Saturday, May 19, 2018

Float Cabin Living: Do you have television?

Our new TV monitor portable entertainment center.
I grew up in the golden age of television. In those days the sets were big, pictures were small, programming was limited. To change the channel, you had to walk rather than click. Those were the days.

The TV monitor when not in use.
When we got our float cabin, we decided not to have television for several reasons: satellite TV was our only choice, the monthly cost was $90, and it would use up limited electricity. Most importantly, we didn't want it to intrude on our tranquility.


Television used to be stand-alone. Now it's linked to the Internet. In 2017, Xplornet satellite Internet brought us some television capabilities. Using a Slingbox device we can link to our TV service in town. We can also watch streaming channels via our laptop.

Aligning Xplornet satellite Internet dish.

To save our data plan allotments, we watch movies and shows saved on our laptop.  Netflix allows us to download programs in town to watch later. To make viewing easier we use an HDMI cable to a TV monitor.

Our real life "TV" front door.
Best of all we have a "real" TV, our sliding glass door.

Radio helps us keep in touch. We listen to Powell River (Coast FM and JUMP) and beyond. With SiriusXM satellite radio we can't SEE Anderson Cooper, but we can HEAR his every word.

More posts about off-the-grid television and entertainment.

TV Times
Mini-Entertainment Center
Satellite Radio
Tech Talk
Entertainment Tonight

Whether you're in the city or at a remote cabin, television is a link to the world at large. How do you handle television in your home? Do you limit its use to give you more time for the important things in life? -- Margy

21 comments:

  1. I remember getting up to change channels. I also remember when our small city in central British Columbia could offer only one channel, however, so getting up wasn't necessary! Black and white, often with 'snow' but we kids loved it.
    So good that you and Wayne have your entertainment needs provided, and divided between TV, laptop, and the view outside. I'd take that view any day! Thanks, Margy.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    1. I remember visiting my grandparents. They had a huge antenna on the roof that could be driven to pick up TV signals better. I never could figure that one out and kept making the picture worse instead of better. - Margy

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  2. Hello, it seems like Netflix like a popular choice nowadays. We have Satellite and the cost has been going up. We may look for other options too. Enjoy your day and week ahead.

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    1. Where we are satellite is the best choice, but it is pricey for sure. - Margy

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  3. So smart of you guys! Glad this is going to work for you.

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    1. When we are in town we are still TV junkies, so it's best to keep things limited at home. - Margy

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  4. In our house, we have always limited TV watching, and certainly never put a TV in our bedrooms. Now that we live in a more remote area, we are using the web to access most of our content, such as American Idol (me) or sporting events (my hubby). As of yet, we have not opted for normal TV. We may find we don't really need it. And particularly in the summer months, with the long days, I am not even inside that much!!!

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    1. Your hubby sounds like mine. We use Slingbox via the satellite Internet to get most of our sporting events. - Margy

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  5. We borrow movies from the library and watch them in the evening on our tv, and other than the news and some sports we don't watch much regular tv. We have cable as that is the fastest and most reliable way to get internet in our area, but we have the minimal tv package.

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    1. That sounds a lot like our town package. - Margy

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  6. I'm not a big TV fan. My husband watches junky shows by the hour and to me it's annoying.

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    1. I'm sure Wayne feels the same about me when I'm in town. He is getting very tired of Home and Garden TV shows. - Margy

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  7. We live on a tiny island which is connected to the mainland by a 2 mile causeway. We have all the modern conveniences. We don't have cable TV but we do have internet. We watch TV using a fire stick, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. My husband watches it more often than I do but sometimes he finds something I find interesting enough to grab my attention for a while. If it were up to me I would only turn it on about 4 or 5 times a year. He likes it though so we have it.

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    1. Having a causeway makes travel handy I'm sure. Like us, Internet gives us the TV we want without paying extra for it. - Margy

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  8. Thanks for your visit to ABC Wednesday. We are TV watchers and lately I've been watching Netflex original shows.
    Ann

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    1. We've had Netflix for year now and they really make some good shows. - Margy

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  9. Interesting. I have lived without TV and preferred it. However, I need my internet,

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    1. Internet can be as time consuming as TV, but at least it has more uses. - Margy

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  10. When young, we only had b&w sets there was no color. I remember when my uncle and aunt had a piece of paper put over theirs to make it look color. ~smiles~
    We use to have the dish, there is no cable service on the part of the road where we live. Down both ways, they have it, but for some reason they said our little patch never would. We only have antenna TV so we still get the prime shows. I have Netflix and HULU and can rent movies through my dvd player. Hubby only watches TV. Enjoyed seeing your visit to my blog. Thanks.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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    1. It's sad that company profits sometimes block what is becoming essential service, especially Internet. - Margy

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  11. I barely watch TV as it is, I give me head a shake regarding the monthly cable bill I pay but such is life.

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We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy