Regular iJamming! readers will know that the Fletcher family has been living, somewhat proudly, without a television since moving Upstate last September. (To understand why, read this post.) Those same regular readers must surely have been wondering how a football nut like myself was going to cope without a TV during the World Cup. Well, my friends, you will no doubt be relieved to know that where The Sopranos, BBC America and Desperate Housewives all failed, the prospect of watching Landon Donovan, Stephen Gerrard and (let’s face it, we’re all Brazilian addicts at heart), Ronaldinho succeeded.
Driving back up from Newark Airport Monday night, I stopped in at Best Buy, where a measly $136 bought me a perfectly good Toshiba 13” flat screen TV. (Things really ARE cheap over here aren’t they?) Tuesday morning, a suitable 90 minutes ahead of a scheduled appointment I had made just before leaving for England, the Time Warner man showed up at the office to connect the Digital TV and Hard Disc Recorder, a process that took all of about 10 minutes. I now find myself connected to the all-important UK-fronted Fox Soccer Channel, with its almost pornographically comical updates on the World Cup Squads. (Breaking News: Rooney En Route To Germany!) I have also checked into my other important channels: primarily ESPN2, which will be broadcasting most of the World Cup matches, though parent station ESPN gets some of the more important fixtures, and a handful of weekend games – including England-Paraguay this Saturday morning – will have the honor of being broadcast on that old-fashioned antiquity known as network television, in this case ABC.
Apparently I still have another 271 channels to discover. But you know what? They’ll just have to wait a month.