Anyone Pull the Plug on the Boob Tube?

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    Dec 19, 2008 10:50 PM GMT
    About a year ago, I cancelled my television service. A thousand chanels with nothing to watch. Hate national news media, politial talk shows, reality shows, most sitcoms and cheezy movies. Hated watching TV just to pass the time. Also hated being dumbed down and watching the "lowest common denominator" stuff so wildly embraced by so many people.

    Now I rent or stream or watch on PC what I want to watch. I don't feel I am missing any important news or events, since there are coutless other ways to be informed and entertained.

    It was a little hard in the beginning to break the habit, but I was really surprised to find out how much time I had on my hands enjoy other activities at home

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    Dec 19, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    Haven't turned on the TV since mom was last here 10 months ago. My TV will eventually go to her, along with my DVD player.
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    Dec 19, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    I haven't owned a television set since 1982.

    Our concession is film on DVD of which we have a tad more than 1700.

    InterTubes is nearly as bad though.
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    Dec 19, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    I have several times, for two to four years at a time.
    After a hiatus, there's the benefit that, of the few shows I can stand to watch, all the reruns are new to me.


    BTW: This time of year, if I want to watch, I have to lean out the tiny window in the shower with a broom and clear the snow off the satellite dishes. Much less effort to pick up a book.
  • JayneCobb

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    Dec 19, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    My TV is broken so I can't watch cable.. Gets kinda boring sometimes but I'm surviving. My roommate has a shit-ton of movies though, and I have a few myself.
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    Dec 19, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    OH C'MON!!!!!!!!!
    I unashamedly and without repentance LOVE-LOVE-LOVE television. Well, maybe that's a little strong, but there is so much good entertainment on TV, that I have fallen way behind in movies I could watch.
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    Dec 19, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    I am SO close to ditching the Boob Tube myself!!!!
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    Dec 19, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    I abandoned the concept of TV in 2006. I reasoned if the baby-boomer idiots pay attention to technological shifts with the growing youth, then they'll put everything on the INTERNET. Slowly but surely they've been catching on.
  • DiverScience

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    Dec 19, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    I have one. It has a DVD player and that's it. Good choice on my part.
  • czkiwi

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    Dec 19, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    We pulled the plug when we moved to San Francisco last year. We don't miss it, and we find ourselves participating more in other activities. When we did have TV though we had TIVO and never (out of principle) watched commercials. We hated the fact that there are more commercials then programming and refused to waste our time with it. We watch movies and if there is a good series on TV we will buy the season in DVD. We get our news and info via podcasts and the internet, and The Economist mag.
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    Dec 20, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    Pretty much given up on TV. I never had cable. I watched "Lost" for awhile from Itunes downloads. I watched "We Need Girlfriends" online.

    http://www.weneedgirlfriends.tv/
  • EricLA

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    Dec 20, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    I turn it off every night.

    Seriously though, no, I still watch it daily, but I have been so disappointed by what passes for entertainment. Even shows I used to enjoy haven't been holding my attention lately. I've even tried some new shows, and they just haven't clicked. But, I'm looking forward to Lost. And I might give Mad Men, which has been getting great reviews, a chance.

    I still watch the TV for news and information, and think I'd probably always have one for that reason alone.
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    Dec 20, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    hoosierladdy saidOH C'MON!!!!!!!!!
    I unashamedly and without repentance LOVE-LOVE-LOVE television. Well, maybe that's a little strong, but there is so much good entertainment on TV, that I have fallen way behind in movies I could watch.


    YEAH! I love news, I love documentaries, I love being in touch with the world. And I get to see movies I might not buy as DVDs, until I see them first on satellite and like them enough to see again.

    But then one of my degrees is in Broadcasting, so I am biased. But I like being connected to my world, whether by Internet or TV, or by any other means I have.

    An imperfect view, yes, but I'm a sophisticated boy and selective. Better to keep my eyes & ears open than stick my head in the sand.

    When someone asks me one of those cocktail party questions, like what would I most regret when I die, my answer is: "Not being able to read the next day's headlines."
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    Dec 20, 2008 12:50 AM GMT
    Haven't had "TV", Cable, or Satellite in years either...

    I do watch some TV Shows, however. These days I mostly just buy select episodes I want to see from iTunes, and watch them commercial free and in high-quality or even HD quality. For movies I just netflix. It's got me covered and that way watching TV is a deliberate act rather than just a mindless get-drawn-in act.

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    Dec 20, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    We don't have satellite, and with a set-top antenna all we get is the local Fox affiliate. But, I watch quite a bit of TV that I download with BitTorrent, and I am in the process of setting up a TV antenna and rotor on an 80' tilt-up tower so that we can get all the over-the-air stations.
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    Dec 20, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    No cable or Direct TV anymore. I was just not using it - and when I did - the programs, canned laughter, and insulting commercials were just too much. I like my music better anyhow - and if I see TV at all, it is just at the gym. I really don't have time to sit and watch it. I get my news from on-line - various places like CEO Express, SFGate.com, NY Times, etc.
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    Dec 20, 2008 1:59 AM GMT
    I went a few years without one before. I got all my news and stuff from the web. Also I went to a gym where there was an lcd panel with 70 channels on every piece of cardio equipment - I would watch an hour of tv everyday I went and got healthy in the process. I think TV news is pretty lame these days - nothing but the same old repeat stories. I get more out of listening to NPR on the web all day.
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    Dec 20, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    I still watch but much less than I used to. One or two programs a week some sports and the news. On average 1 hour a day.
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    Dec 20, 2008 2:08 AM GMT
    Gave it up in 1993. But I never bring it up, cause people who still watch are too sensitive about it and snap my head off when I mention it.


    Except for here.


    Where everyone is very "laid back" and "chill."

    ...


    * eyes dart back and forth *
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    Haven't watched TV regularly in years (I watch like an hour for every 2 months). I'm so laid back I think I need crutches to stand up.
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    jeesh you all will hate me....I love my TV or should I say tvs.

    gotta have the plasma...with DVR.

    Ive had cable since I was born. no reason to stop now.

    shit i even have it on my cell phone...
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    t.v. is pretty much trash! nothing ever on....especially since will and grace went off.....haha. anyway no I cut my cable off also...i just watch movies and stuff if anything...not alot of time to do that...ill catch it on line on youtube or something if I need to.

  • Lucky4LfClovr

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    Dec 20, 2008 3:28 AM GMT
    I gave up television almost completely at the urging of one of my friends almost six months ago. The first two weeks were the worst, I swear its an addiction and you have to get through the withdrawl. But after that I have almost no desire to watch anything.
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    If its worth watching at all, you can still see it on the internet for free!
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:59 AM GMT
    30 Rock is the only reason I have basic cable. Other than that, I just wait for TV on DVD and watch whole seasons.