Posted by : Matthew Brown Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A while back I devised a little scheme that allowed me to live without cable. It's slightly more technical. It doesn't require you to have a profound knowledge of electronics and computers, but a basic knowledge of these things does help during the setup process.

Before we get started, I want to note a few things. I can't speak for everyone, because I know that cable rates vary from region to region. In my area, cable runs about $40 plus, on a monthly basis. It doesn't sound like a lot of money, but when you tack that in on top of hundreds of dollars worth of other expenses, it starts to add up. There is a lot that you can do with an extra $40 dollars a month. Or, even better, $480 a year! Definitely a step in the right direction to live free!

Now, with that said, let's get started!

What you will need:

A computer that supports either SVideo or HDMI outputs.
A Television that supports either SVideo or HDMI inputs.
HDMI or SVideo cable
An internet connection running to the PC.

Note: optionally, you could always purchase a newer tv that comes equipped with internet capabilities. This really depends on the level you intend to take this too. You'll understand what I mean here in a few minutes.

All you need to do is pick whether you want to run your connection through HDMI, or SVideo. If your using an older computer that you just have lying around, like I did, you'll most likely end up running SVideo. If your running a newer PC, you'll most likely end up with HDMI. In my opinion, if it's in your power to do this using an HDMI hook up, then go for it. The quality will be a million times better this way.

Connect your PC to your TV using your preferred method.

Make sure you have a reliable internet connection running to the PC.

Believe it or not, as far as setup, you're done.

Now that you have everything setup, you need to decide what kind of functionality you want it to have. There are tons of websites where you can watch movies for free. Youtube is another option. If you want to spend just a little bit of money every month, you can go for netflix, which will allow you to watch a lot of the same stuff that you can on cable for a fraction of the cost. There are literally hundreds of options.

Another thing that I did was downloaded video game emulators. This allowed me to play some of the older video games that you can't really find anymore. There are literally tons of things that you can do with this system now to enhance your experience.

Also, you might consider a few different types of software to change your experience. My personal favorite is XBMC. It was originally designed as a media player for Xbox game consoles, but was soon ported to PC. You can easily integrate all of your video and music files for use in XBMC. It also has an option to stream shows and movies from online broadcasts. It really is a total package and it's 100% FREE. Check it out here: XBMC

That's it for cable bills. I hope at least a handful of people will be intrigued by this and at least try it out. If you do try it out, please come back to this page and let us know about your experience. Live Free!

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