Monday, August 16, 2010

The TV

For those on the edge of their seats, waiting for more vacation footage, relax. I'll post some more tomorrow. But tonight I wanted to post about something near and dear to my heart: The Television.

I have a love/hate relationship with the TV. I love to watch it, I hate to pay for it. In our house, we have 3 TVs in use. All three are at least 10 years old. We don't have high def. We don't have wide screen. And we certainly don't have digital capabilities. A few years ago we subscribed to DishNetwork. We have been relatively happy with them. But lately, the cost has seemed a little steep. We called and explained that we have been loyal customers for going on 5 years, and if they would give us the same price they give new customers (nearly $30 difference), we would gladly stay. They did not, so we did not.

Curly and I told ourselves we could just watch anything we wanted to online. Well, almost anything. Not sports. Did I mention my husbands love affair with the NFL? No? Oh. I should have. We love the Redskins in this house and hope they actual win a few games this year. I digress... I went online to see a show I had missed (So You Think You Can Dance). Guess what? Hulu is not my friend. I couldn't get anything to load. So, there goes that idea.

With our old TVs, we can't just watch network channels anymore. We don't have digital converter boxes, nor do we have an antenna on top of our house. Today I called the cable company. Basic cable is $22 a month. 130 channels is $29 a month. Which one do you think I chose? There is a change coming for our family: 3 TVs are going to 1. We will just be able to watch 1 TV. I am looking forward to it.

This, much like Seinfeld, is a post about nothing. Thanks for reading.


Lisa said...

I'm sorry to tell you this but I called Dish network and said the same thing you did, and they did reduce it for me. I just had to agree to keep them for three years. I must have gotten a rookie.

Melonius said...

I have never paid for tv. A few years ago we got a digital antenna at radio shack for sixty bucks. It worked well until the whole switch to digital since our one tv is well, actually not that old, only like five or six. Since then we have done pretty well between netflix and hulu. My husband has the same issue though about the sports. He has found some other websites to get around that...I have seen him watch the celtics in portuguese... This summer I have been keeping myself busy with hgtv design star--I've watched all five seasons on hulu and now I'm moving on to color splash. what? no I don't have a crush on david.