It’s Almost Like Cable TV
Except for the time we spent living with my mom while in Cleveland, Jaime and I have never had cable. Cable modem, sure, but never the TV. I was considering finally getting out of the 70s and joining the rest of the world recently, but just couldn’t do it. The $10/month for “Broadcast” seemed like a good idea, but I just can’t justify paying for TV that’s free over the air.
Of course, our signal quality with a basic antenna is pretty poor, so we’ve always struggled with good reception, running up and down the stairs to get it just right for the channel we want to watch. No more.
My friend (who popped in here recently as atteSmythe) told me that our signal would be improved with the DTV Convertor Box we’ll be required to have by February 17, 2009 if you don’t have an actual Digital TV. I applied for the $40 coupon, received them a few days ago and made the purchase last night. A quick 2 minutes after install, it was configured and ready to go.
The end result? We now get 14 channels clearly (and I do mean clear!). Prior to this, we had Fox and ABC plus a few others with good reception and NBC/CBS with lots of snow. NBC was almost unwatchable, even on the best days. If you haven’t gotten the convertor box yet and are struggling with TV reception, might be worth getting! If you pay for broadcast cable, consider trying a standard indoor antenna if you have one to see how the reception is. You may be able to ditch the cable bill in favor of the antenna.