While my children were young they each had a television in their room and you can be sure that we had full service with our local cable company. This not only kept them occupied and happy with their cartoons or shows like “Barney,” but it kept us adults happy with our movie channels like Showtime, HBO, the sports channels and everything else that our money would buy for entertainment.
We started out with DirectTv and were happy with that for many many years. We even had a cable that ran out to the garage where we had a big screen TV with a surround sound system set up. When NASCAR was on, it sounded like the race was right in our own backyard. If it was baseball season, football, or any other season we had it on one of the televisions around our home and usually friends and neighbors over to enjoy it with us.
At some point we found out about Verizon and a package deal for having their land line, wireless and cable all together and man, what a deal we thought that was so bye bye DirecTv and hello Verizon. There were all the specials that came with switching so of course we went with the biggest package money could buy.
After a few years went by and the children grew, rooms were unoccupied we had boxes that were being paid for that were not being used. Our lives took on various directions and we found that we did not have the time we used to and were paying for channels that were not getting watch. Another things we noticed was that all of the movie channels were showing the same things and showing them over and over again.
Initially these channels offered movies that had recently been in the movie theaters and were not available on regular television. Sadly this was not true any longer and 10 years down the road you would see a movie that was aired on TV many times being offered on a pay channel. You can understand that this was reason enough to stop paying for movie channels all together.
So what do we watch without movie channels? In today’s market they have what are called “smart TV’s” and they come loaded with Crackle, Netflix and many other opportunities to watch television. Some of it is free some paid but no where near what it cost for the other options. DVD players and Blue-ray players and rentals for these devices is a whole other story.