Hi I currently live in Houston Texas and have been living here for about 18 years now. I work in IT for an energy company doing Enterprise Architecture for our Retail business. I have a Biological Sciences and Anatomy/Neurobiology degree from Colorado State University, obviously not really doing what I went to school for, but that is a different story.
I finally divorced Uverse in June 2014 when the Tablo 4 Tuner model came to market because I grew tired of the annual negotiation for current “deals” and found that the majority of TV we were watching was really on the local broadcast channels anyway. While there were a couple of shows outside of this it wasn’t worth paying for the overheard of it. Since we have young children we also watch a lot of time shifted content on our schedule, very rarely watching anything live at time of broadcast. This ended up saving us approximately $100/month. The major hurdle was passing the “wife and kids” usability test. Last thing you want to do is introduce something that makes them have to constantly debug issues to watch tv… just makes life miserable for you..who wants to be a constant helpdesk? I thought at first the kids would struggle not having Disney and other cable channels, but then supplemented them with Netflix and they now watch on demand whatever they like. We have found the Netflix catalog for animated content to be sufficient.
For local tv we are pretty lucky here to have a broadcast farm where all the transmitters are located in a single place, Missouri City, I just needed a strong enough roof antenna to reach the signal since that farm was around 40 miles away and something in attic wouldn't work with the radiant barrier installed.
My Internet profile is 100/10 http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/4263407177 and I use a combination of Asus and Apple ac routers with a cisco managed switch to manage my home network. (I have two routers now because I wanted to introduce a router where I had more QoS control, especially for the kids, something that Apple doesn’t expose from their devices). I also purchased my cable modem from Amazon for about $60 dollars so that I wouldn’t have to pay the $10/month rental fee from Comcast.
For performance reasons I have chosen to hard wire my Tablo, Roku 3, and AppleTv 3 directly into the LAN vs relying on WiFi. I don’t experience any buffering issues if I choose to watch Netflix of Tablo using my laptops or tablets over WiFi but still prefer to keep the network traffic segregated from other things the kids might be doing. I also connected the RG69 connections from the antenna straight to each TV so it could be watched without using the media streaming devices in live mode if wanted.
My personal life revolves around living vicariously through my kids, block parties, scouting activities, and also attending Houston Texans games as a season ticket holder (even though I am a life long Denver Bronco fan). Hey, its football…… and JJ Watt is one bad dude….