With the 2009 MLB season around the corner I thought I would share more on my experience canceling TV service to get all my TV for free online, well almost free. Streaming all your shows online has one huge bonus that the service providers can't offer you. That is "Ubiquitous TV." Meaning TV anywhere you want it, or anywhere you can connect to the Internet, which is quickly becoming everywhere. When I travel now I don't have to miss out on my favorite shows while my wife watches them at home. Sling Box offers similar capabilities but often doesn't work when someone is watching the one box at home and the other wants to connect to it from somewhere else. What streaming shows brings you is the ability to watch them anywhere at any time. It is truly TV anywhere and I have found that end of the experience to be great. However where streaming TV shows for free leaves off is where the service providers really come in and that is premium TV services.
I've looked at the cost analysis and have concluded for my TV watching needs it is cheaper to simply purchase the services you are interested in, instead of subscribing to outrageously high cable or satellite bills and getting them bundled. So all though I am getting all the shows I watch for free I will be subscribing to MLB.TV for $79.95 a month. This will bring with it all the benefits of ubiquitous TV as I can watch games on the road as well as at work. Something I couldn't have done without a Sling box setup before. I also subscribe to ESPN 360 and get all the college sports I want online. So the only thing left for me to figure out before the fall is how I am going to get the NFL online, preferably live. There are archived ways of doing this but I like to watch my sports in real time. This is why previously cable or satellite was the only way to go. Quickly though I think the sports leagues are learning that streaming services can be an incredibly profitable way to move forward.