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Old 08-27-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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Anyone kicked the cable or sattelite out for any of these? I have DirecTv (for now, really don't like it but stuck in contract) and we finally added a new flat screen in an upstairs bedroom. Well, Directv wants $150 for a new receiver up there. I heard apple tv is great and relies on your wi-fi but I've heard Android is good too. So I'm exploring options.

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Old 08-28-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Ive cut the cord about 9 months ago. I was on DirecTV and got tired of paying out the wazoo for a bunch of things ill never watch. The only real reason I was able to do this successfully though is I installed a wired network in my house (so far just the bottom half). I have all android devices though and it works for me.

Plex Media Server on a strong computer in my home office in the basement to stream from.
Gigabit wired networking through the main and basement
802.11n WiFi for upstairs.
Sony GoogleTV in basement theater room (wired)
Logitech Revue GoogleTV in the living room (wired)
Google Chromecast in the bedroom upstairs (WiFi)
Plex client running on google TV along with Netflix, only use upstairs with Netflix.
I have a means to access all TV shows and movies online, so it works for me. Im able to get them to my local server and then each TV that has a Plex client can watch them. The Chromecast hopefully will get Plex soon too.

I also have an HD antenna on the roof that is wired to each room of the house for the local stations.

So if you go down that road... there is a lot involved. I think its worth it and love not being tied to a broadcaster that can get pissy and shut off access to a media broadcaster like CBS.... but its not for everyone.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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I haven't cut the cord, am just using it smarter - Basic Cable from Time Warner (Under $80 a month) + HD-HomeRun clear QAM tuners on wired network.

HTPC/DVR's - Windows 7 Media Center inside SilverStone Milo ML03 (Quite, low power consumption) cases. Amazon instant video + Netflix + DVD/Blu Ray.

Ability to remotely watch recorded TV via WebDAV/ISS7 server
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