awfulhorrid: (Bajoran Communicator Pin)
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.
awfulhorrid: (Golden Moose)
OK, actually the company is based in the Netherlands, but that's pretty darn close, isn't it?

Anyway, I now have John Cleese telling me how to get to where I'm trying to go. This amuses me a great deal. It's not perfect, but most of the problems I've found so far have been solved by simply being smarter than the GPS navigation unit. (Yeah, yeah ... that's going to make it useless for a lot of the population, I know!) And just think: I have [livejournal.com profile] rileybear67 to thank for convincing me to get this brand.

Which reminds me, I have warm flannel sheets for you ([livejournal.com profile] rileybear67). When shall we snuggle up in them? I mean deliver them to you?

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