Has anyone ditched regular TV and ran just an Apple TV or Mac Mini setup?

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  1. The Bilingual Gringo

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    Good article in this month's MacLife about both of these setups to your television.

    The savings seem worth it as well. I ran some rough figures and things come out to about half the price of what I pay for cable TV.
     
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    no link to said article? I wasn't aware that you could ditch cable tv and run something from your computer.
     
  3. The Bilingual Gringo

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    Tried to find the link, but it's not up from their site yet. It's from August 2009 actually. :o

    W/ the Mini, basically just hook it up to your speakers and TV. Use the TV as the monitor and w/ TV channel online content, sites like Hulu, iTunes programming and a Netflix account, you can basically have an a la cart TV and movie set up.
     
  4. CyberBullets

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    I've thought about it, but not on a mac mini or apple tv. I just download what I want and watch it off my mbp to tv.
     
  5. kmad86

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    The future? What do they say?
     
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    But what if you wanted to watch a game that was on ESPN. How would you do that?
     
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    Go to a bar and get drunk? ;)
     
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    only reason I still have cable
     
  9. The Bilingual Gringo

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    Funny, they don't touch on things like that. Closest thing they offer is setting up a TV Tuner. They recommended Elgato Eye TV 250 Plus and their software as well.

    www.elgato.com

    Sucks w/ ESPN haivng Monday Night Football. I know that most cable companies give a basic package w/ internet service.
     
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    I download most shows I watch, but I need my tv for news :o


    but then again, those have podcasts now...
     
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    ditching tv for online stuff is great if all you do is watch tv series...
    if you watch any sort of live sport or news then it's a bit harder...
     
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    I need to be able to watch sports but Ive thought about buying a second monitor and a tv turner and using that instead of a regular tv but im not sure of the pros/cons
     
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    does apple tv do food network in HD?
     
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    That's waht I was thinking and just needed clarification. I won't be ditching cable anytime soon then.

    I have, however, been wanting to get a Mac Mini for some time now and run it to watch my saved DVD's.
     
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    With El Gato you still need a cable/satellite source. That's what I use with my MacBook in the barracks. I have internet/cable bundle for ~$35/mo, and watch a lil bit of tv on my macbook. Only reason for me to get cable is for SpeedTV, Formula1 racing to be more precise. That will be the biggest reason for me to get cable, at least during F1/MotoGP season, other than that I don't watch much tv anymore, mostly news, food channel, and the educational channels, ie Disc,Hist, etc. TV series I do watch, I download.
     
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    what do you use to hook up the cable to your computer?
     
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    El Gato eyetv hybrid, connects via USB. It has a coax input, and Component and S-Video inputs. Comes with IR Remote, also has a USB extension so you don't cover another USB port.

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    Mine is slightly different than this.
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