I’ve finally made the decision to live without Astro TV.
This is a rather major decision, having lived with Astro for almost 8 years.
Some of you may even wonder why I’m taking such a ‘drastic’ move. What would we watch on TV if we didn’t have Astro?
First of all, why did I come to such a decision?
- To save money. If I cancel my Astro subscription, I get to save RM600 a year. The money may not be a lot, but it helps to feed another mouth.
- Rachel is starting to get addicted to TV cartoons. I don’t want her to start learning bad things from the TV.
- TV programs don’t add much value to my life.
- The Internet has become a viable alternative.
- I’ve had several bad experiences with the company. First they allowed complete strangers to re-open an account under my name (and charge me for it), and they send me an SMS each month reminding me to pay my bill, even before the due date!
I’m willing to give this a try because I expect the following improvements:
- We will have better quality time. Nowadays our evenings and weekends are spent staring at the TV. Not much talking to each other.
- More time for other activities such as exercise, going for outdoor activities, or just playing board games.
- Less likely to gain weight from those tempting food commercials
- Rachel and Daryl to grow up reading books, rather than watch TV
- No more temptations to upgrade to a HD TV.
- Fewer late nights staying up to watch TV
Do take a few minutes to check out a blog post by Celestine Chua on 10 reasons to stop watching TV.
I agree with many of the reasons.
I do expect a rather difficult transition period, removing Astro TV from my house.
There are some potential difficulties:
- Rachel will be bored
- We will miss live TV events and sports events
- Poey Chin will miss her evening news
- Poey Chin will miss her TVB series
- Visitors will be bored at our home
But the TV won’t be totally gone. We will still have the free channels. We will still have a DVD player and the Nintendo Wii for entertainment purposes.
I just know that this will be for the best.
Here is my plan.
For the month of June, I will start to look for entertainment alternatives, and solutions to address the difficulties I foresee.
In July, we will do a trial run. I will hide the Astro smart card somewhere, and we will see how things are.
If we can live without Astro, I will then cancel my subscription shortly thereafter.
Some of you may be wondering what Poey Chin thinks about my idea. She said okay, but gives me the resigned look she gives me whenever I want to try something crazy.
Do you have any resources for watching TV programs online? Do you have any tips to share?
So is life possible without Astro TV? Stay tuned for updates on my experiment!