We have worked in the tech industry for over 25 years, from technical (engineering, QA, product marketing, etc.) to operations (marketing communications, sales, PR) to management. We continue to review and follow latest tech trends and we still geek out over new and cool ideas.
In 2008, our satellite subscription jumped from the “introductory rate of $29.99" to over $150 a month. We just couldn’t justify the cost of TV. We did a serious amount of research and came up with a solution: 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…and finding new and better ways to take control of our TV and the costs associated with watching the content we wanted.