It was the first, and not the last, serious challenge to the cable companies' dominance. Even if cable companies won't admit it, they're working hard to stay relevant against growing competition from Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and many other online video services.
Millions of consumers have already been lured away from cable with promises of lower prices and the freedom to watch what they want, when they want. I know, because I'm one of them.
Of course, like any big change to new technology, there are challenges to overcome. Here are five things I've discovered that will help make your transition easier - or might convince you to wait a bit longer to make the jump.