Cable television's talking heads have been predicting the death of cable television for years and one suspects they'll keep doing so until someone turns the lights off. But you can cut the cord and move on now. Fortunately, leaving cable (and cable bills) behind doesn't mean going on an extreme media diet. To the contrary, a new generation of streaming devices are making it easier to watch the shows you want to watch without the hassle.
Best For Supplementing Cable
The latest Slingbox won't replace your cable or satellite box, but it will enhance it, making live and recorded content accessible from anywhere there's an internet connection. Any such programming can be viewed remotely on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and you can now invite Facebook friends to watch your Slingbox-attached video in their own Web browsers. [$300; slingbox.com]