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Old 01-21-2011, 11:22 AM   #76
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:52 AM   #77
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Well, I still have the Boxee Box and the Roku. I received a delay in shipment email on the Dell Zino and opted to cancel the order altogether. I'm going to try to upgrade some parts on my current desktop and turn it into a media server (I don't have any HDMI ports on it).

I've also come to the conclusion that I will not be able to ditch DirecTV at this time. I can't find an antenna solution for OTA HDTV that works in my condo (at least not at a price I'm willing to pay). I was able to get a $10 per month for discount for a year from DTV because I asked based on being a long time customer.
You might try a homemade bowtie antenna. There are instructions out on the internet. The one I made picks up towers up to 50 miles from my house and all I used was some copper wire, a block of wood, some sheathing nails, and a little $5 part from Radio Shack.

When I did ditch my satellite, the rep I talked to asked me what service I was switching to. I told her I wasn't switching to anything. I was just dropping the dish. She flat out refused to believe me. She told me I could tell her who I'm really switching to. She kept asking and I could tell she didn't believe me even when she finally gave up. That was definitely the second most fun I've had with a phone rep behind the time Columbia House was selling those monthly TV episodes in the mail and I kept asking for spinoffs I knew they wouldn't have like The Lou Grant Show, The Ropers, After MASH, and What's Happening Now. I went on for about half an hour.
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I built my media center a while back, I bought 2 Haupauge tuners and can record through Windows Media Center as I have Windows 7 Ultimate
so now I have a never ending hard drive and 2 tuners, plus I can watch from any computer in the house any program recorder there
also music videos and Netflix on any computer ot my tv that the Media Center computer is hooked up to
It is much like Tivo or Boxee but cost me much less to build and I get free TV and even HI-Def as well
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:25 PM   #79
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installs on iPhone/Ipad via Cydia, and requires you to have Jailbroken device

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Old 01-22-2011, 01:36 AM   #80
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I've also come to the conclusion that I will not be able to ditch DirecTV at this time. I can't find an antenna solution for OTA HDTV that works in my condo (at least not at a price I'm willing to pay). I was able to get a $10 per month for discount for a year from DTV because I asked based on being a long time customer.
What shows do you get on DirectTV that you can't d/l from the Internet? Also, Hulu Plus for $10 a month is becoming a viable option... not sure if they have a big screen solution yet though.

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Old 01-23-2011, 08:48 PM   #81
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What shows do you get on DirectTV that you can't d/l from the Internet? Also, Hulu Plus for $10 a month is becoming a viable option... not sure if they have a big screen solution yet though.

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Lots of stuff, if you're talking about doing it legally. Sure, you can torrent a lot of stuff, but that's not legal, or precisely safe either (especially HBO and a few other networks that are more zealous about protecting their content).
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:08 PM   #82
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The one in particular I can't get is National Geographic Channel and the new season of Alaska State Troopers.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:28 PM   #83
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Lots of stuff, if you're talking about doing it legally. Sure, you can torrent a lot of stuff, but that's not legal, or precisely safe either (especially HBO and a few other networks that are more zealous about protecting their content).
Ah.. thanks for keeping my honest. All of what I d/l it freely available OTA or online... so I see no illegality in it. Of course, I did give up some stuff... but I just couldn't justify paying what I was paying to watch one or two shows. Nothing is so good that I will miss it all that much.

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Old 01-24-2011, 01:48 AM   #84
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I always wonder what's the difference between me recording something and watch it back later, or download the recorded version of somebody else which I downloaded...
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About the same as recording a song off the radio vs downloading it from a pirate site.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:33 AM   #86
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About the same as recording a song off the radio vs downloading it from a pirate site.
That would depend... Usually those music files are ripped from a CD, DVD, or any other official music carrier. I often download episodes from series which are recorded by others from TV. Ok, they usually remove all commercials, but if I record it myself, I always skip the commercials (why else record it?)
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:59 PM   #87
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Well so much for saving money on my Satellite TV bill.
No I didn't fall for the COME BACK PLEASE deal but

I just bought this:

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But still it's a "fixed cost" no ongoing monthly charge and hopefully will last a long long time.
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Yes, it's very nice, built in wireless internet and internet apps - netflicks, hulu, rhapsody, etc.
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