Saturday, September 20, 2008

Let's talk TV

So, I'm guessing the new fall shows are on by now? What are you watching? What is good?


My TV is on the fritz. And has been for quite some considerable time. Well, actually, it's not my TV, it's my HDTV receiver box. See, I have an HDTV that doesn't have a built in receiver for broadcast TV, so I have to have a separate box to pick it up. Much like you have to have a cable or satellite TV box, but I refuse to pay for TV so I am all about the broadcast channels. Nowadays, I believe that all HDTVs have to come with a built in receiver for broadcast signals, but back when I bought my TV, they didn't. And as you can imagine, it's not a big market - those people that have older HDTVs but who don't also have a cable or satellite box, so the boxes that are out there are crap. I've looked for a new one but am having trouble finding one. I currently have two receiver boxes, each of which routinely breaks down for some reason or other, so I swap them over every now and then (they seem to recover after a few months of not being plugged in). But it's not an ideal viewing experience. The one I've been using had been doing good for nearly a year, and when it started futzing out in August, I just unplugged it for a few weeks, and didn't watch TV (I kept watching a few DVDs though), and it worked again. Sweet. I didn't miss anything because there was nothing on, apart from the Olympics which didn't bother me. But then it froze up again. So I've been entirely without TV when I could be checking out the new shows. I am watching The Daily Show on the internet, and that's about it. I've been far too lazy to dig out the other receiver box and switch it over.

What am I missing? Is it time to buy a new TV and get with the rest of society? Be truthful - is there anything really good on? Or, given that I've got used to reading at night, should I count myself lucky that I've got out of the habit?

6 comments:

bleu said...

Even if the shows are awesome I still think you are lucky to be out of the habit, I am a HUGE tv addict.

calliope said...

wait a minute. Am I at the right blog?? Sarah blogging about tv? I am rubbing my eyes in confusion and glee. bwha ha ha!! I selfishly want you to get a new set so that we can talk about tv shows together!

Really I just want you to watch Mad Men.

Solitaire said...

But Mad Men is on cable, right? So I still wouldn't watch it even if I got a new TV as I don't intend to sign up for cable. Altho' if last season is out on DVD I could watch that...

SmartOne said...

I watch waay too much TV. The third volume of Heroes starts Monday night. An X-File-ish show called Fringe just started on FOX last week. It's pretty good, but I'm not yet sure if it's get a new box good yet.

Sam said...

If you are creative you don't need cable or broadcast to watch any show that you would like to see. The innernets is a very good place for resourceful people.

Miss X said...

Heroes starts Monday night? Yay!

Can't you sign up to get whatever you need for the switch to digital tv now? That may work for you.

I caught the first 2 eps of Fringe (I love Joshua Jackson and JJ Abrams) but not sure it's one I'll be sticking with.

Loving the nostalgia of the new 90210 but will only watch it if I remember.