Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto, East York (Greenwood & Mortimer)
Choosing better shows to watch...
We have been exclusively OTA since June 2010 - about three months.
Personally, I have rediscoved PBS. I haven't really watched that channel since childhood when, even with cable, we only had about fifteen channels. Now I'm choosing to watch Nova, Nature, Sherlock Holmes, documentaries, etc.
Also no more HORRENDOUS American cable news channels. Those cable channels shouldn't be allowed to call themselves news channels. It's all opinion and weak journalism, in my opinion.
I've always considered myself to be a news junkie and/or political junkie. I miss CBC News Network and CTV Newsnet, but I can live without them. Much of their best stuff is online anyway.
Now in my house it's like the good old days. I will sit with my family and watch the supper-hour news and talk about what is going on in Toronto, Canada, and the world. My kids are going to be knoweldgeable. It was so easy with cable to just watch tempting junk at any time of the day.
I get over thirty channels in my location (20 HD and 10 SD approx). We get qubo (like Treehouse) so I guess I'm pretty lucky. We get all the OTA Canadian and US networks so we get all the good shows.
I thought I would miss Mantracker (OLN) and Surivorman, but I found them legally for free on CityTV's web site. Plugged in my computer to the TV and watched them on the larger screen.
With cable we subscribed to a Korean TV channel for $15+tax each month for my wife. We can find all the Korean TV shows and movies online for free -- hooked up to the TV it looks great. More choice - no cost. I might send a Slingbox to Korea so she can have real Korean TV on our computer/PVR.
Anyway, we've found our old cable shows online. We get all the networks. We're watching better quality shows. Our kids are going to watch better stuff. My kids are watching me make better choices for myself in terms of TV shows.
It's all good.
NO regrets about cancelling Rogers TV (and home phone - Magic Jack).
Thank you Rogers for contacting me last winter informing me I would have to commit to a two-year contract if I wanted to keep my bundles discount. I said forget the discount - I'm going to research my options. Now I'm ahead $150/month or more and our quality of life is better.
OTA, HD7697P, CM7778, Rotator, CM3218, TiVo, HDHomeRun
Apple TV, Netflix, Teksavvy, Unblock-us, Wind, MagicJack