It’s been a month since my home became satellite free. Re-cap, I canceled DirecTV, purchased a Roku, a digital converter box, signed up for Hulu+ and got a faster internet connection. On top of all this we already had a Wii, DVD recorder and a Netflix account. So far it has not been that bad.

I don’t really miss some of the cable shows I use to watch. There is more then enough content between Netflix and Hulu+, but when you want a TV show or movie that is not on Netflix yet, or even Hulu, Amazon comes in with a cheap solution. I rented Predators for $.99 the other night and watched it streaming, VERY COOL. Amazon has series passes where you can purchase a season of a currently running show and have access to new episodes the next day after it airs. Now, did I mention we are still saving money? Yes, saving roughly $70 a month is not bad especially when my medical insurance has gone up another $200.00 a month… Ya win some, ya lose some.

I solved my Sesame street problem with a one time purchase of a season on Amazon. Since PBS usually shows the same 3 episodes for months on end, I now have 12 episodes to cycle through with my son. Next month we plan on buying another season to add to the collection.

So back to regular TV, we have a DVD recorder so my wife can record her favorite shows that are not available online, like American Idol. Here the DVD recorder replaces a costly DVR. With our set up we have enough bandwidth to stream to multiple devices without any hiccups, I can stream 30 Rock in the living room on the Roku, while playing online on my laptop, while my wife watches what ever she watches on the Wii in the bedroom.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the Roku, it’s had some minor glitches easily fixed by a rebooting. I plan on getting the XD|S with its newly added ability to play video from a USB drive. I think it’s pretty slick for the less tech savvy folks who don’t want to set up their own server.

Are you up for the cord cutting challenge? Leave your thoughts in the comments.