My Last Red Envelope

I cancelled Netflix this week.  It felt like a break up.

With the prices going up, it just didn’t make sense to spend $20/month for the option to rent unlimited movies.  I can stream 5 new releases/month from Amazon for the same cost.  There aren’t 5 new release rentals per month that I even want to see!  I don’t watch old movies.  If I haven’t already seen it, I probably don’t want to.

It’s the new TV season and there is plenty to watch. My TiVo Premiere costs a few dollars more every month.  My year of free Showtime is over so I am now paying for that too (pretty much only for Dexter since I won’t let myself get into any of the other fabulous Showtime shows, except maybe this new one with Claire Danes).  And my Kindle could use some more attention.

It feels sad though.  I have been getting those red envelopes delivered to me for….as long as I can remember.   I like to stay true to my brands and I hate to abandon Netflix, but I just don’t watch enough movies to make it worth it.

I put my last red envelope in the mail this morning.  Vicky Cristina Barcelona.  Didn’t love it at all.  I don’t think I like Woody Allen movies.  Hannah and Her Sisters is the last one I remember liking.  I guess I am done with Netflix and Woody Allen.

Attenuator Update

The Tivo/attenuator situation is frustrating.  (What the heck am I talking about? See this post)

I now have four different strengths of attenuators.  The purpose of these little electrical gadgets is to reduce the signal strength coming in to my TiVo.  The problem is that only SOME of the channels have too strong of a signal, so when I attach the attenuator, it is either not strong enough for the super strong channels or too strong for the other channels.

I called TiVo for the fourth time, and got a tech lady.  The tech lady told me that the high signal strength can burn out my TiVo box, great.  She suggested combining the attenuators in various combinations to try to get the right mix.  A creative idea.   If that does not work I have to call Time Warner to ask them to reduce the signal strength.  Not looking forward to that phone call.  She also confirmed that upgrading to a TiVo Premiere wouldn’t help the issue.

Many have asked why I don’t just get a DVR from my cable company.  TiVo invented the DVR.  I graduated from my very cool VCR that auto-forwarded through commercials (loved that thing back in the day) to the TiVo.  I was a pretty early adopter in 2002.  I dressed as TiVo for halloween that year.   TiVo is part of who I am.  I can’t imagine not having one.  Would you Apple fans give up your Macs or your IPhones? I think not.

TiVo does have features that a cable DVR does not have.  Admittedly, I don’t use most of them.

  • I do use Netflix “watch instantly” through my TiVo.  I can select any DVD available for “watch instantly” and stream it immediately to my TV  (Got sucked back in the Battlestar Gallactica on Netflix “watch instantly” last weekend while I was avoiding work.)
  • I sometimes stream Pandora though my TiVo.  Sounds better through the TV.  Would be even better if I had any kind of sound system.
  • I can transfer many programs from my TiVo to my computer and/or IPhone (if they are not copy protected.)  I sometimes watch TV on my IPhone on the treadmill.  If I had an IPad I could carry around a mini TV with me!
  • TiVo can connect to a special external hard drive to add more disk space.  I added 100 hours last year so I will NEVER run out of space.
  • I have 8 hours of Inhale yoga on my Tivo that I can’t get off (because it is copyright protected) and the show isn’t on any more.   Since I don’t have time for a 1 1/2 hour studio yoga class these days, Inhale is imperative.

Why not Hulu?  I definitely don’t want to spend more time on my computer.  I know there is a way to hook the computer up to the TV, but I have never had the time to figure that out.

Off to play with my attenuators.  Find out what happens next here.