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A while back I gave my TV away. Friends thought I lost my nut. Well, there wasn't much on of interest anyway. I got a lot more done without it that is for sure.



Today I got to thinking. I remember when we got our first color TV, it was big brown box. Had two wires sticking out the back called rabbit ears. With a bunch of fiddling and some tin foil you could get 3 stations fairly clear. I don't remember the shows sucking and what was better than Saturday morning cartoons?



So anyway, recently I moved into a place that had a room that would make a great media center. I went all out. Massive 3D plasma TV, sound absorbing wall treatments, an amplifier and speakers that would make Van Halen cringe, huge reclining seats, diming lights, satelite dish, home theater pc, blue ray player. I can watch and record 6 shows at a time, in two different rooms, picture in a picture, over 2TB of hard drive storage, internet streaming, I can watch things I've recorded on my phone while on vacation.

What is the point? Everything on TV still pretty much sucks, only now it is bigger, louder, in 3D and I can suffer through it whenever and wherever I want.



Quite frankly I spend more time on this forum and on my TW. Thanks for being there! Ya'll rock. Now get out and ride!
 

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Well I just got back from my usual saturday morning ride, and I couldn't agree with you more. We moved last year and decided no cable, no tv. I don't miss it a bit. I get my news from the internet and my wife watches movies on netflix. My son loves 70's cartoons that he can access on line. I have no idea what is going on with current tv programming and I'm completely happy with that.



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...Everything on TV still pretty much sucks, only now it is bigger, louder, in 3D and I can suffer through it whenever and wherever I want...


Dear n202diver:



You are getting old! TV is for people under the age of 25 who want to know how to be as "abnormal" as the people they see on TV. Your TW will provide the dose of "true" reality that TV watching (and flying airplanes upside down) distorts. If there was a way to get my ESPN-fix everyday, I'd do the same thing...although on a less grand scale. HA!



Your therapist in Georgia.
 

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Dear n202diver:



You are getting old! TV is for people under the age of 25 who want to know how to be as "abnormal" as the people they see on TV. Your TW will provide the dose of "true" reality that TV watching (and flying airplanes upside down) distorts. If there was a way to get my ESPN-fix everyday, I'd do the same thing...although on a less grand scale. HA!



Your therapist in Georgia.


That there's pretty funny TWerapist!



As I got get older, even my ESPN need waned. Perhaps because I have to watch everything in closed caption in order to hear it!
 

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...I have to watch everything in closed caption in order to hear it!


Admiral, you're not alone about the sound quality on today's TVs. It is as bad as the content.
 

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"DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!!



Daddy, what's a dial?
 

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I don't have cable, I still rock the rabbit ears. I get to travel for work from time to time and if I have time I surf a few cable channels in a hotel...and realize I'm not missing anything or the financial setback of cable/satellite monthly service. There are times I would like it, but it's so few and far between that I do just fine without. I actually really enjoy PBS with the rabbit ears, you can actually learn something on that channel. Otherwise I'm in the garage with the radio on...and missing the oldies music as they don't play that stuff on FM anymore (and I'm in my 20's!!). Satellite radio might actually be worth it to me...
 

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I also need a new TV, my 20 year old one quit. I have a pretty good idea on what I need,should have, want....but there just doesn't seen to be enough on to justify the expense. A lot of the shows that I like have vanished, like Superbikes and a couple of the RV shows. I guess it's more side of the road, CRT TV shopping, until TV gets better-or I give up on it. Seems like we're all in the same boat. OM
 

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My brother an I was the remote an a pipe wrench is how you fine tuned the 3 channels.We don"t have cable just what comes free through the air.
 

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I must be the only tv lovin' nerd on the board. 99 percent of tv is crap, I fill up my DVR with the other 1 percent and watch the heck out of it!



Sadly I watch more cartoons than all my kids combined.




Last ep of "House" tonight just sayin.....
 

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The other night, Velocity channel aired three 1 hour shows about Carroll Shelby's life. It was well worth watching. I had forgotten the story about Hertz calling to get a new motor for a GT-350H. By the time they realized someone had rented one and swapped out the motor, they couldn't figure out who did it.



Right now my wife and I are hopelessly hooked on Game of Thrones.



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I stopped watching broadcast television over 8-years ago, so no rabbit ears AND no cable or satellite. I agree, everything on TV just plain sucks. Also, it seems like there are more commercials (at least 8-years ago) than there are used to be. I do still have my 10-year-old TV, but I only have it to pop in a DVD, or to watch a streaming video on NetFlix when I have some downtime. Basically, I can watch what I want, when I want, and not be controlled by a schedule to watch 10-minutes of a sucky show, and 20-minutes of senseless commercials.



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Game of thrones, justified, dexter, true blood, NFL, duck dynasty, hunting shows...throw in a DVR and you've got some serious entertainment.
 

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No matter what they've done to0 TV programming, it's still programming. Feel programmed, yet?
 

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When Battlestar ended I said the heck with it. Now I'm able to get more reading and work done. The wife is pretty happy because she can spend more time on lesson plans for her class. As teachers no longer have any planning periods it's a at home project. The only problem she has is I now spend more time in the shop instead of on the couch with her.
 
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