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Old 10-22-08, 06:29 PM   #1
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Going a year without TV

Anybody else not use their TV's? I think I can cut a few bucks, and also I can find pretty much any show I like on hulu, or any other news website out there.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:37 PM   #2
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I didn't watch TV for years. Even now, we can afford anything and still only have airwaves. There's practically nothing on cable or satellite that sounds worth watching. Even if there were, I know we have better things to do.

However, we also have netflix, so most weeks, we'll watch at least one DVD.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:38 PM   #3
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I have not had a TV for years. I don't miss it at all. We subscribe to netflix and watch movies on the computer.

Toss it, you wont miss it.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:39 PM   #4
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You won't miss much. If you want a show, grab it off of iTunes, or other sources.

TV is a life sucker.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:39 PM   #5
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I am a daily visitor of my local Blockbuster (LB?...LBS?...), and the more I think about it, I only watch like three channels.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:40 PM   #6
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I have a nice LCD TV, but only because my co-worker gave it to me. It's hooked up to my desktop which just works as a media machine for watching movies, playing music, etc. Really don't miss cable, especially after hearing my co-workers complaining about the terrible shows that are on!
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Old 10-22-08, 06:47 PM   #7
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Got rid of mine when I moved. I get everything I want as far as media from printed words, radio, and the web. My favorite shows (which I don't watch all that much of anymore) are available commercial free and uncensored with the web. Screw TV!
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Old 10-22-08, 06:48 PM   #8
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meh I dont do tv much. I don't have cable either... or netflix.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:50 PM   #10
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We got rid of our cable connection about a decade ago. I do have the tv connected to an antenna for those rare moments there is something on tv, but we mostly rent dvds or buy them when they are on sale. I love watching stuff on dvds without all of the pesky commercials!
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Stopped watching television about a year ago, and I haven't missed it yet. My attention span seems to have increased and I've discovered I still know how to read. Wish I had done it years ago.
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What? Are you guys all freaks? What about Space? A&E? etc, etc, etc
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Okay, well here's a second part to my question: Where do you get your media from online? For me, I use hulu like it's going out of style.
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Old 10-22-08, 06:55 PM   #14
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Going without a TV doesn't mean ANYTHING anymore in the internet age.

Now If you want to be serious about it what you need to do is to go without any monitors/screens.

Then we're talking.

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Old 10-22-08, 06:56 PM   #15
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My television monitor is only connected to my receiver, so I can watch DVDs. No cable or antenna connected. Been that way since halfway through 2005, and I don't miss commercial television in the least.

The shows worth something are available commercial-free in DVD box sets. Easy.
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I can't use Hulu from Canada (boo!), but I have used Joost. It's okay. When all else fails, youtube or PBS.
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This question is ironic. Tonight directtv called and asked about an upgrade. I have 3 TVs at home and two on trhe boat. For only $10/month, I can upgrade to all movie channels for 4 months. I'm hooked like a drug addict
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Okay, well here's a second part to my question: Where do you get your media from online? For me, I use hulu like it's going out of style.
I just checked that out and it only had a minute of each episode of the show I wanted to watch, fail.
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Going without a TV doesn't mean ANYTHING anymore in the internet age.

Now If you want to be serious about it what you need to do is to go without any monitors/screens.

Then we're talking.

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Exactly. What we have with computers is what I call "customized TV". We (mostly) choose what content we have shining on our faces.

One thing I've learned that TV can do but online content or movie rentals just can't quite match is a sense of occasion -- that what you're seeing is happening right now, and you need to pay attention if you want to come along for the ride.

This was really evident during the Olympics. Watching it in Youtube clips and page updates at sports websites absolutely did not do it justice. Instead, I left the TV switched to NBC for the entire Games. It wasn't always turned on, but if it was on, it was Olympics. We did it like that at home for as long as I can remember, too. Even if events were tape-delayed, TV's got this immediacy that I just don't feel when looking at a web clip.

Or there's the World Series. I hardly care about baseball, I didn't even know who was playing until the beginning of tonight's broadcast (I know that the Nationals suck, though). But I watch the series, because it seems like they're really trying hard, putting together the pieces that they've developed since off-season training, laying it out there one last time. Seeing a runner get thrown out at home plate by a cannon from the outfield on live TV is actually cheer-worthy.

It's part of why I still go to the movies, too. An afternoon or midweek show is pretty free of crowds, so it's mostly just me, a friend or two, and the film. It's not the same at home, where I have the occasional ping of an incoming email, or the noise of the moving truck starting up, or just other things around the house that snag my attention. Then, because I can't rewind the film projector, I'll miss things now and then -- which adds to any suspense that the story is trying to build.

(I dunno, that last sentence sounded awfully corny, but somehow I like it when I go, "Wait... what did he just say..." Or when I got bombarded with "Uncle F*cka" in South Park and could do nothing but laugh out of my chair)

TV has its limits with me, though. Dramas aren't part of my consciousness. Sitcoms are probably even worse, with their choreographed "line" *laugh* "line" *laugh* chuckle-snooze. So-called reality TV is a cheap abomination (and will never approach the early seasons of Real World, IMO). Travel shows make me cringe as the "host" wanders around some Third World country trivializing the people of a culture into mere entertainment for Westerners.

So yeah, I agree that a lot of TV completely sucks. For live events, though, I think it's still the way to go.
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I have a TV but I don't know how to turn it on. There are four remotes to the things all attached to it but they are on top of the TV.

I'd rather read.
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Anybody else not use their TV's? I think I can cut a few bucks, and also I can find pretty much any show I like on hulu, or any other news website out there.
I haven't owned a TV since I moved here a year ago. I rarely watch TV or movies, so not spending the money on owning one makes sense. Keep in mind that I've been like this for a very long time, so not owning a TV is much easier for me than for someone who is used to watching it.

In fact, I have lots of DVDs here that have gone unwatched since I got them months ago. I'm notorious for renting at Blockbuster and not only never watching the DVD, but never returning it either.

I just don't feel that there's any value in watching TV, when the bulk of my enjoyment comes from reading stuff online and learning. Before, it was Slashdot (where I actually kept up with IT, sort of), and now it's BikeForums. On top of riding my bike so often now, I don't have time for TV and the crap that it delivers (most of the time).
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We haven't had a TV since 2000 - I think the last time we watched it was the millennium celebration going around the countries in the world, and my wife watched more of that than I did.

We watch tv shows and have a lot of boxed sets, but no TV. The adverts drive me crazy when it is on at the relatives - if it isn't telling you what to buy, it is telling you what is on next, what is on after that, what's on tomorrow, whats on next week, what the weather is doing. Then when the program finally comes back on for five minutes, it's got these stupid banners popping up telling you what you're watching right now - and which channel it is on and.... GRRRR.

Don't even get me started on remote controls and the way people jump all over.
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I don't watch much TV either, but it seems most posters here are not the typical North Americans glued to their daily vices each evening, HDTV and flat screen sales has been very successful the last two years. I was told 36" is not a big TV anymore .
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What? Are you guys all freaks? What about Space? A&E? etc, etc, etc
Oxygen, Lifetime and E! are the best!!!!

So, what were we talking about?
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