It Started Out As An Experiment
On July 1, 2008 I started an experiment to see if the internet is ready to replace television as our national pastime. (What? You thought our national pastime was baseball? How 19th century of you!)
We gave up cable, satellite, and even over-the-air TV and went only with what I could find online.
This is the promise I made:
For 52 weeks I will not own a television set, or television tuner. I will not go to a friend’s house and watch their TV. Streaming, Downloads, and DVD-by-Mail will all be put to the test.
I sound like Gandhi going on a hunger strike to free India. My ego knows no bounds.
Why is this such a big deal? Lots of people live without televisions. They even have bumper stickers bragging about it.
Yeah. I’m not that guy. I am a TV Junkie. Every year I eagerly await the new Fall Schedule. I wax nostalgic over ABC’s TGIF and NBC’s Must-See-TV campaigns. I hum TV Themes, I own Box Sets, and I will watch Season 1 of anything. When I was a child, they called me The Walking TV Guide.
I grew up to marry a TV Junkie. She devours box sets even faster than I can and was the chief manager of the TiVo season pass list.
The fear we both experienced when we cut the cable was short-lived. We flew past the six month mark with barely a mention between us. It’s been 18 months and there is no looking back.
I decided to learn by jumping in the deep end. This is where I write about what I’ve learned and how I see the landscape changing.
In February 2010 I will be writing about all my new gear and my new TV watching habits. I would have written about it sooner, but sometimes life happens while you’re busy making other plans.