When I left you yesterday, I had begun to tell the tale of my non-Uverse world. I only got wind of my increased cost by reviewing my upcoming deduction from AT&T. Maybe it would have been received a little better had they told me up front but NOOOOOOOOO! I had to hear it the sneaky way.
Hence my plot was hatched -- find a less expensive way to watch TV. I've never been the kind of viewer who had all the extra channels like HBO, Cinemax, etc. I watched very few channels. So, hey.....why am I paying for all those channels I never, ever watched??? Answer -- I shouldn't.
Here I was watching every stinking Housewife out there. Miserable, back-stabbing, whiny women who couldn't care less about what I was going through in my life. Why in the world should I be so wrapped in them??!!
So I did what any sane modern person would do -- I posted a question on Facebook. First answer was from my fiber friend Rita -- get a Roku and Hulu Plus. Now I did know what Hulu Plus was but I'd never heard of a Roku. I Googled, asked around a bit and quite a few of the people I know knew about Roku and even more had Hulu Plus. I checked Costco and sure enough they had them so I headed over there Saturday. I got a little bit more information while I was there -- if you buy a SMART blu-ray player or TV you can receive the Hulu Plus, etc. options through your wireless internet. HMMMMM, more to ponder.
I pushed my shopping cart all through the store before I made my final decision. I bought a Roku, antenna, and a small Samsung flat screen TV for my Craft Cave and an antenna and Sony SMART blu-ray player for my living room TV. Remember you need either a SMART TV or blu-ray player, or a device like Roku to get your TV stations from your wireless internet router.
Normally I struggle with setting up TVs and their various accessories. I trace it back to my first experience hooking up a VCR to a TV -- all I got was a fuzzy screen. Never tried again. Usually I leave tasks like this to my roommate but I was bound and determined to do it myself -- and I did! Ok, minimal swearing, a few 'have to walk away' moments but eventually it was all working like a top.
Now the first two months of Hulu Plus and the first month of NetFlix are free. Going forward each subscription will cost $7.99/month -- way less than Uverse. Now this option isn't without a bad side -- limited live sports -- no Red Wings or Tigers games unless they're on the local TV stations. You have to live within 25 miles of a TV tower to use the antennas (I do, thank goodness). So far I'm loving it. I can listen to Pandora while I sew -- how pleasant is that!