Thursday, July 6, 2017

Trusty Old Rabbit Ears

Last month, my husband and I decided to unplug from cable/satellite television.  There really wasn't very much on television to watch that we were interested in.


Rather than continue to pay for unsuitable content, we chose to cancel our service. We do, however, still have high speed internet as my husband needs it for work etc.

There are a few shows that do not want to do without and these we can either rent or purchase on iTunes.  We are still saving quite a bit of money by doing so.

My husband enjoys Fox News and sometimes we both watched it in the evenings.  Never fear!  We subscribed to XM Sirius radio ($20 a month for internet and car streaming) and we can listen to our favorite Fox News shows live.  If there are any must see clips, we can generally watch them online.  There are also countless different XM radio stations with pretty much any kind of music that you can imagine.  My husband likes to drive and is loving all the music choices.

Netflix and Hulu are definitely options to stream television shows but neither appeal to us at the moment.  I am thoroughly enjoying subscribing to PBS shows online (or streaming through our AppleTV).

I've been watching episodes of the Great British Baking Competition and expanding my baking knowledge.  I am amazed that there are so many different kinds of pastry (most I've never heard of before).  I am also really enjoying Masterpiece Theater's My Mother and Other Strangers.  This series in set in Ireland during World War II.  The subscription price for PBS is only $5 a month.

I also recently subscribed to BritBox ~ which you can watch either online or through a streaming device.  I am finding British dramas to be better in every respect than American dramas.  There are so many shows to choose from and I don't know which to watch first.  The subscription price of BritBox is only $6.99 a month.

And then there are the trusty old rabbit ear antennas!  They may look a bit different than those in the past but they work very well even in the woods!  My husband hooked them up and we are able to watch six or seven stations (live of course) if need be and weather permitting.  Rain & thunderstorms tend to mess up the reception but for the most part, the picture is fairly clear.  It reminds me of television when I was a child.  There is no pausing or rewinding or fast forwarding.  Want snacks or a cup of coffee?  Have to get them during a commercial.  Need to use the restroom?  Commercial time! We don't have to get up to turn the channel or change the volume though. ♥

10 comments:

  1. We sure don't watch much tv so we just have basic cable. We probably watch the weather channel more than anything and you can get that info on your computer. We watched Grantchester this week by going online to PBS...even without a subscription. I love all of those shows and need to check on the subscription for more choices! Hugs!

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    1. Diane, I've yet to watch Grantchester yet. I saw it on my PBS app. I'm not even sure what it is about but if it is Masterpiece Theater, I'm sure I will like it! xo

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  2. I appreciate your hints Gina. I agree that there is little to watch. We do enjoy Jeopardy and Masterpiece Theater. My sweet husband has to have his sports so we have the basic cable service which seems to meet his need. We have found ME tv which re runs a lot of old tv shows and we often watch that station. I would like to try Acorn or Britbox because British shows are my favorite.

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    1. Arlene, our antennae does get Jeopardy if the weather isn't bad. We enjoy watching that when we can. We do get ME TV and I've seen a few My Three Sons that I thoroughly enjoyed! Those were the days of television! :-)

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  3. Good on you Gina. I'm not a great tv fan but there are one or two shows I like. Quite often we record them and I watch them when Bob is out in the evening. He likes his tv and it usually gets turned on first thing in the morning when he is home. I don't turn it on until the evening, if at all, when I am home by myself. So I admire you being brave enough to do it.

    Diana

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    1. Diana, I think I got into the habit of watching something when my husband was traveling more for his work. Now that he's home, I find I don't want to watch it as much. xo

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  4. Good for you! We got rid of the TV in 1985, when our 4th child was a few months old, and it was the best thing we ever did. We do have a computer to check the weather and news (and blog!), and a monitor that we watch movies on, but we don't have high speed anything out here where we live!
    I'll have to check out PBS and Britbox, new to me. We have Netflix, but we've watched all we care to watch on it. I like British drama and mysteries too.
    Thank you so much for the sweet card!! Our 4th was a nice, quiet one.
    Enjoy your weekend! ♥

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    1. Anne, you are so very welcome! We subscribe to Netflix off and on but there really isn't very much that I'm interested in on there. I did enjoy their series Stranger Things. I'm glad you had a nice quiet 4th! xo

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  5. We still have cable, my hubby works nights so I tape the shows that we like to watch and we watch them together at lunch time. I do love my PBS masterpiece shows that's for sure. Haven't heard of Brit box but Netflix has a section of British shows and that keeps me pretty busy. I do think once my hubby retires though that we will have to go and we will have to think about which way to go, great ideas and ways to save!

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    1. Connie, have you watched Broadchurch on Netflix. I really liked that British detective show. There are 2 seasons on there and the 3rd season just started on TV. I bought the season so I can still watch it each week. xo

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