Ditch The Cable?

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    My BFF #2 says I can get netflix instantly on my tv if I have an xbox. I knew a Wii would work -- will an xbox as well? Does it have to be any special version?

    I want to dump the internet and cable and buy a wifi card and a connection between the pc and the tv -- just the one upstairs. Can I do this? Can I use Hulu or whatnot to watch television shows if I do? How do I get local news....is that also streamed?

    The pc is new -- just bought it in May -- but the tv is old. I dun want to spend a whole lot on any of this -- how can I buy a wifi card that'll work without spending too much? What would be a reasonable price?

    I'm very excited to think I won't be making a car-payment-sized payment to ATT every month any longer if I can pull this off. After all, that cash could buy plenty of funner stuff. Am I being realistic or is this still pie in the sky stuff?

    Thankies for your comments, guys.
     
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    To get your wifi you will still need a carrier. The xbox and wii connect into that.

    Careful with the air cards, depending where you are they are not as fast as DSL.

    Get dish and dump cable. Check the prices.
     
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    I had Dish, syrenn. They do a bait and switch, at least here. The intro price is low and lasts only a few months -- then skyrockets. ATT does not do that.

    Besides, satelitte was a pain in the ass -- I had to reboot daily.

    Now, what do you mean I need a carrier for wifi? I thought the whole point of wifi was, you get the 'net that is floating in the ether for free?
     
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    Yes and the "free" wifi is only as good as the signal..and if its free, say at like a coffee shop. The coffee shop is paying for it as a service to its customers. You can try and "steal" wifi from someone close to you who doesn't have their router locked, but you cant count on that. Its all about proximity and access.

    We have wifi. Its a hard wire line with a provider, and a router that supports wifi that we code into.

    Nothing in life is ever free
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    Well, that sux. I guess I'll have to keep buying internet, eh? Even so, cable tv is the biggest portion of my bill by far; if I can get rid of that I am still happy.

     
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    I pay $15 per month for my wi-fi.
     
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    Maddy, look into verizon FiOS service
    it has tv and internet as well as phone and its all delivered on a fiber optics network
     
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    Why thankies, Divey! That is most helpful.

    BTW, what's the story on that green truck company? Woo? WOW? Yanno which one I mean? Should I price them as well?
     
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    Who do you buy from, Radio, if I may ask?
     
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    at&t.
     

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