We're getting a new TV.
The old TV is ... well ... old.
Oh, it still works. But it's old. And it's a 26'' TV.
So, we're getting a new one.
We've actually been looking for some time, trying to decide just what we want.
We settled on a Sony KDL-40V4100. That's a 40'' ... no, not a really big TV, but a good big larger than what we have today.
And, no, it's not the best TV out there. But Sony makes good stuff. And, we found a pretty good deal on it. So, that's what we've settled on.
And, we're picking it up Thursday. It'll interfere with my going to the baseball game; such is the price of technocracy.
Now that we're getting a new HDTV, we need to decide if we want to watch HD TV.
You see, we have basic cable. Runs about $43 a month. We get, oh, I count 68 channels. But it also includes a lot of channels I don't watch: QVC, Outdoor, Versus, Golf Channel, Lifetime, GAC, CMT, Food Network, E!, HGTV, MTV, BET, VH1, HSN, and others.
And they're all standard definition TV channels.
So, I went to the cable company's Website and checked on what's involved with their HD TV channels. They didn't have a whole lot of information. No pricing, no details, no much of anything.
So, I went by the cable company and asked questions. They acted like they had never been asked any questions.
But, to her credit, the young lady I spoke with did try to find out the answers to my questions.
So, what I found out is that in order to get their HD channels, I got to have their digital package. Which would up the monthly rate from $43 a month to $66 a month.
Then, TiVo complicates things.
We've had TiVo for a couple of years now. And we like it. So, I'm thinking we want a DVR.
Now, we have an older TiVo Series 2. Only records 1 show at a time. And doesn't work with HD channels.
So, we'd need to get a new TiVo if we want to watch HD channels.
What's all that mean?
If we want to watch HD TV broadcasts, we'd need to get a new TiVo. That's $300 for a Series 2 HD TiVo.
Then, $66 a month for and HD package from the cable company. Oh, wait. We'd need a cable card for the new TiVo. That makes it $70 a month. Plus the $12.95 a month for TiVo.
Or, we could get the cable company's HD package with their DVR. That would be $71 a month, with no monthly TiVo fee.
Or, we could just keep watching standard cable for $43 a month. Only, we'd be watching it on a better TV.
What are we going to do?
I have no idea.