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Weaning myself from Cable TV


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#1 HydroLar

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

Cable TV, IMO, is one of those incredibly useless addictions that slowly drain your money...

I have had cable TV since 1970 or so when it was first installed in our area but back then it was unique and affordable. Now it is not - and it has changed over the decades. More and more I found myself browsing over 200 channels and not finding anything to watch so once cable cost increased by yet another $40 per month I decided to drop cable tv completely.

Yes, like any addiction, there is withdrawal but I have what I believe to be a worthy substitute, a SHUTTLE XS35GS V3 PC hooked directly to my TV via HDMI using my TV as a monitor. It is fanless, relying on heat sinks to dispel heat, and measures a scant 10 in (254 mm) X 6.25 in (159 mm) X 1.5 in (38 mm). Here are the specs:

Operating System MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 32BIT
Processor INTEGRATED INTEL DUAL CORE ATOM D2700 2.13GHz 1MB
Memory 4GB DDR3 SODIMM MEMORY
Drive Bay 1 500GB SATA 5400RPM 8MB 2.5"
Optical Drive 8X8 DVD+-RW SLIM DVD BURNER
Graphic Card INTEGRATED AMD RADEON HD7410M (D-SUB + HDMI)
Network Interface INTEGRATED 10/100/1000 ETHERNET (JMC251)
Wireless Module INTEGRATED 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS LAN
Mouse and Keyboard LOGITECH USB CORDLESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
Sound INTEGRATED 2.1 CHANNEL HD AUDIO

So far I am happy with it...

The system unit has gotten rather warm at times but has not overheated - then again it is winter here and cool in the house so who knows how it will act in the summer.

So if anyone out there is looking for a cable TV substitute this unit is worth checking out.

Edited by hamluis, 05 December 2012 - 04:47 PM.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

So you replaced TV channels with a Computer?

You should have looked at Satellite TV with a HD DVR. Record whatever catches your eye and watch when you want.

Good Luck with the training.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

Satellite TV would have been a nice option except I live in the middle of a forest with huge oak trees all around my house. I was told by a satellite TV company that I needed to take down a large number of trees before a receiver would work.

Some of those trees are easily 4 feet in diameter - much too large for me to handle and too close to the house.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:47 PM

I guess that would be a real job if they are that big.

However I'll bet it is nice living there.

It sounds as if you are now watching tv shows via the networks websites.

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