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Set top boxes

This is part four in my series about how to cut off your cable or satellite TV subscription and move on without, hopefully, missing a beat. We have looked at Media Center and alternatives, media servers and software for watching TV and movies. Now it is time to move on to more hardware — in this case set top boxes and extenders.

Most people think of set top boxes as the DVR they get from their cable or satellite provider, but that does not even scratch the surface. Extenders are similar, and pretty much all of the devices list below fall into that category. An extender simply means a device that can pull media from other locations on your home network — mainly your computers and servers.