Skip to comments.Gave up TV.
Posted on 04/10/2013 5:28:06 AM PDT by Quickgun
I gave up satellite TV over a year ago now. I get all my news either here, Drudge Report, Breitbart, or my local newspaper has a webpage, as the local TV station,for local news. The wife and I do more things together, We hardly miss the few channels we used to watch some, such as the History channel, Discovery. We were paying over $100 a month to "fund the enemy". Network news,like many posters here have commented, has become nothing but a propaganda tool. Let them preach to their choir, I say. What do others here at FR think?
Great! I gave up TV about three years ago and never missed it. Still rent movies though.
I’m now giving up Google and going to startpage.com. It’s just as good and 100% private. In fact they get their search results through Google.
Good for you. Do you have kids? It will pay benefits beyond your understanding to not allow the world to pollute their minds.
Good idea, I’d like to, but the kids like watching Netflix and I also like the documentaries and occasional sporting event. Some day I hope to blow thw damned thing up though. Already took a couple old TV out and shot them up with shotguns. Pretty fun, but big mess to clean up afterwards.
Darn.....my kids always say we are the only people on the planet without cable. I hate to have to disappoint them.
Find any History channel stuff on youtube.com.
Threw out the TV during the OJ trial. Discovered something called “reading.”
I gave up TV completely ten years ago. Haven’t missed it. I have more than enough other ways to waste time.
I don’t get much news from TV.
TV here is primarily entertainment.
I admire you; I could never do it as I’m too weak and in the business.
Now, I think the hardest part for most Freepers, who give up television, is the inability to resist going out of their way to jump on “TV related” threads and post to the rest of us that “they no longer watch TV”. Please NEVER do that! :)
Gave up TV long since. Even here in Norway, it’s like having a direct feed to the right brain of Obama and the left brain of Stalin, with HAMAS and Al Quaida as the daily guests.
I watch movies. On tape and dvd. Non-agitprop movies. No “Little Mosque on the Prairie” either.
My children are grown, and have moved away, but I would have given it up anyway. I had some problems with one of them, and i really believe TV was part of it.
Same thing here - I mostly didn’t watch TV anyway, so it didn’t really bother me to pull the plug on cable. I would much rather read, and I can buy a ton of used books for the $100/month I’m saving...
I watch a little of FoxNews at other people's houses if they have it on and refuse to turn it off while they have guests.
Mostly, TV bores me, or grosses me out. The little bit that is of value is completely swamped by the overwhelming amount of bull$#it.
I gave up watching television in the late nineties. FR is my springboard.
My wife and I have never had cable. But I do have Netflix
Wow, I had no idea so many others have given it up!
Back in the Jimmuh Cahtah days I chucked the television out the door onto the concrete patio. Didn’t watch television for several years, but then got remarried, and joined Mrs. in TV watching again, but not nearly as much as I had before chucking the TV out the sliding door when I was single.
Fast forward to the 1990’s, and the TV watching ground to a halt once again with the media love affair with the Clinton’s, and all things Leftist. Never went back to watching television with any regularity again even during GW Bush era, but did once in awhile to check on something current.
I do NOT to this day watch television. I see it on as I pass by Mrs. RQSR watching her shows, but I don’t watch the damned thing as when I do focus on something she is watching I feel like picking up the television, and chuckin’ it out the sliding door onto the concrete patio.
I think it’s a wonderful thing for your mental health. It’s brain poison. I don’t even miss Discovery and History channels, I noticed how they revised history and science to the left’s agenda wherever feasible. I can get “Shark Week” from iTunes, and even the latest seasons of that have been mush. “See the cute little sharky, see the stupid human take a swim with Mr Jaws, oops, Mr Jaws likes stupid humans, for dinner”. “Sharks are the kitties of the sea”. Ughhh.
Gave up cable in the Fall. Took the young one (16) two weeks to notice.
Pointless to pay for if your never watch it.
Did you realize almost anything worth watching shows up on the net ~ might have to pay a few bucks but it's worth it.
Recently we got into the Korean Historical Dramas ~ Great Queen Seondeok is our current hot item. Watched Yi San and Dong Yi ~ and a few short subjects of 20 weeks or less.
So, why watch this Korean drek? Well, it's not drek although there's a running gag through all the shows that when someone goes away for a month or so and then comes back other people, maybe even their own mothers, might not recognize them ~ so it's not just us when it comes to Koreans ~ they have the same problem.
BTW, part of that problem is the very high density of Beauty Contest winners and runner ups in the cast ~ just outstanding! Still, the costumes and the period furniture and household goods are spot on ~
BTW, this latest show is set in the 600s ~ in the Dark Ages, and while Europe had a full bore Dark Age only the Northern Half of China did, so the courts and wealthy people evacuated South to create the Tang Dynasty. Tang is overwhelmed with refugees much as is Silla and the adjacent Korean language speaking states. Otherwise there's not much going on in what we today think of as the very heart of China ~ the great industrial cities of the North!
In Western Europe Brittany, Cornwall and Wales were THE major powers, and Spain had not yet been invaded by the Arabs, and it probably wasn't a place you'd care to visit anyway at that time. Germany and France did not exist.
Japan was still a bunch of silk kingdoms, Chinese rice farmers, and the Emeshi! The invaders from Silla, who'd earlier invaded Silla from Yakutia, were at that moment still engaged in the early stages of their 900 years war to Create and Unite Japan!
Silla ~ the focus of The Great Queen series, seems to have been an economic hot spot compared to everywhere else at that time, yet we join the story in the latter stages of an 80 year Great Drought in the China/Korea border areas ~ where political power is wielded by folks with climate almanacs left over from the Wei.
These are themes usually found only in Science Fiction, but for the folks 1400 years ago this was daily living.
Gave up Comcast & Google.... Now try OpenOffice so you can give Microsoft a shove out the door....
Didn’t see that thread, I did a search, but I guess I didn’t use the right keywords.
Kudos. We did the same to cable TV after Christmas 2011. Have NOT regretted it. And is was not because of the cost; it was making us all unhappy and/or angry.
Besides, the cable news channels really were not keeping us informed about the news we wanted to hear. Just the “news” that fit the socialist agenda.
I learned that I didn’t need to see the massive amount of ballgames and sports that I once did.
Get PBS and local channels free. Also get my state's bill committee hearings that our Gov now has on TV - (fantastic. Our reps are a bit more careful now, don'tcha think, with their every word open for all to see and hear?)
Pay 7.98 a month for Netflix - movies, series, old and new, on MY time schedule and in half the time - no commercials.
Also, History, Nat Geo, etc are all free online.I get favorite series - for example, NBC’s “Revolution” and A&E's “Longmire” - and other others direct from channels online, free. They air them online one day later than TV airing.
In addition, you can get FOX and channels throughout the world on PCTV.
And I have my ‘puter linked to my TV so’s I can watch them on the flat screen in the comfort of my wing-back lounger.
Anyone who still pays for cable/satellite are throwing money away.
Cable/satellite are dying a deserved death.
I’ve saved about $500 since I cut the cable.
My kids are grown but they never got into scheduled TV shows. They’ve convinced me to go INTERNET and DVDs.
“I’ll have to re-re-re-review the History of Toilets. Fascinating how it swirls. I get mesmerized.”
Isis, sweetie, is that you? I told you to stay off the internet. I keep thinking about how I came home to a house full of iridescent feathers. Five thousand bucks charged to my PayPal account. I said, “Sweetie, don’t tell me you ate this bird. Says here it speaks five languages.” And, you said, “Well, it should said something.”
The History of Asphalt was good. Brought up the fact that things are being paved over ... Kind of like being covered up.
you post: “I too gave up a long time ago. I miss the History channel though”
You’ve got a ‘puter - get any channel you want, free, online.
Also, a lot of their programs are also on YouTube, like this one, one of my favorites.
Also see my post #30 -
Bravo! Going on 5 years for us with a 10 year old in the house.
NOTHING during that conversation was said about extending contract. DirecTV's Billing Dept reversed the $125 charge, they are sending me a check for $26.+ charged for upcoming month. Took 5 phone calls, with associated irritating auto menus, but can be done.
Now using Netflix, Hulu through Apple TV and AirPlay. Yet to check out Roku.
Only News show watched was FoxNews, but as high-info type, never saw anything there I did not know already.
A family needs TV like Hell needs more fireplaces.
Sorry LBI but you really should respect us former TV addicts the same as you do someone who quit smoking and/or drinking excessively. When one does, one is enthused to share with other friends the good news. FReepers are friends, aren’t we?
Was full-time in the biz nearly four decades and I do regret what it has come to.
History Cannel devolved to Celebrity Chefs Alligator Wrestling.
yep ... free TV works. I went to an antenna box. Have local. Spouse couldn’t give up American Adal (yep, misspelled on porpoise). There was a huge fight over the shopping network channel in the house. There was no ammo being sold.
Yep, if they just want to worship Obama, and not even tell us who has .22LR in stock,they are worthless. And, giving it up meant more time for reloading..
History does, occasionally, do some good docs. Like thiis one - but don’t need cable to see -
Gave up cable and satellite here a year ago. We still have the antenna for off the air, mostly crap anyway.
Thanks, Resettozero - have a great point! Also, congratulations.
I don’t think that I could do it. Maybe if I start reading those things called “bu- ...bo... boo...books!” Yeah... “books”!
PS - What did you do in the TV biz?
I haven’t watched MSM for years the only News is what comes from the net. I have a radio show I do 5 nights a week that keeps me busy.
I do watch Western channel and a few movies on Encore. The Girls watch several shows that are appealing to them but I am uaually parked in front of the monitor!
As far as TV News goes it seems like the Commentators are always in a high piched voice trying to stir panic. The Weatherman can’t stand it when there is no catastrophic storm brewing from the west! Philly News breaks into any show to show some truck overturned on the freeway for an hour so you’d miss whatever you were watching anyway! So the PC keeps me entertained for the most part! Especially FR lol!
My wife watches it but I find it boring. I do watch Combat! and Hogan’s Heroes on Youtube.
Welcome to the club!
I gave up TV when I moved last year and have not missed it!
Since then I get all my news here or drudge or satellite radio (WORTH IT!!!) patriot station, and I am still way more informned on what is going on than anyone else around here.
There are also so many trainign videos on YouTube and other places- I have leanred how to pour concrete, do roofing, landscaping, motorcycle and auto repair, raising chickens, gardening for food, and there is so much more to learn I cant imagine ever stopping to search for new things to learn!
There is a wealth of knowlege online- learn it now before the SHTF
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