We’ve noticed that most of our TV use lately is Maya playing video games, or us watching Netflix. For awhile there, we were getting good use out of our cable On Demand service, but not lately. Perhaps that’s because we don’t have a DVR, so when there’s a new show on that we want to watch, we seldom watch it live.
We keep hearing about people cutting the cord and getting rid of cable, so we decided to give it a try. We can use the XBOX 360 for Netflix, Hulu Plus, whatever else. But what about our local channels? Nance successfully uses an indoor antenna to access local channels, which sounded like a good idea to me. So we cancelled the cable, and I went out and bought an indoor antenna. I hooked it up, programmed the channels, and the results was….3 channels. If they had been PBS, CBS, and NBC (which is kind of what I expected), I would have been thrilled. But they were three channels up above 400 on the spectrum, all Spanish language soap operas. I don’t like soap operas, and I don’t speak Spanish, so that’s a no go. There’s a website you can use to estimate which channels you might get. It says 2 for us, neither of which came through the antenna. Sigh. So now, what to do? Seems like we can watch our network shows on the internet, we can do à la carte viewing to download shows on Amazon when we want to see Mad Men or Downton Abbey (which we likely could also watch online…I just don’t really like watching TV on the computer. It makes me sleepy. Perhaps because the preferred screen is in the bedroom.).
So then there’s the channel surfing kind of thing. Jeopardy, which I do enjoy. CNN if something goes wrong, like an airplane crashes in SF, or a terrorist attack somewhere, or a gas line blows up a neighborhood. Isn’t that strange, wanting to have a TV channel to turn on when something happens? I guess we can look at the computer for that as well, but it’s not quite the same. I guess there’s always radio. So we’ll see what happens. For now, we’re happy enough without the cable, and figuring out what to do this fall when the new season starts, that will have to take care of itself.