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What are current solutions to switch to Internet-based TV and movies (see details)?

Asked by kevbo (25654points) July 19th, 2010

We’re doing Dish Network on an HDTV that offers 1080i, 720p, 480p & 480i settings as well as on an old school CRT TV. We think we want to switch to something along the lines of Roku + Netflix.

What’s your setup and do you recommend it or something else?

What speed Internet connection will we need to ensure stuff streams well?

Any trade offs worth mentioning (live sports, e.g.)?


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CMaz's avatar

I can only speak for Netflix. Either get a Netflix box. OR an XBox (I have that).

Pumping the signal our of the PC works, but can be a bit of a pain.

And the more bandwith the better the stream.

janbb's avatar

We’ve had Netflix for years but only just got an HDTV with 1080i. We were thinking of getting a Roku but needed a new DVD player anyway. What we got is a blue-ray that has wi-fi capabilitiy so that we can “watch instantly” anything that is available that way on our Netflix queue.

marinelife's avatar

I just switched to FIOS. I get TV, Internet (very fast connection) and phone for $99 plos taxes and fees per month for two years.

I am very happy with it.

anartist's avatar

Easiest damn thing is Netflix. They ask you to download a MS Silverlight file and you are good to go.I’m playing with other stuff but Netflix requires no play and you can download as much as you want for the monthly $8-dollar+ fee. Knock yourself out.

uniquenewyork's avatar

I would agree. There are tons of sites out there to stream TV content (Netflix, Hulu Desktop, Surf the Channel, Fancast, etc.).

We have a small netbook hooked up to a projector, and we love it. As long as you have a cable modem, things will stream just fine.

Silence04's avatar

Personally I don’t think there is a viable replacement for cable tv. Yeah it sucks that you have to pay a premium just to watch the certain channels that you watch.

Right now the problem is, when you remove yourself from cable tv, you are also removing yourself from network advertising which informs you of new shows. Therefore you would have to also find another means of gathering that information, and there isn’t realy a streaming channel in hulu that tells you about them either.

What really needs to happen is these major network need to bypass the middleman (cable providers) and offer online streaming service directly to the consumer for a low monthly rate. And that is too far our to even see any glimmering hope.

forestGeek's avatar

We’ve been without TV for months now, using only a Roku. We watch movies and older TV shows via Netflix, news via the Newscaster channel, and occasionally some podcasts from other channels. Overall I really like being TV and commercial-free, it but I do miss watching live local news, as well as some current network shows. We might opt for a digital converter box so we can receive over-the-air the local channels, but I really am not interested in paying Comcast for hundreds of channels of garbage!

I also agree with what @Silence04 says, the networks should offer subscriptions via Roku, Apple TV, etc.

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