Our parronts don’t have cable or satellite service at home. There’s only one cable provider in our area, and they take full advantage of being a monopoly by charging outrageous fees. Satellite isn’t much better – there are two providers in our area. We had Uverse, but they’re also outrageously expensive and merged with one of the satellite providers, who informed the parronts that we can’t get service any more because there are too many trees around. Well duh, we live in the woods. One day, one of daddy’s friends told him about SlingTV, which is a $20/month service you can get through Roku with 20 channels, and extra packages to add sports or movies. They looked into it, and realized that they could watch everything they wanted to watch this way, so they cut the wire and said to hell with paid TV service. And it’s been working great, for nearly 2 years. Until Tuesday.
The problem: Better Call Saul comes on at 10 p.m. our time. Unfortunately, that’s our bedtime. Daddy has to be to work at 7:30, so staying up to watch it was out of the question if he and mommy wanted to be a pleasant little drone at work on Tuesday. SlingTV usually has episodes of their programs available for streaming the next morning, so we’ve been catching the episodes on Tuesdays. It’s worked great. Until this past Tuesday, when we settled in with our PJ’s and popcorn all ready and – bumpkus. No Episode 10. What?
Mommy’s working on a novel and daddy’s been watching another show on Netflix, so they decided to be patient and wait. We do our PJ/popcorn routine again yesterday and – still nothing. Hmm. It was at this point that mommy realized that she has about $30 through iTunes in gift cards and some sort of settlement with iBooks that she never spent. No problem, she said. I’ll use my credit to buy the episode, and we’ll watch it on the Apple TV. So she bought it. Which was good, but we forgot one important thing: Apple doesn’t stream, it downloads to your device, and the entire episode had to download. By this time, mommy was slipping a word with asterisks, while daddy checked our download speed and noticed that it was running slower than usual last night. Go figure. By ten o’clock, we had about half of the episode downloaded, so they just left the download to finish and said we’ll watch it tonight.
Mommy said it was ridiculous to have this much resistance to watching one episode of one TV show. And she’s right. She did contact Sling TV, and they informed her that it could take up to 72 hours for new episodes to be available for streaming. That’s 3 days! This is the first time they’ve ever exercised that option. Who knows why, with everybody talking about it online. You’d think they’d be motivated to have a season finale out there fast, but it just showed up today.
So it’s been a battle, but the battle is won and we finally saw it. Man, Chuck went nuttier than Chinese chicken salad, didn't he? He really thought he had one over on Howard and HHM, but when Howard took matters in his own hands to get it settled in an unexpected way, Chuck cracked. It was only a matter of time, but being a lawyer meant everything to Chuck and when that was lost, he was lost. And all the while, Jimmy's rising to try and be a better person. He even picked up Kim's papers (aww!) and gave up the sweet Sandpiper deal so that lady wouldn't lose her friends. Very interesting reversal of roles - or were they reversed? Mommy always said Chuck had more wicked in him than Jimmy.
Anyway, we're glad to see that amazing episode, even though it was tougher than it had to be. Life's like that sometimes. You all take care. Have a happy Friday tomorrow and a wonderful weekend.