Originally Posted by gremmy
In my case (just my opinion of course), I find the stuff available on Netflix to be superior to most of the stuff on basic cable. For every "The Walking Dead" (not that AMC is really *basic* cable) there are 50 or 60 shows like Jerseylicious. And let's not forget the hours and hours of paid programming on in the middle of the night, which means there's even less to DVR. Several of those channels become black holes between midnight and 4am.
This is exactly the reason I'm canceling DirecTV once I receive my Assassin HTPC with TV tuner built in. Most of the stuff I DVR is stuff like The Simpsons, Family Guy, New Girl, etc. which come on regular free TV that I can record with WMC. The few cable shows I do DVR I can get via Netflix or Hulu even if it is a few seasons behind. I've got such a backlog of other stuff to watch including podcasts, seasons worth of anime shows, older TV shows I own that I haven't gotten around to watching like Deadwood and Spartacus, and numerous movies that being on the current season as it airs is not worth the $95 I was paying every month.
I also have severe insomnia so I'm usually up at those hours you mentioned and seeing all the unwatchable junk and paid programming that I'm paying for just sickens me. I'd rather pay $8 for Netflix and Hulu combined and when I'm up at 3 in the morning I can just select an episode of Futurama or American Dad from the hundreds of episodes available and watch it instantly instead of having to search through pages of crap to find something barely watchable.
Plus I only have a DVR on one TV now so if I'm in my bedroom or workout room I don't have access to that programming. I already have a Boxee Box that will be moved to my bedroom and will have an HTPC in the living room. I have an older PC in my workout room or I could just bring my laptop and hook it up to the HDTV if I need to so I'll have access to Netflix in every room instead of being tied to the living room for the little content I do record on the DVR as it is now.
I am going to miss the NFL Network and Food Network. Also, a lot of those cool documentaries like you mentioned won't be available for some time but they will either be available when they come out on Bluray from Blockbuster or be available for streaming somewhere down the line as I've seen a lot of cool Nat Geo and Discovery channel content on Netflix already.