What you can't beat is NO COMMERCIALS for your entire show and on demand whenever you want. Netflix alone has so much tv my retired parents can't watch it all...ROFL. They are currently going through a list of shows that are already over (fringe right now, felicity already, mcleods daughters already etc). They have no patience now for waiting for next season, and commercials are against our whole family's religion these days. I will not give you 18 minutes of my time every hour of TV. I can never go back to cable, just like I can never go back to a single monitor. That is over.
Roku, Playon, Netflix is about all we need but I have other options that add to those.
Hulu didn't make it past a week for us (commercials? Really? for paid? and so much WEB ONLY crap). My parents occasionally watch the rabbit ears for news but its rare. They get ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX etc on the ears (about 20 channels OTA they get). I see no need for cabletv ever in my life again...ROFL.