Television is a medium as it's neither rare nor well done. (Ernie Kovacs)
I'll have to agree, I really am sick the current network progamming, reality, & celeberty talent shows, I find myself watching more PBS, the News & the retro Micro networks available on the subs I don't think your Erie market receives - Me, Antenna, Bounce This.... There are a small host of others that serve the Southern Cleveland & Akron area that are not available up this way. I recently upgraded to a widescreen after getting tired the lack of expandibility on my 1978 Black & white TV. (Yes that is correct, I've been using one as my main living room set for the past year .... try hooking a DVD player up to that in a pinch). As far as Cable goes, I only had that briefly in an apartment for about a year that was part of the rent... I'm from an era where OTA TV, although somewhat limited was free. Of course most have been 'brainwashed' that TV is now a utility that you pay for & that cable has become a necessity.... gee, wireless TV??... who would have thought?
The word on the surrounding boards about the Erie Market is that they have tight purse strings to provide a signal than barely makes it into Ohio & NY. I would think you would have a better shot at Buffalo with no obstructions over the lake (though I never checked their patterns). The Cleveland stations have a tendency to favor the bulk of the population to the South & west & null to the north & east due to the lake & to protect Canada. The Youngstown signal is either a bit far from me of is shadowed by the highlands to my south... thus I don't have a 'secondary' market here.
I can't say Cable TV is much better, most of the basic programming is from 2007 & re-run over & over (& people are very willing to pay for this). If I was paying $200+ a month for that which is a lot of money to me especially in hard times, I'd feel compelled to be watching 24/7 at that price. .
.. something I don't want to be doing either. I would say if you don't like the programming, poor service & ever increasing costs .. CUT THE CABLE!
I always have my public Library as a source for DVD's if things get that bad.. pernaps I ought to be reading more myself now.. I used to enjoy reading the paper, but got tired of going to www dot to finish the stories...now I'm going on a rant!
NP with the rant, you echo many of my thoughts. I guess I need to get out more myself too.