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Old 08-30-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I want to try it but don't know anything about setting it up. I have an internet-ready TV and a wireless router on my computer. How do you find someone that can set it up for you? Do you have to stay with Comcast internet or will one of the other internet services work as well? I'm scared of just calling someone off of Craigs' List. Thanks in advance for any advice or ideas!
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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My configuration to use the internet for TV and no cable TV is with a Roku, a DLNA compliant device. Roku comes in three products, XD, XS, and X/DS, you can compare at their website. Roku will off some news channels (CNN International Al Jazeera, RT - russion. France - in english), Netflix, Hulu, and other programming (mostly useless to me). Most of the offerings on Roku will require additional subscriptions to view (Netflix, Hulu, etc). There is no subscription to Roku, your purchase satisfies that. The Roku plugs from your Internet modem (or router) by CAT5 and to your TV by HDMI or WiFi. If you have an XBox360, Playstation3 or other DLNA compliant device then you will NOT need a Roku.

I then discovered PlayOn, which is an application for computer that will interface with your DNLA device, to view on your TV. Those devices with which PlayOn will work are listed at the PlayOn link. PlayOn does have an annual subscription fee of $20 and a one time setup of $20. PlayOn provides a WIDE variety of scripts which you add to a 'Script' folder within the PlayOn application on your computer. These scripts range from news to usual TV programming to movies to YouTube to your own media on your PC. Bear in mind, this is not as easy as flipping the channel on your cable remote. It does take practice and effort to learn and to maintain. Most PlayOn scripts are free for the taking but some require a 'Gold' subscription, a one time $10. PlayOn also offers a DVR application where you can download programming for viewing later. But even without, I can view most any TV program at my leisure.

On your TV you will use your device remote to start your device (Roku). From that device interface you can choose programming or access the PlayON scripts for that programming.

Review the links, think about it, ask more questions. It's a large and confusing world out there and a load of information to filter. It can take a while to get to a satisfaction point and a couple of times I've almost ditched the setup and gone back to cable/dish. It takes a different attitude and a willingness to persevere. But I read in forums of people who proudly proclaim being cable free for 'some' number of months.

You will need a computer that runs at least about 2Ghz. Your internet pipe needs to be at least 3megs down. My PC is 1.66 Ghz dual core and interent is 10meg down. I'm able to watch the PlayOn script on TV and YouTube on PC at the same time.

The only drawback I recognize is some programming does not display as the HighDef to which we might have become accustomed.

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Why do you need or want TV if you have the internet?
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Why do you need or want TV if you have the internet?
My TV is 40" flat panel. My PC monitor is 21". And I can multi-task.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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My TV is 40" flat panel. My PC monitor is 21". And I can multi-task.
TV is 1940s technology and is IQ lowering for the most part.
TV has laugh tracks.
TV is "push"; Internet is "pull"
Commercials
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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TV is 1940s technology and is IQ lowering for the most part.
TV has laugh tracks.
TV is "push"; Internet is "pull"
Commercials
That's more your problem and has very little to do with the OP's inquiry.

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Old 08-30-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Pa
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I think this is pretty awesome it's like having a smartboard on your tv just like college. They probably have them already but I know soon everything will be touch screen. It will change the way with toddlers, "Stop touching the TV!" Lol
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We watch Hulu and Netflix.

No cable, no 'TV'.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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We watch Hulu and Netflix.

No cable, no 'TV'.
How is the quality of Hulu? When I tied it a while ago, it was crap.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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How is the quality of Hulu? When I tied it a while ago, it was crap.
I thought the quality was fine. It was the quantity (availability of movies or shows that I wanted to watch) that was crap. Now they want people to pay for the lack of content.
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