Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Life Without Cable TV

Television is my subject this month. Cable TV had been my way of life for many years and I never dreamed I could live without it.
When I moved to Georgia two years ago, I didn't want to pay to watch TV. There were other things I wanted to do, which seemed more valuable such as writing, reading, socializing. My brother who has lived in the state for many years suggested a flatbox antenna. I had no idea what he meant but he set me up with one and, miracle of miracles, it  worked perfectly. 
 But the catch was that the only shows I could get were from the local stations or that was what I thought. But I soon discovered MeTV (Memorable Entertainment Television), which I had seen previously in Texas, and a channel that showed only movies from the past--nothing current. I got the 3 main network programs and thought that was all I needed. Unfortunately PBS was the only local channel that didn't come in clearly and sometimes not at all.
 But then I discovered more channels available showing "oldies but goodies". My first year here I watched the old Hawaii Five-0 during lunch until a year later The Rockford Files replaced it. That was all fine with me. Granted I can't keep up with the latest trends in cable TV and there are some programs I truly miss but I do have other things to do besides watching TV. There were other networks I got for free also such a the CW, ION, Antenna, getTV. All of them showing reruns of both recent or past popular shows and movies.
Recently 4 "new" networks surfaced--all showing golden oldies from the past: Decades and COZI (both a combination of comedies and dramas (some of the dramas are so ridiculous that they are hilarious), LAFF (a combination of past sitcoms and movies--I'm hooked on Spin City right now.) and BUZZR, which shows old game shows such as my favorite nuttiest show of all The Match Game.
But do I watch them all? Good grief no! It's just nice to know that they are there and I can find something entertaining in a free moment especially if I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, I can turn on one of the above (especially the game shows of the 1950s and 60s), be entertained for a while until I feel sleepy again.
Works every time.