I've foreseen this for some time. My family gets all of our TV entertainment on line and have been for the past three years. I just couldn't see paying for crap I never watch (mainly sports, news and a horde of infomercial channels). Maybe the industry could recapture lost patrons and thus revenue if the Networks they purchase programming from would let subscribers pick and choose what channels you want and pay only for those channels. I might reconsider hooking the dish back up if I could say have a few channels for the kids and the Science and History channels for myself. I don't have a need for 240 sports channels or the mindless fodder they call entertainment (reality shows).
I prefer watching shows on line mainly cause they are free and I can watch them over and over without having to program anything. Just Google and watch.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
I haven't had a TV in over four years now. I just buy DVDs of shows that are decent and watch stuff online. Why? Because there's a few hours of decent stuff on telly; most of the good stuff's almost a decade old.... And that's a few hours week not a few hours a day.
When I'm down at my parents' home the TV just sits there on the wall, an imposingly blank screen.... I don't think its been turned on since I went back to uni, taking my DVDs with me.
If they started putting good shows on again. Third Rock from The Sun, things like that. Sure I'd get a TV. It used to be good for three hours a day at least, when I was younger. But since I have DVDs of the stuff that was good.... Fuck 'em; I don't need another show from the BBC about the Nazis, a re-run of Match of The Day, another bad documentary filmed by a couple of guys with a camera and a bunch of bad statistics, or another episode of Futurama long after it ceased being funny.
Innovate or die.
There are only really 5 or 6 shows that i watch regularly. Other than that, i don't watch much TV. I use my TV as my computer monitor though so it still gets tons of use. =p
I only keep track of 2 shows, soon to be 3 (CONAN FTW). Once I can watch those shows legally online in Canada, I'll never use my TV again, aside from gaming.
*The.Doctor;5420527There are only really 5 or 6 shows that i watch regularly. Other than that, i don't watch much TV. I use my TV as my computer monitor though so it still gets tons of use. =p
That's about all ours are used for. Hard to believe I have 7 TV's throughout the house and only one ever gets used for actual TV. The wife has a tower behind the console with a wireless Internet thumb so she can watch her shows. I usually just watch on this computer I'm using and the other 6 TV's haven't been even turned on in over two years. I'd sell them, but no one has a need for analog TV's anymore. I just don't like throwing stuff out that is still functional.
Companies should allow us to pick which channels we want to pay for. Otherwise, more people will turn to the free source that's also more convenient. (I assume watching shows on the internet also saves you the pain of having to watch commercials every 6 minutes.) At my house, the only channels ever used are Cartoon Network, Nickelodean, TBS, Fox, Comedy Central and the History Channel. That's 6 channels out of the 200 channels that I assume we pay for. Personally, I like watching a show on TV, but with a TV, I'm liable to miss the show if I don't program some sort of recording device that only one TV in my house has. Not only that, but the cable company made us upgrade to some stupid digital thing that we had to spend an hour on hooking a box to every TV in the house. Those boxes required us to stow away nice, fancy remotes for remotes that have only the most basic stuff, yet we still have to keep our original remotes around just for a few buttons related to video modes. There are too many remotes lying around! Also, for half of our TV's we can't find a good place to put the boxes so they can get good reception, so we have to keep moving to different positions in the rooms for the boxes to recognize us giving a turn-the-channel command. After reading all of that, the watching-shows-on-the-Internet option seems like the way to go, doesn't it? :p
Companies should allow us to pick which channels we want to pay for. Otherwise, more people will turn to the free source that's also more convenient.
That would make sense but god forbid.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Typically content companies don't license themselves to the cable companies by channel. So by and large they can't offer you a pick and mix bag.
redgroupclan;5420546 At my house, the only channels ever used are Cartoon Network, Nickelodean, TBS, Fox, Comedy Central and the History Channel. That's 6 channels out of the 200 channels that I assume we pay for.
Same here. I pretty much only watch BBC America (can't live without my Top Gear and Doctor Who!), SyFy, History Channel, Comedy Central, SpikeTV, FX, and USA. I just have my favorite channels list setup to only show the ones i actually watch to avoid having to scroll through all the crap.
I wouldn't say that TV is dying. The technology is still very well alive to show movies, play games, and catch the occasional show. More people are viewing the content too, via Hulu, NetFlix, etc. The same cable companies whose service is getting dropped sell internet services as well, so the money that used to be categorized as Cable TV subscriptions is now simply filed under Cable Internet subscriptions. It's really just a matter of convergence. TVs and monitors are becoming essentially the exact same thing, intelligent companies are moving their channels and monthly subscriptions online, and . It's just undergoing a metamorphosis where the specific combination of technology, content, and service that we grew up with is phasing out.
BTW: I'm back for a bit. Good to see some familiar faces.