New technology provides cheap alternatives to cable and satellite TV


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Mr. Nill recommends that those living in the St. Joseph area purchase a local range HDTV outdoor antenna (a one-time purchase of $100 to $129) to pick up the Kansas City stations. Not only will this antenna pick up 20 to 30 stations (including local NBC, ABC, CBS, CW and FOX affiliates), it will display them in an HD picture of better quality than cable or satellite TV, Mr. Nill says...

You can supplement your antenna with a subscription to Netflix, which rules the roost when it comes to streaming TV shows for a monthly subscription. Netflix programming can be streamed on your computer, as well as through an Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3. But it’s an ideal choice only if you’re willing to wait a bit after a show comes out to see it.

Those who don’t want to wait a couple of months could consider a Hulu Plus subscription for $8 per month. Hulu Plus keeps up to four or five of the most recent episodes of popular TV shows from networks such as ABC, MTV and FOX, and sometimes you can find whole seasons of series like “The Office” or “Grey’s Anatomy.” Naturally, you should look through Hulu Plus’s offerings to make sure the service has the show you want to watch before you sign up.

Those who do subscribe to a streaming service like Hulu Plus also should consider investing in a set-top box like those from Roku and Boxee. These boxes stream content from apps to your television, so you aren’t stuck watching shows on a cramped computer or phone screen. Boxee ($167.99) boasts Netflix, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Pandora, CNN and Vudu Movies, among other offerings. Roku (a one-time purchase of $49 to $59) not only streams Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant to your TV but also lets you watch NBC News and feature-length movies on apps like Crackle.
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Like I've said before, I give cable companies 5 years before we start seeing them drop like flies. ;)
Most of them will stay alive by providing internet. Too bad they'll have a virtual monopoly on that, too, and will continue with the same poor customer service and high prices that Cable TV has been famous for. The TV portion of their business will survive because many people are lazy and don't like change, but it will cease to be the primary center it is now.