About the Book
This guidebook is full of ideas, knowledge and projects that can open up more choices in the way you watch TV. It leverages changes in technology; new products and trends. New technologies like streaming, smart TVs, broadcast to air TV advances, personal and portable devices, higher display resolutions and home networks, all offer new and more customizable options for TV viewing.
Based on feedback from our readers, we will no longer be updating Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish and Take Back Control of Your TV and instead have written a new book, designed to be more useful and less of an encyclopedia. The new book (The Budgeteers' Guide to 21st Century TV) is hopefully easier to read, a little more more fun, a little less technical -- and yet it still has lots of new TV technology and projects to try.
About the Author
We are two people who have worked in engineering, product marketing, marketing, sales, PR and management in the tech industry for over 25 years. We continue to review and follow latest tech trends and still geek out over new and cool ideas.Our education backgrounds are in electrical engineering, data communications, English and business administration.
In 2008, the "great recession” made our monthly satellite subscription (that jumped from the introductory rate of $39.99 to over $150) very unappealing. Our solution was a $300 e-machines computer (we named her Emmie) running Windows 7 Media Center, a Hauppauge USB dongle for broadcast TV, a small antenna in the attic, and a streaming subscription to Acorn.tv. After this initial investment had paid for itself within a matter of months, we just kept exploring…