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#1 Virtual

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 03:46 PM

I never hear anyone talk about watching television anymore. Most everyone talks about watching Netflix or YouTube or whatever, but I never hear of anyone talking about watching, for instance, the Discovery Channel, or SciFi, or ESPN, or whatever anymore. The other day, a friend of mine from the city (I live in the country) came over and said “hey let’s order some wings and watch some Netflix”. I replied, “I know of nowhere to get wings around here, and I don’t have Netflix”. He was stunned I didn’t have Netflix and that I had never watched or used Netflix. He asked why and I told him because I couldn’t get internet where I live. He asked what I did have. I said I had a DVD player and some old gaming systems (SNES and a Wii), and I said my parents have Dish Network in their house. He goes “Dish? That’s so freaking old!”

That got me to thinking, is television on its way out? Is it something people don’t consume anymore? I honestly don’t know because I’ve been out of the loop for over a decade now. I’m 28, so I have not excuse not to know what’s out there. But I’m just not a technological person at all. I’m very old school, I live in the country on hundreds of acres of land, and I’m basically a hermit. In the past decade, I only recently got another TV, and that was only because my sister was moving and had to give it to me. So I was just wondering, is television dead, For that matter, what can television do that YouTube cannot? Why is there still such a thing as television with the internet being here now? I don’t really get it. Why has the internet not made television completely obsolete?

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 01:59 AM

Preeschiate all the replies!

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 02:39 AM

Preeschiate all the replies!

Yeah, it's a pretty dead forum, largely due to the unmoderated preponderance of nutcases and cranks*. But let me at least try to answer.

 

 People evidently do still watch TV, or Trump would not get so angry about its exposure of his lies. But it might be interesting to know what proportion now watch on broadcast channels (using a radio signal and antenna),  and what proportion on internet-mediated versions.

 

However I have not had a TV since 1999. I got rid of mine when I moved to the US for a couple of years and never bothered to buy another when I came back to London in 2001. I use radio and the internet for news and the Financial Times for commentary. TV seems to be full of crap, so far as I can gather.

 

My son and I find our lives busy enough as it is. When he gets home from school we have a cup of tea and then he does homework until it is time for supper, after which he veges out for a bit (on snapchat etc with his mates)  and then he does his piano practice and then it's time for bath and bed. So when we would watch TV I have no idea, except possibly at weekends.

 

Not worth it.  

 

 

* Later footnote: See below: QED  :winknudge:


Edited by exchemist, 24 January 2019 - 03:24 AM.

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:03 AM

I think you should tone your attitude down a bit exchemist. While I might agree there are some trolls lurking around, you have not shown yourself to be far from the same page.



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 05:52 AM

Preeschiate all the replies!

 

I went without a TV for 10 years, because everything was dumbed down rubbish, for those with attention deficit disorder. Having now moved to Portugal, I thought it would be good to buy one, to help learn Portuguese. The adverts are even repeated after the next advert, just in case you forget the first advert. The news programs have the headlines and then repeat them over and over again, after 30 seconds there is nothing new. With 900 channels I thought something might be interesting, but not having a keen interest in murdering anyone yet, and not liking action movies with everyone dying like flies. I may have made a mistake buying the TV, however as part of the package I got unlimited WIFI, and access to the internet, which allows one to follow ones own line of thought, rather than sitting down in front of TV and going brain numb. 

 

Are books and conversation going out of fashion as well as TV, in favour of other means of communication


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Posted 24 January 2019 - 08:58 PM

Yeah, it's a pretty dead forum, largely due to the unmoderated preponderance of nutcases and cranks*. But let me at least try to answer.

People evidently do still watch TV, or Trump would not get so angry about its exposure of his lies. But it might be interesting to know what proportion now watch on broadcast channels (using a radio signal and antenna), and what proportion on internet-mediated versions.

However I have not had a TV since 1999. I got rid of mine when I moved to the US for a couple of years and never bothered to buy another when I came back to London in 2001. I use radio and the internet for news and the Financial Times for commentary. TV seems to be full of crap, so far as I can gather.

My son and I find our lives busy enough as it is. When he gets home from school we have a cup of tea and then he does homework until it is time for supper, after which he veges out for a bit (on snapchat etc with his mates) and then he does his piano practice and then it's time for bath and bed. So when we would watch TV I have no idea, except possibly at weekends.

Not worth it.


* Later footnote: See below: QED :winknudge:

Well firstly, I hate to break it to you, but I’m a Trump supporter, so I’m not going to be agreeing with you on your first point.

Secondly, I’m not talking about different versions of TV. I’m talking about TV, as in not the internet or YouTube or Netflix. Do people still watch television, like the DIY channel, Food Network, Speed, the Outdoor Channel, Discovery, Weather Channel, SciFi, ESPN, etc... Do people still have Dish Network and Direct TV in their homes? Or is television dead? (Note: I know some of these channels are probably either gone or have changed names, but that’s what they were last time I watched TV).

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 09:20 PM

Well firstly, I hate to break it to you, but I’m a Trump supporter, so I’m not going to be agreeing with you on your first point.

Secondly, I’m not talking about different versions of TV. I’m talking about TV, as in not the internet or YouTube or Netflix. Do people still watch television, like the DIY channel, Food Network, Speed, the Outdoor Channel, Discovery, Weather Channel, SciFi, ESPN, etc... Do people still have Dish Network and Direct TV in their homes? Or is television dead? (Note: I know some of these channels are probably either gone or have changed names, but that’s what they were last time I watched TV).

I havn't had or watched cable or satellite in...a long ass time. I honestly can't remember how long it's been. It never sat well with me that I'd pay for a service, only to have that service interrupted every few minutes because someone else paid them too. Commercials and advertisements in general just became too much too often. At least with the old ad-based internet you got something for free out of it, why the hell should I pay to watch obnoxious begging for my money?

With a very select few exceptions I go out of my way to make all advertising budgets a complete waste of money though adblock. The massive amount of advertisement signage in real life bothers me almost as much... but at least with the billboards above the urinals at the bar I've got something to aim at to show my displeasure.