From welfare to worldly

2011-07-22 09:32

Unlike most people, I love the start of each week. I can’t wait to get home on a Monday for comedy night on SABC3.

Co-incidentally, it is the only channel I can pick up on my TV set due to bad reception.

I always make sure supper is ready and everything else that needs attention is sorted so that come 7.30pm, I can watch Survivor and all the comedies that follow.

Even if it means century-old reruns of The New Adventures of Old Christine, ‘Til Death and Two and a Half Men. I don’t care because it is my night.

Not that I have much of a choice anyway.

For months my colleagues begged me to get pay TV. I think the fact that I only had one free channel irritated them much more than it did me.

So imagine the cheers when I announced that I had to rush home to have my DStv installed.

What took me so long?

A combination of being indecisive about moving house, my boyfriend not wanting pay TV until we had a huge plasma screen, and sheer laziness.

I was never completely oblivious to it.

My parents have it in Cape Town, and I travel quite often for work purposes so I get to watch some of it in hotels.

Has it changed my life?


I no longer have to pretend to know what others are talking about in the latest series or have to hustle for the latest episodes of Top Gear on a memory stick.

Watching the sixth season currently running was just not enough for me.

But most importantly, I no longer have to plan for my whereabouts on a weekend for the next F1 race.

Before I had DStv, if I was too tipsy to drive home, I would end up staying over at a friend’s place for qualifying rounds and had to make sure I was at someone else’s house at lunchtime on Sunday for the main race.

I can watch Style Network’s How Do I Look and marathon episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to my heart’s content, along with CSI and Pinks on the Ignition channel.

And finally, I now know who all the contestants are on Masterchef Australia.

Before, I had to be satisfied with catching a glimpse whenever we popped in at a friend’s house and prayed they were watching it too.

My poor boyfriend no longer has to rummage through piles of CDs to listen to music or entertain himself with an iPod in the morning. With Trace and MTV, we are sorted.

Thinking about it now, the only good thing about having one free channel (SABC3) was that there were no fights about what to watch on TV because we had no choice.

The next step is definitely getting a dual-view decoder or PVR – to fully restore the peace in our house.

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