So the price of TV has gotten to be kind of ridiculous. I have Directv, and I do love it. It is a great product and I really can't complain about the service. I find it far superior to Comcast which I had while at school. But as the promotions run out, the price has become too much. Its freaking TV! I grew up without cable and turned out fine (depending on who you ask at least).
So I've been doing my research on going back to the rabbit ears. I hadn't realized that getting OTA HD will actually be a higher quality than what you get with cable/satellite due to the compression. It makes sense, I just never thought about it and have been happy with the quality of my Directv. Most of the shows I do watch are on the major networks. And I'm not too far away from the towers so my signal should be pretty strong.
I also hadn't realized that Tivo works with an antenna. I wasn't sure I would be able to give up my DVR, but for $15 a month (which is the same as my DVR fee) and the price of the Tivo ($150ish) you get to have a DVR. And you can connect it to the internet for stuff like netflix, hulu plus, youtube and so on.
And with the rise of internet streaming, like hulu plus ($8 per month), I wonder if I really even need Tivo. It seems like it would be more of a convenience product than anything. I can get any show I want online usually within the next day. Also, espn3 makes things much better for watching sports I would miss out on. Also it works on Xbox Live (as does Hulu Plus) so no need to hook the computer up to the TV. I would love to see League Pass come to Xbox Live like mlb.tv has done.
So I think I'm just gonna upgrade my internet so I can stream HD with no hiccups and have a higher data cap (thats a whole other topic that makes my blood boil) and ditch the TV provider. It will save me about $1000 per year.
Has anyone here on PD done this? Anyone else thinking about it? I know for a lot of you it means no Pacers games due to black out restrictions which sucks. But I live no where near any of my favorite teams so I guess thats the one good thing about that.