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Mari Dickson
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Mari Dickson

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I'm trying to figure out this Apple TV thing and whether it would make sense for me. I currently have internet and TV from Cox. My TV plan is the lowest available (could prob get the same with a digital antenna). Point is, we don't need HGTV or whatever. I do stream Netflix through my blu-ray player. I'd love to ditch cable TV altogether, but my internet would increase if I drop the TV. I do have a husband who has wanted ESPN for a long time.

Soooo... What would the benefits of Apple TV be, other than being able to watch the video podcasts I subscribe to (I think +Rob Walch has mentioned data showing people don't tend to consume podcasts this way, but I would). ANYWAY, when I looked up the services available on Apple TV, many of them require you to already subscribe to the channel with your cable provider.

If I were to already subscribe to, say, ESPN through my cable provider (meaning for me, purchasing a whole larger plan), why watch it through AppleTV versus regular cable?

Sorry for being long-winded. Any help would be appreciated! :)
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We have a Mac Mini that we use as both a family computer (not used heavily at all) and media server running iTunes. We use this iTunes account to put all our media. We then put Apple TVs on all our TVs. We've loved this set up for over a year now. All our media is accessible on all our TVs, ipads, iphones, etc. And we love the ability to airplay anything anywhere. It's been perfect.

Now, we had cable for awhile during this set up. But we soon found that we were watching more and more video podcasts, netflix, and our own media library. Once we got use to commercial free viewing, we really began resenting having to watch anything on cable. So, we finally cut the cord and never looked back.

I'd say build your own internal family media network along side your cable and enjoy the benefits of both. You might find that cable becomes less and less necessary. And you'll be ready for new apps/features when they're available. I suspect sports will begin to make its move to the internet more strongly this year...and it will only continue.
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