I spend more time on the computer than watching TV
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In the last week, I've watched NCIS, Antiques Roadshow, University Challenge, New Tricks, and the Burrowers, plus a couple of repeats of old programs: that's about 7 hours, and so less than the time I've spent on the computer. I've also just read Scott's Guy Mannering: much better than anything you'll get on TV!
It's so pathetic that I finally dumped DirecTV altogether about 8 months ago and won't ever be signing up for satellite, or cable TV again. They spent half an hour trying to talk me into staying with them, but I finally told the sales rep I'd stay only if they would pay me to stay aboard. He said he couldn't do that, so I told him there was nothing further for us to discuss. I've not missed satellite TV one bit, although I do watch blu-ray movies in my home theater along with some of the better TV series that have been released on blu-ray.
I haven't had a TV set in my house for twenty-five years. I don't miss it. If I want to watch a particular program, I'll get it on my computer ... minus commercials. I have no problem paying-for the content that I wish to receive. I simply want to receive what I want, when I want it, un-interrupted.
Last edited by sundialsvcs; 09-02-2013 at 02:17 PM.
I mainly watch the local channels since those are the only ones that can come in HD. If we upgraded to HD, we'd not only have to pay a higher monthly fee (which is outrageous as is), but we'd have to pay an an extra $10 month per box. Ridiculous.
you are not alone! but sometimes i watch TV shows on the internet, so it's still kinda the same.
It's what I want to watch, when I want to watch it, commercial-free, and generally paid for. (I have no qualms about paying for content; quite the opposite, in fact.)
The old 'broadcast model' should have been dead-and-gone long before now. I can't stand commercials. The Internet is intrinsically a point-to-point delivery system with more than enough installed capacity now in most places.
I grew up, well from late teens, using a computer as a computer (with no internet) and watching TV... on a TV, so I've never really wanted to or even cared about watching TV on my computer...
It's been more than 10 years however since I've watched any TV regularly. I have a TV, an old 19" 4:3 CRT TV, but it's rarely used for TV - mostly for watching the odd DVD. There were some repeats of Columbo on some channel or other recently, so I watched a few of those - I can't understand anyone who has TV as part of their schedule and sits down to watch the same shows at their allotted time every night without fail. Even less can I understand the people who buy boxed DVD sets of these popular disposable TV series... my mind boggles at those who spend thousands on these huge home entertainment/home cinema things...
Most of the programmes served up this day and age are samey, dross, designed from the ground up to fit the lowest common denominator and based almost entirely on what advertisers want and with their ultimate success depending on ratings. Nothing is original, everything is recycled or it sets out to be original in the only way the idiots know how - by setting out to shock, which usually involves violence, sex, crude jokes, vulgarity, etc. People then assume it's good and entertaining because someone else told them so and "everyone is watching it"... Even the supposedly award winning series are much the same type of crap, that's even before you get to the reality TV, cheap documentaries and sensationalist pseudo history, natural world or pseudo science... The TV news has also suffered. TV news is no longer worth watching if you have even a handful of brain cells at your disposal... unless one actually enjoys news reels which appear to be targeted at pre school children.