Re: Opinions of those who have ditched pay tv
I bought an Acer Revo 3700 home theater PC to use as a DVR for over the air stuff, and I also stream Hulu through it. It's paired with a cheap antenna and an HD HomeRun tuner. Still use the PS3 for Netflix even though the Revo would work, just habit I guess.
iTunes and Amazon are going to be your options for things like The Walking Dead. Buying season passes to a few shows is still going to be much cheaper than cable.
Not sure what I'm going to do come Reds season. Might get Uverse for awhile and then cancel in the offseason, but I don't know if they require a contract like DirecTV did. For years I had DirecTV for Sunday Ticket, but honestly I'm content now to just watch the Bengals whenever they are on local tv and go to BW3s when they aren't. I'm feeling kind of apathetic about them these days.
I was paying DirecTV $80 a month plus another $300 I think for Sunday Ticket, so the savings are great, and we really haven't been annoyed not having cable yet (it's been about a month). I might even just listen to the Reds on the radio this year. When I was a kid I only saw the Reds when they were on Channel 5 in Cincinnati, maybe 20-30 times a year? I survived.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.