Truthful Tuesday — Cutting the Cord

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

How do you watch TV? Do you just watch whatever local channels your digital antenna can pick out of the air, or do you subscribe to cable or satellite, or have you jumped on the streaming bandwagon? Perhaps it’s some combination thereof, or perhaps you don’t even watch TV. Whatever the case, please enlighten us!

According to my WordPress stats, my blog has more than 4,600 followers, but it seems that there is only a small fraction of those “followers” who actually read my blog on a regular basis. Cable TV is like WordPress followers. There are hundreds of cable TV channels, but most of us regularly watch only a small fraction of the channels available. And because cable providers bundle so many channels into packages or tiers, you end up paying for channels you rarely, if ever, watch.

Earlier this year, I cut the cord. I dumped my cable provider, Xfinity/Comcast, in favor of steaming. I bought a Roku Streaming Stick and subscribed to a handful of streaming services plus local broadcast TV stations. And I essentially get everything that I had been watching on cable TV for less than half the cost.


TMP — The Down Side of Streaming

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is not so much about something that pisses me off as it is about something that surprised me.

Back in late March I decided to “cut the cord” with my cable TV provider. I switched to streaming using a Roku Streaming Stick and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime TV, HBO Max, etc. It was a lot cheaper than it was to pay for the cable TV package from Comcast/Xfinity. The monthly cost would be less than half about of what my cable TV bill was running.

Of course, I still needed an internet service provider (ISP) and because the only game in town is Comcast/Xfinity, I must use that for internet access.

Here’s the rub. I found out that my internet plan “limits” me to 1229 gigabytes of data per month, a fact I wasn’t aware of before I started streaming instead of using cable. It was never an issue. But then I received this email on April 29th: What? Holy shit. That’s a lot of data usage. And the only thing I can attribute it to is the switch from cable TV to streaming TV.

I checked the status of my account this morning and saw this:My first thought was “Phew, I came in just under the wire in April.” My second thought was that I used 64 gigabytes of data in just the first two days of May. And that was over a weekend when I watch much less TV than I do during the week. At this rate, I’m going to have an overage in May.

Okay then. I guess the lesson here is to turn off the goddam TV and read more books. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Who Won The Week? 08/02/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am designating seriously flawed TV detectives as my winners of the week. You see, I am making a big effort to escape the awful reality of the daily news each day by cutting back on watching cable news channels, reading the newspapers, and constantly checking my iPhone’s newsfeed. It’s all part of my effort to stay blissfully uninformed. It’s too angering, frustrating, and depressing for me to keep abreast of the insanity that is swirling around us.

Instead, I’ve taken to binge watching streaming detective shows on Netflix and Amazon prime. And what I’ve found are a number of shows highlighting the exploits of some seriously flawed, yet remarkably compelling TV detectives.4D472274-BEA3-4CD9-8FBC-4EA852262980I started with “Bosch” on Amazon Prime. Harry Bosch is a gruff, irreverent LAPD homicide detective who has problems with authority, follows his gut, and bends a few rules while achieving the best solved case rate in all of California.1ACE437B-69CC-4798-B9DD-FBB128CFE5D7Next was “Marcella” on Netflix. Set in London, British Metropolitan Police Officer Marcella Backland, a detective in her late 30s, gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family. With the abrupt end to her marriage, and isolated from her daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to work while attempting to make sense of what’s happened in her life.

Then there are two Finnish detective series, “Borderland” and “Deadwind,” which grabbed me.

Unless you speak Finnish, you’ll have to deal with subtitles, but it’s well worth it.

“Bordertown” is about a quirky detective from the capital city of Finland who moves to a small town nearby the Russian border in order to work less and spend more time with his family. He soon realizes that the bordertown isn’t the peaceful town he thought it was and he delves into his mind palace to solve despicable crimes.

Deadwind, which I just started watching yesterday, is another tale of a female detective in her 30s who is trying to get over her husband’s death. She ends up triggering a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life again. Deadwind is a highly thrilling series from Finland mixing crime investigation and personal drama.

So if you want an escape from reality, and enjoy watching quirky tales of flawed detectives, I think you might want to give these a look-see.

Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?