So I am finally able to cut the cord after years of trying.
I can now get all the shows/movies the wife and I want, many before they air on the west coast including HBO and Showtime series automatically downloaded with Meta Data and art for $19 ($11 without Netflix) a month. This system is completely automated and can be managed from a web browser so my wife or I can add new shows/movies from our iPhones or the iPad on the couch.
My main fail point to cutting the cord has always been the WAF. She finally said she likes my solution better than Comcrap!
What I am using:
Win 7 Media Center (both)
Media Browser (both)
Sick Beard (server only)
SABnzbd (server only)
CouchPotato (server only)
Netflix (for the kids) $8 month
Astraweb Usenet host ($11 month)
802.11g and 100mb Router
HTPC/Server 3.2GHz QaudCore Duo in the Office
HTPC 2.8Ghz Athalon x2
40" Samsung LED and Infocus ScreenPlay 7200 in the living room
47" Philips Plasma in the office
I started with this article on life hacker:
Then moved on to this:
And lastly this:
I am not using FreeNAS but the article helps to learn the automation process.
If you are not ready to pay for a usenet host you can get a free unlimited 1mb account here to try it out (select Germany for your country):
Signup for a free NZBrUs account here for faster results:
If you want to use usenet for music and movies as well I recommend getting a $10 lifetime account from newzbin It will also get you even faster results on your tv shows:
I have been using astraweb for years and they are a great usenet host with great prices. Here is a link to get the unlimited account for only $11 a month:
One SABnzbd app not mentioned on lifehacker that I stumbled across is CouchPotato, this app lets you add movies like you do with Sick Beard and it watches usenet for them to be released. It can also be configured to download the first release, then download and replace the first one if a better quality version comes out. There is also a greasemonkey script that allows you to browse IMDB and add to your CouchPotato watch queue. Here is the discussion on SABnzbd forums for help setting it up
The only thing I was missing was local TV and live sports so today I pulled out my old ATI 650 dual tuner and hooked up an antenna. I will probably sell my Hauppauge cablecard tuner and get a used HDhomerun next.
Once you have this setup you can also download lossless music albums and all kinds of digital files off of usenet through SABnzbd.
If anyone has any suggestions or questions post them in the comments.