I've been tossing around an idea to The Husband and he is having none of it, guys. I'll toss it into conversation casually, easing him into the idea like an old man into a warm bath.
This idea? Getting rid of satellite television.
I know. We are people who watch A LOT of TV. It's sadly become our recreation of choice. Which is why I have been ok with funneling money towards that end. We have netflix, we'll probably get an apple tv, we have the satellite, a nice tv, a couple game systems, tons of movies, etc.
But satellite has been bugging me lately. We've had the same DVR since the twins were born and it's becoming less reliable, it often just restarts for no reason, at least once a week, and the company has been increasing our monthly bill a little too often for my liking. I've tested the waters to see if we could get some better equipment, or some sort of perk for being with the same provider for seven years, and NO. They DO NOT CARE. This irks me to no end, and seems to me to be a terrible business model. It makes me want to take my business to other providers. Actually no. I know other companies operate in the same exact way. I want to cut the cord completely. Save the monthly payment and... dare I say it? WATCH LESS TV?!
(Don't get emergency medical assistance out here, I assure you, I'm fine! Really!)
Can I survive if I don't watch the most recent episode of Project Runway? Teen Mom? Scandal? (cause heaven knows I'm not staying up until 10 pm to watch network television!) I THINK MAYBE?
If I'm folding laundry and don't have a folder full of this week's House Hunters (and don't forget about House Hunters International!) will the universe collapse in on itself? I SUPPOSE MAYBE NOT? (Perhaps this will open the door to more podcast time?)
Still, Husband is looking at me like I've grown two heads. He cannot fathom a life without effortless television on demand. Frankly, I may be a bit delusional even thinking about it as well. Because really, we are not THOSE people. You know the kind who perhaps don't even own a television? HO! We are SO not those people.
Now I contemplate. Where to go from here. Is there a DVR system that doesn't have a monthly fee? (we're trying to eliminate all the monthly expenses, man they can pile up if you let them!) We don't actually have apple tv yet because I don't know... I don't really understand WHAT it is, and what I would need to make it work right. (I have a macbook as our main computer, besides the iphones and the ipad)
Watching our shows at night after the kids have gone to bed has been our bonding thing. Instead of going on dates often, we snuggle over Parks & Rec on our couch to unwind. If we eliminate tv, I'm slightly worried we'll retreat to our own corners to read or whatnot. MARRIAGE OVER.
Perhaps I should just shut my trap, fork out the money every month, and forget about it.
What do you guys do for daily entertainment/decompression?