Television is Training Me to Not Watch Television

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  1. IvanVic

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    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/157781771791/television-is-training-me-to-not-watch-television

    Good short read. I have to assume most people agree. In terms of cable TV, right now I watch Fox News and The Walking Dead, that's it. In the past there have been times I was following several series at once, but those days are gone and HBO already offers a subscription to people without cable.

    If the cable/satellite industry doesn't somehow introduce truly custom packages allowing people to pick and choose as few as one or two channels and seamlessly modify their package at any time, they will die. I have to assume they can't survive under a model where 25% of their customers are only paying for two channels (without making it cost prohibitive).

    With the programming of Netflix and other competitors getting better each year, is cable/satellite doomed no matter what they do?
     
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    Yup. Pretty much given up on it.
     
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    I keep telling that to my wife. But she does not seem to care that she pays 80-90 bucks a month to watch a handful of shows on a few channels. Ugh. She's not the only one I know like that.

    It pretty much only Netflix for me.
     
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    I watch a few shows OTA, but for most of what I want to watch, I go to youtube. DemoRanch, FoxPro Furtakers, The New Fly Fisher, vsauce and many others keep me far more entertained than anything I can find in cable. Cut the cable 5 or so years ago and really don't miss it.
     
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    I'd cut the cord right now if not for my wife, but something gotta give as we now pay over $200. It's not worth being bent over for.
     
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    I watch old movies. The older the better. I particularly like the 20's, 30's and some from the 40's. I watch these from 1AM to 2:30 AM. Not much else is interesting.
     
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    Netflix + base internet = $70/mo, enough bandwidth to stream 3 shows at once, & more content than I have time or interest to watch.
     
  12. Kevin108

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    There's two viewership trends with TV: old people and poor people. Those demographics will keep certain programming (daytime garbage and reality shows) afloat for a while, but TV as we know it now is almost done. The big networks will move to a Netflix-like model where for a few bucks a month you can watch the shows you like on your own schedule on any device with an internet connection, completely commercial free.
     
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    Dumped DirecTV in January. Don't miss it one bit.
     
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    Getting closer all the time to dumping DTV. My wife and I watch about 6 shows.
     
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    Yep, no cable TV here. Always blows my mind, when I watch "regular" cable TV, the sheer volume of commercials. I am dating myself, but I remember when cable first was coming to my area (late '70's) a HUGE part of the attraction was NO COMMERCIALS, since you were paying for the cable service, as opposed to over-the-air broadcasting, where commercials actually paid for that.

    Problem I have with Netflix is that impossible "suggested titles" system when you look for something to watch. I really, really wish they had a "random" setting! There is some way to reset your Netflix account so that when you search you will get random choices, instead of what Netflix thinks you will like - I need to figure that out.

    YouTube!! Recently, I find myself spending more and more time on YouTube. Movies, documentaries (about anything and everything you could imagine), movie shorts, etc. I've found the SciFi "short" movies, usually around 10 minutes long and many times done by movie students, to sometimes be breathtakingly awesome.

    And then, of course, you have FailArmy videos.

    When do people actually have time to watch "regular" TV??
     
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    No, not really. The shows you consider garbage are quite popular and free.
     
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    A+ on that one.

    I have stated this previously, but a couple of years ago it dawned on me that I was paying $100 a month for a cable tv lineup that I despised. I would watch a little bit of ESPN, History and Discovery, but mostly Netflix. I was being forced to pay networks I never watched, and which had a vulgar or leftist agenda. Much of the programming was skanks and hos, or flamboyant homosexual men trying to force a sick world view on me. And I was paying them to do it.

    That ain't right.

    So I called the cable company and cancelled it. I bought a couple of inexpensive indoor tv antennas which give me "free" network television in crystal clear HD, though I never watch it. I just have it in place in case there is a newsworthy event that I want to watch live. We watch Netflix (sadly also packed with leftism and perverts) and Amazon Prime. We stream from the computer to the tv. And we get an occasional Redbox movie for $2.00.

    I thought I was addicted to cable tv. I was so wrong. Not only do I not miss it, I regret not cancelling it sooner. There is plenty of distraction on a Roku, as you can add PBS and other free channels to supplement your choices.

    I will return to cable tv only if I can pick the channels I want, at $3.00 each or whatever, and unpick the ones I don't want (MSNBC, Oprah, Gay is the New Normal, etc.).

    If anyone is on the fence about this, just trust Powernoodle. Cancel your cable tv and find alternatives. There are plenty of them, you can save $1,000 a year. That's a new Glock, a holster and a case of ammo. Year after year after year. Cable tv is heading out the door just like print newspapers. Its only a matter of time.
     
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    I commented to my wife just last evening that it seems as though EVERY show on the three major networks is aggressively pushing the gay agenda. I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds a couple of weeks ago that would have fit right in at a gay porn theater.

    I am not anti-gay. However I do resent the relentless, non-stop promotion of their lifestyle in the media.