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ok,

just trawling through old threads and something kept popping up, comments about not having a tv

i always thought I was the odd one out.not having had one for at least 15 years.

all my friends think this is odd, but is it odd with forum members?

so..........hands up those without a tv.

 

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I dont think it is odd, i think it is a smart move. I do have a tv but rarely watch. Mind you watching youtube vids is the same as having a tv (potential for a lot of time to be wasted)

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i have a TV to watch youtube and Tastytrade (option trading channel) using the Firestick. i rarely watch the telly otherwise except for Coronation Street. i watch the news now and again to see what they are lying about. It is easy to get out of the habit of regular programming. It is inane indoctrination - the less telly i watch the easier it is to see it when i do watch. 

Absolutely do not pay a licence fee - for God's sake do not feed the beast.

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For entertainment in moderation the TV is great - not the broadcast rubbish, the internet services. If you want entertainment, everything can be accessed via an internet connection, Netflix, Now TV, amazon, they all have entertainment services that you don't need a TV license for. No adverts and hours of lost productive time, but its worth it now and again. 

Sadly I do still watch all sorts of rubbish on broadcast TV mostly news, BBC news, Sky news, RT, Euronews - they all tell different stories, sometimes the same stories but with their own spin. BBC and SKY are interchangeable its so in your face how similar they are in the reporting of stories, Joseph Goebbels would be jealous at how organised the state propaganda is in the UK. I feel I need to watch the North Korean news broadcasts after an hour of the BBC/SKY network just for some semblance of balance. 

 

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I love TV but don't watch as much as I used to. For every rubbish programme eg Big Brother there is a cracking documentary or series to watch eg The Blue Planet.

I tend to be selective nowadays in what I watch and try and pick out the cream and I think  British TV does have a lot of cream. I think a lot of our programmes, dramas and documentaries are the best in the world.

 

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I possess a TV but it is switched on to terrestrial & commercial channels maybe once or twice a month at most.

I use the TV for a little PS gaming, watching youtube vids/presentations and some old DVDs I still have

I have a Netflix account to get classic old movies & some comedy series on demand, for less than a tenner a month it is good value as there are no commercials 

When you have spent more than a few years away from commercial channels, it is near impossible not to get annoyed by the constant breaks and interpretations

Every other advert about a parky insurance policy, a payday loan robber baron or ray winston for bet365

and don't get me started on "The News" or what passes off as news, it is nothing but propaganda machine 24-7,  pushing the mainstream consciousness towards what the powers that be want to deliver down the road.

Enjoy a little music of all types, time to read or learn new skills, a walk out in nature in the woods or on the coast far more satisfying 

Silence, solitude and having time to think & ponder is wonderful when you can adjust to it.

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I have two but neither are connected to an aerial. One's for gaming but I find it a bit boring these days and rarely bother. The other's an old 14" CRT I keep to remind me of a simpler, analogue age. I am very interested in analogue tech at the moment, and find the fact that it never reached its potential and we were pushed into digital amazing (but understandable given the broader picture, no pun intended). I do watch films and some drama on PC and BR/DVD and the occasional football match on the other TV in the household (not mine).

2 hours ago, Paul said:

and don't get me started on "The News" or what passes off as news, it is nothing but propaganda machine 24-7,  pushing the mainstream consciousness towards what the powers that be want to deliver down the road.

A spot on post! This bit though - I saw this last weekend to the absolute extreme. No-one I know was interested in the Henry/Rachel wedding, but my relative would have watched it just out of having the TV on as habit had they not been taken out. I went out for the day (visited an old Templar cave on some leylines - amazing place) and the streets, pubs and shops were teeming with folks doing anything but watching TV. I think the spell is breaking for many.

The BBC 'News' homepage the next morning though! Every single story was about the wedding! Amazing - nothing else happened that day! No Trump tweets to analyse, North Korea must have been too busy watching the wedding to rattle any sabres, presumably there was peace in the Middle East, the transgender and robot rights movements took a day off (much deserved, the must be knackered by now) - blimey even all these pesky ISIS terrapins decided to lay low for a bit! I couldn't believe my eyes, even by BBC standards.

No licence payers here and I will never get one. Paying to be programmed, might as well join the Scientologists imvho.

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On 23/05/2018 at 22:23, JimmyStack said:

I have a TV but no cable or anything... use it to watch movies... I don't miss watching "TV" and I certainly don't miss the news... my overall happiness is 10x better when I stopped following the drivel...  CHEERS!!!:D

More or less the same for me. But I do have a HDMI-cable from the computer to the TV. And when they went from analogue to digital, think around 2006. I can not even watch it even if I wanted too. Do not have the box for it.

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I don't watch TV spend my time reading or catching up with BYB on YouTube, or documentaries and the like. For the odd thing I really want to watch  live (Wimbledon) I go around to a relatives to watch and catch up with them. I do agree with the above comments and apart from some dramas and documentaries for which we produce the best in the world IMHO, I don't miss it. The good things are usually available on YouTube shortly afterwards anyway.  Have just renewed my 'no licence fee needed'. Why I should even have to  advise them every few years is beyond my understanding  - oh, I know they want me to pay for a licence  but don't have a TV. They seem to think we are all morons glued to the box day and night.

Had a Virgin Media salesman at my door last week as they put in new fibre optics last year. Had to repeatedly tell him I don't have a TV before he comprehended and in astonishment asked what I did for entertainment. Not sure he understood the meaning of reading books, but then he was looked like he was born this century.

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