We have four direct TV receivers at home, and pay over a hundred dollars a month for HBO and a pretty basic Direct TV package. We are spending $45 for the first year of high speed internet per month. We bought a combination modem and router at Best Buy for $99, and the Roku was $40.
We can get the HBO for only $14 per month which is less than the Direct Tv pricing, and are paying over $10 per receiver per month with direct TV. We are thinking about canceling our direct TV after Christmas as we have old equipment, and we will buy one more Roku thumb drive and will take them with us where ever we are, Florida(north or South) or back home. When it is all over and done, we think we can save over fifty bucks a month. The hassle is moving the Roku device to our third tv, where with the multiple Direct TV boxes currently at home.
We have signed up for Netflix, and other TV services and are getting a two month free trial to determine which ones we keep after Christmas, but what I have learned today is the whole content argument was huge, because Comcast is taking a big hit, like Direct TV with having the internet deliver content as compared to Comcast Cable and direct tv satellite, but with local broadband competition, and developing Mesh technology where cities can offer citizens huge bandwidth, you can see why the lobbyist are trying to get control over bandwidth which can deliver tv content. Very interesting and I will be playing with this for the next two months, but I am sitting in Florida watching a Bulls game......pretty cool.