Saturday, 30 August 2014
Cutting the TV cable
Cable TV cord-cutters, anyone? Anyone done the HDTV antenna and/or Internet route?
Our new (Toronto) building only has Rogers, which we hate, and no sane Canadian will disagree. Their cheapest package is $40 and gives us feck-all, and the next option worth considering costs double and adds precious little. We have Bell cellular already (and can add Internet but not Bell TV, because stupidity*). I want to live long enough to see the cable business die, and Rogers go bankrupt. Who has a land-line anymore?
If it were up to me, no TV, minimal online streaming. That's how my English media rolled in Japan. In Japan, reading I could not do without; TV shows just jerk you around to watch more commercials; I missed watching movies, but not enough to do much about it. My J-wife watches too much TV, even though Japanese TV's about as pleasant as a root canal done by a vaginaless sex-bot with a dental drill voice, the dentist's office painted in bad trip on 'Tina'. So of course she wants Japanese TV 'for the kids': NHK.
We can get one Japanese TV channel from Rogers or Bell for $20, on top of the cost of any other service: $40 for the most basic, which has only what we'll pick up free with an antenna from the unit we have high up, facing the right direction. So, fuck cable from our last choice company: we're going with a 'smart tv', HD antenna, Netflix subscription**, and a 'Wavecast' box sending shows from her mother's for Japanese indoctrination: hooks into Japanese cable input, and Internet for output including cloud storage PVR. I might buy our own PVR to store English shows, except why bother when I can watch from Netflix on my own schedule.
I'm going to be run out of this most conventional city for breaking the PB mold:
- no cable
- no car
- no diet of sugar
- no half-million-plus mortgage on next to no money down
- no willingness to line-up at 'happening' restaurants
*Not available in building, even though good Bell Internet is, and the speed is high enough to support Bell TV which comes via Internet. Rogers bought off the builder?
**Of course I would never use a proxy to access the US' much better service...