My family doesn’t watch a lot of TV yet we pay ~$80/month for cable. To paraphrase Roger Waters: Got fifty channels of shit on the TV to choose from.
My kids watch speciality children channels. We all watch Discovery channel for MythBusters and other cool shows, and we sometimes watch the science-fiction channel. That’s it.
I decided to evaluate Netflix as an alternative since it’s only $8/month here in Canada.
Netflix provides on-demand video streaming: movies, tv shows, documentaries.
To get the Netflix content to my television I had to use my Wii and download to it – it then allows me to select what I want to view.
We tried it for the first time last night and it worked great – no sound or video problems – it streamed seamlessly to the TV via my wireless Wii connection.
I’ve also used Netflix with my PC, laptop, and iPod Touch – no problems.
There are no download limits to what you can download from Netflix.
The only limit is your internet data usuage limit imposed by your Internet Service Provider, who in my case is Rogers – the same company that provides my TV cable. My limit is 60gb downloads per month, but my average has been around 20gb, so I think I’ll be good. Even if I cancel Cable TV and get a better Internet package, I’ll still be saving lots.
We’re trying it out for a month.