I canceled my cable TV about 4 months ago and swore i would never get it again. At the time it seemed like a reckless idea, but i was tired of paying exorbitant prices for crappy tv that was continually getting worse. After the initial feeling of loss, I started to enjoy my free time and then some amazing things happened. Here is what happened:
Right from the get-go I knew I couldn’t hack it cold turkey, so I signed up for Blockbuser Online. This monthly DVD rental service recently opened up a new
program Total Access. Under the program, I can rent the usual 3 DVD’s at a time for $18.00/month. But, then I can bring the DVD (in its mailing package) to any store for a free rental. The store puts the movies in the mail for me and I can watch new movies while I wait for more in the mail. Great, now I have something to watch when I start longing for sportscenter and comedy central.
The next thing that happened is the world went digital. Cable companies are now broadcasting their signals in a digital format. Anyone, for free, can now get HD quality broadcasts over the air. Additionally, the networks are broadcasting the other “junk” they have like an all doppler radar channel, all weather, all news, etc. It works out kind of weird where you can get stations on one channel (5-1, 5-2, 5-3). I have heard that not all TV’s (especially older ones) can pick up these “extra” signals. This worked perfect for me a few months ago when I was watching the superbowl in HD using an UHF antenna. All hail freeTV!
Finally, i went intertronic. I now get most of my tv fixation on the web. Were talking you tube, comedy central, espn, cnet tv, mlb.tv, joost, neave, espn, and more. All for free with much less ads and commercials. I have been watching endless hours of TV on the inernet. Best of all I can choose what I want to watch when I want to watch it. It is the greatest thing ever, I love it, and I am never going back to cable. I hope IPTV rules the day and cox, comcast, and timewarner take their crappy setboxes off into the sunset.
If you are interested in learning more about internet tv, check out my review: IPTV = Internet TV.
Until next time…