We still have several TVs in the house, but they’re used less and less.
It’s not that there’s nothing on; Alpha tipped me off to a new series on Fox, Fringe, that’s positively addictive. But, it’s not always on when I’m home, awake, or available to watch.
Sometimes, I catch up on Hulu (which I find easier than tracking down which network something is on), but that requires an active internet connection. And, it tends to make my laptop run hot. Often, a better option is to watch stuff on my iPod, so I can watch it wherever I am. Or, lying in bed awake, so I don’t disturb anyone else.
Just today, I downloaded last night’s presidential debate because, in all candor, I can’t stay awake for a two-hour debate that begins at 9 p.m. I don’t even really need to watch it; I can grasp the content just by listening… while I drive, shop, cook, do laundry, etc.
Beginning in February, all broadcast TV will be digital. How much longer before broadcast TV just slips into obsolescence? Since I maintain internet access via DSL, how much longer will I need cable at all?
Even City Council meetings are posted on the web now.