Sigh...sometimes it is a hard decision to make, but recently we disconnected our satellite TV service. It is only partially a financial issue. A bigger issue for us is that our children are increasingly aware of everything on the TV, whereas before they just ignored when we were watching a program.
Let me say that TV is NOT evil! I know a lot of Christians and other conservatives think that TV is evil, but I do don't think it's any more evil than the computer, a car or any other piece of technology. It is a tool which can be used in many ways and yes, I do believe it is misused frequently. The enemy is like that. He is the father of all lies and he tricks people into misusing good or neutral things for evil purposes.
The straw that broke the camels back was a commercial on an unnamed national sports channel in the middle of the day in the middle of women's figure skating. One would think that discretion would be used during the day and on a family oriented show regarding commercial programming. (Though some might argue this particular commercial has no place anywhere!) It was a commercial for a new men's comedy show on a cable channel and they were joking around with a person in a deer costume regarding having intimate relationship with a deer! Not once, but several times the commercial ran. God help the people who actually find that entertaining and acceptable. Even the commercials for occult interest movies have become really prevalent. When your five year old starts asking, "That's naughty isn't it Mommy?" Or covering his ears and turning his head when certain commercials come on...well, it's time to make some changes.
You can choose what shows you watch, but you cannot choose the commercials. So we chose commercial free viewing! Honestly I haven't missed the tv that much. When I miss it will be when figure skating starts up this winter on that unnamed national sports network and I won't be able to watch it! :o( But I will get over it. I'm sure I will.
The last time we cut our satellite we spent the money purchasing DVDs so we do have quite a large library. This time we have decided on a membership at Netflix and Christian Cinema. Our monthly costs for both are about 2/3 of the cost of our lowest level of satellite service. So far it has been fun. Hubby and I like to watch documentaries as well as movies and we get a good balance. The best thing is that we have control over what we see and more importantly what our children see. It's just one more step in our journey to Simplicity.
So, my question for you all, is what "must see" movie, documentary or Christian video do you recommend?