We were 90% through killing the cable already, only having the lowest level of basic tuned through our digital receiver inherent to our TV’s hardware. We ditched the phone from the bundle, relying on cell phones (no issues on that switch) but rates kept increasing. Finally up to $90+ a month with just network stations and 15 MBps internet we had enough (it’s probably gone up $25/month in the last year). Add to the fact that our cable company was a week or two away from starting to scramble the digital signal so we would then need to pay even more for a box rental from them (or multiple box rentals).
I should have killed the cable TV a year ago, but thought the new digital antennas had to be installed outside and then wired individually to the televisions inside. Wrong. After a little research, we ended up buying two of the Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna for $40 each off Amazon (one each for the two TV’s we watch network on since they really can’t be shared, the third we stream Netflix through wireless). It has a white and black side, approximately 12″ x 12″ and looks like this:
Payback on this with the reduction on cable of about $40/ month(!!) is about two months for both antennas. Frankly, I feel really dumb not buying these a year ago since I would have essentially saved $400 for no change in service level.
The thing plugged right into our TV, found all the network and other free stations (somewhere around 10-12 total stations). Super easy. Fuck Verizon . Fuck Comcast. Fuck Time Warner. Fuck Charter. Fuck AT&T and all those other pseudo-monopolies out there. I’m not sure how to reduce our internet costs (went up to 30 MBps for a $2/month more than before with a free modem) but maybe coming back as a “new” customer will work again.
What allowed us to do this was generally growing as people and caring less about “stuff.” Things like shopping shows, cooking shows, fashion shows, SPORTS, reality shows, hoarding shows…really most shows, had no impact at all on our lives. I still watch NFL on Sundays and root for my team, but besides that I could be one of those Not. A. Shit. Was. Given memes. We rarely watch television in its traditional form at all. Our kids aren’t getting the brain melt from commercials and social pressures provided by television. We can control more of what they watch and stream and also end up reading a lot more without mind-numbing shows designed to make you a couch zombie distracting us.
…and finally, while this likely has the slimmest in common with this post, I thought I’d share the quote below, which doesn’t mention TV, but should have since that’s the crap that takes up our airwaves and most American’s eat up:
The Kardashians, for some reason, get a free pass either way. I assume there is some sort of underground centaur fetish population in charge of People, The National Enquirer, Star, and other gossip rags, because I can’t think of any other reason to have those horse-faced, pampered, useless, vapid, twats on the cover of a magazine unless the powers that be have a real hardon for people who look like human-horse hybrids.
For those (mostly) men who are so inclined, this is from Jamie Lewis’s Chaos and Pain blog post about Biggest Loser Show and fat loss set point. Chaos and Pain is NEVER SAFE FOR WORK. It usually has R to X rated images or GIFs, some often very disturbing. But the dude knows his shit about lifting and nutrition. He’s the raw powerlifting recordholder in his weight class and holds a couple of MBAs in addition to some other initials behind his name. I have two of his books: Destroy the Opposition and Issuance of Insanity Training – both super entertaining and awesome. I’ve corresponded briefly with Jamie off-line (I think he may have even passed me a review copy of one of those books a couple of years back) and he’s a good dude but doesn’t suffer fools. Some of you may want to add him to your regular blog reading, as there may not be a more entertaining read on lifting and making fun of fucktards out there, but be warned again, very grown-up content, often with naked ladies (sometimes porn stars) in nearly every post.
Have a good Friday everyone.