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Lately, it seems like a lot of the conversations I’ve had with friends (both online and in person) have had the topic of television come up in them. About 6 years ago, when we had two little girls who seemed to think that our lives revolved around what was on TV, Brian and I made the decision to cut off our cable. The price was going up anyway, and we weren’t real thrilled with the selection of channels that was available. We thought that we’d go without cable for about a year, then maybe look into getting a dish service.
Six years have passed, and we’ve never once looked back or regretted our decision. We never did get a dish. We live in a valley and, as a result, we get NO channels whatsoever. We still have TV’s in the house (3, to be exact), and we subscribe to Netflix. We made the decision that we’d be willing to spend a little bit of money on movies now and then, since we were no longer paying a cable bill. Even with Netflix and occasionally purchasing a movie, we spend much less than we ever spent on cable.
Occasionally, we’ll get a notice in the mail about some special “not-to-be-passed” up special from Dish Network or some such company. Right about the time that we start to think maybe we’re ready for this, we end up somewhere exposed to TV (maybe in a hotel or visiting with a friend). Just the commercials alone are a turn-off for me. We’re so used to watching commercial-free things now, that commercials really get on my nerves. Plus, I see such a change in commercials just over the past few years – it’s amazing to me some of the things that they advertise on television, for the very youngest of viewers to see.
So, we continue to be TV-less and we’re good with that.
Thing is, though — for the past few weeks, our tv has been acting up. The screen has been really fuzzy and we’ve been thinking that, one day soon, we’ll probably have to go TV shopping. Then, last night, when trying to play a brand-new DVD, we realized that our dvd player is also on it’s last leg. My parents are out of town; so rather than rob Ashley of her brand-new VCR/DVD combo, we borrowed a DVD player from the parents.
Guess what? The TV picture is now crystal clear! Maybe it wasn’t the TV, but the DVD player that was going bad all along. However, now there is this horrendous buzzing sound that comes and goes – sometimes getting so loud that you can barely hear the voices over the buzz. Talk about frustrating. So, what’s up with that?! Do you think it’s the DVD player or the TV?
I’m thinking we need to go shopping for a whole new home entertainment system. Thing is, these new flat screens are really nice and save space BUT I’m not ready to give up my recently acquired formerly-owned-by-Max-Lucado entertainment armoire!
Tell me – what is your TV status? Do you have a TV and/or DVD player brand to recommend?