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Interesting disussion. Been looking for threads about cord cutting, not finding that many. Maybe just don't know which sub-forum to check.
Sorry...this'll be a long post. To some extent, i'm thinking on screen here.
I've had an HDTV since 2005. I almost never use it any more. Maybe I need to revisit. Some thoughts on HTPC:
* WAF - is a huge factor for me. She is technology averse, and wants it as simple as it can be. Even with a universal remote, she doesn't like it. (Recently, for some reason, my HDPC is not responding correctlly to the remote. For example pushing up, it goes up only one time...topic for different thread).
* PC Updates a PITA - Of course, my main problem related to that is I use it so infrequently, that when I do turn it on, it always needs an update. Irrespective, having to do the maintenance, virus software updates, etc. is an annoyance.
* Sleeping the unit - I prefer to not leave it on all the time. But, waking and having it work smoothly, is not a consistent experience. Again, maybe i just need to get things updated (it hasn't been 'not updated' since 2005..but it has been quite a while now). There again...more maintenance.
* Mousing - I don't see a convenient method to mouse when browsing. I have a Gyration remote/mouse, but it's not really very good.
For the savings, I am seriously interested in cord cutting. I have a ROKU3, and like it pretty well.
I'm currently playing all TV through an Epson 5010e to a 92 inch Firewawk screen. But, will be moving soon, and no longer using that. I plan to get a Samsung 75 inch UHD smart TV. So I'll be able to stream through that. Not sure what the browsing experience will be like.
With the need for more time to research, I am thinking of a few concerns related to cord cutting:
* WAF, of course. ROKU is pretty simple, so WAF may not be that big a deal. But...
* Overall content: we certainly watch some cable specific content. TNT, History, Science, Discovery to name just a few. I know some of the content is available, but not sure to what extent, or how current.
* Adding the need to use a browser to get to content definitely makes things less convenient
* Speaking of convenience...having a menu of the shows we watch and unwatched shows collected in the interface (ie. the Hopper DVR Recordings) is so convenient. So there is a battle between the $ savings and the convenience.
* Multi-room watching: this is a big one. Unless smart TV / ROKU meets all needs, and willing to purchase new TVs for all rooms, this one could be the deal breaker
* TIVO - could possibly fill in for a fairly high percentage of the TV we watch (local stations), and make it convenient. It's a fairly expensive buy in, but could be paid for in about 7 months of savings by cutting the cord. But still have the other content issues.
I guess that's it for now. I've about talked myself out of cord cutting while writing this post. It'll be interesting to see what others think about this