Monday, April 08, 2013

TV Update: five million people agree with The Phantom.

That's five million eminently sensible people out there, let me tell you. Broadcasters and networks are increasingly worried about GUYS LIKE ME who have just unplugged the television.

A growing number of [people] have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don't even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections. 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 2 million in 2007.

Because this is an AP story and the AP couldn't find the truth about where their own ass is with both hands and a flashlight, the story is making this all about "new technology". Yeah, new like DVDs and newer than VHS tape, but yet completely the same thing. New like video broadcast on the Intertubes instead of on the airwaves, yet still broadcast.

Its not about the cost of cable, the commercials or the time stuff is on, thanks to TiVo and a host of other widgets you can record whatever anybody broadcasts and watch  when you want commercial free. Its not about any of those technical details.

It is purely and simply about what's on TV. Television is a pure Leftist/Statist/Socialist monoculture, philosophically speaking. If you're not a pureblood raging Liberal, TV seems increasingly stupid. Oh, and a lie. They're lying and not even pretending not to these days.

Furthermore, its boring. Horribly, stunningly, crushingly boring. All the TV shows have the same plot lines. The same jokes. The same situations. Gays are always good and funny, women are never fat, white males are stupid and boring, skinny 110 lb  women can punch out 250lb male weight lifters whose necks have a larger cross section than the woman's thigh.  Guns are bad, except for the purely gratuitous shootout in every single f-ing episode.  A random nerd can hack NORAD in ten seconds or less right before the commercial break and save the day. Et cetera.

Right now, today, there are YouTube comedy series run by -kids- that have more subscribers than CNN has viewers. Three or four university students hack together a comedy skit every week or two, and they get more eyeballs every day than a whole freakin' national news network. This is not because the students are such peerless geniuses, you may be sure.

The Phantom


Black Mamba said...

I watch the Turner Classic Movie Network. Jussayin'.

The Phantom said...

Netflix currently sucks for "classics" but down the road a couple years, I bet they'll all be on there or downloadable.

Actually Netflix Canada kinda sucks generally. Seems a lot of copywrite nonsense going on. However the almighty Buck becons, I'm sure they'll shoot the lawyers and take the money.