We don’t have any over the air, cable or satellite TV. What this means is the only TV we get, is what we choose to stream. It is our normal and we don’t think much about it. If we want TV we have to pick something. We don’t turn it on for background noise, because you still have to pick something that will run continuously. Nor do we have the option of turning it on and flipping through the stations and looking for the best of what is on. I can’t remember how long it has been this way but it is years for us. It works for us.
RangerSir recently had to go to a training for several days out of town. He was a location that had “real” TV. Of the two of us, he is the one who enjoys TV the most and so was looking forward to seeing what we were missing. He came home so glad we had choose no live broadcast TV. He talked about all the primary ads, how many there were, the kinds of material they presented, the tone of politics, and how little real information they gave.
We are not living in a vacuum or so far off line that we are out of touch. We know what is going on out there, because we do watch news, debates and more. We have read up and researched on the candidates positions and history. We watch and read about the world and what is happening and how it impacts people and countries around the world. Maybe during an election cycle, this is one of those times where not having regular TV is not so bad. It forces me to be fully informed and think about what I think we need to do, not what some one tells me needs to be done, with half-truths and twisted facts.
We are a bit of an unusual family in that we have no broadcast television. By that I mean that we have no over-the -air television, no cable, nor satellite television to watch. This is not to say that we don’t watch TV and we possibly watch too much TV as thousands, perhaps millions of Americans do as well. Having no broadcast television makes our TV watching somewhat different than most in that we can never turn on TV and surf the channels and pick the best of what is currently broadcasting. For us deciding what to watch on TV is a an active and conscious choice. We must put an effort in to deciding what to watch. The household mood is the overriding factor as we choose what we will watch, along with how much time we are willing to commit. We can pull out a DVD with a movie or a TV series we have purchased and watch that for the second, third, or possibly even more times than we can count. If the night is right we can stream something with Amazon Prime. Our high-speed internet is questionable at best and if all the other neighbors decide to stream too, it is instead slow-speed internet, we understand the limits of the bandwidith. We never imagined that we be streaming TV but we do.
We are very much behind the times because of TV watching limitations. We know what we have seen in hotel rooms and as a result are pretty sure what we are not missing. Yet we hear the buzz and wonder sometimes what we are missing.
Our most recent discovery on Amazon Prime is Downton Abby. Now I know millions of of you are already huge fans, but we haven’t had PBS since we left Michigan. We have finished episode one and are working our way on episode two (our high-speed became slow-speed part way through and so we stopped for tonight). It is so different from the Master Piece Theater of old with Alister Cook, where a long series would take up a month of Sunday nights. I sure wish that we had found this show during the long nights of winter, because the nice weather is coming on in Montana and there is much more to do besides watch TV. In spite of that I am wishing for a snow/rain just plain nasty evening so RangerSir and I can binge watch the down and catch up with the rest of you. TV or not, good shows seem to always find an audience.