We're almost there...we've had the son of a friend working on ridding us of DirectTV. He is a TV media techie and I've been buying all the parts necessary for the move, just as he directs me. He has been installing them ; a receiver, Qbox, iLink, Harmony multi function remote and an indoor antenna. Last night he was in the attic installing the antenna and it look like we have all the local broadcast channels except for CBS. We'll have to work on that one. We already have Amazon Prime TV and Netflix. Since we will be saving about $100 a month, we can afford to pick up some pay channels that are wireless. HBO and others have already left the grip of the cable/satellite providers. I expect others will soon join the ala carte TV business.
Yes, it cost us to buy the equipment, but it is ours and we're not paying rent for it. It also cost us to have it all installed. By the end of 6 months of this freedom we will have paid off all of those expenses simply by not paying DirectTV.
Our installer is coming over on Monday to give us a run through of all of the features of the new system; web browser, DVD, email, music and more.
Considering our age, 75 3/4, I think we're doing a good job of staying abreast of the times. We have solar power. We have a MacBook Pro and an iPad. We're removing our lawns and going all xeriscape.
We use Messaging... I think we're pretty comfortable in the 21st century.