So we’ll be moving to a rural area of Virginia in a couple of weeks, and as part of trying to figure out what utilities to move and when, I decided to revisit how we, as a family, will entertain ourselves. Our family of five includes my wife, myself, my two sons (age 7 & 11), & my 17 month old daughter.
Currently, we have basic cable from Time Warner, with Road Runner basic service. I have a series 2 Tivo With a DvD recorder and a Wii. I’m paying about $100 per month for cable, Internet, & TiVo.
The boys mainly want to see baseball, Star Wars clone wars, and they play Wii. My daughter couldn’t care less about TV, but loves it when we play Wii fit. My wife enjoys reality TV, mainly on CBS/NBC, but also some programming on Bravo & FoodTV. We both enjoy baseball, and I enjoy Tennis programming. We don’t really watch too many movies, and when we do, they usually are classics rather than last years releases.
There is no Cable at the new place in Virginia. But there is serious Wireless (not Satellite) Internet. Like 1.5 mbps low-latency Internet. So rather than just buy a bunhc of things that DirecTV or Dish Network was going to charge me for, I figured I’d take a look at the various new options in programming that are available.
I thought it would be great to stop using DVDs and to stream music and video and so forth all around and just generally see if I could build a new media solution that fits our basic needs, and perhaps spoils us in simplicity and even price over the long term.
Not having a need to really use this blog space for work stuff, and finding a total lack of real experience and review in all the online stuff during my research, I thought I’d make a diary of it here.
June 07, 2009, 2:16pm Comments