Originally Posted by MysticGringo
I'm not really interested in watching tv... I hate being "controlled" by when "they" schedule the shows if watch. So I'm more interested in using data (cell or wifi) to stream Netflix or Hulu. Would that be a solution for you?
Streaming may not work so well because those solutions require somewhat reliable internet
access while you're watching the shows.
Personally I find the best option to be to download the content you want to watch while you have reliable internet
and have it stored for later. A typical TV show might be 200 megs, 700-800 megs for a movie
. It's not a huge deal to have a netbook with a 1 TB hard drive that can display media over HDMI to a LED LCD TV. Both netbooks and LED LCD TVs are pretty low wattage too. A netbook can even use a car adapter and plug
directly into the 12v system.
So basically when you're in areas with internet access just download all your shows and movies, keep them on your netbook and then while at anchor
you can consume your content. You can download the shows via Torrent or you can always just buy/borrow DvDs and copy them onto the netbook.
I do the same thing with books
. I have something like 100 novels ready to read on my tablet.
With today's hard drive sizes you can easily carry thousands of books
and movies/TV shows on a small computer hard drive. Tablets, netbooks and modern TVs can all show them pretty easily too and are getting more and more energy efficient.