As promised, here’s a bit more information on the geeky details of how I’ve set up our cable-free TV system.
Cable and broadcast TV are no more for us. Instead, we have our personal DVD library, DVDs we order from Netflix, the entire Netflix on-demand library, and, for the current-run TV shows we want to keep up with, I simply download them and toss them into the Roksbox library for us to watch commerical-free at our leisure.
While it’s not quite to the point of being what I’d call a ‘boycott,’ it’s looking like the chances are extremely slim that we’re going to be watching much of this year’s Olympic coverage. We’d like to, but NBC has done a marvelous job of ensuring that we either _can’t_ watch, or when we can, we don’t want to.
Looks like I’ve got my answer: our Limited Basic service shouldn’t change. Here are the relevant tweets…
Well, maybe this transition thing isn’t as cleared up as I thought. An update to the earlier article about Comcast’s transition to (nearly) all-digital broadcasting went online, and it seems to be contradicting what I was told earlier.
As long as I’m babbling about the boob tube and whining about cable pricing, I might as well toss out my pie-in-the-sky, never-going-to-happen concept for what _I_ want as an option. I actually have two possible concepts, both of which seem like they’d be very doable in the present or soon-to-exist all-digital world.
I’m used to ‘customer service’ that actually _prevents_ me from even making an attempt. Being able to toss off a short, quick note and get a useful and polite response within a few hours is _wonderful_.