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Hello. We are in Tampa, Fl. USA and just moved into a new home

-.  We are considering alternatives to the normal cable box. I bought 3 devices.

1. Sony Blue ray with streaming and Sony Entertainment Network
2. Roku 2
3. Chromecast
I have also signed up for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others but all of these services seem to want $2.99 and up for series shows and movies. Obviously not a good price alternative.
What are we missing here?
How can we get free/low cost content?
How can we channel surf?
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I know someone well who has move into northwest Canada and Cable TV is very expensive. They settled for good internet (still pricey up there) and are using Net Flix. That has proven the best choice for them overall.
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thanks for your response but it doesn't  answer my question. I have lots of choices. I'm Just trying to find the mainstream alternatives to cable. Choice, value, surf ability, poular network shows that are current
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If it doesn't have to be over the Internet, have you considered Digital Over the Air?
Most of the stations here in Tampa have multiple channels.

Another thread here, with a couple of other ideas:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Personal_Electronics/Home_Theater/Q_28492653.html

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howdy. are you new to the area, or been here awhile?    : )
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Another way to go, might be with XBMC or MythTV, and set them up to get content from the various sites (ABC, FX, HISTORY...) (most of what you want is probably free, just might take a day or two to become available)
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There is no mainstream alternative to cable yet. There are alternatives, just not "mainstream".

This said, have a look at DVRs with over-the-air tuners like Simple.TV and Tablo
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/simple-tv/
It may be what you need - and then stream say via Roku.
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Thank you much.    : )
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