So, we’re one of those couples. We don’t watch much TV, and we don’t have cable.
I don’t mean we just have basic cable, I mean we have no cable. Just rabbit ears. Yes, they still make those.
That’s been all well & good since our daughter requires so much attention, it doesn’t leave much room to be able to sit and watch. I miss sitting and watching. Sigh. But every few days we’ll put on a DVD after she’s gone to bed, and we get our fix.
Although lately we’ve been wondering, why do we even bother having a TV at all? It takes up so much space. We have one of the older non-digital TVs, and the thing is huge. I certainly can’t lift it by myself. It takes up probably 4 square feet of living room space. Which is a lot when you consider how little it’s used. So I’ve started investigating alternatives. How can we still watch some TV without dealing with the behemoth electronic? And how can we do it pretty cheaply?
Apparently I’m not the only one thinking about this. Bloomberg Businessweek published a great Top 10 Alternatives to Cable listing.
This Samsung flat screen has a 26″ version for about $250, which seems to be a good option for an actual TV.
But then I had this other idea: what about a DVD projector? Theoretically, a projector would be perfect, because it would only take up space when we’d want it to. We could install a shelf and hook it up to the DVD player, and just make sure there’s white space on the opposite wall. The cheapest one I found on Amazon was only about $170, and can be hooked up via USB to other devices. Now that Apple TV is only $99, we could have the full package for under $300.
So I wrote the above paragraph and then talked to my husband who said no projector. He thinks the quality won’t be as good as a TV. Back to the drawing board.
Geez, I know absolutely nothing about this. Time for me to reach out to my tech savvy friends for help.