Life without TV - anyone tried it??

  • Sparkycat

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    Apr 04, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    I had cable tv, internet, and phone all with the same company (Mediacom, Iowa City - they suck suck suck). Changed to Qwest for cheaper phone (land line) and DSL. Surprisingly, the DSL is faster than the cable modem. Qwest offers Direct TV but I didn't subscribe to that to see how I manage with no TV. I've found that I'm reading all those books I never got around to, doing projects to fix up my house, and staying busy with accomplishing things rather than just sitting and staring at the tube. My mood is better because I'm always playing music I love. When I need something visual I watch videos of cute cats on YouTube or get some dvd's from the library. So, It's working out ok.

    I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this and what you good and bad experiences were.

    I'm saving over 50 bucks a month, which I can use to buy things that will last, like more books, dvds, or additions to my pottery and art glass collections.
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    Apr 04, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    When I lived in Austin for a couple years, my roommate and I gave up TV entirely (we gave it away).
    I spent most of my spare time outside reading or sitting at our apts communal picnic table hoping a neighbor would come have a beer with me.

    I think it was the sweetest my life ever felt, if that makes sense.
    I wrote and painted more than I ever had and I felt really connected to everything around me.

    I don't think TV is evil or anything, but it is amazing how easily it becomes an excuse to tune out the rest of what's happening around you. I think you will enjoy not having it, especially with nice weather approaching.
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    Apr 04, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    I'm 60 miles south of you, in Fairfield, and all I get right now on TV is the local Fox affiliate. I do most of my TV watching by downloading shows on BitTorrent. Some time in the next month or two, I'll have a large TV antenna on an 80' tower, which should bring in stations from Iowa City and Des Moines.
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    Apr 04, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    I have not watched TV regularly for 17 years. I sometimes see things when i am staying with people and have no "problem" with TV. I read books, listen to music and recently waste ALL my free time on RJ

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    Apr 04, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    I've been without a tv for 6 years. It's no biggie - though i think the internet has become my substitute *Shrug*
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    Apr 04, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    When I had cable, I only watched a handful of channels. I couldn't justify paying $50 for basic+ cable. So I canceled it. Watching tv is painful these days anyways. It's like 70% commercials, and 30% actual content.

    I don't miss cable at all. Reasons..

    - Almost all the networks are streaming their shows for free online.

    - Hulu. Has tv shows from the past and present.

    - Popular tv shows get released on DVD, usually only one season behind.

    - DTV has a lot to offer. Particularly multiple PBS channels.

    - Torrent sites for everything else, video streaming sites for live sporting events.

    Overall, I'm more selective about what I watch now. When I had cable, I would just continually channel surf and get drawn into whatever looked good at the moment. So now I've got time to do other things.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 04, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    I've never watched a lot of TV. And, last year I spent a small fortune on a big screen. Go figure. Actually, it's the internet that has really sucked up my spare time. I used to read lots of books and get projects done.
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    Apr 04, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    I was without a TV for a few months in 1994. In those glorious days living alone in my bachelor's pad, the music hi-fi dominated, followed by the newspaper, a book, then the computer/word processor, in that order. (back then I thought the internet had something to do with fishing). icon_lol.gif
  • vindog

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    Apr 04, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    I have a DVD player, but no cable. It's how I pretty much always want to be. I always say if we are going to have cable, we get every channel, but otherwise just watch DVDs or connect my computer up to it to watch streaming.


    When I lived with 3 other people we had every channel, and 9/10 times there was still nothing worth watching on.
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    Yes.


    Then came the internet.
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
    i don't really watch tv. sometimes i will when at home, but when at school, i don't.
    if i want to rot my brain, there's always youtube :p
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    I haven't had TV for seven years. I have loved it. There is so much else to do... work out, visit friends, etc. Also - as for news... if it is important someone will invariably tell you about it.

    Now, with hulu... i watch some shows... but still it is very little.
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Gave up TV in January.
    It's been great.
    Still have the DVD player and I catch the FOX animated lineup on Hulu on MY schedule.
    It's a big time saver.
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    My bf watches TV while I read, listen to music, or surf. I never look at the tube unless it's something of supreme importance, like the finale of "Top Chef."
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    I have a TV that I use for movie watching as I don't have cable and there is no reception of local stations where my TV is located.

    There are very few times that I miss watching the television. It was a way for me to just waste time and as I like to put it "drool on myself". I have found other was to occupy my time (ie. worlkouts, reading, listening to music, internet) as the rest of the guys have also said.

    Timing is everything and this post come on a day that I would have loved to veg on the couch and waste the day away. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 04, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    I didn't have a TV all through undergrad and still don't, so I really only watch TV when I go home and even then it's pretty rare. Instead I park myself in front of the computer and waste my time sitting in front of a different screen...

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    Apr 04, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    I've had it disconnected for a few years at a time, several times. When I was bored with it and didn't want to keep wasting the money. One benefit is that when you get it hooked back up, even the reruns are new to you, so it seems interesting again for a while. Of course, now you can probably get those on line if you really want them.

    It's easy to just not reconnect it after a move, but it seems to blow away the clerks at the cable company when you tell them you just want it turned off, and you're not moving. No forwarding address... "We don't have a procedure for that..."
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    Apr 04, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    I admire the idea but... I find, for me, there's nothing as relaxing around 9 pm than to veg in front of the tube and watch some mindless sitcom- or more edifying stuff on PBS and the like.

    The computer makes me feel like I am concentrating too hard. The TV just relaxes me.

    But I sure limit my watching, nonetheless....
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    Apr 04, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    Didn't have TV or radio at our summer cottage in New Brunswick for many years. Didn't bother me a bit. Actually I think it was good for me. I learned to entertain myself and cure boredom through other means.

    The only programming I watch on TV now is sports (especially ice hockey) and the news.
  • gallus81

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    Apr 05, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    i've never owned a tv ... radio is my preferred medium (after the www) ... anything that appears on tv, for the most part, is old news by the time it is screened and you could have heard about it hours earlier on the internet

    plus, without it, it allows for more time than you'd imagine to get the rest of life's requirements done and dusted