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2013-04-08 11:37:57 AM
11 votes:
I watch very little TV for a few reasons:

- I get my news from the internet, other than breaking news on major events, I already know what happened during the day
- Most TV entertainment is dumbed down for the lowest common denominator, casts the widest net possible to bring in the largest audience base possible, and you know what, that does not always work
- Sitcoms are the lowest form of TV "entertainment"
- (Personal Opinion) A lot of TV networks have lost their way.   White trash brigade Honey Boo-Boo,  Pedos Wet Dream Toddlers and Tiaras, Alcoholic meth heads with no sense of decency or fashion sense My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, is not exactly "Learning."
- 4-6 minute commercial breaks and OBVIOUS product placement is frustrating...YAY for DVR?!?
- Asking me to pay somewhere between $150-$200+ per month, plus $45 per month for high speed internet is insane!  Especially considering of the ~500 or so available channels being offered, both my wife and I only watch maybe, MAYBE 10-15 of them.
2013-04-08 11:33:33 AM
9 votes:
Netflix.  That is all.
2013-04-08 01:00:02 PM
4 votes:

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 11:55:05 AM
4 votes:

Endive Wombat: - Sitcoms are Reality TV is the lowest form of TV "entertainment"

2013-04-08 11:46:41 AM
4 votes:
The very instant that HBO becomes available as a standalone subscription will be the same instant I cancel cable forever and get by solely with Amazon Prime.
2013-04-08 01:09:38 PM
3 votes:

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 01:08:47 PM
3 votes:
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 12:46:03 PM
3 votes:
addons.cdn.mozilla.net

Marketers fark off. Your advertising budget does not give you divine right to my attention.
2013-04-08 12:43:00 PM
3 votes:
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
2013-04-08 12:42:39 PM
3 votes:
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.
2013-04-08 03:56:28 PM
2 votes:
Pop-up ads; permanently on-screen network logos; excessive commercial time; commercials running split-screen with 3x-speeded up credits; 1-5 minute offsets on program start and end times; reality TV shows. Don't expect increasing viewers when you are intentionally driving quality downwards.
2013-04-08 02:39:29 PM
2 votes:

GoldSpider: The day I can get internet cheaper without basic cable than with is the day I cut the cord completely.


Have I got great news for you then! Paying $50 per month on a cable package in order to save yourself $10 per month on your internet is not, in fact cheaper than paying an extra $10 per month for your internet.
2013-04-08 01:38:34 PM
2 votes:
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 01:11:41 PM
2 votes:
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 01:08:58 PM
2 votes:
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 01:02:33 PM
2 votes:
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 12:58:41 PM
2 votes:

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.

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
2013-04-08 12:54:03 PM
2 votes:
TVs are for people who still can't attach a photo to an email.  Like my parents.
2013-04-08 12:53:19 PM
2 votes:
I think there's a difference between TV and TV programming some people aren't making. I love watching TV shows. I don't love watching TV.

With Netflix (and other dubious legal resources) you get the show, and that's that. With TV you get the show and nonstop ads for the network's next Honey Boo Boo show and the latest "Best in Class" whatever car white noise and people drinking bud light on a fake beach it's just garbage.

I like having access to what I do like - i think plenty of sitcoms are fine and far from the "lowest" TV has to offer, like Parks and Rec and Curb and Always Sunny and Seinfeld. I don't like having all the rider shiat shoved down my throat in the meantime, like 5000 singing competitions where losers get voted off.

TV producers will never want to explore alternative pricing structures though. It means they have to change their perspective and it might mean they aren't the smartest guy in the room anymore. They can't stand that. The customer isn't right in their eyes.

/Haven't cut cord, but sports is the only reason
2013-04-08 12:49:55 PM
2 votes:
History Channel, gone shiat.
Discovery, gone shiat
Even National Geographic, gone shiat.

I wonder why people are just giving up on TV...
2013-04-08 12:46:29 PM
2 votes:
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! >.<

sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
2013-04-08 12:43:25 PM
2 votes:
So if I'm reading this right...TV is slowly moving from being broadcast to being streamed over the internet.  And broadcasters are trying to come up with a way they can still get a cut, for not broadcasting.  Hm.
2013-04-08 12:43:25 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-04-08 12:41:57 PM
2 votes:
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
2013-04-08 12:39:18 PM
2 votes:
I put my television sets on the curb a couple of years ago and have not looked back.

I'll use Hulu and Netflix on occasion, but I'm done with "TV".

Suck it, broadcasters.
2013-04-09 02:57:14 PM
1 votes:
Hey Learning Channel.
Remember when I used to watch your shows? When they were about things like this:
www.hoax-slayer.com
Or this:
avoision.com
Or this:
www.en.iamistanbul.tv

And then you replaced all those with this:
images.christianpost.com

And now I don't watch your station anymore.
Why do you think that might be???
2013-04-08 04:57:24 PM
1 votes:

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


As an attorney, I'm opposed to illegal downloads.

As someone who had to sit through NINE unskippable minutes of crap to watch a movie I legally bought on disc...avast, me hearties.
2013-04-08 04:24:31 PM
1 votes:

MyKingdomForYourHorse: louiedog: You still need a cable subscription to watch HBO Go.

Not much longer perhaps

They are looking at the gobs of farking money Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are making turning to content deliverers like Comcast and Dish and asking "Why the fark aren't you paying us more?"


when asked why they were spending over $100 million on "house of Cards" their first original series, Netflix execs were pretty blunt: they wanted to turn themselves into HBO before HBO figured out how to turn themselves into Netflix
2013-04-08 03:16:35 PM
1 votes:

Gosling: 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.


Yes, yes it is.  Unless you have an illegal ad blocker on your TV.
2013-04-08 03:01:22 PM
1 votes:

dmoynihan: Yeah. Used to have a Roku, but that was a biatch as far as getting your own content to play.


Behold the thing that makes the Roku literally a little black box of awesome sauce
2013-04-08 02:28:18 PM
1 votes:

gittlebass: i'd gladly pay an extra 10 bucks a month to watch all my shows commercial free if that is even possible


If you don't mind waiting 11 months or so, that's called Netflix.
2013-04-08 01:57:48 PM
1 votes:
rdyb:
addons.cdn.mozilla.net 

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 01:56:12 PM
1 votes:

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 01:37:22 PM
1 votes:

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 01:26:19 PM
1 votes:
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 01:18:23 PM
1 votes:

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 01:18:15 PM
1 votes:

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 01:18:05 PM
1 votes:
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 01:18:03 PM
1 votes:

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 01:09:05 PM
1 votes:
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 01:08:09 PM
1 votes:
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 01:07:20 PM
1 votes:
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 01:04:44 PM
1 votes:

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 01:01:50 PM
1 votes:

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 01:00:09 PM
1 votes:
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 12:59:29 PM
1 votes:
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 12:59:16 PM
1 votes:

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 12:55:36 PM
1 votes:

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 12:55:12 PM
1 votes:

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 12:52:29 PM
1 votes:

jimb213: Google fiber is coming to town though, so after this season of GoT is over, I might hang loose and see what Time Warner is willing to do to keep me as a customer...


Unless they are willing to send over an 18 year old Japanese girl to suck your dick nightly, you need tell Time Warner to fark off. Google fiber will kick ass.
2013-04-08 12:52:17 PM
1 votes:
Their solution will probably involve  bribing making campaign contributions to enough congressmen to make net neutrality go away. Then they'll be free to seriously throttle traffic that might compete with cable (sorry, citizen, but Netflix only comes down our cable at 14.4 kbps). They aren't meeting to figure out how to adapt, these people are just as bad as RIAA and the MPAA.
2013-04-08 12:50:38 PM
1 votes:
When someone figures out how to put the Jeopardy! on the web without having Sony deliver a C&D every farking five minutes...
2013-04-08 12:50:00 PM
1 votes:
I'm curious to hear what "Area Man" has to say about all this.
2013-04-08 12:49:49 PM
1 votes:

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I got rid of my TV five years ago.  I don't even do Hulu or Netflix.  If, for some godforsaken reason, I become desperate to know whether Don Draper has hooked up with Cersei Lannister then I will look it up on the internet.


Thanks, Area Man.
2013-04-08 12:49:35 PM
1 votes:

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/
2013-04-08 12:49:12 PM
1 votes:

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...
2013-04-08 12:45:51 PM
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I just signed up with cable again after a few years without, primarily for Game of Thrones and F1 broadcasts. And I've promptly rediscovered that TV sucks. There are LOTS of great TV shows out there, but with the sheer amount of content available through cable, they're few and far between, and I can't watch them when I want.

Google fiber is coming to town though, so after this season of GoT is over, I might hang loose and see what Time Warner is willing to do to keep me as a customer...
2013-04-08 12:45:15 PM
1 votes:
The day I can get internet cheaper without basic cable than with is the day I cut the cord completely.
2013-04-08 12:44:25 PM
1 votes:

santadog: Netflix.  That is all.


and torrents....
2013-04-08 12:42:30 PM
1 votes:

Endive Wombat: - Sitcoms are the lowest form of TV "entertainment"


Sorry these low end reality shows are the lowest. Pawn shops, garbage pickers, storage locker clean out and chefs cooking with veal, brussle sprouts and captin crunch as a contest.
2013-04-08 12:41:44 PM
1 votes:
I picked up a free TV off of a curb a couple of years ago and then got another subscription from Dish so now I have 2 tvs next to each other and I just constantly watch reality shows and all that stuff.
2013-04-08 12:41:01 PM
1 votes:
I tried watching friggin' TV last night. Turned it off and watched Saudi drifting videos on the tablet instead. Yes, it's just as stupid.
2013-04-08 12:40:54 PM
1 votes:
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?
2013-04-08 12:05:11 PM
1 votes:
i50.tinypic.com
2013-04-08 11:41:24 AM
1 votes:
TV got you down?  Check out BuzzFeed!
2013-04-08 11:39:05 AM
1 votes:
i.ytimg.com
 
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