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Let’s face it, cable is expensive and it is definitely not going to be getting cheaper any time soon. About two years ago, my wife and I finally made the decision that it was time that we “cut the cord” so to speak, and get rid of our cable bill. As I look back on it, it was probably one of the best decisions that we made. I thought I would miss it, and there are times when I do, but for the most part, I have definitely learned to live without it.

I didn’t get rid of watching television all together, and I don’t think I could ever do that. But, what we did do was we took a long look at some web alternatives that would help us get our TV fix. As with any other cost cutting move, it definitely did not come without some sacrifice on our part. But, if you are every interested in making the move, then continue to read on and see if it is the right move for you.

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Those of us who live on the web love technology. We revel in the power it gives us, the control over our environment is exciting and invigorating, isn’t it? Control over our media is a particularly sacred gift. We download, organize, archive and play our massive MP3 collections. We rip, sort, and catalog our favorite DVDs, building a personal library that’s playable across all manner of devices and platforms. But there’s one area of personal entertainment that we lovers of technology can’t quite wrestle down — Television.

See, the thing with television is that it’s the content that matters, not necessarily the technology. We’ve already figured out how to deal with generic video in its digital form, that’s not the issue — gaining access to the particular programming unique to television, that’s the issue. So what’s a geek to do?

How does one get to use all the best techno-tricks — time shifting, social media, an all-you-can-watch catalog — on the content of television? Hulu, that’s how.

Today we’re going to take a look at what Hulu can do, put it through its paces, explore it’s subscription option (Hulu Plus), and decide whether or not it lets us cut the cord on our monthly cable bill.

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Whether you’ve admitted it yet or not, we’re going though a dramatic change in the way we consume our media thanks to the advancement of the internet, web and mobile device technologies. Yesterday’s news was the “death” of newspapers, today’s news is the “death” of traditional TV sources such as cable and satellite. But are they really taking a hit? Are people really cutting the cable and going full-on web?

In the past we’ve rounded up twenty sites with free video on demand, but, with the exception of a select few, these were nothing more than supplemental entertainment sources. Then we rounded up the top seven web-integrated media centers, which are great advancements but certainly not full-on replacements for traditional TV providers (at least for most people).

As we reviewed, Hulu Plus brought us exciting new capabilities for getting one of the most promising cable cutting services onto our mobile devices and into the living room. But, it was found to be quite disappointing. Now we have Google TV. It’s certainly promising, but is it really ready for prime time? Not really.

Personally, I “cut the cable” long ago and haven’t looked back, but then again my life does generally revolve around the computer. Which kind of consumer are you? Perhaps, like me, you only stream (or download) your media? Or maybe the thought of ditching your cable gives you nightmares.

Let us know with a quick vote in our poll and leave a comment to share your thoughts; I’d love to hear what media sources you prefer!

About four months ago Google announced Google TV, a new platform similar to Apple’s web-to-TV product, Apple TV (sorta). Google TV differs in that it’s actually an internet experience on your TV, built for your TV. Bringing the experience of the internet into the living room isn’t a new concept, it’s just taken some time for anyone to actually get it right.

Has Google done it right? Well, we don’t know yet but early impressions would lead us to believe so. If Google TV can succeed where others have failed, it might have the power to tip the internet vs cable TV scales in a new direction. Read on for more details and our thoughts on Google TV.

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