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Life Without TV

On Tuesday, I decided to quit intentionally watching TV. What that means is that I'm not specifically anti-TV, I just decided that I don't have time for it anymore. There are a lot of shows that I love (Heroes, e.g.). I just don't have time to keep up with them. So instead of watching them when they are broadcast, I'll wait 'till they get on DVD and add them to my Netflix queue.

I'm serious about this. One of the first things I did when I got home from work Tuesday night was delete a handful of shows from the DVR that I hadn't gotten around to watching yet and cancel all of the upcoming recordings were scheduled. It didn't even hurt when I deleted the unwatched Heroes or canceled future recordings of The Closer and Saving Grace.

Now, when I watch TV, it will be to watch a DVD that I have. If someone else is watching TV, I won't go out of my way to avoid it. But I'm not going to seek it out anymore.



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Oct. 4th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I do not have broadcast, cable or satellite. All of the TV that I watch is on DVD. I watch what I choose to watch (and still sometimes choose to watch too much) but I can't and don't watch just because.
Oct. 5th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
If it were up to me, I'd eliminate all non-DVD TV from my house immediately.
Oct. 5th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Good for you. There isn't much that's good on TV anymore, at least on network TV. I think there are some worthwhile shows on Discovery and related channels, and on SPEED. :D And you know I like Sleuth TV, but otherwise, not much of it interests me anymore too.
Oct. 5th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Wow. I watched nearly an hour of TV last night, after I came home from 14 hours of work. That makes an hour in the last 3 weeks or so. I think I'm going to cut my cable subscription substantially.
Oct. 5th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
I may have mentioned this before, but I sold my television before moving to Atlanta, because the cash and room in the moving truck were both more valuable to me. I'd meant to replace it when I got here but never got around to doing that...which means that for the last 15 months I've only had the DVD player in my computer and the news/weather I can get off the Internet.

The only time I ever miss it is when I can't participate in work related conversations beginning with, "did you see [show] last night?" In my mind that's a very minor annoyance.

Given that I didn't miss it enough to try and replace the television immediately, after a few months I canceled those plans. It's nice to not have a cable bill and I think I'm better off for not even owning a television.

(Okay, I did eventually buy one of those portable 5" black/white numbers, but that's strictly for power-off emergencies. Other than an initial check of the operation, it's consistently been up on a shelf above my desk.)
Oct. 5th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Most of the time, if I turn on my TV the next thing I see is one of the following:

1) A sports broadcast
2) A DVD
3) A game console logo

That's pretty much it.
Oct. 5th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
It's not really without TV if you are gonna watch the DVDs. But I appreciate your serious time-shifting.

And The Closer and Saving Grace seasons are over anyway. Those are short-season (10 eps? 13?) shows, like Monk and Eureka and Psych.

I've vowed not to let the TV interfere (well "vowed" is too strong of a word), and to really USE the DVR.
Oct. 5th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those TNT shows are over now, but they'll be back next season. And I won't be watching them when they come back.

It's not that I'm against TV. I'm against passive viewing, which is what I used to do a lot of. The DVR made my viewing more active, but still....
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