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Forum topic by MrRon posted 12-20-2013 06:58 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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12-20-2013 06:58 PM

I don’t subscribe to any social networks like Facebook or twitter, so I thought Coffee Lounge might be an acceptable place for this rant.
Most TV viewers in this country either subscribe to cable or satelite systems. We pay for this “service”, but more and more, there are programs that are infomercials that are all over the place. I’m talking about ones like “Dyson vs Shark”, “Ninja mixers”, “Magic Bullets”, etc. Many of these take up the entire 1/2 hour time period. They are presented like they were entertainment programs. I will be told “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. The point is; whether we watch it or not, we are still paying for it.
Remember when you could watch the Super Bowl for free? Not anymore; you have to pay to watch it. That goes for all sporting events on TV. As a result, I don’t follow sports; I cant see shelling out $120 + to watch one football game when my only interest may only be one team. It would be nice if we could adopt the English system. Everyone pays a TV tax; no commercials. The variety of programming may not be as great, but the quality is much better than here. Here we have programs like honey boo boo, intimate sex toys, housewives, wifes bootcamp, etc. I don’t watch them, but I’m still paying for them. True, there are some programs worthwhile watching, like TCM, Science channel. The only alternative for people like me is to not to watch TV at all. That would be fine with me, but the missus watches her favorite programs.
It wasn’t till after a short time after TV hit the airwaves that merchandisers realized there was a tremendous audience out there ripe for the picking. As the audience grew, merchandisers also grew to the point where TV is now the premier source for customers. The internet appears to be going that direction too. I can forsee the day when I will unplug the TV and the computer and never turn them back on again.


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 07:07 PM

Don’t sleep on Honey Boo Boo child Mr. Ron lol. Ive watched it, ill admit it. I actually found it to be entertaining once you got past the feeling of “are people really this dumb”. Theyre dumb enough to be taking all that tv money to the bank.

I do wish that we could choose our own channel lineups but I highly doubt that this will happen any time in the future.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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ChuckV

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 07:15 PM

We “temporarily” stopped our cable service when I was doing some renovations on the living room. That was eight years ago. We still have the TV for watching DVDs. When my boys were younger, I referred to the TV as the Bob The Builder display device. We homeschool, and the amount of quality educational materials available for free at the library and on the internet is amazing.

I know that if I were watching TV, I would have much less time to spend on other interests, including woodworking. The money not spent on cable over those years bought a good portion of my shop equipment and materials.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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darinS

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 07:29 PM

The only TV I get is through the airwaves. Usually I have it tuned to Create (bunch of travel, cooking, craft type shows for those that don’t know). Can’t say I miss all the “reality” type shows one bit. Also have a semi decent DVD and VHS stash for when TV just isn’t interesting.

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 08:28 PM

I hate to tell you MrRon, but commercial TV is gone or dying. Too many choices with 200 channels on cable or satellite. Since advertising revenues do not pay the bills, they make it else where.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 04:57 AM

TV service went out the door when they refused to put my account on hold while in Iraq. 3 years without it and like my cellphone I have so little need and so many other things to spend my hard earned cash on I cannot a need for it. Internet my wife pays for so she can work, that I can endure as she pays the bill not me. (laughing) I used to enjoy football games but hey not all the hoolala they offer these days. Reality TV? more like lack of reality…... and can they have just a few more shows we do not have enough yet. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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exelectrician

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 05:18 AM

Get the “Hopper” from Dish and Never watch another commercial, I know it sounds too good to be true – But it is !!!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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longgone

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 05:20 AM

There is a lot of crap on TV and also some good programs. Since there are so many people that will watch just about anything, the people creating the programs apparently use the old time-tested method of “throw a lot of crap on the wall and see what sticks” method. It seems like there is a lot more “stick” in the crap lately…

There will never be any one-size-fits-all type of programs that everyone will enjoy because everyone has different likes and dislikes …so obviously TV is like a buffet…take what you like and pass on the rest.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 07:46 AM

There won’t be anything on when Jay Leno has his last show on Feb 6. Sony may as well forget their new version 4x HD TV ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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