I have done this recently Del, in addition to Netflix, I use the following resources:
High quality, high speed internet without any bandwidth limits.
[B]High Quality, professionally installed, amplified HDTV Antenna.
I got it for news, and live event programs (Oscars, Olymics, Super Bowl, CBC’s FIFA World Cup, that sort of thing). Picture quality is fabulous and I get 22 channels here in Toronto. Works for me.
[B][U]The Most Important Thing to Get: XBMC
If you do not have XBMC installed, you need to stop whatever it is you are doing right now and go fix that. It is the killer app of the internet. There is no single programming service on planet Earth available that is better than XBMC. And it’s free (because for the most part, it is all pirated stuff - but done as slickly as can be done to make it work perfectly and transparetly, on demand.)
General Viewing of series/movies/ live streaming of all channels (degraded quality) XBMC has it all and then some. It replaces Netflix, perfectly, at a cost of $0.00.
XBMC has streamed access to all recorded movies, shows and series at a HD quality level as high – and often higher higher than – Netflix or Hulu. Streamed access to live programming and essentially all cable channels through Mashup is also available, though usually at a degraded picture quality. It’s ok. Recorded shows, however, is where XBMC shines.
[B][U]HD 1080p, DTS Surround, Kickass Quality Live SPorts Through XBMC
Please note that there are ALSO a plethora of Video Add-ons for XBMC - and some of those allow for ALL of the below streaming sports services to be added to your XBMC start menu. That does not make these additional services free, as you still need to add in your subscriber name and password, but it means that XBMC is your one-stop complete hub for watching all saved files, streamed files or live HQ streaming sports. It’s all there - and you can use your smartphone as a remote to control it all, too. I cannot recommend XBMC highly enough. If you are not using XBMC, [U][I]you are missing out on the best killer app on the internet.[/I][/U]
XBMC also acts as a PVR, by the way. So it literally covers the bases. There are all KINDS of reasons to get an Intel NUC setup as your Media Centre in your living room to run XBMC. You can even do it through a Raspberry Pi for much less (though it’s not as fast at loading channels as an Intel NUC or other HTPC is.)
[B][U]Live and Archived SPORTS
In particular, I enjoy my sports programming and I am not prepared to leave the quality and timeliness of those broadcasts to the vagaries of fate. I would NEVER have cut the cord if I did not have a reasonable access for my live sports programming. I subscribe to both Hockeystreams and MLB.TV. I would subscribe to Game Pass for NFL too, but frankly, it’s simply too poor a value compared to Hockeystreams and MLB.TV for me to pay for it. I’m a hockey and baseball fan though, NFL I can take or leave. If your priorities are otherwise, maybe it makes sense for you.
Ballstreams.com is an excellent service and provides the same quality of NBA broadcasts streaming as does Hockeystreams. I jut happen to be a fan of hockey, not basketball. If you are a NBA fan – Ballstreams.com is the way to go.
Both Hockeystreams and Ballstreams are grey marketed streaming services based in the Netherlands. Not entirely legit, but not entirely illegal. either. Whatever the case, I can vouch that their service is reliable and there is no dickery with their billing. They have been in operation with Hockeystreams for at least the past three years (it may well be more, I simply don’t know).
[B]Hockeystreams.com: [/B]Hockeystreams provides every NHL, AHL, Junior Hockey and most European Hockey leagues for that matter, live or archived, Home or Away, streamed in 1080p for $110.00 per year. Available on every platform there is: Windows, Mac, Linux. Ipad, Android, Roku, XBMC client, Apple TV, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One. etc etc etc.
[B]Ballstreams.com[/B]- Ballstreams provides all NBA games, draft and trade deadlines, without exception, home and away, streamed in 1080p for $89.99 per year. Available on every platform there is: Windows, Mac, Linux. Ipad, Android, Roku, XBMC client, Apple TV, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One. etc etc etc.
[B]Major League Baseball: [/B]MLB.TV Premium is still the best live and archived official sports streaming service. All games, home or away, in video or audio, subject to local blackout for live games (the Toronto Blue Jays are no longer blacked out though as they have a special deal with MLB) for $129 for the season. It was on for half-price this past week for Father’s day.
[B]NFL Game Pass:[/B]All games, plus pre-season for $220.00. The poorest value of all the major streaming services, by far, however.