, but I don't think it will ever replace tv service for us on a permanent basis.



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8/15/10 11:19 A

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Unfortunately DH can't live without his sports channels. We have DirectTv and did eliminate the premium channels to save money and only have the basic sports channels. That said, I wouldn't trust a pc to do anything right. Some day we'll invest in a Mac when we are employed.

In the meantime, I just look for deals on dvds to watch this winter. Don't have much time for tv when the weather is nice.

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8/15/10 7:54 A

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I'd hardly watched TV in decades since the early 1980s when I worked nights and found I could live without it. In this century, I wound-up watching DVDs of TV shows if I wanted to see something I thought would be interesting.
But someone recommended Hulu a couple of weeks ago, and that's when I found out about The Trend: getting rid of Cable TV and replacing it with a combination of Hulu, Netflix, and network web broadcasts -- this combination covers practically everything except the sports channels.

I'm not a Netflix person -- I would rather buy DVDs of something on because I always wind up watching my DVDs at least twice (usually more), but using Hulu for certain programs does sound interesting.

Has anyone here, or anyone you know, ever done this? Some of the articles made it seem like everyone is dumping cable and hooking-up their computers to their TVs instead -- that may be true, but I don't know of anyone here who is doing it.

One article regarding Hulu instead of Cable can be found here:

But this particular article doesn't include Netflix and the network webcasts.

Their companion article regarding hooking-up your computer to your television set is here:

It has some good photos of the different connecting cables that you'd need to choose from (it's always good to have visuals like that). And YouTube has more specific videos, like connecting a Laptop. You can also Google the topic for more article links.

The only extra expense mentioned would be a wireless mouse to replace the remote control.

I researched other articles and some of them said that there may be drawbacks to hooking up your computer to the TV, but they really didn't go into detail.

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