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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Goodbye, Comcast.

Last night I streamed The Amazing Race and The Big Bang Theory's latest episodes over my computer. Yesterday morning I disconnected my cable from my TV and returned my cable box and modem to Comcast (I now use Century Link for my internet)   I'm saving a little over $80 a month.

I couldn't IMAGING being without cable TV for a long time.  Heck, I'd miss Doctor Who.  I'd miss Game of Thrones.  But not really.  I'd just be watching them later than other people do.  Network TV?  well, for the most part it's online for free.  Then there are all sorts of free movie and anime sites, enough to keep me busy for a long time, then I could get a Hulu + or Amazon Prime if I'm really bored.

But over the last few weeks, during the time between the phone call that went something like "you're not giving me the price you promised" and the one that went something like "I can't believe you'll stick to our agreement anymore, we're OVER."  I started noticing how often the TV was just background noise... something I had on and wasn't watching, because I was on my computer, or playing with the dog, or trying to put together some art pieces.  Even shows I said I loved were only glanced at for a little while, and the few shows that actually DO have me transfixed by the screen tended to have short seasons, and were too few and far between to spend what is, to me, the rough equivalent of half my monthly grocery budget to watch.

What I can watch:

Any of the network streaming shows, and some of the shows I THOUGHT I had to pay for.  In the former category are The Amazing Race and Big Bang Theory, since CBS keeps the last couple episodes of any show free online.  Of the later category are a lot of the HGTV shows, like Property Brothers and Flea Market Flip, which are especially good news for me, because one of the reasons (besides BBCA) I had the cable package I did was so I could watch the HGTV shows.  The other channel I thought I had to spend a lot of money to get was TLC, which isn't in most basic cable packages, but I can watch full episodes of Love Lust or Run and My Big Fat Fabulous Life online at TLC as well.

I can watch Netflix streaming, because Tay pays for the family membership.

I can watch all sorts of free Hulu videos, anime on Crunchyroll, and some free YouTube and Daily Motion videos.

And, what is most encouraging, is that I can get to a point where I'm NOT watching, I'm doing.  When I'm streaming I have a pause button, so if I want to go do something and come back to it later, I don't have to worry if it's On Demand, or kick myself for not having a box with recording features.  That means that even as a totally geeky fangirl, I'm not tied to my TV set and making choices NOT to do something when my "stories" are on.

I don't know how long this little love affair with NOT having TV is going to last.  I worry that I'll go into some sort of withdrawal symptoms in a couple days, but other than not being able to turn on the TV news in the morning and having the weatherman drone in my ear while I'm cooking breakfast, I haven't really missed it at all.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Video du Jour: He lies

Who would have thought that my video du jour would be a Met Life promotion?

Watch it. I dare you not to tear up.