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Old 04-15-2013, 08:23 AM   #211
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Very interesting Sherry. Thanks for posting.

People are often incredulous when I tell them I don't have cable.

I'll sign up for cable when the providers offer their channels a la carte and I only have to pay for channels that I'm interested in.

I'm not holding my breath!
That's the biggest problem that I have, all those channels that I would be forced to pay for that I don't want. And another thing that bugs me, is that there is always a channel or two that you want, but it isn't on the basic tier, you have to jump a tier or two to get what you want to watch, then you are paying more money, and gaining more useless channels. All this before you even think of premium channels!

Many of the people that I hang around with (20s-30s age group) don't have cable. They get what they need over the air or online. They also tend to be creative types and avid readers. Even without cable, we, in this household watch a lot of TV.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #212
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Same here. I hate that the one or two channels I want, that would seemingly fit in with all the other channels of that genre, are in another package.

I stayed up and watched Vikings last night on TV. The past few weeks I have watched the series online. Even though I was watching the shows on my monitor at work I much preferred the whole experience of the show.
When did they start showing you a clip of something in the next segment before cutting to the commercial? That's as stupid as these shows that start out after a commercial by recapping the previous segment... like we're too stupid to remember what went on 3 minutes earlier. Just show the dang show. I don't need them jumping forward. I'll see that part when we get to it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:42 AM   #213
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When I had the full range of cable I found that the 80/20 rule kicked in.

I spent 80% of my time watching 20% or less of the available channels.

Now without cable it is still the same.

I am a creature of habit and look forward to certain programs week after week.

If it is Sunday it is EastEnders, if it is Thursday it is Person of Interest etc...

It is really not much different now than it was when I was a kid and we only had three television networks to choose from.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:39 AM   #214
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The TV is on all the time, Shrek changes channels as he likes and then goes to sleep. Usually I just ignore what is on, but some programs annoy me and I will change them if he is sleeping through it. I think I'm going to just start turning it off when he goes to sleep. I wish most of the shows I like were not on cable, I would really miss BBC America.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #215
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The TV is on all the time, Shrek changes channels as he likes and then goes to sleep. Usually I just ignore what is on, but some programs annoy me and I will change them if he is sleeping through it. I think I'm going to just start turning it off when he goes to sleep. I wish most of the shows I like were not on cable, I would really miss BBC America.
I think you should invest in an inexpensive universal remote.

When Shrek flips the channel you can flip it back.

This one is right out of Grumpy Old Men!
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #216
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I think you should invest in an inexpensive universal remote.

When Shrek flips the channel you can flip it back.

This one is right out of Grumpy Old Men!
That would be fun...

I feel triumphant in getting him to stop switching to Letterman at night and wandering off. He said, "I thought you liked it!" Nope, it's just what you always switch to and then wander off. I never turn the TV on, while he was in the hospital the only thing that was on was a music channel, I watched nothing the two weeks he was in the hospital and rehab.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:25 PM   #217
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I am a creature of habit and look forward to certain programs week after week.

If it is Sunday it is EastEnders, if it is Thursday it is Person of Interest etc...

It is really not much different now than it was when I was a kid and we only had three television networks to choose from.
Same here except for me my two must watch are "Castle" on Monday nights (although, I must confess, they rerun old episodes here on the weekends, two networks and the same two reruns on each, just different times - we try to catch each episode, but only once) and "BBT" on Thursdays. LOVE those nerds!
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #218
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The TV is on all the time, Shrek changes channels as he likes and then goes to sleep. Usually I just ignore what is on, but some programs annoy me and I will change them if he is sleeping through it. I think I'm going to just start turning it off when he goes to sleep. I wish most of the shows I like were not on cable, I would really miss BBC America.

That would be fun...
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...........I never turn the TV on, while he was in the hospital the only thing that was on was a music channel, I watched nothing the two weeks he was in the hospital and rehab.
When Himself falls asleep watching something I'll turn the volume down a little. If that doesn't wake him in a minute or two, *poof* off goes the TV.

Hmm, didn't turn TV shows on the whole time Shrek wasn't home? There has to be somewhere you could ship him off to - just not as drastic as a hospital. Then again, in my DH's case the kitty just might trip him coming down the steps. (*gasp* Did I type that with my "outside fingers"? ... )
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That would be fun...

I feel triumphant in getting him to stop switching to Letterman at night and wandering off. He said, "I thought you liked it!" Nope, it's just what you always switch to and then wander off. I never turn the TV on, while he was in the hospital the only thing that was on was a music channel, I watched nothing the two weeks he was in the hospital and rehab.
Those music channels put me to sleep at night. I listen to soft classicals. Very soothing. Something I can hum to.
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The TV is on all the time, Shrek changes channels as he likes and then goes to sleep. Usually I just ignore what is on, but some programs annoy me and I will change them if he is sleeping through it. I think I'm going to just start turning it off when he goes to sleep. I wish most of the shows I like were not on cable, I would really miss BBC America.
If you turn off the TV, it will wake him up for sure!
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