And that maybe I can use the PlexConnect/trailers hack on my Apple TV.
Good luck. I tried it and gave up out of frustration. That was a while ago so setup may be easier now.
Okay, wow, you so weren't kidding. I don't know, maybe it is easy for someone more techy than I, but it took me a bloody long time to make it work and I only managed it through the Github instructions, plus a lot of supplemental googling. But I did it, I now have Plex Media Server access through the trailers app on my ATV 3.
So I added in the LetMeWatchThis channel - the quality seems no better than the couchtuner/airplay process I was previously using. It's certainly not HD with great sound.
I suppose it's more convenient in that I don't need to use my phone, but I do have to have my macbook running the Plex Media Server if I want to use it, which may turn out to be more inconvenient as I always have my phone on, but rarely leave my laptop running.
In any case, there is satisfaction in figuring it out, but I suspect in the long term my viewing habits will shift where I no longer worry about broadcast schedules and I'll just watch things when they turn up on Netflix or the like. For now it will solve my cable-tv "a new episode is out, I must watch immediately" mentality.
So in summary in case others are looking to cut the cord:
- I no longer subscribe to cable TV at all
- I have 35mbps/3mbps with 300GB internet @ $45 + tax
- A rogers modem and Airport Express router
- Apple TV 3 @ $89+ tax refurb from apple
ATV is hooked up to my TV via HDMI, to my HTiB via optical toslink
- Unblock-US @ $4.95
- Netflix @ $7.99
- HuluPlus @ 7.99
- and I have PlexConnect running on my ATV 3 via Trailers
Unfortunately I am in an area where I get zero OTA channels, so that wasn't an option for me.
So my previous $150 monthly bill for TV and internet is reduced to approx. $70
leaving plenty of room for purchasing some tv seasons throughout the year.
Now I'm just on the hunt for something that will help me track all the tv I watch so I don't forget anything.