Thursday, August 28, 2008

This Week in Cheap: An Alternative to HDTV

Technology is constantly changing, and one often affected (or effected. This always confuses me, especially in the summer) area is television. I remember back in the day with my old dial TV that I had to buy a converter for just so I could screw in the RF unit of my Sega Genesis. Now "High Definition" television is the wave of the future, displaying a vibrant and crisp picture that I must say is great for sports and action movies. It is definitely man-technology. But don't just throw away those 13" analog televisions away just yet, they actually have a great use.

Recently I discovered a cheap alternate to HDTV. It is temporary, but trust me it does work.

1. Find a television with an antenna.
2. Turn said television to that one channel that never comes in all the way. Usually channel 26 if you're in the Metro Detroit area.
3. Watch closely for about 15 minutes. You must not look away.
4. Run to your nearest cable television and notice how much more you appreciate the quality.

When timed right, you can enjoy all your favorite programs in high definition (for about 5 minutes). Go watch some good ole Public Access before the 4th quarter of the big game, or even the start of Gossip Girl. After that 5 minutes is up, just think of all the money you saved.

I hope to make this a weekly thing, spreading my frugality to the world!

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