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(NPR)   Broadcasters fearful of the growing number of "Zero TV" people. We'll tell you why they're growing right after this five-minute ad block. Plus: Remember to watch the debut of Buttcracks of Bel-Air on Bravo tonight   (npr.org) divider line 32
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2013-04-08 12:41:44 PM  
8 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 01:02:33 PM  
7 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 12:41:57 PM  
7 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 12:48:39 PM  
6 votes:
i50.tinypic.com

I only keep cable for the porn. But I don't pay extra for it.
2013-04-08 12:40:04 PM  
5 votes:
'Buttcracks of Bel-Air' is ok, but I prefer 'Wedgies of the West,'  the reality show about cowboys who wear their jeans too tight.
2013-04-08 11:39:05 AM  
5 votes:
i.ytimg.com
2013-04-08 01:18:50 PM  
3 votes:
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 01:18:15 PM  
3 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 01:08:58 PM  
3 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 01:00:09 PM  
3 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 12:56:23 PM  
3 votes:

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 12:49:49 PM  
3 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 01:07:20 PM  
2 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 12:55:36 PM  
2 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 12:50:36 PM  
2 votes:

giftedmadness: santadog: Netflix.  That is all.

and torrents....


and this paddle ball...
2013-04-08 12:05:11 PM  
2 votes:
i50.tinypic.com
2013-04-08 11:41:24 AM  
2 votes:
TV got you down?  Check out BuzzFeed!
2013-04-08 02:39:29 PM  
1 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 01:57:48 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 01:38:34 PM  
1 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 01:32:59 PM  
1 votes:

ausfahrk: animated crusher porn


Wesley or Beverly?  Actually, nevermind.  I don't really want to know either way.
2013-04-08 01:21:01 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:18:03 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 01:09:38 PM  
1 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 01:09:11 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:04:44 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 12:56:39 PM  
1 votes:
dangit...there was supposed to a photo attached. WTF?!?!
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 12:47:03 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-04-08 12:46:29 PM  
1 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  
1 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 11:50:30 AM  
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: 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.


I'd be right there with you.  If Amazon and HBO were to merge, Verizon, Time Warner, and Cox would collectively shiat themselves for this very reason.
 
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