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Reason Jan 21, 2012, 01:34pm EST Report Abuse
So now that the promos are all over, our Uverse bill has literally doubled from when we signed up. We're paying waaaay too much money for internet and TV, and we rarely watch TV, so we're going to kill it.

But sometimes we like to turn it on so we can turn our brains off. So we want something available.

I let my Live subscription lapse but I got a card from Amazon that is still good. I don't want to commit to using it until I have a better idea of what we'd be getting.

Here's the list from MS:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/partners

The problem is that it doesn't say which ones are free. The only one that explicitly states free is Crackle, and I know some like Hulu+ and Netflix cost of course.

Does anyone know exactly what is free? Could you post a list? It would be greatly appreciated.

I like the idea of getting an HTPC, too. I think I could recoup the cost of a new build within 6-10 months just on the money saved from cutting TV. The main problem is that a PC takes a long time to boot, making spontaneous "tv" watching a pain.

Anyone done this? Thoughts, suggestions?


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Meats_Of_Evil Jan 21, 2012, 03:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Replacing Pay-TV subscription with Xbox Live or ...?
I'm curious about this too. Is this like real cable or something? Do you get the channel live or is it like Hulu?

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DoubleDouble Jan 21, 2012, 07:41pm EST Report Abuse
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Chris M Jan 23, 2012, 01:10pm EST Report Abuse
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Get a Boxee box. You can stream a wealth of content online and from local sources. Also, they are about to release the Boxee Live TV dongle, which is an antenna to get OTA digital broadcasts. It doesn't have Hulu, but it's got just about everything else.

http://www.boxee.tv

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angryhippy Feb 04, 2012, 01:41am EST Report Abuse
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Tell me about it. My $99 everything bundle from Slime Warner is over $200 now and is going up next month again. That's what I'm paying for at the kids. I have u-verse now and the lady at AT&T told me the trick is to renegotiate the bundle when the promo price dies. Do you really think MS would give you anything for free that they have 1/2 a chance at making a buck on? Did you read the fine print? You need an internet connection from comcast to watch their stuff and one from Verizon to watch their stuff etc. Looks like you need to be paying for the premium HBO package on top of the internet provider to watch that too. Sounds like a friggin money pit to me.

Xbox LIVE Gold membership and additional subscriptions required (such as EPIX, UFC, Hulu Plus and Netflix), (Comcast Xfinity, HBO GO, and Verizon require an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and an additional TV subscription and Internet from that provider.), ESPN on Xbox LIVE requires a Xbox LIVE Gold membership and ESPN3 affiliated broadband provider. See ESPN3.com for providers. PPV and on-demand content sold separately. Kinect functionality and voice search available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature, provider, and region.
**Video resolution may vary by title. Zune Music Pass and Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions required for music and music video streaming.

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Reason Feb 04, 2012, 10:31am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Replacing Pay-TV subscription with Xbox Live or ...?
angryhippy said:
Tell me about it. My $99 everything bundle from Slime Warner is over $200 now and is going up next month again. That's what I'm paying for at the kids. I have u-verse now and the lady at AT&T told me the trick is to renegotiate the bundle when the promo price dies. Do you really think MS would give you anything for free that they have 1/2 a chance at making a buck on? Did you read the fine print? You need an internet connection from comcast to watch their stuff and one from Verizon to watch their stuff etc. Looks like you need to be paying for the premium HBO package on top of the internet provider to watch that too. Sounds like a friggin money pit to me.

Xbox LIVE Gold membership and additional subscriptions required (such as EPIX, UFC, Hulu Plus and Netflix), (Comcast Xfinity, HBO GO, and Verizon require an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and an additional TV subscription and Internet from that provider.), ESPN on Xbox LIVE requires a Xbox LIVE Gold membership and ESPN3 affiliated broadband provider. See ESPN3.com for providers. PPV and on-demand content sold separately. Kinect functionality and voice search available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature, provider, and region.
**Video resolution may vary by title. Zune Music Pass and Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions required for music and music video streaming.

Yeah, stuff like this is what I'm trying to sort out. I know I'll have to pay for bullshit that I really shouldn't need to pay for, but if it comes out cheaper than my current sub I'm fine with that.

I might miss HBO but I doubt it, and the rest can screw. We don't watch that much tv anyway, that's why I'm thinking Hulu and/or streaming Netflix should cover it. $60 internet + $5 Live Gold (yearly sub amortized monthly) + $10 Hulu+ $8 Netflix is $83, which is still just a bit more than half our current bill. I should probably make it happen this weekend, just bite the bullet. We can always resub to TV if we miss it that much.

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Meats_Of_Evil Feb 04, 2012, 02:59pm EST Report Abuse
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I just ordered Netflix streaming a week ago and it rocks, I barely watch TV anymore, the usual were Food network, Tavel Channel, History Channel and maybe some Discovery channel but all of those channels have gone down the crapper with their red neck reality television. $8 for Netflix and I've been watching series nonstop, Breaking Bad and Scrubs = me very very happy.

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Maybe a Microsoft Fan Feb 04, 2012, 07:18pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Replacing Pay-TV subscription with Xbox Live or ...?
angryhippy said:
Do you really think MS would give you anything for free that they have 1/2 a chance at making a buck on?


Non-exhaustive list in no particular order:

- Office Live
- Windows Live Messenger
- Virtual PC
- Visual C#, VB, C++ Express
- Bing Points
- Windows Live Mesh
- Windows Movie Maker
- Hotmail
- 25GB free of Live Sky Drive
- MSDN Academic Alliance, includes Windows XP, Vista, and 7
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- The .NET library
- Internet Explorer
- XNA Studios
- Silverlight
- Photosynth
- Skype
- Windows Journal
- XPS Document Writer
- Windows Live Mail
- Windows Media Player
- Windows Media Center
- Zune software
- Microsoft Research Maps
- 1-800-BING-411
- RDP

What you have to pay for:
- Office and paid version of Office Live
- Windows
- XBox Live
- Visual Studios
- Stuff only businesses need

Reason Feb 04, 2012, 07:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Replacing Pay-TV subscription with Xbox Live or ...?
Thanks Meats, that's good info.

Maybe a Microsoft Fan, that's a good list. Can you take a look at this part of my original post and make another list? Thx. :_)

Here's the list from MS:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/partners

The problem is that it doesn't say which ones are free. The only one that explicitly states free is Crackle, and I know some like Hulu+ and Netflix cost of course.

Does anyone know exactly what is free?

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angryhippy Feb 04, 2012, 10:04pm EST Report Abuse
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Well Maybe, most of that comes with the OS so you are paying for it. A bunch of it is free because other sources are also offering it for free and MS was just following along. So for me the only thing on the list I actually use that I don't need to run other programs is Virtual PC. One question though. 1 800 BING 411. Is that a free directory assistance service like Free 411 or GOOG 411 (now defunct)?

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Da Beast! http://tinyurl.com/3sapr2b
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BoT Feb 04, 2012, 10:59pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Replacing Pay-TV subscription with Xbox Live or ...?
Chris M said:
Get a Boxee box. You can stream a wealth of content online and from local sources. Also, they are about to release the Boxee Live TV dongle, which is an antenna to get OTA digital broadcasts. It doesn't have Hulu, but it's got just about everything else.

http://www.boxee.tv


this or Roku
http://www.roku.com/netflixplayer/

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