A Period of Confusion

Posted: February 26, 2009 in General

So it’s been a few weeks since we switched to Dish Network HD (I know, it’s about time). I realized after the installer (the one with the personality of a fish) left that I wasn’t comfortable, I was confused. This was a significant switchover. I should have been happy that I was getting dozens of TV stations, now in high definition, but I wasn’t.

I wouldn’t say that this is a switchover of great magnitude, the effect on my life is negligible (to be honest, Cara and I watch very little TV on a weekly basis). It really boils down to change. People are willing to accept a certain amount of change (and maybe even look forward to it), but there is a line when it becomes scary and confusing (a new house may be fun, but a new house in a foreign country is scary for many).

So the magnitude of change is troubling. Suddenly we find ourselves without Comedy Central, Spike, or FX. The ReplayTV is now unplugged, and the interface on the new unit is completely different. Then there are things like setting up the remote to work with the new system. Not that any one of these things is a huge deal, but it’s sort of a case of “death by paper cuts”. A bunch of little things that taken as a whole is a big confusing mess that needs to be sorted out.

It’s been a few weeks, and things are fairly well sorted. Not perfect, but certainly “adjusted”. Overall I’m happy with the experience, there are several benefits to the new system, however it is human nature to miss what we once had.

I think that this is the primary reason why it too so long for me to pull the trigger on switching to satellite TV. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Comcast, regardless of how much it sucked, was comfortable and easy.


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