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2013-04-08 01:16:59 PM  

gambitsgirl: 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.



that didn't sound right.  Came out to dredge through the TF threads? To see the TF threads? To look at the...  meh nevermind
 
2013-04-08 01:17:24 PM  
You have to buy internet somewhere, unless you mooch off a dumb neighbor.

Internet prices are going to go through the roof as more people leave cable tv, and caps for everyone. So, tier pricing will be the norm.
 
2013-04-08 01:17:44 PM  

gambitsgirl: gambitsgirl: 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.


that didn't sound right.  Came out to dredge through the TF threads? To see the TF threads? To look at the...  meh nevermind


we all know what you meant. sicko.
 
2013-04-08 01:17:55 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?


Sickbeard plus Couchpotato plus Sabnzbd for your usenet ($10/mo is pretty common for unlimited).  Then add Plex for idiot-proof watching, subtitles, and metadata.  I've got it all set up and it is pretty slick, and basically 99% automated.  I think you can do this on any computer and any OS, but I'm running it on Unraid.  Well worth the time spent setting it up, and the $$$ are real cheap compared to cable.  If your wife can't figure out Plex she doesn't belong near a computer.
 
2013-04-08 01:18:03 PM  

I May Be Crazy But...: 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.


Kind of like religious people. I feign ignorance of all religions.
They have to start with the concept of God, and prove that first.
They don't get too far.

But I can see how it works, it's like TV.
Enough people are interested in it so it must be important.
Like football. Remember when football won the great war?
Remember when football destroyed Polio?
 
2013-04-08 01:18:05 PM  
I would totally get cable, if:

It cost $20/mo
No ads

Frankly, it's just as entertaining to sit around playing videogames all night. Broadcast TV provides almost zero value to my life. Everytime I sit down and a friends house and just watch honey boo boo or some crap I almost feel dirty afterwards.
 
2013-04-08 01:18:15 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Also, it's amazing how many people want to give you a TV when they find out that you don't have one. It's difficult for some people to wrap their head around that someone would choose to go without one.


Sounds like a plan.

"I don't have a TV."
"You're kidding.  Have a free TV."
*sell TV*
"I don't have a TV."
"You're kidding....
 
2013-04-08 01:18:23 PM  

ahwahoo2006: 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.


yes they do... If you have a streaming device do this:

1 - go to one of the speed test websites and check your DL and UL speeds
2 - start up your streaming device and play something on netflix
3 - wait for all buffering and the program to begin playing and then hit PAUSE
4 - walk over to your pc and check the speed test website again

Most of the stuff i've read about in forums show results that the speed tests performed in this manner with comcast show a 66% throttle in speed

I've performed the same test having TW and i've had no throttling issues...
 
2013-04-08 01:18:42 PM  

Rik01: 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.


I thought you needed some time to get a die Bart die tattoo, as that is the voice I read the post in
 
2013-04-08 01:18:50 PM  
I live inside a half-sphere of leaky CRTs that constantly stream top picks from liveleak, cnn.com, the secret manga genre on netflix, and the gigabytes of animated crusher porn I've collected since I got my first PC in 1989. But I don't watch TV.
 
2013-04-08 01:19:14 PM  
Along with Netflix and Amazon....

Ripped dvds + Roku + Plex = win

Torrents are good, too.
 
2013-04-08 01:19:54 PM  

Jument: 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).


You have to pay for an Xbox Live Gold access to access any channels, so you are essentially paying ddouble for the service...
 
2013-04-08 01:21:01 PM  

kronicfeld: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


TV is a nickname, and nicknames are for friends.  Television is no friend of of mine!
 
2013-04-08 01:23:10 PM  
The networks just need to lobby congress for the MUSTWATCH Act that requires every home to have a television with at least basic cable.  Tack it on to the bills that require everybody to buy at least 6 CDs and DVDs a year and 2 airline tickets.
 
2013-04-08 01:23:45 PM  
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This makes TV enjoyable again. Living on the West coast, I often have shows ready to watch before they've even aired in this time zone, and with all of the commercials stripped. The only thing that keeps this system from being perfect are the idiots at thetvdb who refuse to follow the schedule conventions that every other person online uses for a handful of shows.
 
2013-04-08 01:24:58 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.


GoT has ads on it on HBO?
 
2013-04-08 01:25:43 PM  

Andrew Wiggin: gambitsgirl: gambitsgirl: 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.


that didn't sound right.  Came out to dredge through the TF threads? To see the TF threads? To look at the...  meh nevermind

we all know what you meant. sicko.


my sickness is part of my charm.  At least I didn't make a "dig through" joke at the dead kids expense
 
2013-04-08 01:26:11 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.


Also, don't most cable operators offer On Demand HBO, so you can watch the shows whenever you want?
 
2013-04-08 01:26:19 PM  
There's actually some really good shows on YouTube.  Like Penny Arcade's "StripSearch", for example.  Or anything on the Nerdist channel.
 
2013-04-08 01:27:54 PM  
 
2013-04-08 01:30:30 PM  

Jument: 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.


Honestly, as much as you want to cut the cord, it sounds like Tivo is really perfect for you. At the moment, there's no real similar experience elsewhere.  It's possible to watch pretty much any show or sports broadcast using other means, but the cord cutting world has not quite gotten that seamless yet.

Speaking of suggestions, anyone have any input on a high-quality DVR for broadcast television? Ideally with no subscription fees.... I know about the Boxee TV, but don't want to pay $15/month.
 
2013-04-08 01:30:36 PM  

gambitsgirl: 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.


I literally just watched a CNN piece about that.
 
2013-04-08 01:31:39 PM  

YodaBlues: 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 image 500x285]

/One of the best shows ever made and it's not going to be on TV.


You joke, but this is another reason why broadcast TV is dying.  There's no way to accurately calculate your viewership numbers if a show is broadcast.  On the contrary, with a pull system (cough, on demand streaming), you can calculate your viewership demand 100% accurately.

It might seem fairly trivial.  But when you get TV execs making decisions to cut shows based on conjured up viewership numbers, you get things like Arrested Development being cut.  There's a significant population of viewers out there (between ages 15-35) whose use of unreported on-demand access (via torrenting, netflix, hulu, project free tv, etc) don't factor into the reports those tv execs are reading.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielsen_ratings
 
2013-04-08 01:32:59 PM  

ausfahrk: animated crusher porn


Wesley or Beverly?  Actually, nevermind.  I don't really want to know either way.
 
2013-04-08 01:33:04 PM  
Count me in the "only watches TV for sports" brigade. Though I find it sad how many sports teams have gone to cable-only networks with few if any broadcast games anymore (the Bulls and Blackhawks used to get a game or so a week on local WGN; haven't seen one there in a while now). Netflix is pure awesome, though I can envision a future where Madison Avenue types make them an offer too good to refuse, and we wind up with ads on Netflix. That would be the day my Netflix subscription ends.
 
2013-04-08 01:35:10 PM  
All of my video is streamed or OTA. I live close enough to a major city center that a $10 indoor antenna gives me a strong signal on all HD channels. I bought a HDHomeRun dual which has two tuners and sends TV around my network. I use an old PC as a DVR and can watch that recorded content as well as live TV on any machine in my home. I can strip out the commercials and re-encode the content to h.264 for easy archiving when I want.

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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When I moved into my current residence I gave Comcast a call. They said it would take 3 weeks to get an install appointment. I suppose that's because I happened to move 10 minutes away from a major university in September. Still, AT&T was able to come out the next day so they got my money. Then they instituted the cap, and combined with lousy service, sent me back to Comcast. It sure would be nice if I had a third option...
 
2013-04-08 01:37:22 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 just moved and I was waiting to get cable. Then after weighing the pros and cons, I spent $70 on a Roku box and it's awesome. I pay $15 month between Netflix and Hulu+, which gives me access to most of my shows the day after. For some shows, I pay $2 to download them from Amazon. But overall, a huge savings over the $100 we were spending on cable.
 
2013-04-08 01:37:30 PM  
I paid the early cancellation fee to get DirectTV out of my life. Nearly every month they would try to add additional packages I did not order and other sneaky tactics to increase my bill. Screw those scumbags. I am content for now with just Netflix. I miss a few things, but don't care enough to have my life ruled by TV programming.
 
2013-04-08 01:38:17 PM  

cfreak: In market MLB games for my team are only on cable. It's the old thing holding me back :-/


DirecTV's baseball package is the only thing keeping me on satellite. That and I really like everything going through the TiVo interface.
 
2013-04-08 01:38:34 PM  
The tv guide would be most accurate if it just said 'commercials' for every channel.

Make a random number generator, pick 10 numbers from 1-60. For each number, tune to a channel at that minute of the hour. Over 50% of the time result = commercial.
 
2013-04-08 01:38:45 PM  

blackminded: gambitsgirl: 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.

I literally just watched a CNN piece about that.


The news is coming out slowly here.  Most of the moms just really wanted to know who it was and what class they were in since the news wasn't announced until after they went to school (we knew someone was dead but not who). Of course the parents were worried about how the 7-year-olds were going to be told or if they were going to be told or if some asstard cable news company was going to try to get a sick reaction from the kids on campus.

All we really know is he was trying to build something (rumored to be a new home to get them out of the old trailer) and the kids were playing in the hole (possibly with a pick axe to "help daddy") and it caved in.  I talked to one of the search and rescue people a little while ago but really none of it will be answered for a while.  Basically he Darwined the kids in a horrible way but it appears to be a pure case of trying-to-do-right-but-failing Darwin.

*i do not personally know them and they could be total shiattards but my friend who taught the boy said his smile would light up the room and he was an awesome kid
 
2013-04-08 01:41:47 PM  

germ78: Count me in the "only watches TV for sports" brigade. Though I find it sad how many sports teams have gone to cable-only networks with few if any broadcast games anymore (the Bulls and Blackhawks used to get a game or so a week on local WGN; haven't seen one there in a while now). Netflix is pure awesome, though I can envision a future where Madison Avenue types make them an offer too good to refuse, and we wind up with ads on Netflix. That would be the day my Netflix subscription ends.


There are a lot of legal ways around that now.  If you want to watch the home team, all their games will be on local network stations that you can get on antenna for free in HD.  If you root for another team, there are services you can get on you PC or gaming console that will let you stream the games live for a fee.

The only issue I've had with it is NFL Sunday Ticket doesn't show MNF, so I just went to the sports bar with friends every Monday night.
 
2013-04-08 01:43:37 PM  
OH! Reminds me, the other day I had mtv on for the first time in 20 yrs because half baked was on and nothing better elsewhere.

HOLY shiat is every commercial designed to make you feel inadequate! I can't believe one even went so far as to suggest people will smell your period.
 
2013-04-08 01:44:15 PM  
I watched television when it was analog. Seventy miles north of New York City, all the NY channels came in clear as a bell, plus two stations fron Connecticut. No need for cable or dish. The switch to HD cut the signal strength. Now a few off the wall stations,( royal religious, home shopping, and a cartoon channel that is just strange), are the only things in range. Not going to be hustled by the man. They can take their fees and shove'm. I watch what is available on the internet.
 
2013-04-08 01:44:44 PM  
Abe Vigoda's Ghost: 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?


Well, that dep-*mmph*

Goetz: 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?


Is your ass capable of hurt at this point?
 
2013-04-08 01:45:01 PM  

PanicMan: There's actually some really good shows on YouTube.  Like Penny Arcade's "StripSearch", for example.  Or anything on the Nerdist channel.


Also mentioned Strip Search upthread, but really, reality producers ought to learn from their example. You can have a compelling reality show without manufacturing drama or casting people who you know are raging assholes likely to cause fights and shouting matches all season. Strip Search got just as much mileage from a mildly uncomfortable spat of simple disagreement between a contestant and a judge, and the closest to a rageathon has come from the hosts struggling to decide who to eliminate because the two nominees were just that damn good and only raging against the fact that they had to send someone home anyway.
 
2013-04-08 01:46:18 PM  

evilmousse: OH! Reminds me, the other day I had mtv on for the first time in 20 yrs because half baked was on and nothing better elsewhere.

HOLY shiat is every commercial designed to make you feel inadequate! I can't believe one even went so far as to suggest people will smell your period.


wait... wut?

/although my entertainment/news source (fark) had a thread about throwing tampons at the ceiling and seeing if they stuck so why would I be suprised
 
2013-04-08 01:47:39 PM  
X 1. Ride a bike to work wearing spandex stretch trousers
✓ 2. Drink microbrewery beer
✓ 3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac PC
X 4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
✓ 5. Read books at Starbucks Panera
✓ 6. Claim to prefer(s) girls with small breasts
✓ 7. Make snide remarks about Wal-Mart.
X 8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
X 9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
X 10. Feign disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac

5/10, but not really with the strikeouts. I get an F?

/My TV is not a TV, but a 46" computer monitor.
 
2013-04-08 01:48:48 PM  
We cut the cord a few years ago. We went to turn on the cable box to watch the 4th of July fireworks, and the took close to an hour to "boot up" and get the channel list. The cable company's support line said this was normal for a box that has been powered off for a while. After the "We're missing the fireworks because cable is sh*t" annoyance passed, we thought "So WHY are we paying for this anyway?"

Netflix streaming and the DVD service pretty much met our entertainment needs. The only thing we've missed was access to the most recent episodes of "Bones". Now that we've discovered the show, we'll want more "Castle" once we finish the season 4 DVDs we get from Netflix.
As for the fireworks? My FiL gave us an HD antenna he wasn't using, so we can get the broadcast options in the area, which includes the fireworks.
 
2013-04-08 01:49:05 PM  
I watch like a lot of TV, like 5-6 hours a week. And I do it all over the Internet. I even have a cable subscription, but I just don't bother- pushing a button in my web browser lets me watch what I want, when I want, how I want. I'm already paying for a license which allows time shifting.
 
2013-04-08 01:55:31 PM  
The only reason why I keep the cable subscription (other than internet) going is because of my kids.  At this point, I have more movies and TV shows archived (thanks, Netflix) than my wife and I will likely ever have time to watch.
 
2013-04-08 01:56:12 PM  

giftedmadness: 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.


Actually the article was written in 2000 so he would have been 26
 
2013-04-08 01:57:48 PM  
rdyb:
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Marketers fark off. Your advertising budget does not give you divine right to my attention.


But ... think of all the poor starving squirrels ...
 
2013-04-08 01:59:22 PM  

Phadeguy: 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.


I was enjoying my Roku for the most part until this weekend, when it completely died after less than a year of use. I contacted support. There was only a 90 day warranty. fark them. I had to hook up my seldom used Xbox and get a month of gold for ten bucks just to get Netflix up and running again. I'd hook my laptop up to the tv but it crashes the video card (old laptop is less than stellar these days). Any suggestions on a Roku alternative?
 
2013-04-08 01:59:50 PM  

SoCalChris: This makes TV enjoyable again.


I could not grok Sick Beard.  It doesn't speak a language I understand.  I need give it another try.

Plex is way cool.  I found filebot to rename an organize my media files on the Mac, although I think it corrupted some files.
 
2013-04-08 02:00:45 PM  
We pay WAAAAYYYY too much for our cable bundle but it's to humor my wife who is an entrainment junkie and was too poor too afford cable growing up, so stilll I think subconsciously see it as a status thing,  That said, She is slowly coming around to decording as I've pointed out to her that 90% of what we've watched recently has been on Hulu+ or Netflix or HBO Go( GOT mostly) aand of the remaining 10% at least half was shows DVR'ed from the boardcast channels which we'd still be able to do.

OTOH I did discover one nice cable feature recently: My FIOS media Manager App for my tablet (nexus 7) lets me access both Starz and Encore's on demand libraries and actually download (not stream) for free movies and TV shows  to my tablet.   Since the Tablet is Wi-Fi only and I have an hour commute each way on public tansit every day, that's a kind of cool feature for me, but one I could live without
 
2013-04-08 02:03:00 PM  
TV is poison for your brain, and most of you can't really afford the lose of cognition in the first place.
 
2013-04-08 02:03:38 PM  
But, but, but Survivor!  The Amazing Race!  Big Brother!


/I like these
 
2013-04-08 02:05:07 PM  

giftedmadness: God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.

Also, don't most cable operators offer On Demand HBO, so you can watch the shows whenever you want?


I don't believe it works in Canada, but I could be wrong.
 
2013-04-08 02:07:46 PM  

Kahabut: TV is poison for your brain, and most of you can't really afford the lose of cognition in the first place.


Depends what TV. It ain't poison if you're on the Science Channel watching marathons of How It's Made.
 
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