Recipe for Cable Cutting: AppleTV, Netflix, and Aereo

I’ve been on the edge of severing ties with my cable subscription for a number of years. I hadn’t done it because while the AppleTV/iTunes/Netflix/Hulu combo provided me with more than I could ever want/watch in terms of programming, there was the occasional concern that there’d be some live TV programming that I wouldn’t want to miss.

This concern was alleviated by Aereo, which grabs free over-the-air HD signals from the networks (and a few other stations), and allows you to watch live or record on your computer or mobile device.

It works swmimmingly, and for $8/month, it’s a good bargain.

So…cable cut. No regrets. Plow the “saved” money into higher speed internet (they’re going to get you one way or the other).

However, while AppleTV is great for zapping a signal to your TV via AirPlay from your iPad or iPhone, if you are watching something on your laptop, getting this signal to your TV used to require a complicated set of chords and adapters. Newer versions of Macs have built-in AirPlay functionality, but if you’re running an older Mac, you’ll need an app called AirParrot. This will mirror the audio and video from your Mac on your AppleTV.

So, there you have it, the recipe for cutting your cable, while still having access to all the programming you could want. :

AppleTV: $100
AirParrot: $10 (only necessary if you have a late-ish Mac)
Netflix: $8/month
HuluPlus: $8/month
Aereo: $8/month

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NOTES:
1. Many could probably get away with either HuluPlus or Aereo alone, and not need both.

2. If you’re a big sports fan, you might still want/need cable; as Aereo doesn’t have ESPN, etc.

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