For those of you that know us personally, you know we originally received our video content from three main sources: OTA, Hulu, and Netflix. OTA provided us with all the local stations (NBC, CBS, ABC, etc.) in full HD with 5.1 surround sound. Hulu provided us with low quality cable shows. Netflix provided us with movies and blu-rays.
When Netflix raised their prices, we promptly unsubscribed and subscribed to Blockbuster, which offered the same blu-ray service without the instant streaming. This worked great for a while, but then the turn around time kept getting longer and we kept getting less time to watch the movies (thanks to our new puppy and moving), so we decided to cancel that as well.
When we saw that Brighthouse (our cable provider) was offering a deal that meant we would only be spending about an extra $10 for HD cable, we decided to go for it. Not only would it give us a ton of extra content, but it would be in HD and have 5.1 surround sound – a nice improvement over Hulu’s low quality streams.
By using a CableCARD and an HDHomeRun Prime, we were able to stream all of our TV throughout the house. Right now, we generally only watch on the TV, but it’s nice to know that in the future we’ll be able to expand. We should also be able to archive and record many more shows than if we used a DVR provided to us. Furthermore, we’ll still be able to use our HDHomeRun (OTA) if we want to record basic TV without taking up a tuner on our Prime. Look for a full post on our home theater / network layout and installing the CableCARD in the next few weeks.