Since I am not a huge TV watcher, with the recent conversion to DTV I decided to give up my cable subscription and ‘go free’. That is, getting a converter box and antenna. I never watched much, if any, of the cable shows anyway. I usually ended up watching PBS or the local channels.
So I dutifully got my coupon towards a converter box and purchased one…along with an indoor antenna. My techie son installed everything , and voila…we started getting the digital signal…absolutely free! I held onto my cable for about a month, thinking that somehow that DTV might not work – but we never used the cable channels. So I canceled my cable service – but not without a spiel from the service rep about how I could purchase a huge cable package for an ‘incredibly good price’ (right…). When a cable co. service rep called me a couple weeks later for another attempt to get me back on cable, I was saying how happy I was with plain old DTV. He then was interested in how it was set up…to help ‘a friend’ who wanted to do it (right…) Hey, I help any way I can!
DTV is interesting, to say the least. I think the picture comes in much clearer and sharper than with cable. I get the basic channels, with a lot of “interesting” extras. The Retro channel is very cool…reruns of ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘Wagon Train’ are fun. The two PBS channels I get are now divided into six PBS channels. Lots of Spanish-speaking channels (I can do yoga in Spanish now…) a movie channel, and a lot of religious programming fill out the rest. Amazingly, there are none of the shopping/infomercial channels. I had thought they were everywhere…apparently not!
So the switch has been fine for me – actually, an improvement. With not much on, I don’t feel compelled to watch anything. It’s a very freeing feeling…and no cable bills!