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I has TV again!

Finally, my TV is working again. I needed a digital converter, I got the part, I installed it. Total cost to get broadcast TV was about $90, including the guy who climbed the 40-foot antenna tower in my yard to attach the new coaxial cable. (Converter: $40, cable: $20, daredevil: $30.) I'm frankly surprised I can pick up broadcast TV at all in the valley where I live. I only get six channels now, but FINE. I just want to know if tornadoes are coming.

With satellite, I remember scrolling through screens and screens of programming to see if there was something to watch--and knowing that out of the 300 or so channels I was paying the satellite company for, I watched maybe a dozen. And those dozen, maybe two hours per week, if that.

My guide is staggeringly simple now. These are the channels that come in. Six. That's all. And you know what, it's not bad. I might get into a little PBS. I also might get into this kind of simplicity. I have a strong urge to throw away possessions willy-nilly and reduce the mental clutter.



Also, hooray for Yahoo for having a customizable schedule that will show me only these channels if I choose.

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andy_slayde
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I remember Emergency! I used to watch it all the time. I have often thought of getting rid of cable, but I like USA/TNT and need the sports stations that come with basic cable... need my soccer.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I think news and sports would be the only two reasons to keep some form of TV. I think in a year or two maybe that will even be obsolete. Satellite and cable are going to have to start providing some serious value and customer service.

The on-demand I've seen with some digital cable looks pretty sweet. (Not around here. I only have two cable choices where I live.) But to get that level of on-demand with satellite, I would have been looking at $150/mo because of all the weird add-on charges they tack onto the bill.
andy_slayde
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
I want to be able to pick all my channels. I hate all the crap one gets that one does not want
jordan_c_price
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's another instance of big businesses thinking people are stupid. They advertise 150-200-300 channels, and probably a third of them are shopping.

If I had known how much satellite would end up costing after all the add-ons, and if I had compared to my local phone company, I could have gotten a 100 lean-and-mean channel lineup with every single movie channel in it for what I was paying for a lineup with no movie channels :(

(Plus I would have gotten that weird local station I used to send library public service announcements to!)

Really, though, Netflix satisfies me. Maybe I'll treat myself to a 2-at-a-time upgrade sometime.
cass1969
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Magnum P.I!! Must see TV :D
jordan_c_price
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Channel 27.2 looks like crack, doesn't it??
deborak
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
You can watch so many shows online now that scheduled broadcasts are quickly becoming obsolete.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Totally! I love Hulu, and I can stream Netflix through my Wii. For the amount of TV I watch, that's perfect. I just wanted good tornado warnings!
andy_slayde
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Is it easy to stream through the Wii? I just got my disc but haven't had the time to do it yet
jordan_c_price
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, super easy and the picture quality is great.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
It's easier to find shows you want to watch on the computer and add them to your on-demand queue, though. Then go to the Wii with a queue loaded with stuff you'd like to see.
egret17
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Um. I've lived in my tiny condo for seven (or is it eight?) years and haven't ever connected my tv to anything other than the dvd player and vcr. I'll watch some shows on dvd, but watching tv just isn't something that occurs to me without an outside trigger. ("Haven't you watched the True Blood dvds I loaned you?!?!!")
jordan_c_price
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
If it weren't for the tornado sirens I wouldn't have bothered. I tried to watched Hell's Kitchen last night and every time the took a commercial break, they showed EIGHT commercials (WTF?) So after 45 minutes, I said, "Screw it. I'll wait for it to post at Hulu."
countrygirlxxoo
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
You can customize your channel list on tvguide.com too.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
TVguide.com was actually the first place I tried, but it kept opening all these popunders and I got creeped out and left. I then went to MSN guide, figuring that since I have a hotmail account, I could customize something...and they couldn't find listings for broadcast TV in my area! So Yahoo was actually the third stop!
ali_wilde
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
You know, every time I see your 'Sleepwalker' title I get the Adam Lambert song of the same name stuck in my head. You are so lucky I love that song.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
You could be thinking of worse things than Adam Lambert ;-)
ali_wilde
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
LOL, yes. The only problem is, I keep singing 'Streetwalker'. I have no idea...
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