Well, It has been a few months since I have posted on the progress of our TV free experiment. It has been an interesting road so far. We ditched our cable that we were paying over $80 a month for with DishNetwork and bought a digital converter box for $30 so that we could get the four local channels if we wanted them. The first two months was really a wierd transition. We watched still almost everyday. American Idol was on so we watched that very very intently. Once that was over though, the allure quickly wore off. There just really was not much we were interested in. We found ourselves flipping through the channels over and over (there were only 4, ya know). Nothing. Once in a while we would happen to be flipping when we would come accross a sitcom or something sort of interesting and we would watch. But with out Tivo to record it so we could watch it after the kids went to bed, what was the use.
We signed up for Netflix…
We love Netflix! It is $8.99 per month. We get one DVD at a time. We alternate between adding family type movies to our queu and movies for just my husband and I to watch. We actually let them sit on the counter for days before we bust it open to watch. We have made ourselves so busy with useful time consuming tasks and activities we barely have time to watch. However, we have a Wii and can stream movies instantly through it from Netflix. This is the part that we do use often. All of my 6 year olds favorite shows are on there. The Suite life of Zach and Cody, Spongebob, etc. So we do still get to watch some shows, however, they are commercial free and we do not turn it on everyday by any means. Again, we are too busy for that. 🙂
My husband and I will sit down and watch a show instantly as well sometimes and have come accross some very interesting shows that we would not have watched otherwise. Our new favorite is a show called 30days, where someone has to live a life completely opposite from their belief system for 30days. Pretty insightful stuff.
So there is the progress. As you can see, we are not completely TV free…. but mostly. And I think balance is what we were looking to achieve so I call it a success. More updates to come.