I have cable. Where I live, cable is stupidly expensive. You have to pay small pile of money each month for a cable box, and on top of that, a big pile of money for a bunch of channels that you probably won’t watch. At least if you’re me. And you don’t get a whole lot of choice. I mean, there are lots of channels, but you can’t pick and choose which channels you want. You can choose packages that include the one channel you want and a bunch of channels you have no interest in whatsoever.
By way of example:
- The digital cable box rental is $17.99 a month. You can buy them, but they cost like $800 and they bring out new ones every couple of years so it tends not to be worth the investment.
- Then you need a base package. The cheapest one of those is $40 a month. That gives you all the Canadian and US networks and a bunch of sports channels (like TSN) and kids channels and a bunch of crappy music channels. Not like MTV, just streaming music. It does not get you HBO or any music channels or specialty channels like HGTV or TLC. I watch zero of these channels. But I must have them. I do watch HGTV, Discovery, Food Network, National Geographic, History, AMC and the like. To get those I need to upgrade to the next package, which is $62 a month. Still no HBO, no movie channels, no premium sports or anything like that. If I want a few more sports and lifestyle channels, well that’s another package and that will be $75 a month. So you’re now at just under $100 a month (well, over because there’s 13% tax on that) and you still have no movie channels or anything like that.
- If I want to add movies, I need to upgrade to yet another package (around $117 a month + box rental). Or I can pay an extra $18 a month for a movie “theme pack”.
I hate the cable company. And there’s no competition. You can get screwed by the cable company or you can get screwed by the satellite/fibre TV company. Same deal.
Once a year I call and complain about how expensive everything is and they give me a bunch of discounts.
I keep threatening to cancel cable. My kids watch nothing on TV. Sometimes they watch Netflix. My boyfriend and I watch a bunch of documentaries, home renovation stuff and food shows and The Walking Dead. Oh and I watch Glee. I don’t cancel cable because I hate making phone calls. It’s hard enough for me to bring myself to make the once a year complaint call.
So that said, this fall, I’ll be watching The Walking Dead and a bunch of Canadian home renovation shows. Oh and the History Channel stuff like Pawn Stars and American Restoration and Counting Cars. I like those ones. And also Fast & Loud cause Richard Rawlings is funny. All the shows I like end. Like House. And True Blood.
I have fond memories of my TV watching days of the past though. All those 80s and 90s sitcoms. Teenage angst dramas. Stuff like that.
September Writing Prompt #9. Fall television is back! What are you watching this season?