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post #1 of 5 Old 07-25-2013, 06:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,

I apologize in advance if this post is not at the right place. I couldn't find any other forum to post it at.

I live in Montreal, Canada and currently subscribed to Videotron cable TV (Internet and phone and cell phone, etc...)
I decided that I would like to disconnect from Cable TV, but I would still like to be able to have some of the current TV series' and also lot's of good movies. I'm looking for HD alternatives to cable programming.

What options do I have that would work in my area, assuming some options are not yet available in Canada?

I don't mind buying the necessary hardware than paying a nominal monthly fee for the service itself, but I don't want to have to pay high monthly fees and keep watching the same movies week after week and month after month.

Waiting for suggestions.

Thank you kindly,
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I recommend you start by making a list of what you watch, then try to find what online services have those shows (netflix, hulu, amazon, etc.). Do you watch any sports?

Then you will need to find out what streaming hardware device fits your needs. Do you want a HTPC or something more like a roku or boxee box?

Since you are in canada, you might need to connect to some of these services through a proxy (unblock-us), which will mimic a US IP address, since with some online services block some content in some countries. Using a proxy would be an extra service you would have to pay for.

Look at what roku offers, it is a good place to start.
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Hi ZmHD69PigQ,

Thank you for your reply.

To answer your questions, I barely watch any TV series at all, but I do find some nice ones from time to time.
I don't watch any sports and I don't care about any sporting event.
I like full length movies or even mini-series.

I checked into Roku, it is available in Canada and so far it seems like the best option for me (even though it does not provide the same services in Canada as it does in the US).

Hulu is not available in Canada, as far as I know.

I need to check about HPTV and proxy service to mimic my Canadian IP.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you,
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Check out also Apple TV.

While a bit more limited than Roku in terms of channels, ultimately it replaced my Roku, mainly because of UI. It also has AirPlay integration, of course.

I also have my HTPC hooked up, but rarely use it nowadays. On it I've had Plex (current favorite), XBMC, Windows Media Center, Mediaportal, Meedio, JRiver....

I've cancelled Dish Network years ago and have not missed it once. Initially I installed an antenna for local TV and while I do get it through my HTPC (much of it in HD), I have not watched any in well over a year.

Hulu is no great loss, too many (bad) commercials. I just cancelled my subscription.

Netflix streaming is the service I use about 70% of the time. Plenty of decent movies and shows to stream. If you subscribe to their disk delivery service as well, you can get BRs of most current stuff as well (I assume this is available in Canada).
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I did it a few years ago. haven't looked back. Sped a few hundred a year on content for what I can't get otherwise: http://www.hometoys.com/emagazine/2012/02/a-year-without-cable-tv-/1510
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