Originally Posted by scottishmommy
i'm trying to convince my dh that we should get rid of our tv, for a myriad of reasons. First of all we have a huge energy consuming flat screen. california banned the sale of them because they are so inefficient. secondly i don't believe that there is any way to fully control what children watch on tv. we can be watching a football game and there are ads full of scary images, sex and violence. it's also very expensive to have cable. i think we pay $80 a month or so, and that doesn't include our internet. and i suppose i have a problem with the tv for aesthetic reasons. we've had to section off our living room so the baby can't get to the dvd player, video games, etc. the thing i find frustrating is that my dh is very pro energy restriction. he believes that we should have taxes on energy consumption. uhhh.....shouldn't energy conservation start at home?
Here's a great compromise if your hubby can't be convinced. Unsubscribe to your cable, subscribe to Netflix (it's less than $20 for 2 DVDs at a time plus unlimited streaming video) and buy a Roku box ($99 off of Amazon). The Roku box enables you to stream video onto your TV.
We LOVE it! We have no commercials and can control what we put on the Roku box from our Netflix accounts (password protected on the computer). I'm hoping we can still do it when our DD is older (she's only 9 months right now), because it's a fantastic way to have control over what comes into our house and we have a HUGE selection of movies and TV shows to watch. Some of them come on the day of or the day after they actually air on their real channels.
Also, if you can't talk your DH into getting rid of the TV, perhaps he can be talked into buying a nice CRT off of Craigslist. Fantastic ones are selling really cheap right now and they take up so much less electricity. Basically you can get a bigger TV for thousands of dollars less than buying a flat panel.