I heard a joke once that Southerners must be more affluent than their Northern neighbors because, after all, we have so many appliances that we can’t fit them all in the house! We’ve got extra refrigerators on the porch, washing machines out back, etc.
John, it’s a matter of priorities. You usually can’t get cable run to you in rural areas, so a satellite is your only option if you want TV. These folks may have just enough to choose one or the other – a nice house or a TV. Obviously, many choose the TV. You’ll also notice there’s a damn nice bass boat out back, too. You spend your money on what’s important to you, not what’s important to your neighbors.