March 5, 2008
I have a love/hate relationship with DirecTV. Maybe hate is too strong a word. I don’t hate DirecTV in the sense that I do the “great Troy Tulowitzki” my winner for attitude rookie of the year. It is more of a “I can’t stand being bullied about by a media conglomerate” displeasure. I’ve been a satellite user for 25 years. Wow, that sounds so dirty when I say it that way. My love affair with satellite programming began while I was in college. In order to help support myself in school I installed satellite dish equipment. At that time the dishes were between 8 and 10 feet in diameter and had to be moved with a crank by hand. There was no such thing as paid programming and encryption had not even been considered. Not only did you get standard programming on a satellite dish but you also got to see what happens during the commercial breaks when the camera is not live. That is of course good and bad. (No one should ever be exposed to Dan Rather picking his nose.) As technology has evolved my viewing habits have changed to follow suit.