I've never liked having cable, because most of the channels & shows are trash... So I've either just never had cable at all, or only had the most bare-bones option available. My HD antenna works great for live/1st-run shows on all of the major networks. I still rarely turn on my TV, so I supplement that with Hulu+ for most of the shows that I want to watch. I also have Amazon Prime (though I really got it for the free 2-day shipping), with which I'm able to watch movies & older TV shows. I had a Netflix subscription for a little while, but was rather disappointed by its lack of recent (<2 yrs old) stuff, so I let it expire. I also had a Roku2 for a while, and it wasn't bad for collecting everything together, but didn't offer much additional. When it was stolen in a burglary, I replaced it (and my stolen TV) with a smart TV that could stream directly. So that's about it for me... Total cost: $30-$40 HD antenna + $15/mo ($8/mo Hulu + $7/mo Amazon) vs. $30-$50/mo cable subscription + $100-$300 DVR.... yeah -- it was an easy choice for me.