a lot of people my age don't have TV because we realize the value proposition of "wait I pay for your service, and you STILL advertise to me?" is complete horseshit
@chjara I'm in Canada but yes you need to pay for channels
there are some public access channels but the large majority require subscription
Even PBS, which is public broadcast television, is only partially funded by the government so instead of ads, they'll say "This program is/was sponsored by (company or foundation)" and have some tagline for them read out. The most obvious example of this is a DIY company sponsoring "This Old House"
@SuricrasiaOnline the few times in the last many years I've been with my grandparents or watching hotel tv or something and there's ads, I have a confused bafflement like "how do y'all even tolerate this."
@SuricrasiaOnline same thing basically with newspapers and magazines. :)
They would probably argue that it would cost double if not triple more without ads though.
@SuricrasiaOnline At least back in the day, VHF & UHF channels were over the air free. Some still are, but everyone thinks they need cable.
@SuricrasiaOnline this is also YouTube premium in my experience btw, when I used the 3mo student's free trial.
but TV is so particularly evil. we're almost same age, so I too have lived with (and am still living with, thx covid) TV open all the time bc parents are addicted to it, and there's no power on this earth that can make me put one in my home when I move out again.
@SuricrasiaOnline It's this sneaky kind of ads where its advertising their own stuff, but they were pushing YT Music, and a couple other things *incessantly*, like so much that the usual ads were just better as you got to see some variety at least..
Idk tho maybe it was because it was a trial. I'd much rather feed my money to the goats than to actually give it to Google.
@SuricrasiaOnline To recycle an old software quip:
TV is free only if your time has no value.
I've plenty of things I want to do. Television would only get in the way of that.
I quit sitting around for cable & broadcast TV 20-ish years ago, but I still get a lot of the best entertainment (and sometimes useful information) from recordings of it.
Why not throw out all art, music, film, sculpture, poetry… You don't *need* any of that. Just a grey cubicle with a little potato farm, a stack of paper, and a box of Bics is enough for anyone, right?
@mdhughes Go read Newt Minnnow's "vast wasteland" and Ed Murrow's "Lights and Wires in a Box".
Follow with doses of Mander Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and Postman's Amusing Ourself to Death. Epstein's News from Nowhere is dated but still valuable.
Adam Curtis, Chomsky, Herman, and McChesney are also highly recommended.
@dredmorbius I'm aware of the arguments by sour old people who never ate anything but gruel, watched paint dry for "fun", and said "Humbug!" a lot.
I've also enjoyed watching Twin Peaks, Babylon 5, Dexter, Justified, The Wire, and Bordertown more than just about any other entertainment. A life without those is prison.
@mdhughes All of which are available on DVD. Often from your public library for free.
Or other Pretty Badass streaming services. (Note that I don't bother.)
Yes, there's been some good drama made. Some good documentaries as well.
No need to subject yourself to surveillance-capitalism devices, broadcast schedules, advertising crap, broken-by-design DVRs, etc.
@mdhughes It might help to clarify that by "television" I'm referring to a synchronous / simultaneous mass-medium video distribution channel based on scheduled programming typically targeted at a specific geographic area.
It need not be terrestrial broadcast (though includes that). I'd include cable and satellite delivery which are similarly programmed and regionally-targeted.
Media streaming, DVDs, and even to an extent video-on-demand ... differ in significant ways.
My sense also is that radio differs significantly from television in effects, though it shares many elements. Video itself is a significant factor.
@dredmorbius Sure, I loathe time-based advertising as much as anyone. But I've had a VCR since 1976 or so, and even easier ways to get the content without the wrapping since.
"TV" is ambiguously both.