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2013-04-08 12:54:03 PM
TVs are for people who still can't attach a photo to an email.  Like my parents.
 
2013-04-08 12:55:12 PM

jonr: History Channel, gone shiat.
Discovery, gone shiat
Even National Geographic, gone shiat.

I wonder why people are just giving up on TV...


THIS. Hey Discovery Channel, can I get a few more episodes of the same show? I missed it the first 37 times.
 
2013-04-08 12:55:36 PM

Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs.


It's not your television viewing habits that we hate.
 
2013-04-08 12:55:40 PM

santadog: TVs are for people who still can't attach a photo to an email.  Like my parents.

 
2013-04-08 12:55:55 PM

seadoo2006: Somehow AT&T decided to trollolo myself right back to cable after hitting me up for an extra $40/month because of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and my friend's slingbox.  Real great service we have here in 'merica! >.<

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AT&T even giving you the speeds promised?I doubt it.I'm still unsure how these companies can legally sell false speeds or verbally tell you something is "unlimited" while slipping in the contract that is really isn't "unlimited".
 
2013-04-08 12:56:23 PM

santadog: TVs are for people who still can't attach a photo to an email.  Like my parents.



Well, why don't you go upstairs and help them, son?
 
2013-04-08 12:56:33 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i50.tinypic.com image 600x451]

I only keep cable for the porn. But I don't pay extra for it.


oyster.ignimgs.com

/One of the best shows ever made and it's not going to be on TV.
 
2013-04-08 12:56:39 PM
dangit...there was supposed to a photo attached. WTF?!?!
 
2013-04-08 12:57:36 PM

lilplatinum: SockMonkeyHolocaust: After over 10 years, I am kind of to the point where I don't even watch DVDs or NetFlix anymore or I watch Repo Man over and over again. I watched 10 minutes of Big Bang Theory the other day and I can't believe that anyone is watching it without some kind of incentive or their families are being held hostage or something. TV is like religion to me, it's just not something that has a part in my life or something I really think about except when I post about how I don't have a TV.

I will say this, though. I am not trained to be around them any more. I can't ignore TVs in the wild. I wind up just staring.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-d oe snt-own-a-tel,429/


That article claims the man lived with his gf when he was 13.  It's probably fake.
 
2013-04-08 12:57:57 PM

gambitsgirl: I cut the cord over 4 years ago. I get my entertainment from the Internet. Like FARK. Which makes me stupider than people who watch Honey Boo boo


Welcome home!
 
2013-04-08 12:58:04 PM
Goddamn, I can't remember the last time I had broadcast TV on, and I don't have cable either.

Just Internet. And Netflix for the kids. And Minecraft. And Diablo 3 for me. But those games I just play in the evening after the sun goes down and the yard work and housework are done, and the kids are in bed.
 
2013-04-08 12:58:41 PM

CeroX: Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs. Anyways, I want to cut the cord because cable costs too damn much. Currently we have cable Tivos which are awesome, primarily because WAF is high and I rarely need to help my wife with anything.

The thing I'm worried about is that once the cord is cut our TV will come from a number of different sources. I am worried that my wife will not be happy and that I in turn will not be happy because I'm constantly going to have to help her. Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?

PS3

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, Anime Alley, VUDU + Blue Ray, Dvd, and 3D, as well as able to view and play files from any windows media server or online cloud media server...


Yeah ... until Sony decides that the legal movie you're watching is illegal ... almost punted my PS3 out the window.  I use a WD Live Box now ... 10x better.  Fark Sony ... those douchebags.

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2013-04-08 12:58:55 PM
In market MLB games for my team are only on cable. It's the old thing holding me back :-/
 
2013-04-08 12:59:16 PM

beta_plus: ha-ha-guy: That is explains why the farkheads at FX have started putting ads in the shows they distribute digitally.  Now if you buy Archer off iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play you get the honor of forever storing HD ads on your hard drive for FX.

/apparently FX things I somehow forgot how torrents work just because I was playing nice and buying things legally

It's just promos for their other shows.  Not really any different than having trailers on a DVD.


DVDs don't occupy hard drive space on my media PC and can normally be skipped via hitting the "Top Menu" button. 10 seconds of HD ad per show is going to add up to a significant amount of hard drive space and there is no easy way to jump over it aside from moving your cursor along the time bar and finding a frame where the ad appears over.
 
2013-04-08 12:59:29 PM
Note to cord cutters: You can get a decent VPN service for $5 a month and "brand name" distribution groups like eztv actually have RSS feeds so you can automate downloading TV shows.
 
2013-04-08 01:00:02 PM

beta_plus: Once sports, especially the NFL and Premier League, goes completely online, network TV is dead.  The ones that survive will follow a Studio model, where basically they're just venture capitalists.

/only time I watch network TV is at the bar to watch the game
//maybe it's just me, but it seemed like NBC Nightly News has just become a nightly 1/2 hour obituary for the famous people its remaining audience remembers


It won't be long before the broadcast networks in particular realize that thier business model needs to fundamanetally change, and "Network Programming" becomes a thing of the past.  Sooner of later the Network suits are going to realize that buying shows, essentially paying someoneone else to air their content, especially while  the show's producers get all the back-end revenue like syndication rights, streaming rights, DVD sales, etc is insane.  Why take all the risks of trying to pick winning and losing shows, and do all the grunt work of selling ads for them, when you could do something so much simplier, almost as profitable, and with zero risk?  In other words SELL your airtime to the highest bidders.  Producer X or Studio Y thinks they have a breakaway hit?  Fine. Pay me for the 8:00-9:00 hour on my network and find out.   If you're right you'll get all that sweet ad time revnue to keep, plus all the Hulu, Netflix, DVD sales etc money.  If you're wrog?  well the ratings flop takes YOU down but the network gets paid regardless.   Not only would it stabilize revenues for the networks, but producers who love a show that's getting declining ratings but nearing a milestone can decide when THEY want to pull the plug.  Maybe it's worth having crappy rating for a season if it'll get you over the magic 100-episode mark needed for syndication.   Or maybe you're willing to take a hit for half-a-seaso or so while the "buzz" about your show begins to build.  Think how different things might have been if Joss wheedon had been paying Fox to air  Firefly  and so HE was the one in charge of in what order episodes ran, and when the ratings meant  he was ready to pull the plug.
 
2013-04-08 01:00:09 PM
I don't watch T.V. at all!!  I'm just so intellectually superior, I entertain myself solely via my various Apple products.  Unfortunately, I  do have to wear a Lecter mask to stop gay men from shoving their cocks into my mouth when I'm out in public.
 
2013-04-08 01:01:50 PM

Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs. Anyways, I want to cut the cord because cable costs too damn much. Currently we have cable Tivos which are awesome, primarily because WAF is high and I rarely need to help my wife with anything.

The thing I'm worried about is that once the cord is cut our TV will come from a number of different sources. I am worried that my wife will not be happy and that I in turn will not be happy because I'm constantly going to have to help her. Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?


We cut the chord.  We use a regular PC hooked up to our TV and use that for everything.  We have a wireless keyboard with track pad (Logitech Dinovo Edge) and a standard programmable universal remote (again a nice Logitech product, but I don't know the model off hand) for the sound system and everything else.  It is as simple as using your own computer.  There is no need for a specialized "dumbed down TV device" thing like a Roku unless you just want to use a remote with no keyboard.
 
2013-04-08 01:02:33 PM
Anyone who owns a TV but haven't turned it on in years also tends to:

1. Ride a bike to work wearing spandex stretch trousers
2. Drink microbrewery beer
3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac
4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
5. Read books at Starbucks
6. Claim to prefer girls with small breasts
7. Make snide remarks about Wal-Mart.
8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
10. Feign disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac
 
2013-04-08 01:03:10 PM

seadoo2006: CeroX: Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs. Anyways, I want to cut the cord because cable costs too damn much. Currently we have cable Tivos which are awesome, primarily because WAF is high and I rarely need to help my wife with anything.

The thing I'm worried about is that once the cord is cut our TV will come from a number of different sources. I am worried that my wife will not be happy and that I in turn will not be happy because I'm constantly going to have to help her. Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?

PS3

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, Anime Alley, VUDU + Blue Ray, Dvd, and 3D, as well as able to view and play files from any windows media server or online cloud media server...

Yeah ... until Sony decides that the legal movie you're watching is illegal ... almost punted my PS3 out the window.  I use a WD Live Box now ... 10x better.  Fark Sony ... those douchebags.

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uh, i've only gotten that from movies i've gotten from "someone else"...

I found i can play those on a 360 no problem... but for the person asking, a PS3 is probably the best one stop shop device, and you get to play games too... so...
 
2013-04-08 01:03:11 PM
Wake me up when the cable conglomerates don't have banana-republic-like-stranglehold on internet access.  Give them credit, they saw this coming before the content providers did.  We need a new TComm act...
 
2013-04-08 01:03:55 PM

lilplatinum: SockMonkeyHolocaust: After over 10 years, I am kind of to the point where I don't even watch DVDs or NetFlix anymore or I watch Repo Man over and over again. I watched 10 minutes of Big Bang Theory the other day and I can't believe that anyone is watching it without some kind of incentive or their families are being held hostage or something. TV is like religion to me, it's just not something that has a part in my life or something I really think about except when I post about how I don't have a TV.

I will say this, though. I am not trained to be around them any more. I can't ignore TVs in the wild. I wind up just staring.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-d oe snt-own-a-tel,429/


I guess that's an adequate response if you don't remember Steve Dallas overdosing on TV after being beaten up by Sean Penn. Good for you for quoting a popular comedy website? I guess?
 
2013-04-08 01:04:12 PM
Fresh what of where?
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-08 01:04:23 PM

CeroX: Queensowntalia: 'Buttcracks of Bel-Air' is ok, but I prefer 'Wedgies of the West,'  the reality show about cowboys who wear their jeans too tight.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle

I haven't had cable in over a year, upped my TW cable to highest possible speed and still saving $75+ a month...

And if HBO would get off their high horse and open HBOGo to the general public, i'd even pay up to $15/month just for their service...

I think the fact that Game of Thrones was the highest downloaded show of all time should be a clear indicator that opening up GO to general admission would be in their financial best interest...


If I could bundle Netflix with Go for a decent price, I would.  I just expect HBO to charge an excessive price for it (like $30/month considering what Prime and Netflix go for).
 
2013-04-08 01:04:43 PM
How do you know if one of your friends doesn't have a TV?

Just wait, they'll tell you.
 
2013-04-08 01:04:44 PM

jonr: History Channel, gone shiat.
Discovery, gone shiat
Even National Geographic, gone shiat.

I wonder why people are just giving up on TV...


My philosophy is as long as you can find one thing, anywhere on the dial, worth watching in any given timeslot, you're good to go. Doesn't matter if 149 of the 150 channels suck. If the 150th channel is worthwhile, you're only going to be watching one channel at a time anyway, so what's it matter what's on the other 149?

(By the way, I have it on good authority that something good should be coming down the pike soon at National Geographic. Watch for the name Mariana van Zeller. Don't know the name of the show.)
 
2013-04-08 01:04:44 PM

ComicBookGuy: I don't watch T.V. at all!!  I'm just so intellectually superior, I entertain myself solely via my various Apple products.  Unfortunately, I  do have to wear a Lecter mask to stop gay men from shoving their cocks into my mouth when I'm out in public.


I take in that when you're in a private place, you're cool with the gay men shoving cocks into your mouth?
 
2013-04-08 01:05:35 PM
I'm convinced Comcast (Xfinity, whatever) is throttling Netflix. Had to switch to them since my new building is Comcast only (yay monopolies...) and ever since Netflix streaming buffers constantly. Never had an issue with Fios.
 
2013-04-08 01:06:24 PM

DeArmondVI: I do not miss the whole "one minute of commercials for every three minutes of programming" one bit.


Nah, it's worse than that. An hour show minus commercials is 40 minutes, plus a couple depending. So it's 2:1, or slightly better.
 
2013-04-08 01:06:28 PM
I cut the cord about a year ago. The biggest headache comes during football season. But I solved that by watching away games at the bar. The money saved over the year by not having a cable bill covers my bar tab.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:01 PM

santadog: Netflix.  That is all.


Now that Netflix is going to have Adventure Time streaming too, I've lost any reason to keep my cable.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:20 PM
FTFA: "This is a big concern for broadcasters as their ad revenues fall at alarming rates."

github.com

I pay to watch the movie/show/game...NOT the farking commercials.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:36 PM

CeroX: Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs. Anyways, I want to cut the cord because cable costs too damn much. Currently we have cable Tivos which are awesome, primarily because WAF is high and I rarely need to help my wife with anything.

The thing I'm worried about is that once the cord is cut our TV will come from a number of different sources. I am worried that my wife will not be happy and that I in turn will not be happy because I'm constantly going to have to help her. Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?

PS3

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, Anime Alley, VUDU + Blue Ray, Dvd, and 3D, as well as able to view and play files from any windows media server or online cloud media server...



I've never owned a PS3 in my life. Putting aside Blue Ray, could I get most or all of that with an Xbox (which I own one of already) or a Roku (which I also own one of already, used for Netflix only right now).


I don't need to play my own video off a server. I just don't do that. I rarely if ever rewatch something and if I did, I would just Netflix it.
 
2013-04-08 01:08:09 PM
Broadcast will win back this zero television household when they put on programming this zero television household is actually willing to spend money to watch.

ProTip: If it's reality television in any way shape or form, you fail.
 
2013-04-08 01:08:47 PM
So, which of you bleating Conservatards is against a TV tax again? Spent a summer in Britain and I would GLADLY, hell EXCITEDLY, pay a TV tax for the BBC and all of its programming.  No commercials, hour long programs are actually an hour long, HD ... yeah ... fark the US system.  Give me the BBC, you can have Honey Boo Boo.
 
2013-04-08 01:08:58 PM
I've not investigated the alternatives to TV yet -- probably being old fashioned but I do understand the movement away from it.

As do many here, I pay a bunch for TV cable and I have a whopping number of channels -- of which I can watch only about 10. I have to take a mess of sports channels with my 'tier' even though I don't watch organized sports.

Then, with 20 sports channels, the one program I really like on TV gets pre-empted during basketball season. I also don't speak Spanish and find myself with a bunch of Hispanic channels.

While I do enjoy some reality shows, I hate the ones where all they basically do is squabble, fuss and fight and find ways to screw each other. So, that knocks out every repossession show, that Detroit based Pawn shop, every motorcycle build show along with Storage Wars and those idiots who buy repossessed homes.

Any Ghost Hunter Show is a bunch of BS, full of over acting, easily done special effects and I'm sick of Nightvision video. (I dearly love the group that shows up like a SWAT team: big, chunky men wearing black shirts, baseball caps, climbing out of a van, all grim and serious, to chase a ghost. I'm just surprised they don't pack firearms.)

The Treasure Hunter shows were interesting, where they use metal detectors, but I soon got tired of them finding enough stuff to pay the National Debt. I used a metal detector decades ago to hunt down Spanish Gold along Florida's beaches and you can spend days finding nothing but rusted junk before you even find a quarter.

I'd kill for a great Science-fiction movie. Even a well thought out horror one. The medium seems filled with grade C movies starring folks I never heard of who can't act and depend on badly lit scenes and buckets of fake blood. (I'm looking at you, Syfi Channel.)

I'm not interested in game shows. I've grown weary of the assorted cop shows, with the 'gritty, tough, on-the-line officers' who seem to have more personal problems than the crooks they chase.

I've had my fill of prison shows. Prison is full of bad people. The places themselves suck. Gangs rule. True evil often lurks there. I think I've seen about a million different forms of home made weapons the prisoners churn out like an assembly line and am real tired of burly guys being festooned with tattoos.

I'm tired of intelligence offending commercials. I'm even more tired of the mini-infomercial they attach on the regular commercial break to make it even longer and I'm sick of the new commercial that starts out like a movie preview.

I also hate my show being interrupted by a floating icon advertising an upcoming show.

At least when I select and watch a free movie or TV episode from the Free Channel selections, I can usually fast foreword through the commercials.

Most of all, I hate infomercials, that take over the majority of the channels after midnight. I really hate the professional pitchmen, who make major bucks basically lying their arses off to us.

One more dick pill commercial full of giggly hot women who don't have much in the way of brains pushing a dubious product made mainly of weeds and I might break the screen. The same goes for the Penis Pump and those 'actors' who were apparently grabbed from the nearest homeless community.

The 'Turnaround' scooter song makes me want to barf, especially considering that those things start at around $6000.

I even looked at some of the kid channels and found cartoons that are so creepily made that they're disturbing. (Adventure Time.)

I got tired of 'The Simpsons' a long time ago. (I kept wanting to kill Homer.)

My TV is off most of the time these days. I'm not sure if I could watch full length movies on my computer. After staring at the LED screen for a time, it hurts my eyes and I have to stop. Cell phones and tablets are just too small for good viewing, IMO. My desktop has a bigger screen than my laptop but my eyes aren't all that great anymore and the resolution, IMO, kinds bites for video. (Yeah. I have adjusted it time and time again. However, tilt the screen wrong and you get these weirdly displayed spots in various places.)

My TV is a huge analogue version, not a flat screen. This is my first foray into LED for my desktop PC, having finally gotten rid of the analogue monitor I used for 10 years, when it started wearing out.

Actually, I think we had better TV when we only had 12 channels. I actually miss the old variety shows. I also liked it better when movie companies did not patch together their previews to make the show seem a lot more interesting than it actually was.

Well, excuse me, but I have to replace the onion on my belt and chase the kids off my lawn. They just don't make onions like they used to, either.
 
2013-04-08 01:09:05 PM
My neighbor's wife runs to me at a dinner party at another neighbor's house this weekend and says, I don't see a TV at all in this house. (She's a TeeVee addict)
I said to her, "And you wonder how this guy got to be a millionaire?"
 
2013-04-08 01:09:11 PM

leonel: santadog: Netflix.  That is all.

Now that Netflix is going to have Adventure Time streaming too, I've lost any reason to keep my cable.


algebraic!
 
2013-04-08 01:09:38 PM

Sentient: How do you know if one of your friends doesn't have a TV?

Just wait, they'll tell you.


How do you know when one of your friends has a TV?

Just wait, they'll try to tell you about the latest escapades of some imaginary people, and you'll have to tell them that you don't know what they're talking about. Then they'll ask why you aren't watching it, and you'll have to explain that you just don't have a TV.
 
2013-04-08 01:09:55 PM
I quit cable tv in 1998 and really never looked back until recently.  A rep came by my house offering what sounded like a pretty sweet deal that involved 3 months of free Showtime.  I said "let me get back to you" and he said "this offer is only good for 24 hours so call me back tomorrow before 6pm" and gave me his card.  I perused his sheet of channels i'd get based on packages and services.

Here's what I get now: over-the-air free channels - 20+ HD channels of NBC, ABC, CBS, Discovery, WGN, TBS, 3 x KET channels, MeTV, Classic TV, and several channels i dont use like shopping/weather/library channels.  I honestly only watch 8-10 of them with regularity but still for free its pretty decent.  I live in an apt complex so the antenna on the building is really solid.  No drops except in "tornado warning" level weather.

Here's what the package would have gotten me:  All of those channels plus about 15 more of typical cable (USA, TNT, ESPN, etc) and NONE of them in HD for an extra $15/mth.  I would have been returned to 480p quality.  If I wanted HD it was 2 tiers higher and an extra $60/mth.

I never called him back.  Cable is still stupid and not worth it.  I dont use Hulu, Netflix, or torrents of any kind and I keep up with all of the TV i want.  I do have a 360 and i did just recently get Amazon Prime so I have gotten to watch plenty of new tv shows I didnt have access to but only the seasons from a year or two ago.  The only stuff I REALLY want to watch is on HBO and with news of them maybe going to markets that dont require cable subs I just might get what I want (although it's a guarantee I wont like the price--but we'll see i guess).

But they are now owned by TimeWarner and all plans will change in 2 months, including those of us only on cable internet now and I'm positive it won't be a better deal.
 
2013-04-08 01:10:45 PM
I'd like to become a cord-cutter, but it occurs to me that the 2 biggest ISPs in my area, Cablevision and Verizon, are also the ones delivering the TV content.  I'm betting this is the case in most markets.  Are there really any major ISP-only broadband businesses out there?

If people cutting the [TV] cord migrate to the internet cord to get their streaming content, won't those content companies eventually raise the price for a broadband internet connection to make up for the loss?
 
2013-04-08 01:11:41 PM
You have to be realistic. If all you want to watch is Game of Thrones, given the following choices, what will most people do?

1) pay $150+/month for premium cable - for one show, with ads, airing once at their convenience (no HBOgo or Hulu here in Canada).
2) buy a box set a year later
3) download it instantly, high quality and ad free.

You know that Oatmeal cartoon about this exact thing? That was me.
 
2013-04-08 01:11:44 PM

Phadeguy: Jument: My wife and I watch a lot of TV. Don't hate us, we also do marathons and triathlons and both have decent jobs. Anyways, I want to cut the cord because cable costs too damn much. Currently we have cable Tivos which are awesome, primarily because WAF is high and I rarely need to help my wife with anything.

The thing I'm worried about is that once the cord is cut our TV will come from a number of different sources. I am worried that my wife will not be happy and that I in turn will not be happy because I'm constantly going to have to help her. Is there a solution (perhaps Roku?) that I should be looking at to make cordless TV a pain-free experience?

We cut the chord.  We use a regular PC hooked up to our TV and use that for everything.  We have a wireless keyboard with track pad (Logitech Dinovo Edge) and a standard programmable universal remote (again a nice Logitech product, but I don't know the model off hand) for the sound system and everything else.  It is as simple as using your own computer.  There is no need for a specialized "dumbed down TV device" thing like a Roku unless you just want to use a remote with no keyboard.



We are both very computer literate but I don't want to go there. My wife will constantly be asking me where she should go to watch Show X or Show Y. I want something like Tivo: you sit down in front of it and you see a list of all of the shows you want to watch. No hassle, no searching, no remembering which streaming service or website you need to go for a particular show. Plus I just have no interest in computers in our TV rooms. Too much maintenance. Tivo has really spoiled me.
 
2013-04-08 01:11:55 PM

ComicBookGuy: I don't watch T.V. at all!!  I'm just so intellectually superior, I entertain myself solely via my various Apple products.  Unfortunately, I  do have to wear a Lecter mask to stop gay men from shoving their cocks into my mouth when I'm out in public.


You spend a lot of time thinking about having cocks shoved in your mouth don't you?
 
2013-04-08 01:13:04 PM
We cut the "cord" (proverbial one, since we had Dish Network) a couple of months ago.  My wife realized she hadn't watched Dish for a year, and I was really only watching it for English Premiere League football.  Dish had raised our rate by $5 or $10 more per month, so $700/year for a basic package to watch soccer was unjustifiable.

We love our Rokus with the Netflix subscription for our TV and movie needs, and I discovered that a season pass to MLS's online content cost $50, where I can get any MLS game played (blacked out games come on a couple of days later) on either the Roku, my tablet, or any computer, so I switched to watching that league instead.  I hooked up a Mohu OTA antenna should we really need to see something live on broadcast TV, but so far we haven't missed Dish at all.  All I need now is PBS to hurry up and finish their Roku channel so we can watch all that programming as well.
 
2013-04-08 01:13:25 PM

Torchsong: Broadcast will win back this zero television household when they put on programming this zero television household is actually willing to spend money to watch.

ProTip: If it's reality television in any way shape or form, you fail.


Reality TV can be done well and with respect for everyone involved. Go watch Strip Search.
 
2013-04-08 01:14:27 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: gambitsgirl: I cut the cord over 4 years ago. I get my entertainment from the Internet. Like FARK. Which makes me stupider than people who watch Honey Boo boo

Welcome home!


thank you, luv.  Actually came out to troll the TF threads for the local tragedy. Some moms were worried about media at the elementary school and I came out to see how big of a splash the story made.  So far only 2 redlights and really any media that would go to the school to get a 7-year-olds reaction to a friend being crushed to death by 24 foot of dirt offsite would be lynched.
 
2013-04-08 01:14:55 PM
si0.twimg.com


The only thing I need anymore other than Netflix and a couple other freebees
 
2013-04-08 01:15:18 PM
I live in the "country" The only choices are broadcast with 4 channels, Dish, and 5Mbit internet which isn't quite fast enough to stream anything. So I have Dish, and I hate it, most programs are just not watchable due to the 7minute commercial blocks. I don't watch many movies due to time constraints,  So I'll probably drop Dish soon and go and be a  TV less dbag, but I'd have one if it was an option, but I will not deal with DRM or commercials.
 
2013-04-08 01:16:11 PM
Rik01: A WHOLE LOT OF WORDS

wow that's a lot of words
 
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