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Americans Get Hundreds Of TV Channels, Can Still Only Handle 17
Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/07/2014 | Steven Perlberg

Posted on 05/07/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It seems every year Americans have more TV channel options than the year prior, but one number has remained consistent — 17.

That’s the average number of channels viewers actually tune in to.

In 2013, the average TV home received 189 channels, up from 129 in 2008, according to a new report from Nielsen. Back in 2008 Americans tuned in to an average of 17.3 channels, as opposed to this year’s 17.5 figure.

Maybe that’s all we channel-surfers can handle.

“This data is significant in that it substantiates the notion that more content does not necessarily equate to more channel consumption,” writes Nielsen. “And that means quality is imperative—for both content creators and advertisers. So the best way to reach consumers in a world with myriad options is to be the best option.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: channels; qualitycounts; qualitycountslol; seventeen; tv
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1 posted on 05/07/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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I’ve been happily stuck at zero channels for the past seven years.


2 posted on 05/07/2014 7:43:48 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would love the option to choose to pay for only the few channels I want. I’m really tired of 25 Spanish stations, 136 sports stations, a History channel that seems locked on Ancient Aliens (with the world’s scariest hairdo’d idiot pretending he knows what he is talking about)....etc.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 7:45:10 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

Guess I am old enough to remember the days when we only had 4 channels, but were lucky to live high enough on a hill to get a couple more from Ohio.

Than that 5th. channel signed-on using something called “UHF” and it was da bomb.


4 posted on 05/07/2014 7:45:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

when you have 15 channels of QVC type channels, 15 sports channels, and a dozen left-wing news channels, it only makes it harder to find something worth watching.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 7:45:59 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not a matter of not being able to handle more channels, it’s a matter of very few channels are actually worth watching.


6 posted on 05/07/2014 7:46:16 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Americans Get Hundreds Of TV Channels, Can Still Only Handle 17”

Why over think it? It’s most likely that, out of all those channels, the average viewer only finds 17 or so that are of interest. Likely has nothing to do with being overwhelmed with channels. The variety leads to the number, IMO.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 7:47:18 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Da Coyote

That would be great. I wonder how one would set up a satellite company that allows the people to subscribe only to the channels they want to watch.


8 posted on 05/07/2014 7:48:06 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Da Coyote

9 posted on 05/07/2014 7:49:20 AM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I remember those days too, in black & white.


10 posted on 05/07/2014 7:51:20 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s a TV channel?


11 posted on 05/07/2014 7:51:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Da Coyote
I would love the option to choose to pay for only the few channels I want.
Ala carte programming will NEVER happen ... and why? "Viewership inequality," i.e., same as socialism.
Without all of us carrying the load, the lesser watched channels like Spanish language, religious, BET, Fear, etc., would disappear.
Can't have that!
12 posted on 05/07/2014 7:55:54 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SeekAndFind

All them and I still end up watching reruns of I Love Lucy. </sarc>


13 posted on 05/07/2014 7:57:28 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker (Hard to paddle against the flow of sewage coming out of the White House.)
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To: Rio

Mine is Netflix.


14 posted on 05/07/2014 7:58:33 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: caver

We were the last house on the block to get color.
Just before Christmas 1975.

My dad had eight or nine black-and-white TV sets in the basement that people had given him. With that supply of spare parts and his military electronics training, he thought he’d never have to by another TV in his lifetime.

My mom forced him to buy a color set when us kids kept pestering her parents to come to their house to watch cartoons, the Thanksgiving Day parades, etc. in color.

Did not get cable until 1983 due to arcane political battles over who would get the franchise.


15 posted on 05/07/2014 7:58:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
I cut my cable when my bill went over $80. Basic was around $55 and then you had to add another tier to get Fox and ESPN. I have since heard that they have put ESPN on a different tier, so now you have to add another. Then they load taxes onto that. For every tier you add, you get one channel you want and 30 you'll never look at. So I said buh-bye. I watch local and if I want more than that, I go to Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV. Or I just turn it off! The cable companies have ruined their own industry. I don't miss them at all.

They are now doing the same thing to the internet, as my bill, which started out 6 years ago around $45, has now passed $60. So if they keep raising it, eventually I'll dump that as well. I don't think they realize how much business they are going to lose once people have to start paying thousands for "free" healthcare. Something has to give.

16 posted on 05/07/2014 8:00:01 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: oh8eleven
Without all of us carrying the load, the lesser watched channels like Spanish language, religious, BET, Fear, etc., would disappear. Can't have that!

I think you mean MSNBC and PBS.

17 posted on 05/07/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: SeekAndFind

I dropped my cable a few years back. The channels I liked we’re spread out across “packages”. I as tired of paying $100.00+ a month and I only wanted to watch 10-12 depending. Lots of channels stay afloat that are watched hardly at all because they reside in a “package”. Oprah’s network is a prime example of this. Switch to al a carte and watch how quickly her’s and many other worthless channels (or channels with no demand) die.


18 posted on 05/07/2014 8:02:05 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We probably have over 500 channels (including about 200 HD duplicates of SD channels that we get), and there are probably about 25 to 30 channels that we watch with any regularity. It has nothing to do with how much we can handle and is instead a limitation of which channels have any programming that we are interested in watching.

Many times, especially during the lull where there are no good sport events active, we literally have 500+ channels and NOTHING worth watching available.


19 posted on 05/07/2014 8:05:48 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: usurper
I think you mean MSNBC and PBS.
Actually, I think both would survive ala carte programming - pMSNBC would just get more money from NBC and PBS would just get more from the gubmint.
20 posted on 05/07/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DownInFlames

Mine is YouTube.


21 posted on 05/07/2014 8:10:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: oh8eleven

Actually the Spanish channels get boffo ratings.

One of the highest rated shows on TV is “Sabado Gigante.”


22 posted on 05/07/2014 8:12:10 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Buckeye McFrog
We were the last house on the block to get color. Just before Christmas 1975.

Ours was the first, in 1962. My parents also had the first TV on the block, back in 1947, the year they were married. The family story was that the living room in the second-floor walk-up (over the local bakery) consisted of two folding chairs, an orange crate, and the television. In '47 my father taught radio and TV repair, a GI teaching other GIs the career of the future. He would later become the TV repairman at downtown Wanamaker's in Philly, before taking an electronics job at the Philly Naval Shipyard, where he spent the remainder of his career, minus a three-year contract at Yokosuka NB, Japan. OTOH, my father never became was an amateur radio operator, and until his death in 1996, he refused to learn how to use a personal computer--he had lost his love for electronics when the integrated circuit replaced the transistor, which had replaced the vacuum tube. And that's more than anyone here needs to read :-)

23 posted on 05/07/2014 8:16:57 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: dfwgator

Great - WTF do I have to pay? On the other hand, I have surfed onto the Spanish channel (Telemundo?) and some of the babes are just ... wow.


24 posted on 05/07/2014 8:21:00 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Guess I am old enough to remember the days when we only had 4 channels, but were lucky to live high enough on a hill to get a couple more from Ohio.

Than that 5th. channel signed-on using something called “UHF” and it was da bomb.


You must be near Pittsburgh. I remember getting 2, 4, 11, 13 over the air along with UHF channels 22 and 53 and later on 16. There were times I received channel 6 from Johnstown, channel 7 from Wheeling and Channel 9 from Steubenville. WE also received channels 27 and 33 from Youngstown. When we were kids, we watched channels 22 and the Money Movie on 27.
25 posted on 05/07/2014 8:21:56 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Fresh Wind
It’s not a matter of not being able to handle more channels, it’s a matter of very few channels are actually worth watching.

there it is... i watch maybe 5 channels in all... 2 are food channels, 2 are sports.... 1 is a true crime type of channel...

26 posted on 05/07/2014 8:25:20 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: oh8eleven
and some of the babes are just ... wow.

ha! my watches novellas... everything is very dramatic :)

27 posted on 05/07/2014 8:27:09 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: oh8eleven

Spanish speaking TV will probably thrive. Last year we started seeing Spanish TV shows performing very well in the nightly ratings.


28 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:37 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: SeekAndFind

Half the channels advertise stuff we would never buy. Why are we paying for their commercials and they are also paying DirtecTV for their commercial space??? We will ditch it next January when our contract expires. We don’t get that much out of it.


29 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: DownInFlames
Mine is Netflix.

what do you watch? i think Netflix offers the best television viewing right now...

30 posted on 05/07/2014 8:29:31 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

The actresses on the novelas are way hotter than most of the girls on the Anglo shows.


31 posted on 05/07/2014 8:30:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: oh8eleven
On the other hand, I have surfed onto the Spanish channel (Telemundo?) and some of the babes are just ... wow.

let me try this again... my momma watches novellas... everything is very dramatic... she also watches Sabado Gigante...

32 posted on 05/07/2014 8:32:07 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: dfwgator
The actresses on the novelas are way hotter than most of the girls on the Anglo shows.

i agree!

33 posted on 05/07/2014 8:33:06 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Guess I am old enough to remember the days when we only had 4 channels,

I only had 2 in northern Michigan.......

Remember the "horizontal hold" and "vertical hold" buttons on the TV?.......and tinfoil on the rabbit ears..........LOL!

34 posted on 05/07/2014 8:36:07 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too many channels, and most are crap.


35 posted on 05/07/2014 8:38:40 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: ponygirl
I watch local and if I want more than that, I go to Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV.

That's what I want to do, but if you cut cable, how do you still get local?

36 posted on 05/07/2014 8:43:23 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I only had 2 in northern Michigan.......

I was in Marquette in the early 90's, and I believe there were only two channels then. One was PBS, and the other a commercial station on which all of the networks were sharing time.

I remember watching an ABC college football game that ran late. Then they started the CBS primetime lineup around midnight.


37 posted on 05/07/2014 8:43:34 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

No matter how many channels they add, there is still only so many hours a day we can watch. And these channel guides now can take 30 minutes to scroll through.

I usually just scroll down to the first thing I see that looks tolerable since I usually only half pay attention anyway and DVR the few shows I really care about, speaking of which, the new “24” began this week.


38 posted on 05/07/2014 8:44:25 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: SeekAndFind

Related thread: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3152884/posts


39 posted on 05/07/2014 8:46:43 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: oh8eleven
On the other hand, I have surfed onto the Spanish channel (Telemundo?) and some of the babes are just ... wow.

Yea, I once watched a station for about 2 minutes before I realized that the woman was speaking in Spanish. It was another 2 minutes before I realized that she was giving the weather.

40 posted on 05/07/2014 9:16:53 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Fresh Wind

I opted out of cable and only access what the antenna provides. 20 channels in Spanish, 2 in Indian, 15 religious stations, 10 shopping channels, ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS. Only one I watch on occasion is ION except for NCIS on one of the local channels once a week. Just not much out there. I put a sign on the front of my frig that says: “Remember how much money you are saving” which I look at frequently.


41 posted on 05/07/2014 9:18:59 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I doubt I even hit 17. Maybe a dozen, recently managed to add FX into my world, but I think somebody else dropped out. Of course thanks to the DVR some shows stay in my view list without the rest of the network, I don’t even realize a show is coming back then all of a sudden it shows up.


42 posted on 05/07/2014 9:20:20 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: Grams A

I cut the cable late in 2012, and saved about $1500 to date. I don’t miss it at all.


43 posted on 05/07/2014 10:08:49 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SampleMan
It was another 2 minutes before I realized that she was giving the weather.
What ..... weather?On the other hand, those of us who watch Fox News ... ... hoochie mama.
44 posted on 05/07/2014 10:18:21 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Da Coyote

Crazy hairdo guy is weird!


45 posted on 05/07/2014 11:43:56 AM PDT by WilliamRobert (Obama so loves the poor he created millions more.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I watch,at most,a dozen of the 300+ channels I have,a third of which,it seems,are shopping channels.I very much want a la carte,even if it means that channels that I like are hit hard enough by it that they disappear.For the first 35 years of my life I did just fine with 4 channels (actually,it was closer to 10 in the 80’s).I think I could do it again.


46 posted on 05/07/2014 12:05:24 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Nea Wood

I just got one of those little antennas from Radio Shack.


47 posted on 05/08/2014 1:24:49 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: ponygirl

Thanks, ponygirl!


48 posted on 05/08/2014 7:21:10 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: Nea Wood

You’re welcome. I forgot to mention that if you have an older analog tv, you might need an little adapter box since local channels have gone digital. The guys at Radio Shack could help you with that if needed. I bought a new flat screen last year and just plug the little antenna straight into it, no adapter necessary. The only problem I have is if the dog stands in front of it and blocks the signal! Easily remedied.


49 posted on 05/08/2014 8:10:56 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: ponygirl

As a matter of fact, I do have an older analog! Thanks for the info! :-)


50 posted on 05/08/2014 8:16:10 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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