Getting rid of TV altogether?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by imageWIS, May 21, 2008.

  1. ThinkandDrive

    ThinkandDrive Well-Known Member

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    The DVR was probably the best purchase overall.

    I'm with you 100% on that one. I had a hard time convincing my wife that TiVo was something which would actually benefit us. We kept missing the first ten minutes of a show, or skipping an episode. We actually got one of the last TiVo models with a DVD burner on it PLUS a lifetime subscription, just before they stopped offering them.

    We now have shows we definitely watch and no longer plop in front of the TV "to see what's on." It has the added benefit that I no longer know what networks have what shows at what time. I'm not beholden to their schedule any more.

    We do have the set turned on in the morning for news and weather.
     
  2. Nahmeanz

    Nahmeanz Senior member

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    I pretty much only watch sports.
     
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    I moved in to a very small apartment for graduate school 2 years ago and did not (more like couldn't afford) a new TV. I bought an eyetv hybrid (USB ATSC tuner) for my desktop computer which allows me to watch over the air HD signals. I pretty much just use it a few times a year for major sporting events. I acquire the few shows I do watch via other means.
     
  4. caelte

    caelte Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I keep the tv on at the shop with no sound , like a fireplace.
    What I need to stop is the internet.
     
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    TV is awesome. Don't know how people can do without it. Wouldn't want to try.
     
  6. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    About 10 yrs ago I spent 6 months in the Philippines w/ no tv, no radio, no computer.

    It helped me think, pray, read, write poetry. Most creative time of my life.

    But I think it's like any kind of fasting: great temporarily, but not something I'd want to do for a lifetime.
     
  7. caelte

    caelte Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    TV is awesome. Don't know how people can do without it. Wouldn't want to try.
    We will be free, tv must die.
     
  8. Matt

    Matt [email protected]

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    I like to sleep with the TV on...I dont really know why, just always have.

    Otherwise, I could basically live without it.

    I only really watch stuff that I download anyhow - even the serials I get into such as Heroes, I download cos it will take another year before Vietnam airs them.

    I suppose doing without TV also precludes DVDs though, which I do watch pretty regularly, and wouldnt want to confine to the 14.1 inch display of my laptop, especially since I mostly watch them with my gf, and huddled around my screen isnt really ideal for that.
     
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    By the way, watching tv on your computer is still watching tv.
     
  10. West24

    West24 Senior member

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    or is it? if a tree falls and noone is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
     
  11. ghulkhan

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    The internet is 10x worse than television

    Yes, but sadly I think my life would be a bit worse without it.

    As for a TV, I have not had one since I started boarding school which was about 8 years ago. Its more fun to watch the good TV shows on DVD.
     
  12. caelte

    caelte Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like to sleep with the TV on...I dont really know why, just always have. Otherwise, I could basically live without it. I only really watch stuff that I download anyhow - even the serials I get into such as Heroes, I download cos it will take another year before Vietnam airs them. I suppose doing without TV also precludes DVDs though, which I do watch pretty regularly, and wouldnt want to confine to the 14.1 inch display of my laptop, especially since I mostly watch them with my gf, and huddled around my screen isnt really ideal for that.
    By the way, watching tv on your computer is still watching tv.
    DVDs don't count.
     
  13. Matt

    Matt [email protected]

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    By the way, watching tv on your computer is still watching tv.
    The way I read it, Jon is asking whether not purchasing a TV (as in the set) when he moves negatively impacts his life. I am kinda reading this as a practical question of 'do I have to put a TV on my shopping list when I move' rather than a quasi-philosophical discussion about the delivery medium of televised programming. Given that he will still have his computer, he will be able to download various shows and watch them without a trip to the TV department at Circuit City.
    DVDs don't count.
    but if he is saying he is simply not going to buy a TV when he moves north, then other than huddling around his PC (or using a projector)...then DVDs are out too. Baby goes with bathwater there.
     
  14. Laffertron

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    I've gone without the TV before, and I've found the best way to use television is to pick a few shows a week that you really want to watch and only turn on the TV to watch them, then turn it straight off. Discipline is the key to enjoying it otherwise you find yourself wallowing in your own laziness sitting in front of the box getting raped in the mind by wave after wave of shitty shows.
     
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    I've gone without the TV before, and I've found the best way to use television is to pick a few shows a week that you really want to watch and only turn on the TV to watch them, then turn it straight off. Discipline is the key to enjoying it otherwise you find yourself wallowing in your own laziness sitting in front of the box getting raped in the mind by wave after wave of shitty shows.

    I agree...but I still stick to the DVR argument so those 3-4 shows a week that I really want to watch are recorded and I don't have to care about schedules or anything.

    The added benefit of course is that 30 minute shows only take 20 minutes to watch because I get to skip all the commercials [​IMG]
     

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