We don't have cable. We're Amish.
OK, so we're not technically Amish. That's just what I tell people when they ask me, "Did you watch last night's episode of Jersey Shore?"
Because, you know, that's something I certainly would watch if I did have cable. *shudder*
Instead of cable, we have a Roku player. Now, I'm not a cutting-edge kinda gal, but I was among the first of my friends to own one. That meant I got one glorious shot at techno-superiority. "What? You haven't heard of it? Let me explain it to you, my unenlightened friend."
This from the girl who doesn't own a smart phone and is still figuring out how Twitter works.
In short, the Roku lets us stream Netflix to our TV. I can also rent movies on demand from Amazon, listen to Pandora, and see all the pictures from my flickr account. This is how I watch all the Buffy the Vampire Slayer my little heart desires. Which is a lot. I'm halfway through season six! Although I don't like how dark Willow is getting. She doesn't seem like the same charact—
But I digress.
Something big has happened on the Roku front. A cable channel has become available on the Roku. For a fee, of course. That's unique because channels are usually in contracts with cable providers that keep them from offering their programming elsewhere.
What channel is it? Discovery? History? Something wonderful like that?
No. It's called WealthTV. It's got shows about dazzling houses and European getaways! Shows about fancy cars, fancy planes, fancy gadgets! Shows about high society from Danielle Staub of The Real Housewives of New Jersey! (I'll let you insert your own sarcastic comment there.)
And it's got The Ellen Show, apparently. I'm not sure how she fits in with the theme, but that's about the only show in the lineup that I'd watch. She does dress well. And she gives away lots of fun, relatively expensive stuff. Maybe that's it.
I'll admit that I like seeing nice houses. Cars, eh. Planes, eh. But houses I'll look at. Drool over. Wish I had.
But I have a house. I don't need a house. I sometimes would like a bigger house—no, not even a bigger house. Just one with a better distribution of space. Or a basement. A basement would be nice. Somewhere to stash toys.
Then I think how fortunate I am to have a home. Yes, we chose a smaller home so we could afford it on one salary when children came along. It was smart, and I love my little house. But then greed starts to sneak in. I want bigger! Better! I have friends with gorgeous, giant houses that are so incredible. My heart sinks when I visit, thinking, "I'll probably never have a house this big."
When I reassess what my needs are, I realize I don't need a house that big. Want and need are two very different sentiments. Our little house is big enough for the three of us. People have raised larger families in less space than we have. My mother-in-law and her three younger sisters shared a room not much larger than my closet.
It's just beyond reason that there's a channel devoted entirely to an opulent lifestyle. I think they have a few shows on philanthropy to even things out. Still, there's no Philanthropy Channel where you just watch rich people give away their money to charitable organizations all day. Who would watch it?
Needless to say, we won't be subscribing. When they get History or Discovery, maybe. But I don't need to spend money to look at other people's money.
Are you interested in WealthTV? What channel would you be interested in?