As the self-styled TV butler of the house, I’ve assembled an array of shows I hope can replace the cable fare she watched before we cut the cord. Her weekend attention level varies from low to moderate since she is often multitasking.
First off, today is our long-standing “Sci-Fi Saturday”. Conveniently, thisTV (19.2 broadcast) was playing “Empire of the Ants” a cheesy 70s sci-fi movie starring Joan Collins and Robert Lansing (mentioned here a couple of days ago as star of the OKC-shot 1972 movie, “Thirty Dangerous Seconds”, also starring Josef Peter Hardt.) I was up early and started recording when I saw it was on. Joan’s portrayal of an unscrupulous real estate agent did not enhance the profession’s image, but Gaye enjoyed it anyway.
Next up: cooking and home shows. I went to her Netflix streaming profile I had set up (represented by a superheroine icon), and showed her what was available. Her choice was “Buying and Selling” with the Property Brothers. It was followed by “The Pioneer Woman”, hosted by Oklahoma’s Ree Drummond. (Gaye can also consult our custom TV menu on her phone)
Our new TiVo Roamio OTA Tuner/DVR includes the new Netflix interface, which operates seamlessly within the TiVo garden (not to be confused with the famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen). Amazon Prime works the same way. We dropped Hulu Plus due to lack of use and poor user interface, but it’s available on TiVo if you subscribe. VUDU is a Video on Demand channel I hope we don’t use much, but it’s ready to go.
YouTube is there, too, but the app is tricky to navigate: you are using the Peanut to negotiate through YouTube’s on-screen navigation. It’s easy to go wrong until you learn which buttons to avoid. Very kludgy. I hope TiVo creates a new user interface to YouTube. Nevertheless, it is a welcome feature. You can subscribe to free and paid channels and series, then watch on TiVo.
After a “top shelf” lunch (our more positive term for “leftovers” or “think hard, work easy” frozen meals), “Hoarders” on Netflix was up. A jazz musician had more objects in his home than notes in his horn.
Her afternoon channel surfing brought a little “Bonanza” and “Chef at Home”, plus a backlogged “Lost in Space” recording. This was all background TV.
Starting at 5 pm, MeTV holds sway with their “Super Sci-Fi Saturday” lineup (we used the term before they did!) An Enterprise communicator panel / door “swoosh” device at the entrance to the theater room adds atmosphere, as does a phaser, which is often directed at annoying ads.
Sometimes we replace the evening’s “Star Trek” episode with the same episode on Amazon Prime. This removes the ads, improves the video quality, and eliminates the cuts that make room for more ads. We’ve seen all their ads, anyway, from the “Clear TV Digital Antanna” (sic) to the catheter of the month club, to the dubious items delivered “to my door, at no cost to myself”.
We also swap other shows into the “Wonder Woman” slot. I had been a big “fan” in my later college years, but the intermittent visuals aren’t a sufficient draw for half of our viewing cohort. Choices include “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” or “Superman” recorded on my Windows Media Center/Raspberry Pi DVR, “Batman Beyond” on Netflix, or “Batman Animated” on Amazon Prime.
The evening’s entertainment concludes with Svengoolie, whose movie we appreciate from the comfort of the sack.