Three Cable TV Alternatives

Three Cable TV Alternatives

Eric Chen
Jan 5, 2012

In the age of everything on demand, cable TV seem like an antiquated service that should've been retired years ago. Roku just introduced it's Roku Stick, the popular set top streaming content box in a teeny tiny USB stick form. But before Roku releases this miniaturized option, there are still plenty of streaming options available right now...

Apple TV
Apple fangirls and fanboys need to get this, with the introduction of AirPlay on Apple TV, there is one more reason to get Apple TV. Its compatibility with iTunes also means that you can play all your purchases or even rent a movie and have it stream right to your TV. With a number of sports streaming option, this makes streaming TV more bearable for sports fans. And with jailbreaking, you can even get the popular open source media software, XBMC on it.

Set Top Box
Companies like Roku and Boxee have been perfecting the set top box. Our experience with the Roku box has been wonderful, especially with wide array of streaming sources such as Netlfix, Hulu and even Amazon Instant Videos. And the ability to add on many free channels, makes the Roku a closer experience with your old cable TV.

Your Game Console
Popular gaming consoles such as PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and even the Wii have built in many different streaming sources to expand its video offerings. PlayStation3 is even able to connect to your home media server to stream many of your own movies collection. We love the PS3 for its ability to play BluRay, stream from Netflix and Hulu and of course its great gaming selection.

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