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Clevelander
05-17-2012, 03:44 PM
So there I was several months ago thinking... ya know I'd really like to wean myself off the idiot box and get some stuff done. So the Cable company stepped in and helped me....anything I can tolerate watching are repeats of repeats of repeats. That was a good first step.

Now my wife had an operation and has had to be home for the last couple of weeks to recover. OMG....chickfest T.V. :D

I believe it is fair to say at this point that the TV and I are estranged :D

bob308
05-17-2012, 04:08 PM
we cut the tv off 5 years ago don't miss it at all. we have neflix and watch movies.

MasterMaker
05-17-2012, 04:09 PM
No point in giving up on the TV, there are lot's of good movies, instructional DVD's etc, it's the channels that are the problem.

And it's the same here(Norway), repeats of repeats of repeats with a side helping of...... repeats and asorted tech TV for children with lots of monkeys with wrenches screwing stuf together(with nary a sight of how the parts the numbnuts are bolting together are made.

Dumbed down TV for dumbed down people.

And here we have to pay a grand each year to the national broadcasting service, for the privilege of owning a TV(or anything with a TV tuner), even if one never watches anything but DVD's, luckily it's not for each TV one owns. :mad:

I 86'd my sattelite TV a couple of months ago, now I have 10+ channels and my 50" plasma(with soundsystem) is mostly used for movies and music(rock/heavy/black metal):eek:

Aaaaa, bliss:D

radkins
05-17-2012, 04:21 PM
About two years ago (we had Direct satellite TV) We got so fed up with what they (the programmers and service providers) attempt to pass off as programing that we called up the dish outfit and told them what they could do with their service! Even if a program was interesting there were so many commercial breaks along with plugs for up-coming programs scrolling across the screen plus all the other stupid garbage plastered on the screen such as station identifiers, etc that whatever we were trying to watch just got lost in the confusion! I thought we would miss it for a while and maybe get accustomed to the idea of not having it eventually but I was wrong, we never missed it from day one! :) We took out Netflix by mail service since our internet does not allow streaming so we have movies when we want to watch one along with cleaned up versions of TV programming without all the across-the-screen garbage and commercial breaks, major news network's internet web sites for news and we couldn't be happier with it. I honestly think if more people would pry themselves away from the force-fed BS that passes for TV programing they might (probably) be very surprised at just how little they would miss it. I look back on it now and realize just how absolutely stupid a lot of programing is and how much BS the networks attempt to shove upon us and I realize now what a waste all that time was! (never mind the ridiculous amount of money wasted!)

KiddZimaHater
05-17-2012, 04:36 PM
DVR, Hopper, and/or Tivo are your friends.
Set interesting programs to record.
Play them back at your lesiure, and skip past the commercials.
30 minute shows are knocked down to 15 minutes, and 1-hour shows are 40 minutes without the commercials. :)

radkins
05-17-2012, 04:51 PM
DVR, Hopper, and/or Tivo are your friends.
Set interesting programs to record.
Play them back at your lesiure, and skip past the commercials.
30 minute shows are knocked down to 15 minutes, and 1-hour shows are 40 minutes without the commercials. :)


That still does not eliminate the stupid scrolling banners, station logos and other animated nonsense those idiots superimpose over the picture! Besides most of the programming available is not worth the time and trouble to record!

adatesman
05-17-2012, 05:01 PM
Gave up tv for the most part 10 years ago, and finally cut the cord when we moved into the current place 7 years ago. We do have a set of rabbit ears on the TV so my wife can watch baseball/football, but mainly the tv gets used for streaming Netflix. Frankly I don't miss it one bit, get a lot more done in the shop, and now can't even stand to watch broadcast tv on account of the commercials. Guess that makes me a bad consumer, but i'm ok with that.

Oh, forgot the best part... No cable bill means more money for shop toys, which pairs nicely with having more time in the shop. :)

radkins
05-17-2012, 05:33 PM
now can't even stand to watch broadcast tv on account of the commercials. Guess that makes me a bad consumer, but i'm ok with that.

Oh, forgot the best part... No cable bill means more money for shop toys, which pairs nicely with having more time in the shop. :)


We sure see things the same on that one! I honestly think if everyone would have to be away from commercial TV for a couple of months or so most would find when they returned that the programming/commercials/banners/logos are far more annoying than entertaining! The problem is most people have never in their lives been removed from the idiot box for more than a few days at a time and just don't realize how much of a waste in both time and money that it is. You are not the first I have heard say that they could not stand commercial tv after being away from it for a while, everyone owes it to themselves to at least try to break this wasteful habit, most I think would come away pleasantly surprised!



Also the point you made about having more hobby money is certainly true also, my wife and I both have benefited from having more to spend on our hobbies that would have otherwise been wasted on mostly annoying garbage! People think about it, there are only a limited number of hours in our lives so how many of those do we want to waste in front of a tv watching a stupid commercial?

sasquatch
05-17-2012, 06:50 PM
Agree whole heartily with Radkins!!

T V is a waste of ones life,, such a shame that kids get hooked on the stupid programming, much better they be doing something creative, just playing, being kids.

It,s a SAD situation when people are so BORED with their lives, they will sit and waste their life away staring at the T. V.

Just my opinion, but it is the curse of the earth!!

Mike Nash
05-17-2012, 07:27 PM
It's not just the commercials. This short (too long, but you'll get the jist really quickly) video captures exactly how some of the programming looks without the commercials.

http://www.wimp.com/ustv/

oldtiffie
05-17-2012, 07:55 PM
We only watch the news (1/2 hour) and perhaps news summary (1/2 hour) per day (while having dinner usually) plus one ot two Brit documentaries per week - no sport etc.

I check the news snaps on our National (Government funded) TV - ABC -usually once a day (5 minutes) while I am at the computer when I check the weather and bank accounts. The ABC has just as many adverts for its own poor offerings as the commercial channels do. The mute button gets a lot of use.

My wife and I bought 1 large-ish and 3 smaller TV's as well as a really good recorder for our 50th. wedding anniversary - 2 1/2 years ago. The recorder has never been used and we were so pee-ed off with the programming that I only read the manual once and have not used it since. Only one TV gets used.

Reasons are similar to some as above.

flylo
05-17-2012, 09:14 PM
we cut the tv off 5 years ago don't miss it at all. we have neflix and watch movies.

We did the same thing. TVis thebiggest time waster of all. I like to lisen to the radio when in the sop or driving & can get all my news & weather there.

x39
05-17-2012, 09:29 PM
I totally pulled the plug on mine six months ago, best thing I've done in a long time. I don't miss TV one bit. I remember reading somewhere that when TV debuted at the nineteen thirtysomething world's fair, it was hailed as quite an innovation, but the prevailing thought at the time was it would never catch on because people didn't have time for it. LOL!

sasquatch
05-17-2012, 09:31 PM
My late wife and i went without a TV for just over 30 years.

We raised four kids during that time, the kids till this day realize they never missed anything, AND they gained way more than others by learning things, they all had hobbies/pets etc.

At night we listened to certain radio programs, phone ins, radio talk shows for entertainment.
If a time slot wasn't interesting learning on the radio, they worked on their hobbies etc, made things.

I feel sorry for kids that are stuck in front of TV almost from day one, they're missing so much in their growing up lives.

KIMFAB
05-18-2012, 12:53 AM
There was a study of brain wave activity done by some university out east.
They found no discernible difference between the brain waves of someone that had watched TV for 1/2 hour and someone on dope.

They also found out that the image on the screen is the attracting force, doesn't much matter what it is.

That plus the programming makes TV this country's biggest drug problem.

On the other hand, TV is fine if used properly.

I record stuff like Modern marvels or How its made and watch it sans commercials with my cupcake and milk before bed.
No trouble getting to sleep. :D

My 93 year old mother who can just barely get around is on the food channels at least 4 hours a day.
The wife's chemo treatments have left her too weak to do much else. (thanks for the ipad)

So if you have nothing to do and lots of time to do it, have at it.
Just keep in mind, this is your brain on drugs.

lakeside53
05-18-2012, 01:23 AM
Without TiVo I'd toss the TV in the lake. Tivo puts me back in charge - I watch what I want, when I want, and skip all the junk (and I put all sports in this catagory!).

vpt
05-18-2012, 08:18 AM
I watch whatever is interesting on TV for the last couple hours of the night, then go to bed. I could take it or leave it, TV isn't very important to me.

elginrunner
05-18-2012, 08:42 AM
I watch brain waves for a living. It was funny the first time a new Doctor came in griping because he thought we mis-scored what he thought was sleep. I said hey doc, did you review the video?? He said "no". I brought up the video, and low and behold, there the patient was watching tv with eyes wide open.... point is, looks just like sleep.

I havn't had tv for decades (40 y.o.a.) I do however love the shows from across the pond. I enjoy my netflix for good tv.

as time goes by
Doc Martin
waiting for God
Downton Abby
Foyles war
Kingdom and Kingdom
Yes Minister

1-800miner
05-18-2012, 08:45 AM
I never had one. Don't know what I am missing.
I do have a roll down projector screen hanging from the ceiling of the front porch and a dvd projector.
In the summer we will make ice cream and bring the lawn chairs onto the porch for a movie.Kind of like going to a drive-in.

914Wilhelm
05-18-2012, 09:50 AM
Who needs tv? I can waste all my free time on the internet!

BobL
05-18-2012, 10:23 AM
I stopped following any specific TV shows in about 2006. We bought a video projector watch movies and a bit of sport on. My better half is a keen movie and TV watcher but I cannot recall watching a single movie or game on teh project all the way through. I still watch snippets of stuff that might be on when I walk through the living room but otherwise that's about it.

justanengineer
05-18-2012, 10:24 AM
TV comes with my internet, so I occasionally watch it. I have Com(munist)Cast as a provider, and have an "On Demand" button that lets me see most shows from the previous month's worth of programming, and gives me the ability to fast forward or skip sections not worth seeing.

Other than that, I would compare most television to "fast" food. If you havent had any for awhile you see it for what it really is, and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

radkins
05-18-2012, 01:05 PM
gives me the ability to fast forward or skip sections not worth seeing.


In my experience with network TV that means a one hour show usually lasts about 5 minutes! :D

JRouche
05-18-2012, 02:35 PM
I LOVE TV!!! Yup.. Sure do. And dvds, internet, music, working on my project car, working on the house and yard, cooking, making beer, making cheese, woodwork, reading, working with my machine tools, playing ball with my son, doing stuff with my wife, going out to dinner, BBQin with the neighbors and friends, small amount of travel, exercising, ballroom dancing (NOPE!!, just kidding) and the list goes ON>>>>>>>>> Its called the retired life....

I dont even see TV as a waste of time or non-entertaining. I have prolly 600 channels and an HD dvr and another 700+ dvds so the TV gets a workout...

Love me some TV!!!! Its been in my life the entire time and will prolly be staring at me when Im 92 and on my death bed (hoping anyway)...... JR

radkins
05-18-2012, 02:58 PM
You had to go an mention beer didn't you!!!:D


Yep I am loving the retired life too but I find I have too many other things to do besides watch TV, don't misunderstand I am not knocking it for someone who enjoys it, that's great if you do, but it's just not for me anymore. Some shows I did really like and most of those I get from Netflix, for example I just finished the History channel show "Dog Fights" (for the umpteenth time!) and it is waaaaay better watching it this way than when it was on the actual History channel. No stupid commercial breaks every five minutes (fives minutes if it manages to go that long!) and no even stupider logos and idiotic banners superimposed over the picture.

danlb
05-18-2012, 03:04 PM
Tivo is NOT your friend.

I know, because we have 4 of them. We can record 6 shows at once and save whole seasons. That's a lot of TV.

The are several side effects of TiVo use. One is the "catch up" syndrome. That's where you find yourself sitting there all day Saturday catching up on all the good shows (and some are good) that you did not have time to watch in real time during the week. It's not really hard to find 5 to 10 hours of good shows in a week if you can record any time day or night.

Then there is the "disk is full" syndrome where you sit there all day Sunday watching mediocre shows that sometimes have some great moments. The disk will fill up if you don't delete the show, and you have to watch in case there is that rare moment of brilliance that typifies some shows.

I would sorely miss my TiVo, but life would probably be better without it. I'd get more done.

Dan

JRouche
05-18-2012, 04:01 PM
You had to go an mention beer didn't you!!!:D


Yep I am loving the retired life too but I find I have too many other things to do besides watch TV, don't misunderstand I am not knocking it for someone who enjoys it, that's great if you do, but it's just not for me anymore. Some shows I did really like and most of those I get from Netflix, for example I just finished the History channel show "Dog Fights" (for the umpteenth time!) and it is waaaaay better watching it this way than when it was on the actual History channel. No stupid commercial breaks every five minutes (fives minutes if it manages to go that long!) and no even stupider logos and idiotic banners superimposed over the picture.

Yeah, I cook a batch (all grain) off every so often. Even tried some lagering once.. Mostly do a pale ale these days....

I love the History, Discovery and Sci channels. Dont do much local channels, 2-13. Wife does. She likes sit-coms, not me... JR

JRouche
05-18-2012, 04:04 PM
Tivo is NOT your friend.

I know, because we have 4 of them. We can record 6 shows at once and save whole seasons. That's a lot of TV.

The are several side effects of TiVo use. One is the "catch up" syndrome. That's where you find yourself sitting there all day Saturday catching up on all the good shows (and some are good) that you did not have time to watch in real time during the week. It's not really hard to find 5 to 10 hours of good shows in a week if you can record any time day or night.

Then there is the "disk is full" syndrome where you sit there all day Sunday watching mediocre shows that sometimes have some great moments. The disk will fill up if you don't delete the show, and you have to watch in case there is that rare moment of brilliance that typifies some shows.

I would sorely miss my TiVo, but life would probably be better without it. I'd get more done.

Dan

I prolly wouldnt do much TV without the DVR, I HATE commercials. So... I dont watch them.. FF or skip buttons gets plenty of use.

But you know its bad when you are in the car listening to the radio station and you didnt quite hear what the person said and you reach for the rewind button!! OUCH!! Did that a few times. Sad..... JR

T.Hoffman
05-18-2012, 04:11 PM
Never had cable in my life.

TV doesn't mean much to me until Sept when the NFL comes on.

I love football, greatest game ever invented, outside of that I could do without TV.

radkins
05-18-2012, 04:35 PM
Sports do not interest me in the least so I consider myself lucky there so I don't miss that part at all.

I just never could get interested in watching a bunch of people I don't even know play with a rubber ball, however I also have friends that just can't understand how I enjoy making so much swarff! :D (is that supposed to be one "F" or two? :confused: )

BobL
05-18-2012, 07:56 PM
Lets face it, when you are on your death bed and think about what you did with your life. The fact that you may have missed out on watching a TV series or particular show is well down the list, for me it's somewhere below the fact that I may have occasionally missed putting out my garbage can(s) for collection.

fredf
05-20-2012, 05:22 AM
I never had one. Don't know what I am missing.
I do have a roll down projector screen hanging from the ceiling of the front porch and a dvd projector.
In the summer we will make ice cream and bring the lawn chairs onto the porch for a movie.Kind of like going to a drive-in.

Now THAT'S a NEAT idea. :D

jkilroy
05-20-2012, 08:45 AM
No TV since 98. Play children's shows on the DVD player for the little ones.