Good luck, though. Dh is trying to get me to have a conversation with him about this.
Playon is a pretty cheap program, $20 for a lifetime license but you do have to have a computer on the network to run the program for you Wii or PS3
One thing to check is what over-the-air broadcast strength is like in your area. With the digital conversion, the distance that the over-the-air programming can travel has expanded greatly. We've 55 miles out of our major broadcast market (Chicago) and since the digital conversion get all over-the-air channels in crystal-clear quality with a very small antenna. We couldn't pick up the analog signals out of Chicago at all a few years back.
And that was the primary reason we canceled cable. We set up our antenna, we were getting the networks in BETTER quality over the antenna than over the cable, and we realized that 99% of what we watch is network tv and we were spending $60 to watch 2 shows.
We don't have cable and mostly use netflix and hulu. But Hulu doesn't have everything. We do have an Xbox so we can stream netflix through that. Between those and the few local channels, we have plenty to watch. And it's all free, except the $9 a month for Netflix.
We also use Hulu. We stream to our television through my laptop because our TV doesn't have the capability. DH set it up. We bought a cord for about $10.
haven't tried streaming hulu. i had the thought the other day that we could play it on the wii browser, but i see where a PP says it's not supported.
eventually we'll get a flat screen tv, which will have an hdmi port, so we can connect my laptop via its hdmi port, but it won't be wireless.
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Anyway, we use that computer with the TV in other ways (DVD player, watching UTube, picture slideshows, home videos before burning to DVD) very successfully. We have watched a few shows through hulu (and abc.com) with this set up. However, that specific computer is not really capable of streaming video very well. It is very jumpy, which gets annoying for more than one must-see show on a random basis. (LOST is the only one I consider a must-see and it is ending forever really soon.) My MacBook is the first one with the Intel-based processor and we don't have the correct cables for it to connect to the TV. DH has a MacBook Pro that is 3 years old and it can use the same cable as the PowerBook to connect to the TV, but requires a different power adapter. We use his laptop when we want to stream something and drape the power cord across the living room. Not ideal, but doable on a random basis.
ETA: The reason the old PowerBook cannot stream well is a combination of processor speed and graphics capability. DH's MacBook Pro is the best computer we've got in terms of these functions. Age is only relevant in terms of how much technology has changed in that timeframe.
Once LOST is off the air, I wouldn't care if we had cable or not. DH does watch other shows, though. I consider the TV a really nice digital photo frame and an extension of the Wii. (Our TV is nice to us, but is nothing compared to most flat-screen TVs we see in other homes.) We'd have to upgrade something (physical) in order to ditch cable TV and still be able to watch the handful of shows DH likes. It isn't my decision at this point. He is thinking about it with the most optimism I've seen to date. Our internet is also through the cable company, so we'd still be paying them for entertainment and the internet portion of the bill is much higher than the cable TV portion (bill is $58/mo with internet ~$41 and basic cable ~$14 and the rest is fees). We can afford it, so the incentive isn't quite there yet...
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As for getting it onto your TV, it depends on how new your TV is, if you have wifi capabilities, or can find another way to connect. We've used a laptop/netbook and a computer monitor cord to get shows on our LCD TV. It has PC settings, though, but it's not automatically connecting to the internet as is. Netflix now streams through the wii, but the day we got the DVD in the mail to set it up, our wii stopped reading discs. So, until we get it fixed or replaced, we have to connect a computer to the TV to watch on the big screen.
Hulu has indicated they are going to begin charging for programs later this year. I don't know the extent, but you'd best do some research on that.
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we physically connect our computer to the Tv with a VGA to S-video converter. It's still wifi from the internet modem to computer, but computer is hard wired to TV. (Old desktop that just stays connected at all times.)
i have an older desktop hooked up to the tv. now i'm sure if its the AGE of the computer (probably an older graphics card) or the fact that the tv is a 32" and most computer monitors are 15" or so but anytime i watch Hulu with the picture as big as the tv its really jumpy.
also i would try going to best buy with pics of the ports on your tv and asking "what do i need to do xyz with this tv?" then take names of products and maybe pictures and then try searching the net for cheaper products.