Taking this pill just once a month will make you flabby, lazy, dumber, cynical, an underachiever and absolutely joyless.
Best of all, this little “pill” only costs about $100 per month! Would you take it? Of course not!
What if I told you that magic little pill was your TV service? Hmmm…….
Pay TV Consumers are cutting the cord at a record pace. Here’s how to do it:
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News reports that 10% of Pay-TV households (That’s Cable, Satellite, TV from Phone Company) plan to cut the cord in 2011. You can check out his interesting article here.
The interesting thing is that they are not going back to the fish-bone aerial antenna on the roof. We are now getting our media via the Internet. We cut the cord back in November here at the AVIntegr8r world headquarters, and we have missed it very little.
What you need:
1st You probably already have a HD Television. (If you do not, ping me for a few recommendations)
One key is that you also have a digital tuner with your TV. All over-the-air broadcast TV went to an all digital format in June 2009. Televisions manufactured before that date may not have a digital converter, and require an outboard converter.
Younger HDTVs have the digital tuner built in, so they’re good to go.
2nd An internet connected streaming device. These can be your network gaming consoles like PS3, X-Box, Wii and others. There are also dedicated video streaming devices like these from Roku and AppleTV These offer Vimeo and YouTube video out of the box,
and are a conduit for streaming movies, music and TV shows. There are pros and cons to each. Roku has an available 1080p output, and has Hulu. Apple has iTunes integration, Airplay and a free iPhone/iPod remote control.
3rd Broadband internet. This is how your Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Internet music is delivered. You’ll want to connect your media center to your home network. There are WiFi devices that enable this, but a hardwired connection is always preferred.
And that’s it! Here at world headquarters, we use an AppleTV feeding into the surround sound receiver, a digital over-the-air antennae for local HD programming, and a Blu-Ray for appointment movies. It rocks!
Assuming you already have Broadband internet at home, the Netflix account will run $8-12 per month and there are no other recurring charges. (If you go with the Roku and use the Hulu+ service, they also charge a monthly fee.)
So, Douggy Digital, cut that cable, ditch the dish and kill that bill.
Then you can smile mysteriously….
P.S. Comment below on your money-saving setup, or to request a system wiring diagram. Thanks!