My apologies for resurrecting this thread, but I just had to comment. I built a new house a couple years ago. We've been living in it since last June. Although it wasn't initially a goal, we haven't yet turned on cable. Through OTA, Netflix and Apple TV, we've been able to entertain ourselves pretty well without it.
Until recently, I was hoping I'd be able to make this a long-term thing. I had almost convinced myself that I could get away without putting money in the cable companies' pockets. Everything looks so promising on the streaming front. With Roku announcing support for Hulu, and Google TV hinting at it, we're just about there. I thought about hobbling together my own HTPC. But Roku and Google TV would theoretically make that unnecessary for me.
But we're just not there yet. I can't take it anymore! 90% of the content we've purchased on the Apple TV, and 90% of the titles in my online queue are videos for my 4-year-old (he adds them to the Netflix queue himself). Yes, I realize that there is other content available on both platforms, but we've just about run out of TV series that we want to watch on Netflix. It's a hassle to hook up the laptop to the TV, and the video quality pretty much suck (even with Adobe 10.1) so Hulu is out--at least until Roku or Google TV or Boxee offer it, or until I decide to build my own HTPC. Netflix is great, video quality is better, and with a Samsung Blu-Ray player it's a bit more convenient, but the selection of titles available for streaming is too limited.
But even if I were to buy a Roku or Google TV box, and get access to Hulu Plus, the experience just isn't the same as being able to surf channels. I decided to relax last weekend, and thought to myself: "I can just sit around and watch TV all weekend." But then I remembered: I don't have cable, so there's not necessarily a lot on TV that I want to watch.
HGTV and the Food Channel are calling. I broked down and ordered U-verse. It's getting installed on Oct 21. Maybe I'll revisit this decision next fall.