Remember the good old days when TV was beamed into your house for free and those three channels were all you had to watch? If you’re anything like me, this is a foreign and possibly evil concept to you, because you grew up with several dozen channels thanks to the magic of cable television. Sure, most of them were lousy, but there was always something you could use to fill the crushing emptiness inside yourself where your soul used to be. The only downside to cable TV is the expense of it all! If you want any good channels you have to pay through the nose for them. Or you used to, until the Internet came along to offer you free legal alternatives to your local cable monopoly!
This is great news. If you’re like me, and we’ll just go ahead and say you are because that makes it a lot easier on both of us, then you’re already up to your neck in bills. Any expense you can shed is great news. Every month I write checks to the electric company, water company, cable company, telephone company, Internet service provider, college loans, alimony, child support, protection money for my local mafia syndicate, and my many, many bookies and drug dealers.
The best part of the free TV over the Internet is that generally, you’re not stuck watching what someone else wants you to watch. That is, the only network programmer is you, so if you want to watch a particular episode of The Office, then you can watch that episode and not an episode you might not want to see. That takes a little of the surprise out of things, to be sure, but sometimes you don’t want to be surprised.