Help me bring my living room into the future!
November 9, 2009 8:14 AM Subscribe
My wife and I are finally getting around to getting an HDTV soon. When
we do that, we want to adjust the setup in our living room to reflect
the way we consume entertainment these days.
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Part of this means the VCR gets chucked, of course. But more
importantly, we're trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to
get content from our 2 main online sources, iTunes and NetFlix, onto
the screen. And be able to run DVDs, and have a
The options, as I see them (and part of the reason I'm asking this
question is that I assume I'm missing something):
- Roku + basic cable. Great, except we can't buy shows from iTunes.
- AppleTV + basic cable. Opposite problem. Can't stream from Netflix.
- Cheap, web-connected computer + basic cable. Seems like a winner,
but involves more of an outlay (this is more or less what we do now,
except that it's my wife's laptop that gets laboriously hooked up
every time we want to watch something). Plus then there's a desktop
box sitting in our living room. And, assuming the setup wound up like
our current laptop hookup, we don't have remote control of the sound.
Is there an angle I'm missing? A way to optimize one of these options? Help!