Here’s my setup:
Netflix (streaming and disc)
I can stream Netflix from my television which is web-enabled, my PS3, or my Apple TV. I prefer the Apple TV since the interface is much better than the TV’s, and I don’t have to keep my PS3 on. People complain about the offerings on Netflix Instant, but you have to see it for what it is - mostly a collection of good TV series, along with a sporadic handful of movies to tide me over between discs by mail.
*I also have a subscription to a piece of software called PlayOn, which connects both my TV and my PS3 to my home computer, which acts as a media server. The link above shows all the “channels” that PlayOn receives. Note that for channels like ABC and CBS, it picks up programs that are on those channels’ websites, not to live TV. Either way, there’s an immense amount of content available through PlayOn, including a number of cable offerings. I haven’t actually checked out the live news channels - I’ll do that tonight and report back on how well it works. ESPN3 is their online live channel. It’s usually a softball game or lacrosse game or something - but occassionally they’ll have a baseball game or an interesting college football game going on. College basketball is also pretty good during the season.
(Note: I got a lifetime subscription to PlayOn when it was $40. It’s now $90. They often provide discounts and promotions - they recently were giving out a Roku XD to everyone buying a lifetime subscription, well worth it IMO. If you don’t want to spend $90, there are other alternatives (like TVserity) that don’t offer as many channels.)
**The Apple TV is a wonderful device for cable cutters. I’m happy to spend the money on a subscription to a cable show (like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc.) via the Apple Store, as the comparable cost of 4-5 shows (quite a bit, if you think about it) is far less than a cable subscription over the course of a year. (I got an e-mail from AT&T begging me back, saying that for “only $70/month” I could get cable again! That’s insane - for $70, I can buy a Series Pass to Mad Men and Breaking Bad!) A quick listing of what it’d cost me to buy if I wanted to keep up with these as they air:
True Blood - $35 (SD)
Mad Men - $35 (SD)
Breaking Bad - $35 (HD)
Dexter - $35 (HD)
Walking Dead - $35 (HD)
That’s 2.5 months of a cable subscription. And of course, these are all available on Netflix Instant if you’re willing to delay your schedule and wait for them to come out on DVD.
***There may have been times I’ve acquired a show or two from the interwebs before it’s available for purchase on iTunes or Amazon Prime. For those times, PlayOn will stream any media files from my computer to my TV.
Also - great username/thread combo.