Tuesday was WB-Day in greater downtown Seattle and much of the south end.
In this case, I mean not Warner Bros. but Wave Broadband, the locally based company that’s taken over the bankrupt, inferior-in-so-many-ways Broadstripe Cable.
On Tuesday, starting about 12:20 a.m., the new Wave channel lineup began to “propogate” on my DVR.
Some of the new channels are walled behind new pay-tiers. These include Boomerang (retro cartoons), Ovation (arts and classical music), Comcast SportNet (Portland TrailBlazers basketball), and the Fox and MGM movie channels.
But there are still new fun attractions on the basic and digital-basic tiers, channels Comcast customers have had for some time: IFC, Current, This TV (KOMO’s digital sub-channel).
But the big (or rather, wide and crystal-clear) news is the added hi-def lineup. We now get the HD versions of KSTW (at last), CNN, MSNBC, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, AMC, TCM, Discovery, the Science Channel, and several more.
The Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Whale Wars, and the like are the sort of big-country spectacle that’s just not worth watching in ordinary-def when you can get it in fabulous-def.
Then there’s the likes of Factory Made and Build It Bigger. I’ve come to call these shows “Work Porn.”
You watch them in the day, when you’re sitting with the TV in the background and a laptop in front of you, staring at online job applications.
You see them working. Up and about. Doing stuff. Making stuff.
You get to live vicariously through their active days.
Then when it’s over you realize you’re still sitting with a laptop in front of you at home.