How to Get TV Shows Without Cable

According to SNL Kagan, the average cost of monthly cable in 2007 was $98.75. Life without cable television is hard to imagine if you are addicted to sports or popular prime-time television shows. But you can continue watching these shows without cable. With alternatives such as digital TV, free, legal online video services, video streaming, and X-box 360, you can cancel your cable subscription and begin to save money.

Instructions

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Download PlayOn software to your computer from playon.tv. Make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements. Turn on your X-box 360, Nintedo Wii or PlayStation 3 and locate the PlayOn media server.

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Check the network connection for your PlayOn device (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii). Make sure it is connected to the same router as your PlayOn personal computer.

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Install Flash, Windows Media Player or DIVX. Find "Channels" on the video streaming websites (Hulu, Netflix, CBS.com) and search under the categories (e.g. "Action and Adventure,"Horror," "Comedy" etc.)

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Subscribe to online video streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, CBS.com, YouTube, Comedy Central, HGTV, ESPN, Food Network, and the websites of your favorite sports leagues to get well-rounded television coverage.

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Plug in your usernames and passwords for the video streaming sites on the PlayOn "Settings" window on your computer.

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On the PlayStation 3, locate "Media Server Connection" under "Settings." Find the PlayOn media player by searching under "XrossMediaBar," then "Video."

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On the Xbox 360, search under "Dashboard" and click on "My Xbox" followed by "Video Library." On the Nintendo Wii, open the Internet Channel and press the "WWW" button and enter "playon.tv." Turn off the "Screen Burn-In Reduction" to avoid interruption of your video programming.

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Watch your programs to ensure that they play without interruption or error before adding to your console.