Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Annapolis Valley
I have to agree with TOCollin. My little town in Annapolis Valley gets no OTA service so cable TV and streaming are the viable media options.
We have scads of stations on our cable tv roster yet nothing worth watching. For years, moreover, I played with SlingTV boxes, Sage TV servers and so on, to get cable TV to each household screen, without the ugly clunky boxes connected to local coaxial outlets -- never where I wanted them.
But when gigabit speed -- luckily, Kings County is relatively densely populated and suburban-like -- became available, we cut the cable. It isn't cheap but there's no cap and it provides more than enough bandwidth for UHD. Granted, subscriptions do add up for HBO, Amazon VOD, Netflix, and Showtime, but we actually enjoy watching the content: no commercials or comskip fussing, convenience, and better programming, with high quality picture and sound on far fewer devices.
How simple is it? One of our TVs is a Roku TV plugged into a power outlet, connected to my US Roku account, wirelessly, tethered only to an existing high end sound system via HDMI cable (with CEC). Everything appears on the TV's home screen, requiring a click of the remote. If one isn't fussy about sound, all that's needed is a smart tv, with a wireless connection to modem, or router.
Moreover, streaming SlingTV isn't much more expensive than basic cable TV -- US dollar but no 15% HST. But the channels on Slingtv include some worth viewing, like TNT, USA, and FX, live and on demand.
The cable outlets, like the land line phone jacks, around our house today serve only as a nuisance, when a room gets painted. I guess they're historical artifacts to remind us of the 20th century.
Maintaining the system is simple: make sure the modem is on after a power outage -- maybe a reboot, sometimes. Turn on the TV, in the room where I'm going to watch. Sometimes, I need to go get a brew and some snacks, but I need the exercise, and I have lots of spare time, now that I'm not maintaining hardware and tripping over wires.