I am often asked what TV and movie services are available on Roatan. Most are here…some with a Honduran twist.
Our choice has been to subscribe locally. The twist is; we pay a monthly fee to a Cable Company, and in-turn they provide satellite TV. Perhaps pirates still live on Roatan! No Canadian stations, but we do get HBO, SHOW, NBC, ABC etc. We also get quite a few Spanish stations and on most channels, (even if it is English) there are Spanish sub-titles. We have no say in what channels we receive, and it is not unusual for a few of them to disappear for a while (days, sometimes months) or they move to a new channel. When watching a program, I’ve gotten used to a box appearing frequently, stating that I need to call the number on the screen to continue receiving service. The notice blocks my view for 5 minutes or so, and then goes away.
Commercials add a whole new dimension. You know how annoying commercials can be. Well, dub them in a language you only understand bits of, and have them offer products and services that are no longer relevant. Not much use for moisturizer to combat dry and cracking skin caused by the chilly winter winds. And there isn’t a Wal-Mart, Starbucks or even a Super Lube in range that a commercial can entice me to go to.
But what the heck…we have cable.
The one thing we don’t have is a movie theatre. When I first moved here there was one. They rarely posted what was playing or when. The whole premise of sitting quietly while watching a movie never caught on. Some friends tried going once; the distraction of fellow patrons chatting (in Spanish) on their cell phones during the movie made them decide to not bother anymore.
When I was in Canada, for Christmas this year, my daughter told me about a website that offers a great choice of TV programs and movies. www.tvshack.cc I was sceptical if it would be worthwhile to try on Roatan (our high-speed internet isn’t always…high-speed.) But TV Shack works great…most of the time! I even have the right cable to connect my laptop to the TV.
I can choose from hundreds of movies to watch at home. My only problem is that I’ve been out of the loop for so long; I can’t figure out from the titles, which ones to try. I catch a movie or two when I’m in Canada, and I’ve seen commercials for new releases. But knowing they will be long gone from theatres by the time I go back—I don’t keep track.
This is something you can really help me with. What movies have you seen and enjoyed lately? I’d love some ideas. Older movies and documentary suggestions also appreciated. Let me know by commenting to this post…I’ll go make popcorn while you do that.