Stream from various sights, or via torrent if it's a really good series worth re-watching. Also get it from friends who have downloaded it.
Netflix has really improved its streaming for Anime shows and I am increasingly watching more shows in this way and feel less and less dependent on the DVD rentals. Watch a lot more now on my iPad2; It's silly and irrational, but I feel less guilty staying up late with my iPad2 & headphones under the covers than I do in front of my TV where my parents can still see & hear that I'm up.
Also, re: Manga, just started playing around with the VIZ Media app on my iPad2 and browsing a lot of the free sample content of for fun that they have on offer. In Manga, I tend to stick to stories that I've already seen the Anime for unless it's something that doesn't have an English dub, like Toradora! or Strawberry Panic!
In Podcasts, re: Anime news, I like ANNCast a great deal and also listen to Anime World Order (AWO) when they bother to post a new episode. Also give a listen to the Anime Nation podcast every now and then, since they do sometimes have important news about the biz and about new releases, etc.