bill, which just keeps creeping up every 6 months or so. I have both cable modem and a digital package with HD, so I'm embarassed to say my bill runs over $100 a month easy. Lately this has just seemed more and more excessive, especially considering I'm often complaining about my lack of free time. Between church stuff, girlfriend, other friends and just keeping up with everything else I'm interested in, I really would be better off without so much TV as a distraction. I mean, I grew up without a tv, much less cable, but cable has gotten to the place where I think of it as another necessary utility like gas or electric. And that is obviously absurd when you think about it. Plus I have a
subscription too, so it's not like I don't have other stuff to watch. I don't really watch much cable anyway, mostly it's
and couple other things here and there. Besides, a lot of TV programming is showing up online (legally from the networks) and you can always go the BitTorrent route anyway.
So anyway, I've been thinking about OTA (over the air) HD programming for awhile now. I bought my tv a bit too early to get a built-in tuner (and the first gen ones kinda suck anyway), but for the price of one month's cable bill I can theoretically buy an HD receiver and get free tv after that. Chicago is a great market for HD OTA programming, maybe the best in the country. The big question is whether I can pick it up with an indoor antenna or if I'll need something on the roof. So I'm going to give it a try. I haven't had a landline in ages, but DSL has gotten to the point where it is almost troublefree and cheaper than cable modem. Certainly sufficient for my needs and a stark contrast to my first Bellsouth DSL experience that involved barely supported NT 4 drivers for a PCI modem. Besides, it looks like I'll need a line for alarm monitoring if the burglary problem in our neighborhood continues.
So Monday I'm getting a phone line hooked up and DSL is supposed to be on Tuesday. At that point, I'll finish out the season (got to see the finales of
) and then Comcast is going bye bye. I figure I don't watch much tv in the summer anyway (I hate baseball and everything else is reruns), so I should have plenty of time to figure this out. May involve getting an antenna installed on our condo roof (which I think I can get approved), but that's still cheaper longterm than paying cable every month. Everything old is new again. I remember as a kid before cable was around everybody had a big antenna on their house. That's going to start happening again as I think all new tvs have to start coming with a digital tuner built-in. And sooner or later this switch-over from analog to digital broadcasting will happen. At which point I hope to be ahead of the curve getting free HD programming to my heart's content.