I discovered something interesting about my cable service (AT&T U-Verse) a couple of weeks ago. There is a way I can hide undesired channels. So, I started hiding channels. Suddenly, my channel surfing has become much faster.
One of the first things I eliminated were those home shopping channels, or anything that was nothing but commercials. I find it difficult to believe but I have been told that there are folks that watch these channels almost continually. I guess if they want to, I have no problems with it, but I see no reason to give them any notice at all. Paying for advertisements sort of irks me.
Then, the other day, the power converter for my DVR went out. Well, actually, I guess it is AT&T’s. They are just letting me use it for a fee. I tried to get in contact with AT&T and the first thing they wanted was my password.
So…, I got on the net and checked with Amazon. Guess what? They had a converter just like it for about 7 and a half dollars. Now, a few days later, I have my DVR back and I didn’t have to deal with AT&T’s no service; and I didn’t need a password.
Between the previous 2 events, I am beginning to have second thoughts about cable, any cable. There are only 5 TV shows I watch on a regular basis and I can get them with an antenna. I do like to watch FOX news, but I can get that over the Internet. I do like watching the Hallmark channel from time to time. The biggest advantage with that channel is that they are generally careful about the ads they put on. It would appear that even that is eroding. They kicked off one ad and you’d think they just started the beginning of the end of the world.
Really, the only reason I got the cable in the first place was for my wife. Here lately, she hardly watches TV much at all. I think she watches it about 4 or 5 hours a month. I may just call them up and tell them to discontinue it, that is, if I can remember my password.
My suspicions are that, if I had it pulled, I wouldn’t miss it. Not only that, I would save over $150 dollars a month. I know some people consider cable a necessity, but I believe they are just selling us a bill of goods. Out all those hundreds of channels there’s not a dozen that have any worth.