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George Ledo
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I suspect there's a lot I don't know about TV nowadays, especially streaming programs onto a TV. So I'm curious as to alternatives to paying for cable TV and just going thru high-speed internet. Any experiences doing this?
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I've for cable. But recently bought a Google Chromecast. It's small gizmo you plug into TV and you can then stream things thru you computer or smart phone to TV. We stream Netflix and pretty much stopped watching cable.
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When I was single went without cable for a few years. People forget that they still broadcast uncompressed High Def right over the airwaves and all you need is a $10 antenna. I used the antenna to get the main channels (CBS, NBC, ABC, Public TV) and a combination of Hulu and Netflix for everything else streaming through a Roku box. Total outlay: about $16 a month. Anytime I've moved in with a woman though, she insisted on having cable.
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I was looking at a Roku box the other day, but it wasn't clear on it just what you could get besides NetFlix and sports. Donna is primarily interested in the cooking shows, and the Roku web site wasn't totally clear on whether those are included with any of the models or if they're an extra charge. I sent them an email, so I guess I'll have to wait and see. Smile
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George, I have a lot of experience streaming with an HD TV. Do you have a high definition TV with HDMI connections. If so you have a lot of options. Beware though if you stream from services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime you still have to pay a fee. However the fee is less than the cable fee but it may offer you less based upon your viewing interests. Ask away and possibly I can help.

If you have the type of TV that I mentioned you can get a new DVD player for less than $100.00 that will turn your TV into a "smart" tv which gives you connection capabilities for just about every service (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, You Tube, etc. including access to the internet for a variety of applications.

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"I was looking at a Roku box the other day, but it wasn't clear on it just what you could get besides NetFlix and sports."

Roku is just the hardware box. Like an AppleTV. Within the Roku box are hundreds of apps which represent streaming shows. Some are free, others you have to pay for. So you can get Netflix, Hulu on the Roku box. So you'd want to look to see if Hulu or Netflix has the shows you are interested in, not the Roku box itself. Lately, because I stream a lot from my music and movie collection, I'm using the Appletv instead of the Roku box, which has most of the same apps available.
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