Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Cable conundrum

Is Battlestar Galactica really worth the extra $33 a month over ultra-basic cable? I love the show, but it's the only thing I watch on TV that's not on a broadcast channel. That's $420 a year for one show, or about $21 an episode. Yikes.

I'd hate to be a half season behind (since they will probably continue the weird half-season thing), but it's better than a full season, and the DVDs cost less than 20% of the cost of watching it "live," and I don't even get great SciFi reception.

Once Windows Vista is out and CableCard tuners become really prevalent, I'm sure I'll upgrade to digital cable. Also, there's still the rumor that Arrested Development will return on Showtime. Perhaps one of those will make me reconsider. But for now, I think I'm going to downgrade to the super-cheap $12.50 cable that only includes local channels, and just live with the fact that I'll have to wait a few months to see new episodes of Battlestar Galactica. It hurts, but seems like the logical thing to do.

Maybe it's not really a topic where logic strongly applies.


Anonymous said...

Why not just kick your service up from July-Oct, and Jan-Mar for Battlestar, and drop down when you're done?

My uncle does this every year for College Football.

Travis said...

I guess that's a possibility, though quite a bit of extra telephoning. That would still make BSG insanely expensive, but much less so.