I had held out longer than most when it came to buying my first HDTV. Now I wish I had held out longer. I now think I want my old analog TV back.
All of this started when I received a letter from my cable TV company to notify me that, in early June, they are going to be adding a ton of new HD channels to their lineup. Now although my community is serviced by the largest cable TV company in the U.S. that I refer to as the Big C (no, not that Big C, the other Big C), we have, up to this point, had the channel choices of those who live out in sticks. Yes, this is the company that owns the company that owns NBC, and until a few months ago, we had just 60 channels to choose from.
Now if I lived in Richmond, I would have already pretty much had the same selection of channels and technology as residents of Washington, Philadelphia, and New York have. The same would likely be true if I lived in one of the counties immediately surrounding Richmond. But since I live 24 entire miles to the southeast, that cable company’s much ballyhooed video-on-demand (VOD) services didn’t arrive in my neck of the woods until last October. And that’s when we got our first taste of high definition – with six local HD channels becoming available.
Being the late adopter that I am, there was no way I was going to run out and buy an HDTV to get six local channels. But that letter stating that we would soon be getting the full complement of HD choices (to include a multitude of VOD movies and TV shows) was enough to convince me to finally make the leap. Therefore, I decided to replace the older of my two analog sets with a sparkling new HDTV in preparation for the blessed event.
Anyway, I found a great deal on one from Amazon and submitted my order. As do most things I have ordered from Amazon, it arrived well prior to the time frame in which I was promised. In this case, I got it in two days, after I was promised that it would arrive in five to eight business days. Definitely no…