However there is something I am not grateful for this year and that is for the first time in over 30 years I am unable to watch Wimbeldon. I am a huge tennis fan. I have always watched the 4 major tournaments on TV and attend matches as I can. To me it is better than a golf tournament.
NBC lost out to ESPN in the bidding for the exclusive rights to Wimbeldon last year. I remember hearing this and thinking surely there will be a way for me to watch via internet. Nope or if there is I haven't figured it out yet.
I gave up "basic cable" three years ago because my means didn't meet any longer. I currently pay 90.00 for a land line, internet & 24 TV stations, 6 of those stations I never watch. Giving up basic cable was difficult at the time. I was heavily invested in dramas and dvr'd them to watch on the weekend. Surprisingly I don't miss it. The quiet was more of an adjustment. The past few months I have gotten even better about rarely turning the TV on. Case in point I had no idea Tropical Storm Debby was at my door. Probably should watch the news at least ;)
Yesterday morning while driving into work I hear that Rafael Nadal lost to Lukas Rosol in his second round match. WHAT! How could that have happened? This morning I wake up to find Roger Federer was two points away from the same fate though pulled it out in a "thrilling fightback". Wonderful! I would have loved to see it.
Part of what makes America great is free enterprise and ESPN, fair and square (I hope), beat NBC out. Wimbeldon has the right to take the highest bidder.
Shouldn't I, as a consumer, have the ability to choose the 24 channels I want to watch from the local cable provider for a service I PAY for?