posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 12:26 AM
I've never been a big tv addict (though I know people who are and it drives me bonkers!!!!), as when I was a child there were like maybe 5 or 6
channels, if you counted both UHF and VHF (anyone recall when tv's had two dials, one for VHF and one for UHF? You know, back in the days when if you
had a remote control at all it was the size and weight of a brick and had three buttons - volume, power and channel up/down?).
When I moved out of my parents' house years ago I had a tv, with "expanded basic" satellite service. I watched maybe 2 hours a day, including news
and a favorite show or two. I don't watch commercials, though I do listen to some of them while I have the news on when I'm fixing dinner. Even in
the days before Tivos I would record a prime time show on my VCR (which I still do, can't afford a Tivo and the service charge) and then watch it
later on that night.
I watch maybe 2-3 hours a day, but less than that total because zip thru the commercials and a given show may only be 45 mins long without them.
I prefer educational stuff over fiction, though I watch both. I like nature and science shows on Discovery, History, National Geo, Animal Planet and
the Science Channel. Those, and the networks/news, would be the only channels I'd "need". On "regular" tv I watch Dr.Phil sometimes,
occasionally the Doctors, Heroes and V. I generally am only interested in sci-fi on primetime tv. I am a fan of Lost but I had a VCR mishap and got
way behind so I will be renting the DVDs when the last ones come out. I also like Primeval, which comes on the BBC America, but I've been renting
them lately. If I'm really bored I might record a bad movie on the Sci-Fi channel, and I do like a few of the series they have, like Eureka.
I could live w/o a tv (meaning cable/satellite subscription) as long as I was able to rent DVDs of my favorite shows or at least watch them online.
Now my mom, otoh, is an addict. If her Tivo unit goes out she flies into a panic. If the satellite dish quits picking up the signal, she goes
ballistic. Her old tv broke a few months ago and I swear you would have thought that the roof blew off the house. It was that kind of panic. If her
tv goes out, for whatever reason, you might as well declare it a national emergency.
If my tv goes out, and there's a show on I want to tape, I'm like "Aw, ____", and then I resolve to get the problem corrected as soon as I am able
and then plan on taping the show later or catching it online. But I don't fly into a tizzy.