Mar. 3rd, 2013

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So, this week I shut off the cable TV.

I figured, times are tough, and here I am, paying Comcast some $90+/month to pipe advertisements, HoneyBooBoo, and MTV (which isn't even MusicTV anymore) into my home, and televised sports, which I never, ever watch, and all kinds of other garbage...
Garbage I rarely watch. I turn on the TV for background noise, and then reado or work on the computer, etc. Time to cut that expense.

And, I've lived without cable television before. In fact, I lived for some 18 years without it. I got it when I married, because the (now ex-)Mrs. wanted it, and I got used to having it, so held on to it after she left (c. 4 years ago, now).

I got hooked on the Walking Dead, Ancient Aliens, and Being Human, the History Channel and BIO. There IS some good stuff on TV. But, I've found means to watch tons of documentaries online, and various television programs, and tons of movies (without even shelling out for Netflix).

Also, I ordered a digital antenna and digital converter box, a total cost of c. $50.00 (less then 1 month of cable). The converter arrived days ago, but the antenna just arrived today. I hooked them up this evening. I get 17 channels with the digital antenna and converter box.
I get several PBS stations (CPTV, several flavors, or something), 2 or 3 Spanish channel stations, (Unimás & Univision)
RetroTV, AntennaTV, Fox CT, WZME TV, COZI TV, WVIT (NBC CT), THIS TV.
Couple of these play Star Trek and Stargate, which are cool.

Between the digital broadcast TV, all the stuff I have bookmarked to watch online, my own DVD collection, my immense music collection, online radio, NPR on the radio, and the public library, I am NOT going to miss cable tv.

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