Call this Diary of a Couch Potato, chapter 3. For the past two years my wife and I have been evolving into the new digital world of television, using an internet-ready Blu-ray unit to access goodies like Netflix and YouTube.
Suddenly the Blu-ray stopped working. I’m told that two years is about what you can expect in our fully disposable world of consumer toys. Off we go and buy a new and slightly cheaper unit. It’s made by LG, a South Korean company that’s been grabbing a lot of market share from the Sony and Samsungs of the world.
In the process, we discover that there are fewer reasons every day to be a slave to the cable companies, notwithstanding the new world of skinny basic. YouTube, which is owned by Google, is a world of endless time wasting that is highly addictive. There’s almost nothing that you cannot find there. They have recently added a number of live feeds I had not seen before.
When I clicked on SkyCable, live and direct from jolly old England this week, I was able to watch George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, deliver his annual budget. The novelty quickly wore off and I moved on to another channel that allowed me to watch and listen to baby eagles in their nest in the Florida Everglades. It’s very peaceful, right up there with those burning logs at Christmas. I can hardly wait to watch it all in 4 K !
By the way, the new Blu-ray that we bought also gives us a direct connection to Canada’s National Film Board – remember them? Ottawa still provides a few million dollars to this agency with its proud history. Once the home of gifted artists like Donald Brittain and Norman McLaren, the NFB has won 11 Oscars since it was born in a very different world in 1939. I wonder if they will still be included in the Trudeau government’s first budget next week ?
I’m Roger Currie