So it’s 4AM, but I woke up with some ideas about replacing ye olde Cable DVR box with a more efficient and more up to date version. It occurs to me that I am paying about $134/month for Cable TV, Internet and HBO that me and my family rarely do and never need to watch. Being laid up the past few days, I’ve been very intimate with Boxee and I totally think it is capable of replacing the set top box, most of which hasnt changed for the past 5-10 years.
Lets take a look at my current setup. My $132 bill to Verizon breaks down like this:
- $52.99/mo for 20/5mbps FTTH Internet
- -$14.99/mo ‘Double Play’ TV/Internet Promo price break.
- $16.99/mo for HBO. We don’t watch it often, was mainly purchased to watch True Blood. Curb Your Enthusiasm was neat but now that it’s season is over there is no regular content on HBO that we watch. HBO should be allowing subscribers to stream content online. Boo to HBO, your revenue model is flawed. We also have Netflix and will likely dump HBO for Netflix’s great streaming content.
- ~ $80 for the FiOS Premier TV Package along with a DVR Box and a regular set top box for the PC upstairs.
- Downgrading the television package to the $12.99 local channel plan.* This provides local channels, and the FCC requires that these stations be sent in Unencrypted QAM format so that if your television has a QAM tuner you can receive them without any additional set top boxes.
- This allows my main living room TV to get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and other local stations live. It also allows me to utilize my PC upstairs, which has a QAM tuner and BeyondTV installed, to record programming in HD and act as a DVR. Planning to install BeyondTV Link to stream DVR and LiveTV from my machine upstairs.
- Keeping my internet package the same. I am not sure if they will bump my price back up to $52.99 or not, but even if they do I am still saving money in the long run.
- Purchasing a Boxee compatible box or PC. This will replace my DVR on the main TV downstairs. It can pull in the regular Boxee programming but also play any content I have recorded on the PC upstairs or any movies I have backed up off of my DVD collection. The max cost for a Boxee compatible PC would be $200 with some othercompellingoptions out there.