How should we watch TV in 2013?
November 8, 2012 10:22 AM Subscribe
Please help a luddite watch TV. I know the state of the art in TV options has come a long way since my family decided that cable + TiVo was the right solution for us a decade ago. Now we have a new place and I want to set it up right but I get overwhelmed when I go to research the options. Can you help me make sense of it and stop wasting a ton of money on cable?
posted by fingersandtoes to technology (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Currently we have Comcast and a TiVo. I like the TiVo interface because it is fast and simple. While we don't watch a lot of TV, when we do want to watch it, I want it to be fast and simple to access.
1. Up to 3 TVs could theoretically be watched in different rooms at the same time.
2. Shows we like to have available for watching:
a. children's programs including Wonder Pets and Curious George
b. some basic cable - stuff like cooking shows, late night talk
c. seasonal premium content from HBO, i.e. we only watch one or two shows, but we like those a lot and want to see them as they air, rather than wait to rent a season after it's done.
3. We already have Netflix, but don't use it as much as we should. We use it for streamed kids' movies and mailed DVDs. I understand it has more content I haven't explored.
4. We almost never (except for 2(c) above) care when a show airs. We want to have the content recorded automatically and be there waiting for us when we get around to it.
5. Wireless would be aesthetically pleasant but is not necessary.
6. We prefer to get our content legitimately, i.e. not torrent
7. We are busy as hell and TV is something we do when we're too tired to do anything else, so the interface needs to be intuitive and fast. (In our last house we had a Comcast DVR on the secondary TV and its interface was unacceptably slow and terrible.)
I've heard good things about Roku. Would a Roku (or three?) serve the above needs? Would I need to program each one separately?
If not Roku, is there something else cheaper than Comcast + TiVo that I should get that will serve?
Thank you SO much for your help here! You guys have helped me with everything from friends to composting to vacation planning in the past, so I'm hopeful you can point me in the right direction.