Tracy (misstracy) wrote,

Antenna/Digital conversion box

We've been happily without cable for a couple months now. I'm very much enjoying the "extra" time I have when I don't default to wasting it in front of the tv. I.e. putting the thing on for "background noise" and then getting sucked into crap or reruns of good shows I've already seen, etc. I'm all for good/great tv when it's good and enriching in some fashion, but we really just wasted time in front of the thing. I came to understand my mother's incessant pleas to "turn off that boob tube!" in my childhood.

So cable meant we refound all this time to do stuff we actually loved. It's been great. We did still have basically one channel, 22, though. It was grainy and it's certainly not the most exciting channel out there, but it was nice to have.

If we did want to watch news or some live tv update/speech/etc. it was likely on there. Sure, the internets do provide, but sometimes together on the couch is a nice way to watch such things, too. And, if we really did want "background noise" (and didn't feel like music or whatever), we had that available. One night putting away laundry, I had some juicer infomercial on. I truly just wanted mindless chatter/noise in the background. Nothing to get sucked into there. But the chatter was nice for whatever reason.

Now with digital conversion, 22 is gone. We do still have one analog Spanish-language channel... :/ We thought about getting the conversion box. But I kinda like having no TV. I liked having the one channel, though, as described above.

So...I'm just curious. Any other noncable/satellite folks previously relying on antenna converted over to digital for rare tv moments? Do you still just get the signals from close stations? Did it open up more channels? Like it/dislike it? Just curious. The converter box is not at all a big expense, but before we expend anything, I'd love to hear more about it.
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