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Title: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 18, 2007, 07:52:47 PM
Chances are, if you're answering affirmative to this question, you're not on this board, but...

Have any of you just given up on TV?
I can't remember the last full show I watched on TV as it was scheduled, but it's been a few years. I do a few box sets, though, but I prefer to watch stuff on my own schedule, without commercials.
Also, you can cut the stupid with a knife, it's so thick.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: FordPrefect on June 18, 2007, 09:19:48 PM
While I haven't given up on TV, there really aren't a lot of shows which are currently in production that I actually look forward to. I can probably name the number of current shows I consider "appointment TV" on one hand. That said, I'm looking forward to Monk and Psych coming back to USA next month.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Sharktopus on June 18, 2007, 09:25:57 PM
I am proud to say I haven't watch television in years. There's quite a few quality shows on the air that I enjoy, but I enjoy them even better on DVD, where I'm not inundated by constant ads for insert retarded reality show here.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: FordPrefect on June 18, 2007, 09:39:22 PM
There's quite a few quality shows on the air that I enjoy, but I enjoy them even better on DVD, where I'm not inundated by constant ads for insert retarded reality show here.

I agree wholeheartedly. At this point in my life, shows that air on TV and movies that are shown in theaters are basically just very long ads for me to buy the DVD.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Sharktopus on June 18, 2007, 09:57:33 PM
There's quite a few quality shows on the air that I enjoy, but I enjoy them even better on DVD, where I'm not inundated by constant ads for insert retarded reality show here.

I agree wholeheartedly. At this point in my life, shows that air on TV and movies that are shown in theaters are basically just very long ads for me to buy the DVD.

Definitely with TV, but I still enjoy the moviegoing experience. Some movies just demand to be seen on the big screen with eardrum-bursting sound. But, yeah, as interested I am in seeing, say, Knocked Up, it can wait 'til DVD. I doubt it will suffer any by being shown on my 27" TV.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Pak-Man on June 18, 2007, 11:49:32 PM
I'm no longer GLUED to TV, but I still have a healthy set of shows that I like to sit back and watch. I'd say 98% of them are animated and the other 2% are on Comedy Central. :^)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Mr.Nobody on June 19, 2007, 04:19:06 AM
I am proud to say I haven't watch television in years. There's quite a few quality shows on the air that I enjoy, but I enjoy them even better on DVD, where I'm not inundated by constant ads for insert retarded reality show here.

Thats where the tivo/dvr comes in.  When a show I watch is on I let it run for about 20 minutes before I start watching so I can fast forward the commercials.  By the end I'm only behind by a minute or two (assuming the show is 1hr).
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 19, 2007, 05:48:26 AM
I watch some TV but mostly I use it as a way to play my DVDs.

I do watch some things on History, CSPAN and PBS but for the most part if the TV is on I'm watching a DVD.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 19, 2007, 06:36:03 AM
By and large I've given up TV, except when I tune in at specific times to watch specific shows (I can tell what's on and when thanks to the cable box). I only watch a few channels anyway, like the History Channel and it's spinoffs and occasionally Spike TV and AMC. I can't actually think of a show that I go out of my way to watch regularly anymore except Dirty Jobs.

(http://www.lovefilm.com/lovefilm/images/products/6/81326-large.jpg)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: BathTub on June 19, 2007, 08:16:37 AM
Well I haven't even had a TV in 5 or 6 years, so everything has been on the PC either downloads or DVDs.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: dignan on June 19, 2007, 08:29:14 AM
Nowadays, I actually like tv shows a lot more than I ever did in the past.  The Wire, Deadwood (R.I.P.), Arrested Development (R.I.P.), The Office, LOST, Heroes, House, Supernatural, South Park, American Idol, My Name Is Earl...I can't swing a stick without hitting an awesome, or at least awesomely entertaining, show.  I always think every new season that I'm going to actually have to get a life, but my fears are soon put to rest. 
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: JoshWay on June 19, 2007, 10:36:22 AM
I've completely disposed of broadcast TV. In the rare instance of a good television show, I employ DVDs. (Or iTunes for silly stuff and guilty pleasures.)

I don't know which I miss less: oppressive program schedules (must-see TV!), cable news, or advertising.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Minnesota on June 19, 2007, 10:40:40 AM
Sounds like a sever case of TSS (Tv Shame Syndrome) going on in this forum ;D

...myself, I can think of a thousand reasons why I love TV
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 19, 2007, 10:41:23 AM
Sounds like a sever case of TSS (Tv Shame Syndrome) going on in this forum ;D

...myself, I can think of a thousand reasons why I love TV
I don't know it's not a moral thing or anything, I just never get round to watching much.

Having said what I did about TV, I might check out New Amsterdam when it premiers. If I can remember to.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 19, 2007, 10:46:38 AM
Well, we recently got Cable over here, and for the life of me I can't figure out why.
As cliche as it is, "We have 100 channels, with nothing on."
And this is something I love about cable: Everything's a marathon. Just hours and hours of the same show, all in one sitting.
Hallmark: Little House on the Prairie, Matlock, Touched by an Angel
SciFi: Stargate, Star Trek
Travel: Most Haunted. (WHAT?)
And so on. It's maddening.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 19, 2007, 10:51:18 AM
Travel: Most Haunted. (WHAT?)
And so on. It's maddening.

Especially the super crappy Most Haunted.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 19, 2007, 10:54:44 AM
Is that the show with the English douche who dresses in the fancy suits, frosts his hair and wears ear rings? I hate any show where more than 40% of the overall footage is done with an incredibly blurry, out of focus night-vision camera that's zoomed right up people's noses while they stand in dark rooms and jump at every goddamn noise they hear.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 19, 2007, 11:00:01 AM
I saw a bit where they where throwing marbles down a hall and keeping track of which colors where being thrown back. Which was hilarious, because they WHERE IN THE DARK. Five minutes of this crap, the host yelling at the house, trying to goad it into playing marbles with her.

The real talent in that show were the stagehands who didn't start wooping it up as they threw that nutball marbles.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 19, 2007, 11:01:36 AM
I can't watch that show for more than 5 minutes before I find myself screaming at the top of my lungs at the TV and shaking whatever blunt object I can find at the screen as if I can scare them into shutting up.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 19, 2007, 11:03:08 AM
Once you start yelling at the TV, you may end up getting along pretty well with the lady who yells at houses.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 19, 2007, 11:07:07 AM
Or I may yell at her the same way, which might make for an awkward moment.

Crazy Lady: "Ohmygod what was that!? Shhh!"
Me: "IT WAS THE FUCKING SOUND GUY BACKING INTO THE WALL YOU STUPID GODDAMN COW!"
-blank stares all around-

My cousin's girlfriend and I watched that show a little bit when she was here over a holiday, and we ended up naming the English guy Captain Spooky.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 19, 2007, 11:09:26 AM
Startgate still seems to be the saddest thing on TV. I've never seen more than 5 minutes at a time, but anytime i see it, while flipping channels, I see some new kind of stupid.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tyrant on June 19, 2007, 11:16:43 AM

  As long as Cartoon Network continues to broadcast Adult Swim, I'm not quitting TV whole hog.

  I do barely watch TV conciously, however. It's usually on in the background though.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 19, 2007, 11:21:14 AM
I wish I could backround it, but I just can't. My eyes are drawn towards shiny moving things, my ears are drawn towards noisy stupid things, and I have very little control over it.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: PsypherPunk on June 19, 2007, 11:27:47 AM
I do own a TV but it's just used for DVDs/Gaming these days. With the single exception of Doctor Who, there really isn't anything worth paying 130 per year on a TV licence for.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Minnesota on June 19, 2007, 11:33:17 AM
Sounds like a sever case of TSS (Tv Shame Syndrome) going on in this forum ;D

I don't know it's not a moral thing or anything, I just never get round to watching much.

For the record TV Shame Syndrome has nothing to do with morals, its the idea that people will lie about their TV viewing habits because they feel it will be looked down upon by others... when I hear people say that they don't watch TV I usually assume they are lying ;)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tyrant on June 19, 2007, 11:38:52 AM
Sounds like a sever case of TSS (Tv Shame Syndrome) going on in this forum ;D

I don't know it's not a moral thing or anything, I just never get round to watching much.

For the record TV Shame Syndrome has nothing to do with morals, its the idea that people will lie about their TV viewing habits because they feel it will be looked down upon by others... when I hear people say that they don't watch TV I usually assume they are lying ;)

  This would be why I used the word 'conciously' in my post.  ;D
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Minnesota on June 19, 2007, 11:41:57 AM
:) that would be the key word ... we all have things that we do unconsciously.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 19, 2007, 11:56:20 AM
Sounds like a sever case of TSS (Tv Shame Syndrome) going on in this forum ;D

I don't know it's not a moral thing or anything, I just never get round to watching much.

For the record TV Shame Syndrome has nothing to do with morals, its the idea that people will lie about their TV viewing habits because they feel it will be looked down upon by others... when I hear people say that they don't watch TV I usually assume they are lying ;)

Oh I absolutely waste time with other things just not TV generally. Though I will watch pretty much anything if there's going to be an appearance by Gina Torres :)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Sinflux on June 20, 2007, 02:19:46 PM
I do own a TV but it's just used for DVDs/Gaming these days. With the single exception of Doctor Who, there really isn't anything worth paying 130 per year on a TV licence for.

TV license?  ???
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: BathTub on June 20, 2007, 02:24:35 PM
Yes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_license)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: MarkAndrew on June 20, 2007, 02:44:32 PM
I gave up on TV years ago.  Now if a show is worth seeing, I'll buy it on DVD.

I don't miss it, I have a lot more time for books, movies, exercise, dating...other things that involve living life rather than watching actors pretend to live one.

I do have a nice Tivo that's not getting used though....I DO regret paying $250 for it.  :-)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Bob on June 20, 2007, 03:55:18 PM
Yes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_license)

Wow, I've heard of everything now.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 20, 2007, 06:19:00 PM
Yes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_license)

Wow, I've heard of everything now.

But you see it's essential that the TV license exists cause otherwise the Germans might win the war or something. For similar reasons the pubs all used to shut at 11pm.

Despite the license fee the BBC still sells a ton of merchandise, not sure how that works really.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 20, 2007, 06:53:54 PM
Hey, is that why my TV didn't work at the Kensington Edwardian in London? Bloody hell, I should have done my homework- I needed a license!
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Shadow on June 20, 2007, 07:02:17 PM
There are a few TV shows I keep up with:

The Office
My Name is Earl
Veronica Mars
Venture Brothers
Monk

But all of the TV shows I keep up with I only watch on DVD.  I just find it more enjoyable since I no longer have to deal with commercials and I no longer have to wait a week in between episodes.

For some reason whenever I'm flipping the channels on the TV and I come accross Cops (which seems to air 24/7) I get sucked in and have to watch.  Just something about watching white trash get arrested fills my heart with glee.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 20, 2007, 07:24:32 PM
yup gave it up two years ago, and never looked back.  i have to wait to see new episodes of house but other than that i couldnt care less. 

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But you see it's essential that the TV license exists cause otherwise the Germans might win the war or something.

from the same country that has a door knob tax. you crazy limeys. 
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: PsypherPunk on June 20, 2007, 11:51:10 PM
TV license?  ???

Yep, the BBC use a third-party bunch of racketeers to extort money from the unsuspecting public. They then use this money to fund programming which they broadcast only when they feel like it; should the public, who funded said programming, care to see any of these programs at any other point they can only do so after buying the DVDs - which the BBC may or may not choose to sell - at further cost.

They claim it allows them to remain independent and offer a variety of programming; I call it extortion (threatening behaviour in order to demand money for a service which is neither wanted nor required - what would you call it?).
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 21, 2007, 10:16:48 AM
Hey, is that why my TV didn't work at the Kensington Edwardian in London? Bloody hell, I should have done my homework- I needed a license!

Oooh nice hotel.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 21, 2007, 10:22:02 AM
Are we thinking of different Kensington Edwardiands? Cause mine had cracked walls, windows, and showers, as well as uncomfortable beds and questionable linens.
I wasn't happy, frankly.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 21, 2007, 10:27:55 AM
oh I'm sorry, forgot to add emphasis and emoticons:

Ooh nice hotel  ;)

 ;D
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 21, 2007, 10:31:22 AM
Ah. Thinking back, though, I really should have saught out some English TV while I was over there just to see what it was like.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 21, 2007, 10:34:21 AM
How long ago are we talking?

The problem with British TV is like the problem with those "Hits of the 60s" (or fill in your favorite decade) cds: People are familiar with the best stuff but if you view it en mass you see it's mostly dreary crap.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Junkyard on June 21, 2007, 10:37:32 AM
This was a year or two back.
So for the most part, the Brittish import TV we get for Public Television over here is representitive of English Programming?
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 21, 2007, 10:51:57 AM
This was a year or two back.
So for the most part, the Brittish import TV we get for Public Television over here is representitive of English Programming?

Nope try the dreck that fills up most of the schedules of BBCAmerica. Actually if you want a good idea about some of the crap have a read of these review columns by Charlie Brooker (http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguide/brooker/0,14946,1280131,00.html)
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: dignan on June 21, 2007, 11:42:43 AM
For the people who are bothered by commercials, there's these new-fangled things called VCRs, and Tivo, now. 
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Minnesota on June 21, 2007, 11:50:33 AM
and remote controls ^^^
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Sinflux on June 21, 2007, 12:09:09 PM
TV license?  ???

Yep, the BBC use a third-party bunch of racketeers to extort money from the unsuspecting public. They then use this money to fund programming which they broadcast only when they feel like it; should the public, who funded said programming, care to see any of these programs at any other point they can only do so after buying the DVDs - which the BBC may or may not choose to sell - at further cost.

They claim it allows them to remain independent and offer a variety of programming; I call it extortion (threatening behaviour in order to demand money for a service which is neither wanted nor required - what would you call it?).

I would pay $260 a year to not have those awkward commercial breaks in American TV
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 21, 2007, 12:15:26 PM
I would pay $260 a year to not have those awkward commercial breaks in American TV

You still get the commercial breaks. Only on the BBC channels do you not have the ads. However say for example you made it so that it was impossible to receive any BBC channel and only receive the ones with ads on them well you'd still have to pay for the license fee. Plus there's a ton of BBC shows that are inthemselves ads for other BBC shows.

Like say the new Jim'll Fix it where somebody's "greatest dream" is to appear on Strictly Come Dancing (I got that from a friend in England since being in America I don't watch British TV all that often now).


Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 21, 2007, 03:48:10 PM
im sorry man i find your taxation system ridiculous.  its nothing personal so dont attack me.  its just an american thihng. 
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: PsypherPunk on June 21, 2007, 04:04:29 PM
However say for example you made it so that it was impossible to receive any BBC channel and only receive the ones with ads on them well you'd still have to pay for the license fee.

This isn't necessarily the case. Despite what the TV Licencing co. tell people, if you can't receive the BBC channels you might not need a licence (there are legal precedents for this). Also, if you own a TV but don't use it to receive TV channels, you don't need a licence (again, despite the fact that the TV Licencing co. don't make people aware of this).
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 21, 2007, 07:14:08 PM
However say for example you made it so that it was impossible to receive any BBC channel and only receive the ones with ads on them well you'd still have to pay for the license fee.

This isn't necessarily the case. Despite what the TV Licencing co. tell people, if you can't receive the BBC channels you might not need a licence (there are legal precedents for this). Also, if you own a TV but don't use it to receive TV channels, you don't need a licence (again, despite the fact that the TV Licencing co. don't make people aware of this).

I know all that (I will bet however that your average magistrait who has you before him/her will side with the licensing bastards). But see sinflux seemed to have the idea (and I can see why somebody might) that by having a licence fee British TV was free of stupid commercials. Oh if that were only the case.

im sorry man i find your taxation system ridiculous.  its nothing personal so dont attack me.  its just an american thihng. 

And you are absolutely right. Sad thing is it isn't even a tax thing it's yet another expense on top of the other taxes and duties one has to pay in the UK. It's one of the things that's so great about being an ex-pat.

But hey the fee pays for all those great shows:

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This was a genuine ad I seem to recall but I wonder if Vic and Bob aren't actually taking the piss of the whole thing under their pay masters noses.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: JonnyFrag on June 22, 2007, 09:44:05 AM
Why all the Tv hating?
I watch TV I like all the time. The number of shows I really like is certainly going down though. I still watch 24, and now Heroes. Lost. South Park and Drawn Together. Bill Mahr (he's on HBO but still) I even sorta watch American Idol when it's going. Have to be able to talk about it with the millions of others that are watching it. CBS's Rockstar is much much better I think, but it seems that it's not on this year. :(
The Celebrity Lookalike contest show 'the Next Best Thing' and Last Comic Standing are the only real summer shows doing it for me.

TLC, History, Discovery (in all it's flavors) and Food Network  (Alton Brown is the MAN!) take the rest of the TV time at my house. Or of course watching DVDs etc...
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Mr. 420 on June 22, 2007, 10:31:34 AM
I love watching TV and I enjoy most of the stations I get...all old and new movies, IFC's GRINDHOUSE, AMC (Horror Friday's), sports, adult swim, comedy central, spike, sci-fi, G4, etc....but i should state that I had my cable shutdown for a month and a week into that month i really didnt miss TV...
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 22, 2007, 10:34:26 AM
what i learned (thanks to deployments) is that tv is something people do habitually, but when its gone you find yourself not missing it what so ever. 

oh and nice seeing ya again johnny. 
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Tripe on June 22, 2007, 10:39:36 AM
I love watching TV and I enjoy most of the stations I get...all old and new movies, IFC's GRINDHOUSE, AMC (Horror Friday's), sports, adult swim, comedy central, spike, sci-fi, G4, etc....but i should state that I had my cable shutdown for a month and a week into that month i really didnt miss TV...

Quite and I think that's how a lot of people feel. I have cable through Comcast and, due to some stupid arrangement with my condo association, no other cable provider is allowed to ply its trade to me for another few years. So because I despise Comcast (long story you don't want the details) I have the bare minimum of service so the channels I get are incredibly limited. I don't really miss the other channels.

Having said that, should I move or when the 10 year embargo is lifted I'm sure I'll likely hear the siren call of multiple channels again.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: dignan on June 22, 2007, 11:11:33 AM
I love watching TV and I enjoy most of the stations I get...all old and new movies, IFC's GRINDHOUSE, AMC (Horror Friday's), sports, adult swim, comedy central, spike, sci-fi, G4, etc....but i should state that I had my cable shutdown for a month and a week into that month i really didnt miss TV...

Quite and I think that's how a lot of people feel. I have cable through Comcast and, due to some stupid arrangement with my condo association, no other cable provider is allowed to ply its trade to me for another few years. So because I despise Comcast (long story you don't want the details) I have the bare minimum of service so the channels I get are incredibly limited. I don't really miss the other channels.

Having said that, should I move or when the 10 year embargo is lifted I'm sure I'll likely hear the siren call of multiple channels again.

I used to work for Comcast, and trust me when I say, I completely understand your frustrations.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Sharktopus on June 23, 2007, 09:42:54 PM
I even sorta watch American Idol when it's going. Have to be able to talk about it with the millions of others that are watching it.

No offense, but why? Personally, I'd rather gather around the water cooler and discuss who dropped the biggest turd this morning.

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Alton Brown is the MAN!

No argument there. Good Eats is the Mythbusters of cooking shows.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Minnesota on June 24, 2007, 03:40:16 AM
I watch Idol too :-",
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Sharktopus on June 24, 2007, 03:59:02 PM
If you genuinely enjoy watching the show, that's fine. (I might question your sanity, but hey, whatever floats your boat.) But if you're watching it just so you can discuss it with all the other sheep who are only watching it to discuss it with you, then that's just sad.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: FordPrefect on June 25, 2007, 09:12:31 AM
I don't watch shows like American Idol. That said, shows I do watch, like Letterman, Late Late Show, The Soup, and Best Week Ever talk about it so I kinda know a little bit about what's going on anyway. I never watched Survivor, but Letterman always had the cast on whenever they got kicked off.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: dignan on June 25, 2007, 12:29:15 PM
If you genuinely enjoy watching the show, that's fine. (I might question your sanity, but hey, whatever floats your boat.) But if you're watching it just so you can discuss it with all the other sheep who are only watching it to discuss it with you, then that's just sad.

A lot of people who watch American Idol do genuinely like it, they just don't like to admit that they like it.  Personally, I can't get enough of it and have never had a problem admitting as such.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 25, 2007, 02:44:58 PM
as far as im concerned thats the only reality tv show that has ANY worth in it what so ever. 
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: Minnesota on June 25, 2007, 03:43:46 PM
meh, I love Blind Date and America's Funniest Home Videos.

Plus, I love watching reality tv with friends or on a date, its easy to engage the screen (ie; make fun of) or simply just ignore the screen all together.
Title: Re: TV Quitters?
Post by: fishbulb on June 25, 2007, 08:42:02 PM
I don't watch anything directly on broadcast or cable anymore.  I have an iTunes season pass for 30 Rock - that's the only current show I follow.  Between my old MSTs and other TV shows on DVD, I've got enough video to last indefinitely, watching them every year or two.