A new year and a new resolution to get back on track – hopefully this will work out for the best but given that I no longer have the stress of ‘out of control debt’ to deal with it should be a lot easier to get on track and stay on track. A healthy and slimmer me is only a few months away – I just need to remain focused so that eventually it is delivered.
On a good side the HG659b is going well and I had a check out of Chorus’s online website which still says “January 2015” for UFB availability which could mean that it won’t be ready until the end of January. Hopefully by the time it is installed Spark will be offering 200Mbps service in the area and Netflix won’t be too far away. Although I cancelled my account with Sky TV I am looking at getting a new UHF aerial installed along with a Freeview set top box installed which will give me access to a decent selection of Freeview channel as well as the ability to sign up to Igloo if something interesting comes on that is worth paying for. The cost of the installation along with the set top box is $425 but I’m going to wait till the end of January before going ahead.
As for Lightbox and other services I might end up just purchasing a Intel NUC device, loading Windows 8.1 on to it and use it to stream television, movies etc. The cost of the device isn’t much but it is a pain in the ass the fact that an OEM version of Windows 8.1 will cost around $160 in which case I might be just better off purchasing a Mac mini and using that instead which has all the benefits of OS X, a wireless keyboard, touch pad and controlling it all from my sofa.