Cut cable with AppleTV?
September 6, 2010 7:38 AM Subscribe
Is Apple TV the silver bullet I need to kick Comcast to the curb once and for all? Or is it an overhyped device that I have no need for? Help me decide to save or spend $100...
posted by arniec to Technology (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
We don't watch much in the way of TV programming, we watch 7 prime time network TV shows spread across NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. Plus we enjoy some of HBO's shows like Big Love, True Blood etc. In the morning we do enjoy watching the local news as we get ready for work. Primarily our TV is used for incidental watching, just channel flipping to see whatever is on.
We also watch quite a number of movies from Netflix streaming through our TiVo.
Yet despite this, we spend about $100 a month on television. Our high def cable package with HBO is $80/month and then we have two TiVos for an additional $18/mo.
Apple TV looks like a great device for us, to finally allow us to cut the cable. Our thought is cancel cable, cancel Tivo. We could rent some of our shows for $0.99 per episode, buy some of the others. And for our incidental watching, our thought is we can take our library of TV-on-DVD that we never actually go through the trouble to dig out the disc and put in the player, rip them, and store them on our local server to watch on Apple TV.
The instant from any computer on our network to iTunes seems like a great feature, but we do also want to watch our first run stuff.
So we're looking at getting an Apple TV and cutting cable, but am I believing in this device too much? Given that only 2 networks are on the 99-cent rental plan, will we be saving any money?
And would we be better off spending more up front and getting one of the new Mac Minis with HDMI output? Is there anything the Apple TV can do that the Mac Mini can't? (Can the Mac Mini play anything on any computer on our network instantly? Can I send my iPad display to the Mac Mini?)