Prior to our move late January we decided to cancel our DSTV subscription because our house didn't have a satellite dish and we weren't too sure where we planned to have our tv room - we had two options - but have since then decided to convert the second living room into a spacious kitchen - as I type this I have the noise of chainsaws ringing in my ears as the tree fellers remove four large trees that surround the house - ah, the joys of property ownership.
In the meantime, DSTV announced they were increasing their subscription rate to almost R800 a month (I almost vomited a little there as I typed that) so we thought, bugger it - we are not going to be those type of people who complain about exorbitant fees yet still cough up at the end of every month - it's not that we can't afford it but more from a moral point of view.
When we lived in Johannesburg, we stood up against the e-tolling debacle - so why not DSTV too?
Apart from all the contractual re-runs that they air, we weren't really taking full advantage of the subscription - I'd watch Food Network - mostly - and Chris would watch his favourite sporting events. Besides, for the most part, the TV is not even on for more than a few hours an evening.
So for the last two months we have spent more money than I care to admit at Musica and Takealot buying various series on DVD. I discovered the absolute pleasure that is American Horror Story (albeit years after all the hype) - I didn't even know that I loved Jessica Lange until watching the first 4 seasons! - and I'm not even sure if DSTV offered it? Just goes to show how we were underutilising our subscription - again.
Apple TV remote.
We know many of our friends download TV shows and everyone passes around their external hard drives for people to share their loot but we've never really been fazed or more likely too interested in getting that all set up - it just seemed like a schlep - plus we're not that tech savvy. I pay for and download the odd song or two from iTunes but for the most part I'd rather buy an album or DVD - sad to say but I honestly think technology moves faster than my heart.
Two dear friends loaned us their hard drive whilst we were in limbo awaiting Telkom to sort out our line and I must admit I did enjoy a few seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, which is something I'd never watch by choice but beggars can't be choosers...
I digress though.
So after deciding enough was enough with regards to DSTV we signed up with Netflix - at a nominal fee, no contracts involved and at the same time thought we may as well get Apple TV, it makes streaming the shows so much easier - no having to connect HDMI cables from the TV to a laptop - what a pleasure it has been.
The quality of their TV shows and documentaries are outstanding, it almost feels like another whole world has been opened up to us - that we did not know even existed! We have only touched the surface, essentially just seeing what Netflix has to offer - apparently one can rent channels from Apple TV like HBO, for example - so we are getting there, slowly but getting there. All one needs is a decent internet speed and boom you're ready to rumble - so to speak.
So if you're thinking of calling it quits with DSTV, investigate your options - there seems to be more on offer now than ever before and if you're like Chris and enjoy your ruggers and footie - do what he is planning on, join your local sports club and take advantage of the telly in their bar area. It will get you out the house on a Saturday afternoon and what could be better than a few beers (at club prices) and making some new friends whilst watching your favourite sport?
Now what to watch? Narcos, Elementary or Cooked? Decisions, decisions.
Until next time,