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I'm investigating alternatives to cable television.

I've already re-activated my NetFlix account (on a free trial for the next month) and I'm pretty happy with what I'm finding there in the streaming video selections. Unfortunately, it's not everything I want to see -- for one thing, I'm not really seeing current seasons of shows in the streaming offerings.

Enter Hulu - Plus. I see it *does* offer many of the current season shows for which I'm looking, so that's a bonus. There are still a few things missing, but nothing that I can't wait until it's offered on DVD (and thus available on NetFlix.) I've only used Hulu a little bit, and even then only the basic model. I'd love to hear from anyone who's used it to any great extent.

My prime motivation is simple economics. Our current cable package just went up to $139.04 per month. Dumping the cable television portion drops that back down to $46.43. NetFlix and Hulu Plus each run about $8. If we add in the DVD option to NetFlix to cover the missing few items, that's another $8. Total: ~ $70. Heck, for that price difference, I might even be convinced to upgrade my cable speed!

Still, I'm looking for feedback on this. Has anyone had experience with these options? The only thing I watch semi-regularly that I know I'd be missing would be Countdown with Keith Olberman, but I know that there are other shows that come up at random that I'd likely miss.

Our experience

Date: 2012-01-24 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toddbear.livejournal.com
We called the cable company, told them what we wanted to spend, and ended up with an enhanced channel line up. Not sure how, but we dropped our bill by $30 and ended up with HBO on top of everything else.

On the other hand, we currently only subscribe to Netflix and Hulu and DSL, no cable bill at all. Every once and a while, we get impatient and buy something via Amazon.com.

--Toddbear

Date: 2012-01-24 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenwolf.livejournal.com
Jim and I ditched our satellite tv awhile ago in favor of the Roku. We get a lot of stuff on Netflix streaming, and a few shows from Amazon's subscription service. Aside from no longer being able to get live sports coverage (I miss watching my hockey) it suits us just fine.

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