About a year ago I called Dish Network and changed my account to local TV channels only – for $5.95/month. Today I called them and cancelled the account altogether. It took a little while and many offers were made, but I kept telling the account specialist that the Dish Network provides a fine service and that the lack of content was the reason I was cancelling my account – well, that and the fact that I can’t subscribe to a single channel for a certain time, say a month or two…
I think TV is making the same mistake the music biz made. While the industry was finalizing the high-end audio delivery via DVD Audio discs, people quickly chose mp3 players for their portability and ease… and I can’t imagine people going nuts over the new hi-def TVs, because hi-def shit is still shit, n’est pas! A dirty paperback that contains a great novel will ALWAYS trump a pristine hardcover with an inferior story.
I agree, I’ve found myself watching TV less and less lately (especially when you cut out the daily Seinfeld reruns, which consist of about half of my TV watching!). I think for everyone who has time to watch, there are a few gems that we really love–personally, I would find it tough to function without 24 or Curb Your Enthusiasm!–but I love how to watch two shows on network and one on cable (or whatever your particular inclination is), it’s necessary to order the other 523 channels you don’t watch :)
Ottmar, I went without TV for 3 years….and recently went back when I brought High Speed access into my house. I’m feeling the frustration all over again, and I’m remembering why I cancelled it to start with. Once my “Trial” membership is up….I’m done with it, again. You’re absolutely right. A La Carte TV programming is the way to go, but the industry has missed the boat. Why would I want to subscribe to OLN for a whole year, just to see a month of the Tour de France?
Well, I think the main reason, why â€œtheyâ€ send us all this shallow crap to home, is because we watch TV only for some sort of background-entertainment. We donâ€™t really follow the show or whatsoever weâ€™re watching; we just need some noise that comes out of our â€œHD 3000.- bucksâ€ TV to satisfy the need forâ€¦ whatever we need then.
For example, Iâ€™ve found me again and again sitting in front of my computer, do some serious working or spending time with my guitar practice, when my TV was up and running. Donâ€™t ask me what Iâ€™ve been watching at this time or which channel Iâ€™ve dropt in, since I simply donâ€™t know it and I donâ€™t even bother! It was, with accent on was, like a deeply ingrained ritual of me that when Iâ€™m at home the TV has to run. Wired after all isnâ€™t it?!
And right this wired and in a way restless acting, are we showing most of the time. Weâ€™re watching TV, parenthetically only of course; we listening to music parenthetically only too and so on and on. To get it to a point, maybe we arenâ€™t interested in a higher-standard TV program with subjects of culture, philosophy or documentations, maybe we want it this way because itâ€™s simple.
If TV breaks ,DON’T fix it.
OTTMAR, I got rid of my cable four months ago. I seem to get alot more done during the day and my quality of life is better. Have I missed TV? I will admit however, that last week after my dog chewed up the power cord to computer moniter, there was few moments where I missed TV.