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Mike, let me know if Understudy keeps working. I know that Hulu is making Boxee pull Hulu integration from their code.

Will do, I plan on futzing around with this and doing updates over the next few weeks.


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This may be going in a slightly different direction than you intended, but...
My wife and I axed the cable and joined a gym. It is a real no frills kind of place, and by signing a contract we are paying very little monthly (less than a cable bill). The kicker is that ALL of their aerobic machines have individual tvs hooked on them... with cable. So, if we want to watch anything on tv, we just go to the gym. Now we get to watch our favorite shows AND get a workout in at the same time.

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It reminds me of a neighbor of mine when I lived in Vermont who set up a business making exercise-bike-powered electric generators. A lot of people bought them to help keep their kids from becoming total couch potatoes while watching television: the bike-powered generator charged a battery, which you then used to run the TV. After a while the battery would run down, and if you wanted to keep watching you'd have to get on the exercise bike and ride it for an hour to replenish the battery.

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Wow!!! This is great... There's no TV in the office, useful for coffee breaks, just to kill the boredom!!! LOLs

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Great idea, combining TV watching with exercise!
As another idea, we cut our cable completely years ago just as part of our frugal lifestyle, but it saves far more money than just the $50-100, (or whatever it is) spent on the cable bill. A study once showed how much more the average adult was likely to spend with each additional hour of TV viewing each week, though I can't provide a link.
But just from personal experience, no studies necessary, I still remember how different life was when I first stopped watching TV; I no longer -wanted- things. And the extra time allowed me to do other things in my life that also saved money; for instance, taking the time to cook meals rather than order out.

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This might be a good alternative to cable for some, but internet service providers will likely charge you a ton eventually - or throttle your internet service greatly if you use too much bandwidth.

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We got rid of Direct TV when I decided to stay home after our 2nd child was born in order to save money. I won't lie, I missed my DVR and pausing live TV. But we did it for about 4 years and saved a bunch. We had Netflix at the time and subscribed to the Time Warner BASIC cable package of $9.99 (the one they have to offer but don't advertise). We got about 16 channels including the major networks.

Over time, our finances improved and when our telephone company offered a bundle with Dish for a good deal, we signed up. That was about 3-4 years ago and we are now trying to save money for vacations and are considering doing it again. Our bill runs $124/month. We could upgrade our Netflix account to include DVDs and buy another Roku stick, and possibly get the old cheap cable package back and not miss too much and still be $100 richer each month. I will mostly miss pausing live TV and watching the Red Zone NFL channel during football season. But to afford taking all 3 kids to Disney in 2 years, it is probably worth it.

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