The Revolution will be Digitized

I upgraded to digital cable this past weekend. I’m glad I did.

The decision was not one that I took lightly. For the past few years, I had been impressed with what my Dad and brother could get out of their satellite deals. The programming was pretty great and easy to use. My apartment complex forbids using SatTV so I just went on being green with envy.

Still, I fretted and waited regarding upgrading. I did the same thing when I upgraded from dial-up to cable internet. I don’t make these decisions lightly. Of course, I’ve been delighted with my internet service and it looks like I’m going to be happy upgrading to digital cable as well.

Unfortunately, it took me a few hours of messing around to get my TiVo and home theater to play nice with the new digital cable box. The onscreen digital service is graphically pleasing, but I pretty much use my TiVo for all my viewing and upcoming viewings, so that took a bit of doing. My goal was to have it all up and running prior to the start of 24 and I’ll have you know I got it done with 15 minutes to spare.

The two biggest programs that I wanted to see on a regular basis that I couldn’t before switching to digital cable was Battlestar Galactica and the new Doctor Who. I had been downloading the programming, but its just not quite the same. Besides, I knew there was more digital goodness just waiting to be discovered.

Encore may not have the greatest movies, but it’s better than nothing. There’s the IFC and Sundance and scores of other movie channels that I’m very excited about. I know there’s a roundtable discussion show on one of these new channels, but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it. Anybody know?

In any case, I have more to love on my big beautiful idiotbox.