We got a TV! After all this time. Samsung 40-inch HDTV, very happy with it.
We also got an Apple TV. Awesome. Paired with Netflix, we're starting to catch up with years and years of missed TV. (Ever heard of a show called "Freaks and Geeks?" Not bad at all.)
Our old cable was regular -- we could see some HD broadcast channels (not sure why) but only about 3. (NBC, ABC, CBS. Not Fox.)
So we just switched to WOW (Wide Open West) because we've had DSL and it's pretty slow and we've wanted to switch to cable internet too. The guy came out on Friday and made both switches (cable, internet), all is well. A bunch of HD cable channels, they look great. Internet connection is smokin'. (15 mbps, 10x faster than it had been.)
However, our Appley sensibilities have been grossly offended by the great big silver 80's-looking cable box and associated remote. UG-LY. Plus takes up room we don't really have.
This is not the end of the world. But we're looking for workarounds.
For example: If we get Tivo, we can then get a WOW cable card and put that in and have Tivo as usual plus HD cable. After some research though I'm not sure how reliable the cable cards are, and also it doesn't look like the Tivo box is stupendously better.
I'm really enjoying having HD TV at long last, so I don't really want to give up cable completely. (We could just dispense with it and watch everything via AppleTV or Netflix -- except sports, but there must be a way to do that too.)
One more problem -- our TV has two hdmi ports, and one is taken up by the Apple TV and one is taken up by the Huge Honkin' Box of Ugly. We also have a DVD player to plug in somewhere via hdmi.
Anyway, looking for any ideas to make this whole thing work more elegantly.