When I picked up an TV last year, I felt that for the first time, I had found a replacement to TV. I based that on the presumption that my TV habits could be replicated by TV and indeed add to them via my richly populated and relevant (based on star ratings) music collection. I would also be able to enjoy and showcase my photo collection to visitors. With regards to TV, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the nature of "news". It was difficult to flip channels without watching serious networks chattering about celebrity's lives. The current invasion of Reality TV completed the reasoning that $100 per month for cable was so not worth it. Britney, Paris and Brangelina and Tila Tequila, Bret Michaels and Flavor Flav had taken over the airwaves and I had had enough. I sat down and reviewed what TV I was watching. My TV was left dialed into CNN most of the time with shows such as Anderson Cooper and Larry King amongst the few that could get me to sit down and actually watch intently. Flipping through channels, reruns of Seinfeld and Friends had me put down the remote. Current programming that I watched was limited to Journeyman (cancelled ), Heroes and the various incarnations of CSI. I found that I could easily replace all of the above with TV. Anderson Cooper has a daily podcast (the video quality and update schedule have recently been improved) and Larry King's best is also available via a CNN podcast. Curiously, it was the podcast component of TV that has become the main source of programming for me. I've turned away from the major networks and discovered Revision3 and ON Networks' amateur, yet professionally produced programs. Diggnation, the DIGG Reel, Play Value and more are available in HD and for free. There have unfortunately been downsides to cutting cable and adopting an exclusive TV relationship. The most notable has been the loss of connection with the news and programming of my city. By not watching local programming, I'm feeling disconnected from the outside world. I also noticed that sense of disconnect accompanied by loneliness, something that I hadn't felt with the "always on" aspect of cable tv as background noise. The lack of live tv is another shortcoming, one that has become very pronounced with the Olympics going on now. Luckily, my Sharp Aquos has a digital receiver and I've been able to pick up the local CBC which broadcasts the Olympic programming in HD over the air. This is literally the first time in months that I changed the Input Source from TV to TV. Surprisingly, I would have expected there to be an Olympic recap show offered by CBC in the iTunes store. Even more incomprehensible is that video podcasts for the Olympics are non existant also. I live in Canada and the Canadian iTunes store's anemic offerings hasn't helped my cause to live without cable. I'm still waiting for the Daily Show to offer a season's pass similar to the US iTunes store. Currently, Canadians have to buy each show individually for $1.99. Night shows like Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno and Letterman were also high on my wish list but so far, no luck. With the Fall Season fast approaching, I'm praying for NBC to reconcile with Apple and offer Heroes and Conan O'Brien. My girlfriend has been staying over quite frequently lately and she's noticed the lack of her regular programming as well. So as I sit here, strongly considering reconnecting cable, another side of me is holding out for Fall upgrades to the iTunes Canada store. What I'm hoping for: - Family Guy - Conan O'Brien w/ Multi Pass $9.99 - The Daily Show w/ Multi Pass $9.99 - Heroes - CSI - 24 In the meantime, I'm going to populate my TV with the Seinfeld and Friends reruns that I can't get enough of. I'm going to try to address the lack of local connection by finding an online local radio source for that "background noise" replacement now that TV officially supports radio streams. I'm also going to convert my DVD collection to an TV/iPhone format so that I can enjoy it (I haven't had a DVD player for years). TV hasn't been a total disappointment though. I've truly rediscovered my music now that I have easy access to it from the couch. My photo collection also fills the screen as my TV's screensaver. I'm also spending many entertaining hours with YouTUBE and amateur podcasts. I feel that the TV has huge potential to replace cable. For the time being, I've needed to make an effort because the current bottleneck of iTunes Canada's slim offerings doesn't include my favorite shows. I think that with YouTUBE looking at Live broadcasts, we may see their partner, CNN offer a stream and perhaps some sports becoming available there as well. From there, its a short leap to TV since Google and Apple share such a close connection. In short, TV is almost there, but not quite ready for the mainstream.