I have had an expensive weekend. I have purchased a new TV and an HD box and upgraded my cable to get access to all those HD channels. I now have to spend all my spare time watching the thing so that I can feel that my money was spent wisely.
As you may or may not know, I had a very old television. It was Porsche Guy’s old one, and he bought it in 1995. This was to replace my even older TV, which dated from 1985. So I’m not exactly one of those people who absolutely MUST be up on the latest technology – not when it comes to TVs, at least. Or mobile phones, for that matter: mine is already three years old. Or laptops. My laptop is almost four years old.
Okay, let’s just generalize and state that I do not find it necessary to own the latest technology. Any technology.
Anyway, I had been mulling over the whole TV thing for a while. I was pretty much the only person I knew with one of those big, old, heavy, outdated TVs. I did have a digital box, but who could tell, because my TV was so old that it literally made no difference to the picture quality? And why bother paying for high definition when my TV most certainly didn’t have the capacity for it?
Then last week, I missed both a hockey game and a football game on TV because I didn’t have access to the HD channels on which they were broadcast. That pissed me off. I may not watch television every night, but I do enjoy my sports, and if the networks were now broadcasting only on their HD channels, I was not going to be a happy camper. So on Friday evening, I headed out to a local store to take a closer look at televisions.
This particular store is an outlet store, meaning that their prices are significantly less than at regular stores in the chain. I found out that this is because their merchandise is stuff that needed to be moved out in order to make room for the brand new stuff at the regular stores, is often floor models from those stores, and frequently comes without a box.
And then I saw a 40-inch LCD TV that was a screaming deal. I mean, it had everything I wanted and it was so cheap that they were almost paying me to take it home! I told the salesperson that I still needed to think about it. I went home and told DD all about it. She gazed at me for about 1.3 seconds and said, “Go buy it.” So I did.
DD helped me haul the big, old, heavy, outdated TV into the garage (Not fun. Not fun at all. In fact, quite difficult and bloody heavy!). Then we put the new TV in its place and I proceeded to hook up all the cables and to program the remote.
Next I had to research this HD stuff. I was obviously going to have to get an HD box, which I could do either through my cable company or at one of several retail outlets, but the HD package to which I should subscribe was the big decision. I ended up calling the cable company and telling them that their website confused me tremendously, so what did they recommend? Well, something that wasn’t described on the website: pretty much what I already had, only with HD channels included.
Saturday morning, I bought the HD box at another store. (Nothing like spreading your money all over the place, right? Apparently that’s good for the economy.) I also got myself a bit of a discount by marching up to the cash desk and asking why they charged more than the cable company did. Of course they matched the price, so I was happy. I brought the box home, hooked it up, then called the cable company again to activate it.
I had to make one more call to the cable company later Saturday afternoon, because when they activated the box, they forgot to add that HD package that I had already ordered – which kind of didn’t make sense to me, because why would I activate an HD box if I wasn’t also getting HD? But in the end, everything worked out and I now have a large, lovely, clear, HD picture – and slightly less money in my bank account, though I spent a lot less than I thought I would have to, really. I’m actually pretty impressed with the quality and am kind of wondering why I didn’t do this much earlier – like, say, five years ago.
Better go now. I have to go watch TV. I’m sure there will be something on that I’ll be interested in …