Saturday, November 20, 2010

What I'm learning without having cable/satellite TV

We are doing an experiment in our household--can we live without all of those channels??  What happened is our service started crapping out on us and the provider (and I use that term loosely) was going to charge a MINIMUM of $15.00 to come out and look at it.  Himself and I talked about it, looked at other service providers, and decided to try to go it using only the digital converter box that we had to buy when all service switched over last year.

I watch a lot more TV than Himself, so it was really going to be more of a trial for me.  But I did some investigating and I can get the couple of shows that I really want to watch (necessary prioritization) on the Interzwebz.  Other than that, I have to admit I keep the TV on mainly for background.  With the digital converter, going wireless is not as severe as it would have been back in the day of three channels plus PBS.

So I was wondering if I was going to end up curled up in a small ball whining because the only thing on was Merideth Viera on the Today Show (can't STAND Matt Lauer and crew) when I discovered the MeToo channel.  I watched Magnum, PI, Hart to Hart, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Charlie's Angels and TJ Hooker.  Much better than my usual Friday fare.  But I noticed some things and learned some things by watching these 'nostalgia'  shows.

1.)  Tom Selleck just exudes nice.
2.) Johnathon and Jennifer were actually pretty kinky (lots of cosplay)
3.)  I don't think that Raymond Burr can smile
4.)  I really like shows that have a moral, even if they have to hit you over the head with Hoss' hat
5.)  Farah Faucett's hair was REALLY good and the fashions of the time really weren't that bad (even if only two percent of the population could pull them off)
6.)  William Shatner's acting style is eternal.

I think I can deal with having no pay provider......


KurtP said...

When our DISH credit expires, we'll be using a *koff* free version of our cable internet. The only thing I'll miss is new "Top Gear" and "Dr. Who" programs.

Midwest Chick said...

Yeah, those are two I'll miss as well but I've been dealing with Dr. Who lagtime for decades. But SyFy has Eureka and Haven online and the CW has Supernatural so I'm all good. Only problem is actually being home if I want to catch something in real time.

og said...

I have to say, we will probably be following suit sometime next spring. I'm sure we could use the money for other things.

Raymond Burr/Perry Mason was my ideal guy, had a hot secretary, drove big cars, hot women were after him. Imagine my disapointment to learn he was light in the fucking loafers.

Midwest Chick said...

Og--Having that extra $61.00 will be nice. It's funny that I got a letter with all of these deals and specials if we would stay with the provider. If they'd coughed up some of that instead of a big F-U, maybe we would have but I think this will be better for the time being.

Truly Raymond Burr? That I did not know.

og said...

Raymond Burr. Gay as a treeload of monkeys.

Midwest Chick said...

Dayum.... Learn something new everyday...