Do you still watch TV?

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Posted by Jackamomo (2157 posts) 5 months, 3 days ago

Poll: Do you still watch TV? (76 votes)

Yes 39%
No 61%

I was just wondering about this.

I stopped watching it a few years ago and I'm 38 so thats a long history of watching tv from probably 5 or something.

So if you watch one or less times a month, you should answer No.

If you watch more than once a month then you should answer Yes.

I watch alot of YouTube videos from gameplay footage to documentaries but not programming from regular tv channels.

This includes iPlayer. So if you watch iPlayer more than once a month you are a Yes. Also ITV player and Channel 4 player or any media player which plays the entirety of a channel's output and then made unavailable after a week.

This doesn't apply to Hulu or Netflix, because they are on-demand services and don't include all the programs a network would offer and are not network dependant.

The last thing I watched was a David Attenborough documentary but it was whales or tigers again and I got bored straight away. There must be some new animals out there.

I found the last thing I watched was home improvement programs and at one point loan sharks and also antique dealers. I miss Antiques Roadshow.... :'(

But then I never cared for Eastenders or soaps in general.

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#1 Posted by uninspiredcup (32786 posts) -

Yea, Eastenders is shit, but it's a tradition. And nothing more wholesome than watching serial killer docs on CI at 2am in rhe morning.

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#2 Posted by Mercenary848 (11954 posts) -

only with friends and I dont get invested in shows.

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#3 Posted by HEATHEN75 (676 posts) -

Dropped cable in favor of streaming about 6 months ago. Don't miss it at all.

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#4 Posted by watercrack445 (1444 posts) -

I don't watch and nethier my siblings. We have one cable tv and another tv to play games. Don't watch any tv shows anymore like I used before. I spent my time on youtube, games, phone and computer. It's very interesting that tv is becoming more unpopular as we move forward in technology. Few years ago I used to watch tv but now I don't even need it. It's pretty weird. I just grew disinterested watching tv shows.

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#5 Posted by Master_Live (19378 posts) -

Much less than I use to, my TV has two HDMI ports. 1 I use permanently for my desktop and the 2 I use interchangeably between the cable box and my console.

Some months ago 1 of the ports broke down and I'm scared to death of the other failing too so I try as much as possible to not mess with it.

I use a secondary television to watch a little bit of sports and TBS. If something big happens I try to stream the news channels online.

I'm waiting for YouTube TV to come to my area and then maybe I can cut the cord.

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#6 Posted by Archangel3371 (27577 posts) -

Yeah I still regularly watch cable tv myself. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that I still watch on it such as:

- new shows

- old shows

- sporting events

- news

- movies

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#7 Posted by LJS9502_basic (166352 posts) -

Yep. Pens are on cable. Also there are some decent shows out there.

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#8 Edited by madrocketeer (6234 posts) -

Still a little, mostly for sports. Still gotta keep up with all the latest ways my beloved Arsenal are gonna f*** up. Also, Rugby - both codes, but prefer Union. Go Canterbury/Crusaders and All Blacks. Plus Tennis and a little UFC every once in a while.

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#9 Posted by thehig1 (7242 posts) -

Yes but fairly rare now a days, Watched the Apprentice this year but its just finished, and Live Football when ever Everton are on Sky or BT sports.

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#10 Posted by JustPlainLucas (79285 posts) -

I was a bit confused on how to vote at first. I watch TV shows, but I don't watch them when they air. I usually just watch them on Netflix or when our library gets them in on DVD. I lost interest in scheduling myself to watch broadcast TV years ago. The last TV show I remember trying to watch while it was being aired was Agent Carter. At that point, I realized why bothered watching a show, having to sit through commercials and wait a week for the next episode when I can just watch the whole thing at my own pace.

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#11 Posted by JoshRMeyer (10344 posts) -

I'm 38 and occasionally watch the travel and history channel. And a ton of sports channels.

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#12 Posted by Mandzilla (4037 posts) -

Not so much these days, although I did watch a channel yesterday which had an eagle flying around wearing a go pro camera on a Scottish island for a couple of hours. I like weird stuff like that, very relaxing.

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#13 Edited by Byshop (19558 posts) -

I haven't paid for a normal TV service is close to a decade at this point, but I still watch TV via streaming services. I also maintain a Plex server which I access via Rokus that I have on every TV in the house. The only time we bother hooking up the HD antenna is during the Olympics.

-Byshop

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#14 Posted by VagrantSnow (269 posts) -

Haven't watched TV in years but I still watch things that are on TV. I usually set things to record and edit out the commercials later so I can binge watch the series all at once.

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#15 Edited by warmblur (2152 posts) -

I just watch Youtube and Netflix on my smart TV.

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#16 Posted by GrizlzyCapybara (26 posts) -

Stopped watching TV looong time ago. Youtube, Netflix and some others online stream services is totally okay.

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#17 Posted by Sexay_Vixen (46 posts) -

YouTube is TV.

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#18 Posted by DragonHellfire (5 posts) -

This question seems like it should have more answer options.

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#19 Posted by Ezekiel43 (1404 posts) -

Not in eleven years. Cable is too expensive. Lately, I've been buying the few shows I actually want to watch on disc. I also rent discs from Netflix.

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#20 Posted by shellcase86 (4349 posts) -

Yes. Currently watch both tv and streaming services.

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#21 Posted by qx0d (333 posts) -

Yes, my family and I watch Hulu, Amazon Video and other Roku apps on the living room TV.

You don't really need a TV nowadays, because these same apps are available online (on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc).

We also watch DVD's on our TV.

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#22 Posted by Ovirew (8856 posts) -

I don't watch television. The last time I regularly did was probably over 3 years ago, and even then I spent more time watching on-demand episodes of things than live TV.

I liked some things on Hulu and Netflix, and HBO, but even those services are hit-and-miss. And more often than not, I am usually watching because I like one or two particular shows. I can only focus on like one or two shows at a time, and I get invested in it, and then I just kind of go back to regular life and video games and things.

I really don't use YouTube nearly as much as most of the Western world, either. I do sometimes though, for sure. I just....really don't follow YouTube personalities, or watch it often like people would television channels. Usually it'll be to see some music video or performance, watch some old interview, or some old talk-show appearance. Maybe a new movie trailer, or a video about how something is made. A lot of really oddball stuff, too.

The other night while I was drunk I stumbled upon this YouTube video where an attractive young woman walked around asking random guys if they wanted to have sex. She wasn't going through with it obviously, but the guys agreed to it and it showed them walking off together. Like those dudes must've been so angry and embarrassed after being prepositioned like that only to be told it was some pointless YouTube video....for what?

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#23 Posted by fireman64 (50 posts) -

I still watch a lot of tv, more just company , cause I'm playing on the computer at the same time...

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#24 Posted by bgres077 (12633 posts) -

Youtube, streaming, twitch, etc is still watching TV. It's just a different way of delivering content. I watch sports pretty much every day on my 2nd TV.

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#25 Posted by uninspiredcup (32786 posts) -

@bgres077 said:

Youtube, streaming, twitch, etc is still watching TV. It's just a different way of delivering content. I watch sports pretty much every day on my 2nd TV.

He obv means traditional.

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#26 Edited by robert_sparkes (2925 posts) -

Netflix is all I need I used to have sky for sports but then now tv came around. TV has become pointless for me. When the football season finishes I used to watch next to nothing.

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#27 Posted by pyro1245 (4921 posts) -

Nah I don't have time to focus on shows or movies. I typically just put YouTube stuff on in the background while I'm doing other things.

The exception being when I'm visiting my family.

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#28 Posted by Sexay_Vixen (46 posts) -

Ill put youtube on to deceive google. That about it tho.

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#29 Posted by warmblur (2152 posts) -

All this talk about tv made think of how television use to be remember the TV guide channel? I remember watching this scroll down back in the day to see what's on boy times have changed.

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#30 Posted by byof_america (1928 posts) -

Ya, mostly sports

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#31 Edited by Sexay_Vixen (46 posts) -

@byof_america:

Mrs Ewing!!! Lol

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#32 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15951 posts) -

It's all Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Youtube etc. for me. I do have an antenna to bring in the local channels (all 30 of them), but the only time I use the antenna is for local news if there's weather headed this way or I might turn on Quest and just let it run in the background. If I'm going to actually sit down and watch something, it's going to be streaming.

I ditched cable in 2011 and haven't missed it for one second. Even as it is I can go a week or more without turning the TV on at all.

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#33 Posted by tocool340 (21356 posts) -

@JustPlainLucas said:

I was a bit confused on how to vote at first. I watch TV shows, but I don't watch them when they air. I usually just watch them on Netflix or when our library gets them in on DVD. I lost interest in scheduling myself to watch broadcast TV years ago. The last TV show I remember trying to watch while it was being aired was Agent Carter. At that point, I realized why bothered watching a show, having to sit through commercials and wait a week for the next episode when I can just watch the whole thing at my own pace.

Yeah, this. Though the last show I bothered watching on TV was probably The Originals Season 2....

Funny too. I'm paying for cable but I haven't clicked it on in over a year. The only reason I have cable though is because Comcast don't have any offers for Internet alone. I'd be literally paying near the same amount for triple play which also offers slightly faster internet speed than the stand-alone internet plan in the area I live. So triple play is what I'm rolling with....

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#34 Posted by Speeny (1510 posts) -

Nope. Internet provides me with what I need.

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#35 Posted by quadraleap (36581 posts) -

Way less than before due to a variety of reasons. Cutting the cord wasn't too hard.

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#36 Posted by qx0d (333 posts) -

You can watch free shows and movies with Pluto TV, Crackle, Vudu, Tubi, and other apps. You don't even need a TV for this. These apps are available on Google Play for phones and tablets. Crackle and Vudu I can watch on my desktop.

A TV is really not necessary in today's world.

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#37 Posted by Dariency (9414 posts) -

I watch my local channels for news, weather, and the occasional classic sitcom. Other than that, no. I had DirectTV Now for a little while last year, and all I really watched was the Gameshow Network and the occasional movie. After a few months I was barely watching anything so I cancelled.

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#38 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (25234 posts) -

I watch plenty of shows at the Science Channel as well as local channels, The Weather Channel, and Accuweather. Then there are sporting events. Gotta watch em live if I can.

I can watch live TV (DirecTV) on mobile devices as well. It's still considered "televised."

DTV also has plenty of On-Demand stuff similar to Netflix. I use Netflix for my Star Trek fix. I use DTV for my Pawn Stars fix.

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#39 Posted by Blaze787 (534 posts) -

I don’t have cable and haven’t watched TV in years. That says something, because I used to be the kind of person who watched TV almost non-stop and was subscribed to the best package my cable provider had to offer. Nowadays, it’s mostly gaming news and game walkthroughs on YouTube (I have a YouTube Premium subscription), as well as movies or anime on Netflix. I have an 82” TV and also buy certain movies on Bluray or 4K HD.

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#40 Posted by gamefan606 (3909 posts) -

The Internet completely replaced TV for me. The only time I ever watch TV now is when I visit my parents who still watch TV on a daily basis.

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#41 Edited by PimpHand_Gamer (2851 posts) -

Very rarely and when I do it's old shows from the 80's, 90's or documentaries. I never go to the movies and though I've tried watching various modern movies but I think they all suck. Recently tried to watch Ready Player One...and it's just stupid. Shove a bunch of CGI objects in my face at 150 mph with the classic boy falls in love with girl as they try to take down some evil guy and people think it's badass. Whatever, I just can't get into them so I'll stick with watching documentaries and old sitcoms.

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#42 Posted by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

@Blaze787: (I have a YouTube Premium subscription)

What do you get with that and how much does it cost Blaze? Do you get the movies you were hoping you could watch for free but they're charging £4.99?

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#43 Posted by Blaze787 (534 posts) -

@jackamomo: No ads with a YouTube Premium subscription. I don't look for free movies on YouTube. The one movie I actually bought on there was the original Pet Semetary.

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#45 Posted by Litchie (23710 posts) -

Not since I moved out from my parents' house 8 years ago. Don't miss it at all. For some reason my country still thinks it's appropriate to force me to pay for it through tax, and that makes me want to watch it even less.

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#46 Posted by SoNin360 (7071 posts) -

When I moved out, I never even considered paying for cable. I still watch shows, but it's been through streaming services or other online means. My internet is expensive enough, can't imagine adding cable on top of it.

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#47 Edited by rosieK (6 posts) -

I don't watch Tv very often since I am on a campus at my college but everytime I have change to watch TV when I get back to my parents' house in my hometown, I watch TV everyday !

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#48 Posted by Horgen (120157 posts) -

I stopped watching TV regularly maybe some 15 years ago. Long before streaming services were anything to talk about here.

I got my news online and used to work in the evening (after school) on the same days as any show I wanted to watch was on TV. After about half a year like this my interest in TV more or less dropped to zero.

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#49 Posted by Lunideth (6 posts) -

Don't even own a TV.

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#50 Edited by JamesIssac (17 posts) -

I dont think so i had watched TV since 2017