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    Rant Mode - TV

    OK I'm not super old like Joe C but I'm old enough to remember black & white TV, rabbit ears, roof top antennas, and the introduction of cable. In the past each new thing brought a huge improvement to the quality level of viewing programs. Today though, we've made a leap to digital signals which brings a high level of video and sound quality but it comes with a price to pay......we can't click around anymore!!!!

    Yeah it's either read a program guide for 15 min (scrolling through hundreds of choices) OR click on each station (one by one) and wait for 3-5 sec (starring at a blank screen) & wait for the sound to come on and then another 1-2 sec for the video to appear. What the hell is that crap?

    Youngsters say, "use the program guide - it's quicker" - yeah my ass it is! I could surf through 600 channels in the time it takes to read 50 choices in the stupid program guide. Hell, I'm not interested in paying to watch menus, I'm paying to watch TV!

    Am I just getting old and crotchety or does this bother anyone else?


    Note - We just "upgraded" to DishNetwork but had similar luck with both the local yocal cable company's offerings as well as DirectTV.

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    I'm a young'un, and I did grow up in a kind of time-warp--not phone, tv, computer, video games, etc. But YES.

    This drives me NUTS. Every new advance in TV has made changing channels less and less efficient. Sounds like a lazy man's gripe, but if a car took longer and longer to change gears, it'd drive people NUTTY. You pay thousands and thousands of dollars buying a tv, cables, devices, furniture, mounts, installation, services, etc etc and what do you do? Spend an hour watching 20% commercials, 10% black screen, 20% filler and about 50% content.

    It's getting inefficient to watch TV. Even on the internet.

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    I have had cable for a few years, but I chose to go one level above the basic cable. I really wanted sci-fi and I got it, but I spend more time watching the food network. This gives us about 100 channels and some of those I don't watch(espn and golf).
    Now the kids watch more tv than I do, mostly its just a few shows I really want to see.
    Dave you just need to scroll through the guide a bit faster, I usually spend 20-30 sec for the 100 channels.
    If you want to group me in with the kids for this opinion thats fine.
    Now I just have to find a way to keep the kids off the remote
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    What, you still have time for TV, Dave? Get in the shop I have pretty much given up on TV, it annoys the heck out of me. I watch once or twice a week, usually get stuck on one of the cooking channels, Frasier, House, or one of the old movie networks because it is so much more relaxing without ads every felt 3 minutes. Ads drive me nuts, even with the Tivo thing to watch things slightly delayed. I almost cancelled the whole cable thing but that was a bit too daring. In 90% of the time, I prefer surfing the web or - remember this, guys? - reading a book.

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    I remember as a kid if the TV started acting up you could stomp on a loose board on the floor sitting on the couch and that would shake the tubes and fix the picture. Those were the good old days old days of TV!

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    Most of the people that I know that had satellite have switched to cable. It is fast and easy here.
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    Stefan you're correct that I don't have time for TV watching and that's a good thing because I'd throw the damn thing out the window if I had to read the menus all the time. I probably don't watch an hour a week anymore really but with setting up the new DishNetwork crap I was forced to see the inefficiency of what's being offered these days. Man this annoys me so bad.

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    I've been a satellite tv customer for 15 years, first with Direct and now with Dish Network. I guess I'm just use to scrolling through the channel guide trying to find something to watch. It is annoying to have to wait a second or two for the audio to come on after the picture is displayed. It always makes me wonder if I missed something important being said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    I'm a young'un, and I did grow up in a kind of time-warp--not phone, tv, computer, video games, etc. But YES.

    This drives me NUTS. Every new advance in TV has made changing channels less and less efficient. Sounds like a lazy man's gripe, but if a car took longer and longer to change gears, it'd drive people NUTTY. You pay thousands and thousands of dollars buying a tv, cables, devices, furniture, mounts, installation, services, etc etc and what do you do? Spend an hour watching 20% commercials, 10% black screen, 20% filler and about 50% content.

    It's getting inefficient to watch TV. Even on the internet.

    Yes - I'm feelin ya!

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    i have dishnetwork but watch about 6 channels so it dont take long to flip through them. not like i have to get up and turn the dial (or 2 for uhf)

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