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Old 01-02-2011, 05:41 PM   #46
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Order a set for me too, and consider it a late Christmas gift. I don't mind late gifts.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:47 PM   #48
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:40 AM   #51
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Just ran across this overview/summary article on CNN/Fortune:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/...ng-on-with-tv/
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:58 AM   #52
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Just ran across this overview/summary article on CNN/Fortune:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/...ng-on-with-tv/
Thanks. Interesting read. There's one part in there about how to watch the web on your TV and the best way to do that is to NOT watch it on your TV. Instead, watch it on your computer.

Set top boxes and built-ins are crippled from the start. They only allow limited web services and you may find yourself getting several devices just to get the services you want.

Not so with a computer. There are no restrictions. You have complete access to the entire net. No cobbling devices together just to get Hulu from one and Netflix from another.

I'm about to become a "cord cutter" as the article put it and ditch TV altogether. I've already done that in my living room (with the bedroom soon to follow). My living room setup consists of:
  • netbook w/ wi-fi
  • wireless mouse
  • 23" WS monitor
  • external DVD
  • 5.1 speakers
No need for a remote, since I keep the netbook next to my recliner. I mostly stream, so I rarely use DVDs. For my needs, a 23" monitor is large enough. Also, my netbook is capable of 720 HDTV output, so I'm satisfied there.

All-in-all, this setup meets my needs and the beauty is, I didn't have to spend extra to get any of it. I already had all of the components.

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Old 01-04-2011, 11:11 AM   #53
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But the thing missing is the over-the-air dvr capability. At least that's what I found. I like to record the local news and watch it without the commercials. To do that required a digital tuner and antenna(I already had the antenna).

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Thanks. Interesting read. There's one part in there about how to watch the web on your TV and the best way to do that is to NOT watch it on your TV. Instead, watch it on your computer.

Set top boxes and built-ins are crippled from the start. They only allow limited web services and you may find yourself getting several devices just to get the services you want.

Not so with a computer. There are no restrictions. You have complete access to the entire net. No cobbling devices together just to get Hulu from one and Netflix from another.

I'm about to become a "cord cutter" as the article put it and ditch TV altogether. I've already done that in my living room (with the bedroom soon to follow). My living room setup consists of:
  • netbook w/ wi-fi
  • wireless mouse
  • 23" WS monitor
  • external DVD
  • 5.1 speakers
No need for a remote, since I keep the netbook next to my recliner. I mostly stream, so I rarely use DVDs. For my needs, a 23" monitor is large enough. Also, my netbook is capable of 720 HDTV output, so I'm satisfied there.

All-in-all, this setup meets my needs and the beauty is, I didn't have to spend extra to get any of it. I already had all of the components.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:45 AM   #54
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But the thing missing is the over-the-air dvr capability. At least that's what I found. I like to record the local news and watch it without the commercials. To do that required a digital tuner and antenna(I already had the antenna).
That's not for me, because I don't watch local TV and haven't done so in well over two decades. Local TV sucks and so do ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. There literally aren't any shows on any of those networks that I watch. Not a one, so over-the-air is irrelevant for me.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:06 PM   #55
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To be clear, I agree. The only local shows I watch (and thus the need to selective record) are the local news, and various PBS (we have 2 over the air PBS stations) shows - Nature, Nova, etc.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:12 PM   #56
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To be clear, I agree. The only local shows I watch (and thus the need to selective record) are the local news, and various PBS (we have 2 over the air PBS stations) shows - Nature, Nova, etc.
I get local news off the net. I rarely watch PBS (2 stations), so I won't miss it.
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Ever since Direct tv loaded their bloatware app store onto my dvr things are running very slow. I am looking to cancel when my contract is up and go with an online solution. I can build a cheap pc to stream all that I need, and with a 40mb pipe to my house.. "gotta love Utopia fiber" I don't really see then need for the dish. Most studio networks run shows with a 8 day delay, for saving $150 a month... I think it's worth it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:32 PM   #58
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http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/...ng-on-with-tv/
Thank you very much for this link. For the past few days, I've been think about returning both the Boxee Box and the Roku (before Amazon's Jan. 31st holiday return deadline).

Right now the boxes compliment each other. Features missing on one are available on the other. If I send them both back and buy a Dell Zino HD, I could have everything I want for the same price as the two set-top boxes.

My concern is that I didn't want to have a big old OS to deal with though it would play really nice with all the computers at home.

I'll make a decision by Friday.
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I'll make a decision by Friday.
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I'm returning both the Boxee Box and the Roku. I like them both but in order to get one box to rule them all, I need a computer. I just ordered the Dell Zino. By using my union benefits, I got one with more bang for my buck than I could from the normal Dell site. It still costs a pretty penny but should last for many years because of the flexibility to upgrade software.
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