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Getting Rid of Cable, just going to use internet. Help

post #1 of 20
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I am tired of paying the money for two houses to have cable TV, as I am a Geo-Bachelor 6k miles away from the family. So, I have decided to save a few bucks a month and just use the internet.
What are some recommendations to watch racing events, some tv etc that you personally use or have seen work well.
I dont want to buy a PS3, Roku or any other device, I just want to use straight internet.
Thanks, and I am hope I am in the right forum section.
post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by steves40th View Post
What are some recommendations to watch racing events, some tv etc that you personally use or have seen work well.
Racing like NASCAR or Motocross or bicycling? Sports in general are tough to pull off on the Internet for live action. It's one of the few things cable has an advantage. You might try the official sites of the governing bodies and see if they have an online video stream, but no guarantees. I know MLB.tv allows baseball viewing online, but that's about all I've heard.

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I dont want to buy a PS3, Roku or any other device, I just want to use straight internet.
Are you planning on hooking your computer up direct to the TV? Otherwise, you will need some type of content streamer. Or an Internet ready TV.
post #3 of 20
A good start of course is HULU and TV.com. I would subscribe to at least the smallest plan with Netflix to get the watch Now feature. Then It could be a matter of just visiting favorite sites like CBS or FOX or Nascar etc. For example I like a lot of the History channel series and I can see them on their website. Good Luck!
post #4 of 20
Realistically, more and more networks may start to require a regular video subscription in order to stream video. Think HBO2GO and similar.
post #5 of 20
Microsoft has been trying to get streaming of network shows through the X-Box.
post #6 of 20
I've done this and I'm much happier (and not so broke!)

My suggestions:
netflix
hulu
...icefilms.info... (their legality is debatable)..
Get an ebook reader and spend more time reading
post #7 of 20
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Realistically, more and more networks may start to require a regular video subscription in order to stream video. Think HBO2GO and similar.

Realistically, everything worth watching on HBO is available on DVD/BR some time after it airs.

If you must have it now, you can often rent/buy it streamed from AmazonVOD or some such. this would be cost prohibitive if you expect to get *all* the shows as soon as they air, but then a person probably shouldn't drop cable if they don't intend to change their viewing habits.

-Suntan
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post

Racing like NASCAR or Motocross or bicycling? Sports in general are tough to pull off on the Internet for live action. It's one of the few things cable has an advantage. You might try the official sites of the governing bodies and see if they have an online video stream, but no guarantees. I know MLB.tv allows baseball viewing online, but that's about all I've heard.



Are you planning on hooking your computer up direct to the TV? Otherwise, you will need some type of content streamer. Or an Internet ready TV.

Right now my tv is hooked up via VGA cable. Is that too old of a connection? My desktop is 6 years old, a hp 1250n with a radeon 2600xt hd video card.
justin.tv shows some sports and speed is streaming some stuff, like fia qualifying. Hopefully the races will be soon.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by darthjames View Post

I've done this and I'm much happier (and not so broke!)

My suggestions:
netflix
hulu
...icefilms.info... (their legality is debatable)..
Get an ebook reader and spend more time reading

I am reading more books, in general.
hulu and netflix seem to be the best bet here so far.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by steves40th View Post

Right now my tv is hooked up via VGA cable. Is that too old of a connection? .

Not necessarily, but you're limited to VGA resolutions.

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justin.tv shows some sports and speed is streaming some stuff, like fia qualifying. Hopefully the races will be soon.

More and more will show up online, but sports in general have been one of the last holdouts. There's nothing technical standing in the way, it's just not quite set up yet for live action sports in the same way cable does it.
post #11 of 20
Who is your isp?
post #12 of 20
Sports programming costs the CATV providers probably the most money of anything out there, from what I can tell .. thus, on line access for cheap or free has been slow to come as ESPN etc maximize the money ..

Bandwidth caps as well can at some point limit switching to an all Internet experience ..

The use of an SVGA connector is not too bad for PQ .. I run a 40" LCD with that at my office and it looks alright ..
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Who is your isp?

Road Runner, Time Warner
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post

Not necessarily, but you're limited to VGA resolutions.



More and more will show up online, but sports in general have been one of the last holdouts. There's nothing technical standing in the way, it's just not quite set up yet for live action sports in the same way cable does it.

My desktop does have a DVI output. maybe I need to upgrade my video card. I have a 500 watt Power Supply, so I can upgrade, and it is pcie. Not the best I know, but paid for.
My laptop does have all the bells and whistles, Sager I just bought last month, but I am not wanting to hook her up to the TV.
I just looked up my video card, and it states there is a hdmi output. I guess I need to look at this at lunch.
http://products.amd.com/en-us/Graphi...9=1&f20=&f21=&
post #15 of 20
VGA can and always has been able to handle higher screen resolutions than DVI and/or HDMI.

Don't sweat using a VGA cable. If the picture looks clear (no fuzziness or snow on screen) you're fine.

-Suntan
post #16 of 20
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Well, even though Radeon says I do, this video card does not have HDM out.
The picture is fine, no issues here.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

VGA can and always has been able to handle higher screen resolutions than DVI and/or HDMI.

Don't sweat using a VGA cable. If the picture looks clear (no fuzziness or snow on screen) you're fine.

-Suntan

HDMI, 1.4 can carry resolutions of up to 4196 x 2160
post #18 of 20
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HDMI, 1.4 can carry resolutions of up to 4196 x 2160

If I can find a decent PCIe card with HDMI for my hp 1250n, I may buy it. No more than 75 bucks, which should be doable.
post #19 of 20
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HDMI, 1.4 can carry resolutions of up to 4196 x 2160

Yes, and dual link this and that can go super-resolution too... The guy was lamenting about an old computer that may or may not have an HDMI connection. Hardly revelent to compare 1.4.

If he's not seeing degridation from picking up interference, the VGA connection will work perfectly well for his TV. That was the point I was trying to make, without bogging him down with the complexities of the latest HDMI flavor spec of the month.

-Suntan
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

Yes, and dual link this and that can go super-resolution too... The guy was lamenting about an old computer that may or may not have an HDMI connection. Hardly revelent to compare 1.4.

If he's not seeing degridation from picking up interference, the VGA connection will work perfectly well for his TV. That was the point I was trying to make, without bogging him down with the complexities of the latest HDMI flavor spec of the month.

-Suntan

Just mentioning what HDMI is capable of in light of your comment ..

VGA can and always has been able to handle higher screen resolutions than DVI and/or HDMI.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I use SVGA on a 40" 1080p LCD at my office and I'm perfectly happy with it .. in fact, it's part of a dual monitor setup allowing me to watch NF and what not while using a 24" monitor to "compute" ..

Not attempting to muddy the water, just commenting ..
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