If you know me, you know that I love me some TV particularly sitcoms, reality, and teeny bopper dramas. In New Zealand, there is one option, Sky TV. To be fair you can get about 6 channels free with a digital antenna and I'm sure there are some satellite TV options. But basically, you either have Sky TV or you have 6 channels. After previewing Sky TV during our time in a corporate apartment when we first moved, we decided to go with the 6 channels. We really only watched channel 4 and the sports channels anyway and Sky TV with the sports option is pretty pricey. Also, New Zealand is a season or so behind in most programming. So although you may get to watch Glee on network television, it is new to New Zealand but not to us. Case in point....the Glee Christmas episode aired for the first time a few weeks ago.
So each night we watch the channel 4 line up which varies each evening from cartoon night (Simpsons, Family Guy, etc) to Biggest Loser and America's Next Top Model to sitcom night (our favorite featuring How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang, etc). Each night is a waiting game to see if Justin or I give in first. Whoever "gives in" first, hooks their computer up to the TV and searches through our American TV options via Slingbox for something we can both agree on. Hooking up to Slingbox means you cannot use your computer while we "sling" and you have to look through heaps of on demand shows checking for new episodes of the few we deem worthy of our time. "Slinging" also involves stringing a cord from our TV across the living room to the couch and plugging in speakers. In all honesty though, despite my many frustrations with "slinging", it is great to be able to access our American TV shows and even catch some Texas sports every now and then. We will definitely be subscribing to the deluxe cable package again upon returning home! Some things we just don't want to live without!