More and more we are seeing statistics that traditional TV is on the way out. Even with the convenience of technology like DVRs to record a program that doesn’t require you to manually enter times, speeds and channels, consumers are getting greedier faster.
And I don’t blame them. As the author of a bestselling book about being cheap, I am all for reducing household bills. Fortunately my cable bill is a company expense so it’s not out of pocket for me. But as a cable TV customer I wouldn’t pay upwards of $100 to have every channel known to man.
We want things faster, cheaper, easier. Call me old school but I am trying to limit the amount of Internet influence ruling my life. I am still one of the few who want to flip through channels with a remote control and find something to watch and enjoy a night of TV.
I completely understand that platforms like Netflix allow you to still be in control of your viewing but I don’t see anything wrong with the DVR setup I have at home. Would making the switch be cheaper? For sure. But keep in mind as an entertainment reporter I have to watch things when they are on. I can’t wait even a day for a show to get uploaded to another viewing platform. And I just have no interest in sitting at my computer and watching streaming video online or rigging my TV so that it is Internet ready and more like a computer than, what used to be called, a television set.
Call me old fashioned or just call me old, but I am still for watching shows when they are on (minus the commercials) and I am a proud member of the DVR generation.
As a comical side note: a few days ago I was telling a story on the radio about how my parents just got a DVR and I kind of mocked that they are behind on the times. So what did I say to unintentionally have a laugh at my expense? I blurted out, “My dad doesn’t even know how to burn a CD” to which there was laughter in the room and, like that previous paragraph, I felt old — or old school, as the term is. Who burns CDs anymore?