Probably the first half of our marriage, the TV was a constant battle. I understand that I’m the weird one but I do not like TV . . for any purpose. I get that Vince loves college football and having a way to watch college football is important.
Growing up, we never turned the TV on. Sometimes on Friday or Saturday there was a show we would watch and my parents watched the local news at 6 p.m. There was no cable or Dish Network back then. I just never developed an interest in TV and if you really want to torture me . . take me to the movie theater.
When we first got married, there was a TV in the living room, in the bedroom and in the basement living room. After a few nights of him falling asleep with the TV on, we had a discussion about the TV in the bedroom. I remember it got a bit heated but the TV in the bedroom was removed. Then one year he bought me a little TV for the kitchen for Christmas. What? I don’t think it ever got installed.
Vince would turn the TV on in the morning for 5 minutes while waiting to go to work. It wasn’t like there was a show he wanted to watch . . it just had to be on. He would come home for lunch . . walk over, turn the TV on, sit down to eat and leave the TV on. For many years, we had full cable with extras.
Probably five years ago, we cancelled Dish Network and I don’t think it was immediate but at some point, we subscribed to DIRECTV NOW. We got a scaled down package and didn’t have a lot of channels but Vince was happy with it. It was about half of what we were paying for Dish. It streams through the internet and at first, because we had awful internet, it wasn’t very enjoyable to watch anything. Now, we have better internet and it has worked fine.
This morning I got up and Vince said “I’m canceling DIRECTV.” I looked at him . . afraid to say anything for fear he might change his mind.
We’ll still have Amazon Prime. He also cancelled Netflix. We have Hulu. He called about getting an antenna but looks like it will be about $600 for “maybe” two channels.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to see him taking the initiative on his own to cancel these things and stop watching so much TV and having it off more and more.