We have Directv for the living room, but I felt there wasn't any sense paying to have it connected to a second set no more than I use it. A friend gave me a Roku he wasn't using, so we hooked that up to the bedroom set. When it couldn't be upgraded any more, I replaced it with the cheapest Roku made and used that, along with my Amazon Prime account, to watch various shows and also to listen to Pandora sometimes. I bought rabbit ears so I could get local TV without paying, but it only brought in about five channels, the two channels offered by our local fox affiliate and three Kansas City PBS offerings. On a good day I might get channel 9, but often as not it would come and go when I was trying to watch something.
Now, let me tell you the perils of living in the boonies, forty miles from the nearest city: First, streaming TV is unreliable. We get by pretty good in the living room, which is closer to our wi-fi; but too often, in the bedroom, it has to stop often and reload. Slow DSL is one of the perils of living in the country (thanks a lot, CenturyLink). Here's a screen shot I took to show how much our wi-fi signal varies.
Now I've known for some time that it is possible to get a great television signal here with an outside antenna, because we raised our children on antenna TV. I ordered one of the cheaper antennas on Amazon, which arrived yesterday. Cliff hunted around in his scrap piles for a pole that would get the thing high enough in the air to suit him, and he and the oldest grandson went to work.
oIn a matter of forty-five minutes, I had almost forty channels on the bedroom television. OK, so a large percentage of the channels are either religious or else selling something, but still. I now have six PBS stations, three out of Warrensburg and three from Kansas City. In the evening, there's almost always something worth watching on one of those.
|Reminds me of the old days.|
But of course, there are commercials. The main reason we don't get rid of satellite is that we don't like to watch commercials.
What about a Tivo? The cheapest of those is $85, plus $15 monthly rental. But compared to Satellite, that's cheap. You can even pay five hundred bucks and get lifetime rental, no monthly fee (at my age, that might not save me any money). Then we could zap commercials in the manner in which we are accustomed.
Enough! All this is making me tired just thinking about it, and I'm sure my readers feel the same way. I'll share the other pictures I took yesterday.
Cliff mowed the yard yesterday. Spring is here.