My TV is Better and Cheaper then Your TV
I discussed in a previous post, that TV is Becoming Asynchronous, well if you’re an early adopter you can get rid of the word “becoming”. Over the last couple months I’d been planning a complete switch away from cable and last week, I achieved it. The picture above is how I pulled it off. Here’s every component and its price:
- 32″ Television – I’m not big on TV even when I do have it, so I didn’t stress out about the size and performance. Price: $350 at Walmart
- eMachines Computer – I know, they’re crap computers, but they’re disposably priced. Windows 7, 64 bit processor, 750 GB hard drive, DVD player, speakers. Price: $350 at Walmart
- Boxee – It’s a free download from Boxee.tv. It aggregates all of the TV shows released on the internet in to one, easy to navigate location. I can use an old remote I had lying around from a windows media center to easily navigate to all the latest episodes of all my favorite shows. Price: Free
- MLB.tv Boxee Plugin – Major League Baseball has partnered with Boxee to build the plugin pictured above. I can select any game off the scoreboard pictured above with my remote and it will ask me if I want to view the home or away feed. This actually gives me access to MORE Pirate games then I would have had with FSN Pittsburgh and it’s from Charlotte! Additionally, when I click on the game I can choose to watch it from live, or from the beginning. They just announced that next year there will be a similar program for hockey. Price: $120 for the whole season
- Netflix Boxee Plugin – Also pictured above is the Netflix plugin for Boxee (official Boxee picture, not my Queue). I can view any movie that they put out for “Instant” viewing. I can also check out old TV shows that they put out there, I’m making my way though season 1 of 30 Rock right now. Price $8.99 per month or $108 for the year.
That means that I’ll spend $928 for television this year and that includes THE TV and THE COMPUTER. What’d you spend the first year you setup your TV? After this year the costs drop to $228 (assuming the emachines computer continues working for 2 years) to watch virtually every baseball game and TV show that you do. $228, would you say that’s less then your cable bill?
There’s a time to welcome in the next generation of television, and that time is now.