Presentation on theme: "Step 1. Call your cable company I want to cancel my cable TV (but keep my internet) Are you crazy?! You need TV and we have a monopoly! I want to cancel."— Presentation transcript:
Step 1. Call your cable company I want to cancel my cable TV (but keep my internet) Are you crazy?! You need TV and we have a monopoly! I want to cancel my cable TV Fine. But well charge you more if you just get internet. So you might as well keep just basic cable cause it works out the same
Step 2. Buy a Windows 7 PC Option A. Regular desktop PC Lots of options (ex. Amazon refurb)Amazon refurb $350-$600 + Easy to upgrade + Works with add-in cards + Can be great value - Big (but perfect if using with Xbox as front-end) Option B. Small PC Dell Zino HD Dell Zino HD $299-$499 + Can fit right under your TV + Only the options you need -Harder to upgrade -Premium vs. desktop for same components
Step 3. Get a TV Tuner Option A. Basic USB or PCI Tuner* Hauppage (ex. Amazon)Amazon $50-$100 per tuner; need 2 if you want to record or watch 2 shows at once Option B. CableCard Tuner* Local channels HD/free over-the-air with an antenna Regular cable channels Works with ESPN, Discovery etc. Premium cable channels HBO, Pay per view etc. Local channels HD/free over-the-air with an antenna Regular cable channels Works with ESPN, Discovery etc. Premium cable channels HBO, Pay per view etc. HDHomeRun $TBD for 3 tuners Ceton card Ceton card $399 for 4 tuners * Only USB tuner or HDHomeRun will work with Small PCs
Step 4. Get a controller Option A. Control your PC directly (Your PC might come with a remote free..) Logitech diNovo Mini (ex. Amazon)Amazon $100 Option B. Use an Xbox 360 Xbox 360 basic version $199 + Does everything -Complicated + Freedom to stick your PC elsewhere + Does just what you need + Its an Xbox (games, Kinect etc.) -No easy way to get free Hulu, YouTube etc. -Likes wired connection to the PC
Step 5. Setup / install software Windows Media Center (Windows feature) Hulu Desktop Windows Media Player Windows Live Mesh Pin it to your Taskbar Setup your TV Tuner(s) via the wizard Record your favorite series Install Netflix & Hulu desktop plug-insHulu desktop Install it Pin it to your Windows 7 Taskbar Launch Media Player Set it up to stream recorded TV to your laptop anywhere Set it up Install it Access your PC from anywhere
Summary PC$500 TV Tuner$100 Xbox$199 Total$800 (Less) 1 year of cable$600 Net$200 Sticking it to Comcast PRICELESS!