Watching TV Your Way

The TV viewing experience is changing, driven by the current generation’s rebellion against authority.   NBC Executives might want us to watch Must See TV on Thursday but I choose only to watch it on Saturday Mornings.  I still want to watch high quality TV, but only when it is convenient for me.  Technology has helped fuel this life style choice.

First was the DVR.  With the ability to record 2 shows at once and save over a 100 hours of footage,  we were no longer chained to our TV’s Schedules.  It is now possible to converse with your unemployed / stoned friends about what happened on PTI yesterday.

Then came the slingbox which let us watch LSU Baseball games on our mobile device while being stuck in traffic.  We were no longer chained to our TVs.

Once Hulu came along, especially Hulu Plus, the need for a Slingbox and Cable itself started to wane.  Thrown in iTunes and NetFlix and the only thing that you can’t due is watch live sporting events in your home*.  Since I watch most sporting events at Bars/The Venue/Friend’s Houses,  this is not a concern for me,  it will be for others.

Now with Roku and Apple TV, we can easily stream our content back onto our TVs. If I want to watch the entire series of Battlestar Galatica, I don’t need to buy / rent DVDS, I can just spool them up on my TV through the Roku’s ability to play Hulu Plus. 


Roku = 99.99

Apple TV = 99.99

SlingBox (HBO and Sports) =  179.99

Hulu Plus = 7.99 a Month

So it costs $280 initial costs, plus $9.99 a month for my solution.  However,  you will be saving around $80 a month with this solution so you should start seeing savings during the fourth month.  I did not include the cost of internet in this, because I assume everyone has internet anyway. 

First Year Savings:  $640

Second Year Plus: $960

Tip:  You still need one friend with an extra set box who has a great cable package. 

* You can watch sporting events with the Slingbox but there is around a  10 second delay.  This is a problem when watching the NFC championship and you can  hear the entire city cheer before you see the play.