It actually hasn't been that hard.
YOUTUBE has a ton of movies, TV shows and actual things you want to watch-- who knew? I watched several episodes of Get Smart as well as some Charlie Chan films there. FREE.
HULU PLUS ($8/mo) has many many many first run TV Shows as well as a WHOLE collection of CRITERION films-- which if you're a movie buff fills your heart with happiness.
NETFLIX ($8/mo) streaming is the way to go, I gave up the discs a long time ago. A lot to choose from.
AMAZON PRIME ($40/year) I get a discount thanks to my edu email address, and not only do I get packages delivered in two days or less, I get to choose from thousands of streaming movies-- a lot of which are also Netflix offered, so if you're trying to budget you might want to opt for this instead of the big Red Flix.
ANTENNA ($12 on Amazon) I pick up about fifteen channels including Me-TV which is the best channel on TV right now as far as I'm concerned.
AEREO ($8/mo) Allows you to watch over the air channels that might not be available in your area. I get about fifteen channels more via this option than I do with the straight antenna, and I can also record TV and College football right here. So it's a keeper!
So buying all of these services amounts to $328 a year VS my satellite bill which amounted to $720 for the most basic package.