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Is it possible to just 'get over' TV? To burn out on it?


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#1 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:38 PM

My TV hasn't even been on all day and wasn't on much of the last three or four days. During the evenings, much of the time it was on one of the Dish CD channels rather than typical programming.

 

I don't watch reality/fakeality stuff.

 

I don't watch celebrity gossip stuff.

 

I don't watch talk shows in any flavor.

 

I don't watch anything that glorifies violence, crime or drug manufacturing.

 

I'm older than twelve, so the monsters and zombies and ghost stories are of no interest anymore.

 

I watch some sitcoms and some real reality/documentary type stuff but it seems like a lot of that is rehashes or retreatments (How many times can you do a story on a comet crashing into a planet?).

 

I have a bunch of DVDs I've bought recently in anticipation of shutting Dish down soon, but most of them are still sealed.

 

I have a boatload of broadcast TV recorded on two or three HDDs, but I really haven't been watching any of that.

 

There's some kind of problem with my OTA antennae setup where I don't get a signal at all. I think the mast mounted amp died. This was probably three months ago and I haven't even bothered to look into the problem yet.

 

I even get tired of the Dish CD channel sometimes and start up Media Player to run some of the stuff saved on the PC.

 

I'm beginning to wonder if I even need a TV since most of what I've mentioned could be played back on one of the computer screens.


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#2 OFFLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:45 PM

So cancel, then.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:29 PM

For a period of about thirty years when I was leaving out of this country I watch very little television and I miss little of it. It is like giving up smoking after two weeks. When I did come back after twelve years I was like a kid in a candy store especially after getting a DVR. So it can be done. I am just waiting for a good excuse to stop watching again.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:56 PM

HERESY !!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:08 PM

HERESY !!!!!
 
 
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Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:30 PM

Probably you're not going to buy a 4K TV..... :)... 

 

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:25 AM

Are you trying to tell me that there is no compelling content on television for you to watch? Same here.


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:38 AM

Do I think that it's possible for someone raised on TV to give it up? Anything's possible. I think it unlikely for anyone over 35. However, for Millennials, linear TV (aka "what's on now") is just one form of entertainment, and it doesn't make a lot of sense in a world filled with on-demand alternatives. I think the next decade will be incredibly challenging for linear TV of all kinds, whether broadcast or pay-TV.

I know that I spend less time watching linear TV than ever (probably under one hour a day) but I supplement it with recorded TV and streaming.

There was a time when we thought that newspapers, the US Mail, and landline phones would always be a part of our lives, and linear TV may just be the next thing to be marginalized.

When I make statements like that, I'm reminded by industry insiders (who have the most to lose) that about 48% of Americans have no other entertainment choice at home other than linear TV. They don't have broadband internet fast enough to stream and they don't have a DVR. When I ask what percentage of those folks are under 35, the room gets quiet.
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Posted 25 November 2013 - 10:33 AM

Are you trying to tell me that there is no compelling content on television for you to watch? Same here.

 

The new season's shows don't seem to be all that good.  I have yet to see one that blew my doors off.  There are a few that we haven't watched yet.  

 

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 11:05 AM

The only new show we have adopted is "The Blacklist". We tried a couple of episodes of the new Robin Williams show, but I found it grating. I used to watch a lot of sit-coms 20 or 30 years ago when they were actually funny. Now, not so much.

We also don't watch any so-called "reality shows," although we make an exception for some competition shows that don't have celebrities as contestants.

No crime/violence or blood and gore. We'll watch The Daily Show and the Colbert Report, which are sort of "talk shows" or more properly "variety programming" as the Emmy Award category is known.

We're mostly down to "light" spy/detective/lawyer dramas like Castle and Covert Affairs (and the late Burn Notice, and not-so-late Boston Legal), and live sports.


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:33 PM

This thread might be surrounded by peasants with with pitchforks and torches.

 

 

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:55 PM

This thread might be surrounded by peasants with with pitchforks and torches.
 
 
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:20 PM

The new season's shows don't seem to be all that good.  I have yet to see one that blew my doors off.  There are a few that we haven't watched yet.  

 

Rich

Rich, give "the Blacklist", and "Almost Human" a go...I find them both enjoyable...I even enjoy "Sleepy Hollow"  but I understand its not everyone's cup of tea...its on FOX its probably not gonna make it anyway.  :rotfl:



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 11:56 AM

Rich, give "the Blacklist", and "Almost Human" a go...I find them both enjoyable...I even enjoy "Sleepy Hollow"  but I understand its not everyone's cup of tea...its on FOX its probably not gonna make it anyway.  :rotfl:

 

I'm waiting to  get started on The Blacklist and we do watch and enjoy Almost Human.  We watched a few episodes of Sleepy Hollow and got kinda tired of it.  Still recording it, I'll try it again in a few weeks.  

 

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:02 PM

See, that's how out of TV I am.  I have no idea what any of those shows are about, who's in them, when they're on or what network.  And no desire to find out either.


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:06 PM

Again I ask... why not just cancel?


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:43 PM

Or at least suspend while you see how you do without it.


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:03 PM

Do I think that it's possible for someone raised on TV to give it up? Anything's possible. I think it unlikely for anyone over 35. However, for Millennials, linear TV (aka "what's on now") is just one form of entertainment, and it doesn't make a lot of sense in a world filled with on-demand alternatives. I think the next decade will be incredibly challenging for linear TV of all kinds, whether broadcast or pay-TV.I know that I spend less time watching linear TV than ever (probably under one hour a day) but I supplement it with recorded TV and streaming.There was a time when we thought that newspapers, the US Mail, and landline phones would always be a part of our lives, and linear TV may just be the next thing to be marginalized.When I make statements like that, I'm reminded by industry insiders (who have the most to lose) that about 48% of Americans have no other entertainment choice at home other than linear TV. They don't have broadband internet fast enough to stream and they don't have a DVR. When I ask what percentage of those folks are under 35, the room gets quiet.

I have been wondering about the "linear" model for some time now. We almost never watch TV "live+same day." We do watch a lot in the "same week" but I record enough content to fill in like during holidays and summers.

The question for me is what do we watch if the "schedule" doesn't provide some sense of "what's on that we might enjoy." And how are content producers going to find revenue producing audiences?

It's going to interesting.
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Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:44 PM

We almost never watch "live+same day" except for sports. I turn on a football game about 1.5-2 hours after the start time so I can skip through all the dead time between plays and watch the whole thing in a little over an hour. Everything else is usually the next day, so we can take advantage of Autohop.

 

It's kind of funny, years ago, back when we had a 622, before we went down to watch TV, my GF would ask "what's in the hopper?" so she could pick what we watched. Now we actually have a "Hopper", and she just wants to know what we have [available] to watch.


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 04:46 PM

Two completely different meanings, both applicable....nice! 

 

I watch FB mostly that way, too, but assumed I was doing it in a half hour, maybe 40 minutes, but often it was done concurrently with other games or shows. May have to time myself one day!


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