There are several set top boxes that an enthusiast can choose from. Some may want to completely cut the cord, as I did, or some might want to simply enhance their entertainment experience. Below are just a few:
- Roku (what I currently own)
- Apple TV
- Google TV
- Boxee Box
I am a firm believer that a set top box can help you significantly lower or even eliminate a pesky cable bill. Why? The answer was simple to me, the only thing I need from my already expensive cable company is the internet. I will use a quote I once heard, “If I can’t stream it, I don’t watch it.” This definitely holds true to me as my daily television consists of YouTube vidoes, Netflix, and HuluPlus. When living a typical work lifestyle it is difficult to put down everything and watch a network show when your cable company tells you to. So, why not have access to tv shows and movies when you are ready? The cost of a set top box is a one time fee that will lead you to media freedom later; you really pay for exactly what you want. All I want is Netflix and Hulu, so $15 per month is nothing compared to $100 plus for dozens of channels I wouldn’t waste a second on.
Bottom line: Cable is done and providers know it; don’t get locked in. This investment will prepare you for the future and with all of the options to choose from; there is a box right for everyone. Happy picking!