RickN99: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Also, it's amazing how many people want to give you a TV when they find out that you don't have one. It's difficult for some people to wrap their head around that someone would choose to go without one.Sounds like a plan."I don't have a TV.""You're kidding. Have a free TV."*sell TV*"I don't have a TV.""You're kidding....
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katerbug72: Any suggestions on a Roku alternative?
whitey_d: giftedmadness: lilplatinum: SockMonkeyHolocaust: After over 10 years, I am kind of to the point where I don't even watch DVDs or NetFlix anymore or I watch Repo Man over and over again. I watched 10 minutes of Big Bang Theory the other day and I can't believe that anyone is watching it without some kind of incentive or their families are being held hostage or something. TV is like religion to me, it's just not something that has a part in my life or something I really think about except when I post about how I don't have a TV.I will say this, though. I am not trained to be around them any more. I can't ignore TVs in the wild. I wind up just staring.http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-d oe snt-own-a-tel,429/That article claims the man lived with his gf when he was 13. It's probably fake.Actually the article was written in 2000 so he would have been 26
gittlebass: i'd gladly pay an extra 10 bucks a month to watch all my shows commercial free if that is even possible
likefunbutnot: katerbug72: Any suggestions on a Roku alternative?I'm personally fond of the LG Smart TV Upgrader, which has native support for Plex, Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, DLNA servers, SMB, NFS (local file server protocols) and can natively play .mkv and .FLAC files, including support for AC3 and DTS audio. They're like $60 refurbished or used. Good luck finding a new one.The WD TV Live is decent with a nice interface, but it has some annoying limitations in terms of support for local content.The original Boxee box has a nice, fast interface with crap tons of online options and supports damned near everything, but it doesn't do Plex or DLNA.Anything that you can hack a Plex client on to (Raspberry Pi, AppleTV, Generic Android HDMI stick, PC with XBMC or just the Plex Media Desktop) is going to be pretty decent, since Plex aggregates local content as well as online services.
GoldSpider: The day I can get internet cheaper without basic cable than with is the day I cut the cord completely.
rugman11: I'm really a fan of my PS3 for streaming. Obviously, it's a lot more expensive than those other options, but if you've already got one (or are considering one) it does Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and it can even be used to stream from a computer (which is what we do with a lot of our stuff).
seadoo2006: Yeah ... until Sony decides that the legal movie you're watching is illegal ... almost punted my PS3 out the window. I use a WD Live Box now ... 10x better. Fark Sony ... those douchebags.
HaywoodJablonski: Cable/TV has me by the balls until I get a GOOD alternative to live sports. I suppose I could go to a sports bar anytime a game is on, but that's not always an option. I "need" the following:-NFL-MLB-Golf Channel-College football (occasionally)If I could pay a la carte for those, I could possibly convince the wife to cut the cord
Torchsong: Broadcast will win back this zero television household when they put on programming this zero television household is actually willing to spend money to watch.ProTip: If it's reality television in any way shape or form, you fail.
ahwahoo2006: I'm convinced Comcast (Xfinity, whatever) is throttling Netflix. Had to switch to them since my new building is Comcast only (yay monopolies...) and ever since Netflix streaming buffers constantly. Never had an issue with Fios.
Jument: Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?
Silverstaff: I'm getting pretty fed up with cable TV myself.
ComicBookGuy: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: ComicBookGuy: I don't watch T.V. at all!! I'm just so intellectually superior, I entertain myself solely via my various Apple products. Unfortunately, I do have to wear a Lecter mask to stop gay men from shoving their cocks into my mouth when I'm out in public.I take in that when you're in a private place, you're cool with the gay men shoving cocks into your mouth?Well, that dep-*mmph*Goetz: ComicBookGuy: I don't watch T.V. at all!! I'm just so intellectually superior, I entertain myself solely via my various Apple products. Unfortunately, I do have to wear a Lecter mask to stop gay men from shoving their cocks into my mouth when I'm out in public.You spend a lot of time thinking about having cocks shoved in your mouth don't you?Is your ass capable of hurt at this point?You seem confused. Take a break, catch your breath and come out that closet swingin!
RRedline: have two WD TV Lives, and I love them. I use them to play movies over my network. Those things play almost ANYTHING you throw at them. I rip my Blu-rays to .mkv's, along with multiple audio streams and subtitles. The only annoying thing I have experienced is that they won't play the native "SUP" subtitles in Blu-rays. I have to convert them to SUB/IDX first, then mux them back into the video file. It's definitely not something for a casual person to do, but the WD boxes are a godsend for techies like me and anyone who needs to be able to play a broad range of formats (or lesser supported ones). The damn things play almost everything.
Serges: Oh boy, a TV hate thread. This should be good.
seadoo2006: So, which of you bleating Conservatards is against a TV tax again? Spent a summer in Britain and I would GLADLY, hell EXCITEDLY, pay a TV tax for the BBC and all of its programming. No commercials, hour long programs are actually an hour long, HD ... yeah ... fark the US system. Give me the BBC, you can have Honey Boo Boo.
dmoynihan: Yeah. Used to have a Roku, but that was a biatch as far as getting your own content to play.
Pocket Ninja: The very instant that HBO becomes available as a standalone subscription will be the same instant I cancel cable forever and get by solely with Amazon Prime.
HaywoodJablonski: HaywoodJablonski: Cable/TV has me by the balls until I get a GOOD alternative to live sports. I suppose I could go to a sports bar anytime a game is on, but that's not always an option. I "need" the following:-NFL-MLB-Golf Channel-College football (occasionally)If I could pay a la carte for those, I could possibly convince the wife to cut the cordI'll add EPL to the list of "needs"
Rwa2play: Thing is, TV conglomerates (i.e. ABC/Disney) would sh*t the bed AND put their bodies in the way of it if people demanded a la carte pricing. That's why you have dumbass networks like ABC Family and how if you want ESPN on your service, you're forced (if you're a cable company) to add channels like ABC Family.
seadoo2006: Yeah ... until Sony decides that the legal movie you're watching is illegal ... almost punted my PS3 out the window. I use a WD Live Box now ... 10x better. Fark Sony ... those douchebags.[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]
Gosling: Kahabut: TV is poison for your brain, and most of you can't really afford the lose of cognition in the first place.Depends what TV. It ain't poison if you're on the Science Channel watching marathons of How It's Made.
StrangeQ: Holy shiat, is that really a thing?And these farking companies wonder why people pirate.
davidab: Pocket Ninja: The very instant that HBO becomes available as a standalone subscription will be the same instant I cancel cable forever and get by solely with Amazon Prime.I get ads for HBO on Xbox Live all the time... why cant you get HBO across Live for whatever monthly fee they are charging (I realize that you may or may not have Live, but Live is less than $50 a year, and half that if you look for deals)?
louiedog: You still need a cable subscription to watch HBO Go.
evilmousse: The tv guide would be most accurate if it just said 'commercials' for every channel.Make a random number generator, pick 10 numbers from 1-60. For each number, tune to a channel at that minute of the hour. Over 50% of the time result = commercial.
Igor Jakovsky: If you watch an hour long tv show on say Netflix, the show is only 40 mins or so long. A full third of the airtime is farking commercials.
Jument: CeroX: Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs. Anyways, I want to cut the cord because cable costs too damn much. Currently we have cable Tivos which are awesome, primarily because WAF is high and I rarely need to help my wife with anything.The thing I'm worried about is that once the cord is cut our TV will come from a number of different sources. I am worried that my wife will not be happy and that I in turn will not be happy because I'm constantly going to have to help her. Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?PS3Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, Anime Alley, VUDU + Blue Ray, Dvd, and 3D, as well as able to view and play files from any windows media server or online cloud media server...I've never owned a PS3 in my life. Putting aside Blue Ray, could I get most or all of that with an Xbox (which I own one of already) or a Roku (which I also own one of already, used for Netflix only right now).I don't need to play my own video off a server. I just don't do that. I rarely if ever rewatch something and if I did, I would just Netflix it.
Bleyo: germ78: Count me in the "only watches TV for sports" brigade. Though I find it sad how many sports teams have gone to cable-only networks with few if any broadcast games anymore (the Bulls and Blackhawks used to get a game or so a week on local WGN; haven't seen one there in a while now). Netflix is pure awesome, though I can envision a future where Madison Avenue types make them an offer too good to refuse, and we wind up with ads on Netflix. That would be the day my Netflix subscription ends.There are a lot of legal ways around that now. If you want to watch the home team, all their games will be on local network stations that you can get on antenna for free in HD. If you root for another team, there are services you can get on you PC or gaming console that will let you stream the games live for a fee.The only issue I've had with it is NFL Sunday Ticket doesn't show MNF, so I just went to the sports bar with friends every Monday night.
Gosling: PanicMan: There's actually some really good shows on YouTube. Like Penny Arcade's "StripSearch", for example. Or anything on the Nerdist channel.Also mentioned Strip Search upthread, but really, reality producers ought to learn from their example. You can have a compelling reality show without manufacturing drama or casting people who you know are raging assholes likely to cause fights and shouting matches all season. Strip Search got just as much mileage from a mildly uncomfortable spat of simple disagreement between a contestant and a judge, and the closest to a rageathon has come from the hosts struggling to decide who to eliminate because the two nominees were just that damn good and only raging against the fact that they had to send someone home anyway.
MyKingdomForYourHorse: I watched the Walking Dead, last 4 episodes of Season 3 and honestly I have to say I was finding myself enjoying the show MORE. The commercials were an obvious distraction that I realized they were detrimentally affecting my viewing. I realized that there are probably other shows that I never picked up because the commercials threw me off them.
gambitsgirl: Andrew Wiggin: gambitsgirl: gambitsgirl: TheShavingofOccam123: gambitsgirl: I cut the cord over 4 years ago. I get my entertainment from the Internet. Like FARK. Which makes me stupider than people who watch Honey Boo booWelcome home!thank you, luv. Actually came out to troll the TF threads for the local tragedy. Some moms were worried about media at the elementary school and I came out to see how big of a splash the story made. So far only 2 redlights and really any media that would go to the school to get a 7-year-olds reaction to a friend being crushed to death by 24 foot of dirt offsite would be lynched.that didn't sound right. Came out to dredge through the TF threads? To see the TF threads? To look at the... meh nevermindwe all know what you meant. sicko.my sickness is part of my charm. At least I didn't make a "dig through" joke at the dead kids expense
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