OSX comes with tools for this.
Standard, the OS supports:
-Wiping free space (1,3,7, and 35 pass I believe). This could be automated using a line or two of terminal magic.
I hope I'm not advertising to much here.
Again, how is that different than Plex/XBMC? That is exactly what plex does.
No. Use plex. It is awesome with hulu! (but unfortunately is still flash.. uggg)
All you have to do is go to their website and create an account. Then from there I set it to higher quality video in my account playback options and then searched for shows I wanted. I hit the subscribe button on those shows.
After that I go into plex (xbmc would most likely work too) and put in your account info. From there it will have a menu of subscribed shows with their eps. Once you watch the ep it leaves that list. Also, everything plays in 480p... not perfect quality so i'd recommend bit torrent if you have a large TV but for the most part it works wonders.
Another issue I have is if I'm away for more than a month and I've subscribed to a show the ep will disappear. I watch the type of shows that you really want to see every ep. It is annoying to manually have to download an ep that disappeared before I got around to it. Personally, I enjoy watching most shows in bulk. for one day I might watch 4 to 8 episodes of X show and just relax. I rarely watch 1 ep at a time. Hulu isn't perfect for that. By default I'm using private trackers + RSS and 720p for everything. I then wrote an auto extract script cuz plex can't see the
All in all, a mix of rss + hulu's subscription option depending on the show makes everything wonderful.
They do. It is called Hulu.
My two complaints with hulu is:
2) They do not save the first couple eps of the first season of X show. If i'm interested in a new show I do not want to watch the current ep. I want to watch the first 4 eps then decide. I'm not going to buy a dvd box set for a show I've never seen before.
So yah BT ftw but Hulu is far better than nothing.
Only the first cablecard is free. Every one after that is $2.05 a month for the same TV. If comcast finds out your broadcasting your content to other TVs they'll tac on another $6 a month for each TV that uses a cable card on top of the $2.05
My solution is a bit cheaper and arguably immoral.
What I do is setup an RSS feed to the TV shows I like and have them auto download. From there I watch everything on my TV/Computer/... all 720p and all drm free so I can do whatever I want with it. Also, most come in before the shows actually air here.
It isn't that I'm not paying for Cable TV, because I am. I'm paying for the shows I get. I just don't like the idea of not being able to do what I want to do with the content I'm paying for. Maybe one day cable cards will not be so restrictive and then I'll consider another alternative.
atm I'm quite happy using RSS to auto download everything I want.
Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.