Los Angeles — Some people have had it with TV. They´ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don´t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They´re tired of $100-plus monthly bills. A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don´t even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. (Snip) Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group "Zero TV" households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from
Comments: No Obama/Celebrity worship/cultural shaping box in the home? Dangerous subversives is what I call ´em, and I hope Neilsen reports them to the government. (Of course, our Neilsen surveys go straight into the trash, so we stay happily in the shadows.)
Why have the alphabets/npr/pbs and much of cable, authentically become the vast TV, ´´wasteland?´´ ...The American people know when they are being spoon-fed statist propaganda through the entirety of the PC media pawns´ programming and they also know who is dictating it. TV used to be both entertaining and informative, but it has lost credibility on BOTH counts since the radical statists got tenure!
None of our grown children´s have cable TV and they restrict the general viewing in their homes. As a result, the grandchildren devour books, enjoy school, love the outdoors and re well-adjusted. What is wrong with that?
We are going to cut our bill in half by going to basic coverage. TV shows are boring. No one would laugh at the stupid comedies if there weren´t a laugh track telling them what is funny. The reality shows are trash. I can´t believe that people watch dumb shows like hoarding and addictions or Kardashians. The news shows are no longer about the news. They are fluff like the National Enquirer. They don´t report real news because it might not put their King Obama in a good light. We are disgusted by what we are exposed to. I get more news and facts from Lucianne than anywhere else. Keep up the good work, Lucianne and staff.
We grew up with cable in the ´80s. I continued the practice as an adult through most of the ´90s, followed by DirectTV for a few years into the early ´00s.
I went overseas for a year and when I returned to the States, I decided not to renew either. I got tired of an increasing monthly bill for channels that I rarely watched.
I´ve lived without TV for about 10 years now. I may be in the dark about the latest water cooler buzz about the previous nights TV shows but I still do not miss it at all. Looking back, I realize all of the steady indoctrination and subtle subversion spewed daily via TV was increasingly at odds with my value system. It was not worth the time, money and cultural rot. Far better to spend time with family, friends or reading a good book.
Me too #1 and #8. My husband refuses to get rid of it because he´s a sports nut. I could live without. I´ve got Netflix, History and A&E apps so I can watch my favorite shows for free. Netflix and TheBlaze TV I pay for less than $20 a month which is fine. I really don´t watch tv at all.
We sold the TV set in 1984 and raised some normal children since then. I work at a Christian rock RADIO station and tell other that God did not mean for pictures to fly through the air. SPORTS? Local High School sports is actually more exiting especially when live and in-person.
In 1962 Newton Minnow, head of the FCC called TV the "vast wasteland". It´s more like an overflowing cesspool now. I´m glad there is MeTV, RTV, Antenna TV that carry fun old shows that aren´t loaded with filth.
I quit cable in February. Consider it payback to Hollywood for their support of all things I don´t approve of. Plus, somehow I suspect that some of those hefty taxes on my bill go to pay for some Obama supporters free cable.
I just watch sports or home remodeling shows, or the shopping networks for a laugh at what people are spending their money on. For what I´m paying per month, it´s not worth it. The reality shows have taken over due to the entertainment industry being devoid of ideas. Even bad movies are getting re-makes to bad movies. Actors have lost their edge by becoming political pundits. And forget the mass media which has been taken over by communists. They cut their own noses to spite their faces, look in a mirror, see ugly, and don´t even know it. So yeah, its time to unplug.
We cut the cable recently and could be happier. The best thing is that my husband and I can vet individual episodes of TV shows before we let our goddaughter watch them. That way we can all still enjoy a show but can keep the inappropriate stuff away from her. Netflix is great. We find the BBC shows and the documentaries to be particularly enjoyable.
Please to explain the antenna = free channels. We´re moving perhaps this Summer and when I unhook, I have no plans to reup, but we DO like SOME TV. Food network, Fox, DIY, nature programs etc. Never watch local networks, sports, shopping, religious or kids channels and we never upgraded to movie channels. But yeah, $70 a month for what´s left is way too much. Won´t sign on again in new house. Might be interested in antenna thing. Is that a Radio Shack item?
Folks who like the British mysteries (many of which are on Netflix) may want to check out acornonline.com/acorntv. You need an account to watch, but that just means giving them an email address so they can try to sell you stuff or upgrade you from "free" to $2.99 per month. (kind of like hulu and hulu premium)
Most TV news is leftist propaganda lies, very few TV shows are worth watching. Most channels have current content totally unrelated to their names. Any history on the History Channel? Any weather on the Weather Channel? Garbage channels, about 85-90%.
If they don´t put out some interesting shows, how can they expect anyone to watch?
We ditched our Dish a couple months ago. When the woman on the other end of the customer service line asked me why we were getting rid of it, I stated "I am tired of paying good money to be insulted by hypocrites." She didn´t seem to get the point. They cab all go suck eggs.
Why the hell do we want to spend $100 for a product that does not please us? The only thing good on TV any more is NCIS, and the only TV News network that we marginally trust is Fox News.
If the Cable companies allowed us to pick and choose, and we didn´t have to pay for the rest of the garbage, I might reconsider. In the meantime there are DVDs, Video Games, Drudgereport, Lucianne and Briebart.
We got rid of DIRECTV over two years ago and have not missed it at all. We stream Netflix for $8 mo and have Amazon Prime. We also use ROKU which has tons of stuff. We have saved nearly $2500 in just over a year. For sports we have MLB.com for $100yr which includes every game and every team thru the world series. There is also NHL and NBA if you like that.
The Broadcasters pretty much have lost that luxury of having a dumb terminal that was hard-wired to the Networks in the home years ago, and have been floundering due to the competition and subsequent dilution of product on cable. The sad fact is that if their transmitting towers fell over today they would lose maybe 15% of their viewers because most of them get the networks on cable. Now that more and more people are turning to the internet for news and entertainment they are losing them too. Broadcasters are going the way of newspapers which are going the way of the buggy whip and there isn´t much they can do about it unless they come up with some creative programming that draws people back to them. AM radio was in the same predicament in the 70s and 80s. They tried various technologies to give a shot in the arm of AM, (stereo, AMax) but there just wasn´t any way to compete on even a similar platform with FM for sound quality. Talk radio (mostly conservative) saved their bacon. Maybe the Networks should consider honesty and conservative programming, including in-depth news and talk instead. Take off the knee-pads and stop pushing 20 second sound bites for liberal democrats. Try being real journalists for a change. The results may surprise you!
I was introduced to Roku ( roku.com )by my daughter about three years back. She got one and within a month, shut her cable off. For less than $42 a month, she gets the stuff she wants to watch and when she wants to watch it. I got one and now not only did I shut my cable off, I have five Roku channels of my own. From circle track racing, to all kinds of local sports, religious programming from multiple churches, to (TEA Party) politics, I own the channel and I control what it plays and when it plays it! It´s a hobby that turned into a lot more.
I haven´t owned a television in six years. I get my news and entertainment from the Internet, the radio, and from my books and CD´s. When people come to my house, we actually sit and talk to each other without having to shout over a television. I am a happier person without an idiot box. Maybe one of you could tell me who Kim Kardashian is because I have no idea.
My husband insists on having DirecTV ( we live in the boonies far from any cable service ) for watching sports. For about a decade I didn´t watch TV at all but now I tune in once a week to watch NCIS. When it´s no longer on, I´ll go back to not watching anything again. Books are so much better than all of the trash that passes for television these days.
The future is a single fiber optic network to deliver internet, telephone, and entertainment. (It´s what our Emperor should have followed through with the Pork ..er..Stimulus. It would have been the modern equivalent of the interstate highway system.) It will save expensive infrastructure and precious RF spectrum, cutting cost to deliver programming while giving customers more choice and control over what they watch. The technology is here, but advertisers must grudgingly make the switch. Services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu are refining the model to make it profitable, yet cost-effective. The future is here - almost.
I´ve cut my satellite and don´t miss it, despite a few shortcomings of streaming.
I cancelled my DirecTV recently too. When the service rep asked me why, I told him I was tired of the propaganda. They sent me mailers to re-up for $29/month (down from the $85 I had been paying), but I just trash them. It was way too much to be paying to listen to all too liberal weekend Fox News and Environmental extremist Weather channel. I´m much happier getting things done around the house, reading, and getting info on the internet.
I am glad to see that ´zero TV´ homes are a growing trend. I know I have mentioned here on Lucianne a few times that I kicked Time Warner cable out of my home about a year and a half ago and couldn´t be happier. Since then I have saved well over a thousand dollars and life is much more peaceful. Every year the cable TV bill kept getting higher and the TV programming kept getting worse and worse. It was getting very tedious to watch 20-plus minutes worth of commercials every hour, plus watching the biased cheerleaders for the Obama regime wasn´t worth paying money for any more, we aren´t even getting any real news. So TV is mostly garbage nowadays.
I have my TV on 24/7 and have a zillion channels - I also would like to pick and choose which ones I want to watch Everyone is different - I like the noise, some shows that I watch and others I go back to reading or surfing the internet. I would be lost without the TV, the internet or the telephone.
The L clan turned off DirecTV last summer when we started some major remodeling work, and didn’t switch it back on till this year’s Super Bowl. Over the last couple of months we’ve been mildly entertained by occasional HGTV and cooking shows, or a good old movie now and then, but none of it’s been worth $85 a month.
We’re still debating the details, but one way or t´other, Zero TV is gaining another household. The capper was last week, when on the way home from dinner we were caught for almost half an hour in a major traffic snarl that had no visible cause. Expecting some coverage, we tuned in the local 11 p.m. news – and sat through 20 minutes of ads and 40 minutes of rehashed national and regional anti-gun, anti-Israel, pro-Obama, pro-gay ‘marriage’ propaganda, with not a word about a local occurrence that affected several hundred people.
Multiply that by five or six days a week and by however many tens of millions of Americans who are lapping it up – is it any surprise things are the way they are?
Shows appealing to the lowest common denominator is bad when the audience keeps lowering itself down to where the shows are. It just gets to be too stupid to watch, most of the time. There are some shows I like but I could easily live without them.
We didn´t even subscribe to cable until the kids were in college. We didn´t want to pollute their minds, or give them too many time wasters. It worked, because the kids grew up to be people who don´t watch TV much, except on Netflix/HULU, etc., and don´t have cable!
Now we watch old movies, HGTV, FOX Business, some sports, and the history or military channels. I also like some of the channels that play music we can´t get on the radio. The rest of it is hundreds of channels I wouldn´t watch. Recently, our cable box suddenly started showing pay channels, and we were disgusted at much of what was on them. We were glad when the offer was over.
I too am looking for a way to cut my cable bill. Comcast has one package that is around $35-40/mo which would be perfect except it includes the food channel and not HGTV which I watch a lot on weekends. Food channel I never watch along with all the other crap on TV. Most shows I watch are on CBS and Fox. I resent paying for all the garbage that I don´t even watch. $80/mo is way to much and I don´t blame people for canceling. I hope they will wise up and let us pay only for what we want.
I turned off the TV in the late 80s and early 90s. It was the best time in my life. I was much happier, more productive and was excelling in life. I need to turn off the TV again,,,this time for good. It is expensive and everything is rerun anyway.
Costs go up each and every year for worthless channels that no one watches, generous union raises and benefits, and hidden goobermint taxes. Take a look at your phone bill if it itemizes federal, state, and local taxes. All these taxes add up to more than what the carrier charges for the service.
Robert Menendez beamed as a West New York School elementary school was named after him this afternoon. "I can think of no better tribute than having an elementary school named in my honor," the U.S. senator said at a ceremony at the 55th Street school, which previously was known as School 3. "It´s where it all began for me and I know my mother, who has passed away, would have been proud." (Snip) When he asked a crowd of sixth-graders sitting in the back of the auditorium what they dreamed of becoming some day, they shouted out career aspirations:
Despite the bumper-to-bumper decorations, Lynda Farley says she can see perfectly fine out of her minivan. And she was willing to drive more than 100 hours and 5,000 miles to prove it. The 62-year-old Kentucky woman made the nearly 12-hour, 800-mile drive from Edmonton, Ky., to Warren County "four or five times" in recent months to fight the $56 obstructed-view traffic ticket. Today, a New Jersey Superior Court judge in Belvidere tossed the ticket after ruling Farley´s view through the windshield wasn´t hindered by the political signs and figurines that cover her van.
Sydney — A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country’s remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle’s caper. The bird’s flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May, hoping to record images of crocodiles. The camera, which is about
As toll increases go, the one that starts today is pretty moderate, at least for most of us: an extra 75 cents on your E-ZPass bill to drive a car across the George Washington Bridge. But truckers are being asked to dig a lot deeper — deep enough, they say, to cut into or even eliminate their profits. And some say they are now at a crossroads in terms of their willingness to take runs into and through the New York Metropolitan area. It will now cost those who pay cash to cross in the biggest rigs more than $100, and
A black Mercedes slows to a halt and the driver hurries to open the door for his celebrated passenger. The tip of a walking stick appears first, then, as it finds the pavement, lean fingers decorated with jewelled rings can be seen gripping its handle. After a few moments the stick is followed by its owner – a matriarchal old lady wrapped against the winter chill in a thick blue cardigan. (Snip) But don’t be fooled by her congenial smile and, above all, don’t get too close ... she is also Bulgaria’s grande dame of pickpocketing and proud of her
Oakland, Calif. — The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them — she, he or something else. It’s an exercise that might seem superfluous given that Mills, a small and leafy liberal arts school historically referred to as the Vassar of the West, only admits women as undergraduates. Yet increasingly, the “shes” and “hers” that dominate the
The first big break in the case came in the form of a single keystroke. It had been more than two months since a popular University of Michigan medical student was shot to death, and police seemingly had few leads. But on Oct. 3 — 45 miles from where student Paul DeWolf was killed in his Ann Arbor fraternity — a man in Detroit attempted to log onto a computer he’d just purchased through Craigslist. The man didn’t know it, but the Mac laptop had been stolen from DeWolf’s next-door neighbor around the time he was killed. That computer had an app
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long