So, we recently cut the cable in our house and so far it's going great (despite some issues with Hulu Plus). I really don't miss the few shows I was following on cable, and have started watching a few new ones from what's available through the Roku. Now the talk is starting about the upcoming new season of Mad Men at the end of March, and that is my absolute favorite show on TV in the last few years. I have been looking to see if it might be available to stream someplace, but can't seem to find anything. I'd even be willing to pay $14.99 to Amazon for a season pass! Does anyone know if it will be possible to watch Mad Men Season 5 shortly after it airs on AMC, or am I stuck waiting for it to come out later?
Actually, you won't have to wait! The other AMC shows (along with most other basic cable series) have been available for purchase through Amazon, day after broadcast. I expect Mad Men will be as well.
I'm doing a season pass on The Walking Dead right now after trying it out on Breaking Bad last summer, and I plan to get one for Mad Men next month. You get a 5% discount for selecting a season pass (instead of manually purchasing each episode), so for the whole season, the SD version should cost $24.57, or $36.92 for HD. The charge is only done one episode at a time ($1.89 for SD, $2.84 for HD after discount), so you don't have to blow a hole in your entertainment budget all at once.
If you're not willing to pay those prices, you'll need to wait for Netflix to get it on streaming, or for the inevitable Blu-ray/DVD release.
Hope this helps!