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Old 04-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #311
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I have been watching several old television shows from the 60's and 70's.

It shocks me now to see Andy Griffith, Perry Mason, Jim Rockford etc... smoking!

I guess times have changed!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:34 PM   #312
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Watched Hawaii Five-0 tonight. I liked it when it first came out, but it just seems like it's getting stupider and stupider every week. Too many gimmicky episodes and too many blatant product tie-ins. Bah!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:47 PM   #313
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I rented from the library two of the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, (with Diana Rigg ) from BBC that were on PBS. Lots of twist and turns, enjoyed them very much.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #314
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...We have windows 7 on the TV computer, and it has a built in media center with DVR ready to go. I put a good sized antenna in the attic and connected it to the existing coax, all 4 TVs get signal from that. We also have rokus in the bedrooms. Setting all of this up, the system paid for itself in 6 months, the computer was brand new, I built it.

I decided on windows media center because of ease of setup, and a built in Netflix app. All controlled with a Logitech remote. We have a wireless keyboard with a track pad for surfing, also Logitech. This setup works well.
Tomorrow, May 1st, we are turning off cable TV, for a total savings of $120 a month!

We went with the same type of setup you describe. I put up a nice outdoor HD antenna the weekend before last, and connected it to 4 tuners that are visible on our wireless network. In addition to my media server setup (from eBay), two of the cable boxes have been replaced with "nettop" computers running Windows 7 and Media Center, plus all of the TVs in the house have Roku boxes. Anyone in the house can watch over-the-air TV, or Roku, or they can pull out the wireless keyboard and just surf the net. I also put up a shared partition on the main server that contains all of our movies, photos, music, etc. As an added bonus, if I want to sit outside on the deck and watch a game, all I have to do is take the laptop with me, since it's also running media center.

I thought I would have a hard time getting my wife to give up her cable, but after setting up the prototype in the family room and showing her everything it could do, she was like "Why are we waiting to do this?"

I feel absolutely liberated!
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:42 PM   #315
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Tomorrow, May 1st, we are turning off cable TV, for a total savings of $120 a month!...
Time to celebrate! Didn't you say you lived 5 minutes from a Penzeys?
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #316
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Time to celebrate! Didn't you say you lived 5 minutes from a Penzeys?
Ha ha... yes. I like that idea!
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:32 PM   #317
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Tomorrow, May 1st, we are turning off cable TV, for a total savings of $120 a month!

We went with the same type of setup you describe. I put up a nice outdoor HD antenna the weekend before last, and connected it to 4 tuners that are visible on our wireless network. In addition to my media server setup (from eBay), two of the cable boxes have been replaced with "nettop" computers running Windows 7 and Media Center, plus all of the TVs in the house have Roku boxes. Anyone in the house can watch over-the-air TV, or Roku, or they can pull out the wireless keyboard and just surf the net. I also put up a shared partition on the main server that contains all of our movies, photos, music, etc. As an added bonus, if I want to sit outside on the deck and watch a game, all I have to do is take the laptop with me, since it's also running media center.

I thought I would have a hard time getting my wife to give up her cable, but after setting up the prototype in the family room and showing her everything it could do, she was like "Why are we waiting to do this?"

I feel absolutely liberated!
That's awesome! Did you get HD home run tuners? I have a dual tuner HD home run on the network and it is a great quality unit, plugged it in over 2 years ago and haven't had to do anything with it since, it just works!

I love the idea of the net top computers, that way you have your recorded TV in every room. That wasn't in my budget at the time. I'm fairly content with roku and plex.

My homemade system works better and is so much more flexible than the cable boxes.

My savings is $105 per month!
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:53 AM   #318
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Tomorrow, May 1st, we are turning off cable TV, for a total savings of $120 a month!

We went with the same type of setup you describe. I put up a nice outdoor HD antenna the weekend before last, and connected it to 4 tuners that are visible on our wireless network. In addition to my media server setup (from eBay), two of the cable boxes have been replaced with "nettop" computers running Windows 7 and Media Center, plus all of the TVs in the house have Roku boxes. Anyone in the house can watch over-the-air TV, or Roku, or they can pull out the wireless keyboard and just surf the net. I also put up a shared partition on the main server that contains all of our movies, photos, music, etc. As an added bonus, if I want to sit outside on the deck and watch a game, all I have to do is take the laptop with me, since it's also running media center.

I thought I would have a hard time getting my wife to give up her cable, but after setting up the prototype in the family room and showing her everything it could do, she was like "Why are we waiting to do this?"

I feel absolutely liberated!
shhh, more people might try this. itw illl be the end of cable, but continue "free" (advertised) tv, and it's online counterpart, which we're ready for.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #319
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That's awesome! Did you get HD home run tuners? I have a dual tuner HD home run on the network and it is a great quality unit, plugged it in over 2 years ago and haven't had to do anything with it since, it just works!

I love the idea of the net top computers, that way you have your recorded TV in every room. That wasn't in my budget at the time. I'm fairly content with roku and plex.

My homemade system works better and is so much more flexible than the cable boxes.

My savings is $105 per month!
$105... that's great!

I bought a signal amplifier/splitter and two HDHomeRun dual tuner boxes, for a total of four tuners. And I'll probably add another one down the road, just to ensure we're always able to record and watch whatever we like at the same time. You're right - they work great, and it's nice to be able to have TV that can be streamed over the wireless network rather than running cables all over the house.

We don't use Plex, but have a RoksBox media server, which is similar; i.e. it lets you play home video, music, etc. over the Rokus. I also set up a job on our server which pulls down recorded programs from the nettops and puts them on the RoksBox, so they can also be viewed on the Rokus.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:23 AM   #320
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shhh, more people might try this. itw illl be the end of cable, but continue "free" (advertised) tv, and it's online counterpart, which we're ready for.
BT, do you work for a cable company? We're still using it for internet. I can see cable going more that route in the future.
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