The new Samsung Smart TV's have a browser (I don't know what it is but it doesn't matter) so that you can connect to the internet. The important thing is if you can get to the internet, you can watch most shows for free (although maybe a day after first airing).
What I have been considering for the past few weeks is a way to dump cable yet retain access to shows that my wife likes to watch. I think I've come up with a reasonable solution.
My wife likes some Lifetime and TNT shows but, most importantly, she religiously watches two soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless. As stated earlier, most shows, including the two mentioned, are available online along with most Lifetime and TNT shows.
I am planning on purchasing a desktop pc with Windows Media Player and a tv tuner card with an HDMI out to connect to my tv. With such a setup, she should be able to watch any of the aforementioned shows. And I can save $100 a month on cable.
Such a setup will also eliminate the need to tape many shows because most are available for free online and are usually available for several weeks.
I plan to post updates but if anyone has additional ideas, please share them.