I had been complaining inwardly about the content present on my television set for months. At least once a week I was saying, “How can I have 600 plus television channels, and nothing that I want to watch”.
Let me give you some information about me. I’m a little odd in the American male lexicon. I don’t like to watch sports on television and rarely talk about or care, what professional sports team is pitted against who. Sports stats bore me, most television movies are boring or I have seen them before (why watch it again, RIGHT!) or just have little interest because I critique the screen play, direction, acting, effects and accuracy of the presentation. Basically i’m a media snob. I do like music videos, documentaries and concerts on cable TV be they seem to be dwindling too in acceptable content.
To be honest I was keeping my “X” cable providers content levels because my daughter liked certain show and could watch them on here various devices. That was until I received my latest bill which was $168 and some change, $20 dollars higher than the month previous.
WTF, was my reaction as I witnessed my newly emailed cable television bill. Needless to say, my geeky side took over and I calculated what 168 multiplied by 12 represented. $2016 a year. That can buy a great deal of good experiences in my life. $2016 a year for the CHANCE to find something interesting on television. Granted this includes my high speed internet, but shoot, that is just a bit too much money for me. I need my internet so I can get news, blog , watch TED talks, but “never” watch porn.
So , I was all set to get rid of my cable television altogether (except the high speed internet of course) until I called the cable company and was talked down off the ledge, by being offered a lower package. So my bill was dropped in price by 50 percent before taxes and fees. I am a little happier, except they took away some of the stations that I loved the most, for instance VH1, Fuse, MTV, and a few other channels, but I still have Showtime and HBO, go figure. To add insult to a minor injury, my beautiful Samsung HDTV is fed with standard definition signal from my replacement new weeny cable box.
There is one caveat, I searched YouTube and built a DIY HD Television Antenna. It’s ugly, but hot dam does it work for local television stations, 70 channels in all, and they are beautiful uncompressed HD quality.
So when I hunker for HD, and a choice of programming my options are :
- Netflix (Streaming and DVD)
- Local Video Store
- Apple TV
- Computer turned into a media center
- iPad/iPod touch
- Playstation 3
I think its only a matter of time before I just junk the idea of having Cable TV to watch content anyway, at least until this season 3 of Showtime’s House of Lies is done. It would be awesome if I could just purchase rights/subscription to certain television content providers, but that is not available yet.
For now I feel better, but with each passing day my television is becoming my stereo/media center, computer screen.
The motto for 2014, Just let it go, if it takes more than it gives.
Peace, Love and Darts and Beer