I turned on my TV in the bathroom this morning after my shower to see if my ABC affiliate had officially been dropped from my Time Warner Cable distribution. After a random commercial for "Stretch Genie", which should have been my first clue, the end of an episode of Matlock popped on, and I had my answer.
How odd is it that we simply don't have ABC as an option anymore in the entire Kansas City area, if we are Time Warner customers? How long before we get it back? I HATE going without my mindless GMA in the morning, but I'm going to hate it even more if I can't watch Modern Family, The Middle, and Happy Endings (yes, we're one of the few households that watch it) when they're back with new episodes in the Fall, or whenever.
What do we do about this? Change our cable provider? Do we even have another cable option in this town? I'm not switching to a dish method...I can't go without TV in a thunderstorm. I'd lose my mind. So what happens now? Call the station? Call Time Warner? Call Hearst and ask them to be more reasonable? Or is it Time Warner that's at fault for this?
Is AT&T Uverse a good idea? I don't like AT&T. Not at all. So that doesn't help. But I don't like Time Warner very much right now, either, to be fair.
On the KMBC website, it says, "Our signal remains available over the air for free and also on other cable systems," but what the hell does the "over the air for free" thing mean? I don't understand old technology anymore. They have a link to something called "antennaweb" on the site, so I can determine what kind of antenna we'll need, but come on. What am I gonna do, unhook my cable every morning and hook up the antenna so I can watch GMA, and then unhook it and rehook up to cable so we can watch other cable programming the rest of the day/night?
No. No I will not.
Instead, I watched NBC for news this morning. And almost punched my TV when Al Roker got all jokey on the couch at the end of the 1st hour.
So, they need to come to an agreement. This sort of thing can't possibly fly for a very long period of time. Any suggestions on what I can do as an effected consumer are welcome. (Any commentary on my level of TV watching is not. I like TV. I'm not ashamed of that. So if you wanna judge me, you can fuck right off.)