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TVs fade out as technology takes over
Stuff.co ^ | 9/14/06 | SMH

Posted on 09/14/2006 7:37:16 AM PDT by qam1

If you had to choose between your PC, TV set or mobile phone, which one would you pick?

That was one of the questions researcher Forrester posed to almost 4800 households in the US and, although the TV set still ruled the roost in most homes, the study showed that it was no longer the top gadget of choice among the young and prosperous.

Forrester found that less than 20 per cent of the gen Y group (aged 18-26) ranked TVs top compared with the 37 per cent who rated their PCs as the most important. A further 27 per cent preferred their mobile phones, while the remainder nominated other gadgets.

Among the older gen X age group (27-40) only a quarter of respondents gave their TV set the highest rating against a more substantial 28 per cent who preferred their PCs, with only 19 per cent nominating their mobile phone.

Those earning above $US75,000 ($100,000) a year also had a marked preference for their PCs with 32 per cent electing them as their favourite devices compared with the 27 per cent who nominated their TVs. However most of those earning under $US75,000 still preferred their TVs.

TVs also triumphed among older age groups, and they claimed top spot overall with nearly a third (32 per cent) of all those surveyed still nominating them as the most important device in their lives, compared with 21 per cent who preferred their PCs (desktop or laptop). Mobile phones, meanwhile, ranked third as the must-have device for only one in seven.

Forrester said: "It's inevitable that TVs' long reign as the most important device in consumers' lives will come to a close as computers, cell phones and other connected devices transfer control over entertainment, communications, media and creativity to consumers."

But with 54 per cent of homes expected to own an HDTV by 2011, the researcher added: "The TV set isn't dead, it's just shifting to become only one of many devices that advertisers, content owners and distributors and media companies should live with in the TV present while preparing for the PC and cell phone future."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: genx; tech; technology; theresnothingon; tv; vastwasteland
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To: qam1

Here is some tv for your PC. http://www.4tv.com/


51 posted on 09/14/2006 8:26:17 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: sionnsar

We have basic cable and there's still nothing to watch. I can flip through about 25 channels (including 10 foreign language ie Spanish, Korean) and 75% of the programming at any particular time seems to be commercials. The only thing of any interest are some of the Spanish novellas (for the hot chicks/psuedo-cultural cliches) & PBS (eg Nova).


52 posted on 09/14/2006 8:33:56 AM PDT by Chuck Dent
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To: Biblebelter

Thanks for the link - although I haven't gotten it to work properly yet; however, I do have an unstable Internet connection which is probably the cause.


53 posted on 09/14/2006 8:44:26 AM PDT by aligncare (In warfare, the only moral stance is to win)
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To: qam1

Ok I admit it, I cheat...

I have a TV card in my computer :)


54 posted on 09/14/2006 8:45:44 AM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: qam1

"If you had to choose between your PC, TV set or mobile phone, which one would you pick?"

None...

We'd be better off spending time with our family and friends.


55 posted on 09/14/2006 8:50:54 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: Old Professer

Yes, I have upgraded my Coleco Adam's 300 baud modem and CPM 2.2 so that I can use Lynx and the Internet.


56 posted on 09/14/2006 8:57:13 AM PDT by sittnick (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: qam1

Probably because you can't regulate content on pcs like you can on tv.


57 posted on 09/14/2006 9:01:15 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: weegee

Absolutely, it's the content, not the machine.


58 posted on 09/14/2006 9:03:39 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: stuartcr

Generation X, then Y, then Z? Anyone? Pattern? logical progression? The end? What comes after Z?


59 posted on 09/14/2006 9:03:57 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: qam1
Pc for me.

The few shows I watched are about 50% canceled.
E-Ring canceled
Invasion canceled
The Unit made it to this Fall.
24 can't wait until Jan.
Seinfeld reruns

That's about it.
60 posted on 09/14/2006 9:04:26 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: the anti-mahdi

AA??


61 posted on 09/14/2006 9:06:53 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: aligncare
I don't enjoy cursing in programs...does HBO have anything for me to watch?

F@%# no, *&@%^&*$%#!

;) Big Love does not have a lot of swearing, actually.

62 posted on 09/14/2006 9:13:33 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: sionnsar

I dumped TV in '97. It was a big deal then, but I get the feeling it is a less and less radical thing to do as time marches on.

If I was into televised sports, it would have been difficult. But I'm not.


63 posted on 09/14/2006 9:27:16 AM PDT by RobRoy (Islam is more dangerous to the world now that Naziism was in 1937.)
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To: Eepsy

It's just the natural life cycle of a Nickelodeon show: the first season of Ren and Stimpy was brilliant, then some dolt on the writing team decided the gross-out aspect of the humor was what sold and it turned into trash. Invader Zim, the best show they ever had, got cancelled outright.

It makes one wonder about the management practices at the network: they keep starting winners only to kill them. (And it's not like the medium has anything to do with it: in Japan popular anime franchises can keep going for years, sometimes declining in quality, sometimes not.)


64 posted on 09/14/2006 9:33:21 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: the anti-mahdi

Gen Y was a stupidity, Gen X was the tenth generation from the American founding, the progression should have been Gen XI, Gen XII, . . .


65 posted on 09/14/2006 9:34:25 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: weegee

Being dead is not the right term to use...revolution would be better. Face it...to have high quality written shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Battlestar...which are lightyears above where TV was in 1995 for scripts...we are watching consumers demand more.

We will likely see a British-based channel operating amongst the top 10 channels in the US within a couple of years...simply doing something different. We will see reality shows go even further than what we see today. All of this...is revolution. TV isn't dying...its just trimming off the excess and getting leaner.


66 posted on 09/14/2006 9:39:08 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Chuck Dent

Interesting. When traveling I sometimes flip on the set in the hotel to see what's there, but outside of the History channel there seems to be nothing worth watching.


67 posted on 09/14/2006 9:40:37 AM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com†|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: RobRoy
I dumped TV in '97.

Mine just sort of faded out a few years ago. Back in the early 90s I caught one of the news stations faking a news item, which was the end of TV news (not that I hadn't already figured out they weren't covering serious stories). But there were a few programs I watched regularly... then two (weekly)... then one... then... none.

68 posted on 09/14/2006 9:43:57 AM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com†|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: sionnsar
I watch precisely ninety minutes of TV per day: two episodes of Futurama and one of The Family Guy. I also watch an hour of Battlestar Galactica per week when new episodes are broadcast. Other than that, I do not watch television. Why would I?
69 posted on 09/14/2006 9:50:57 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Thanks...I'll check it out first before ordering the premium channel upgrade.


70 posted on 09/14/2006 10:14:14 AM PDT by aligncare (In warfare, the only moral stance is to win)
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To: sionnsar
I don't watch TV anymore because... there's nothing to watch. (We don't have cable.)

Don't delude yourself that you would have something to watch ... if only you had cable!

We have a satelllite [cable not available here]. Over the past decade there has been a steady decline in watchable "shows". Everything has become nasty and/or violent ... or just plain stupid and unwatchable. The only things we watch are Fox news at 6 p.m. and baseball games during the season. The rest of the time our TV is merely a conduit for the videos we watch ... and we are very selective there, as well ... most of what we watch is a decade or more old.

 

SoS

71 posted on 09/14/2006 10:27:19 AM PDT by Song of the South ( = Zip-a-dee-doo-dah =)
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To: the anti-mahdi

"What comes after Z?"

Generation AA


72 posted on 09/14/2006 10:39:28 AM PDT by TexanToTheCore (This space for hire...)
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To: theFIRMbss

I just upgraded Girlfriend 6.0 to Wife 1.0, and now NightOutWithTheBoys 3.0 won't run, and BankAccount 6.5 keeps saying "Insufficient cache available."


73 posted on 09/14/2006 10:41:21 AM PDT by BeHoldAPaleHorse ( ~()):~)>)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
I just upgraded Girlfriend 6.0 to Wife 1.0,

SUCKER!!


74 posted on 09/14/2006 10:44:32 AM PDT by Toby06
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To: sittnick

I still have a Coleco Adam in the attic.


75 posted on 09/14/2006 11:23:17 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
>I just upgraded Girlfriend 6.0 to Wife 1.0, and now NightOutWithTheBoys 3.0 won't run, and BankAccount 6.5 keeps saying "Insufficient cache available."

"Remember the days
when you thought about how much
fun computers were?"

76 posted on 09/14/2006 11:36:29 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Song of the South
Don't delude yourself that you would have something to watch ... if only you had cable!

I've got one word for you: Mythbusters.

One of the few shows I've EVER seen that satisfies both the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

77 posted on 09/14/2006 12:25:05 PM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: RayChuang88
Re:when you turn on your TV set you will automatically get a list of programs ready to watch anytime you want.

I do that now with utorrent and the RSS DOWNLOADER. I scan a lot of different feeds, among them is:

http://tvrss.net/feed/combined/

Deadwood, 24(HBO), American Chopper, anything you want.

I haven't watched a commercial in years, and it doesn't cost a dime.

78 posted on 09/14/2006 10:06:40 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: theFIRMbss

re: your profile, JoJo's latest single is like crack for my ears. I've listened to it probably 50 times on my mp3 player and online and still am not tired of it. Hard to believe she's only 16. She's a very talented pop tart.


79 posted on 09/15/2006 7:26:52 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: qam1
Qam:
My friend, I am 82 years old, you can take my wife of 61 years, my car (1998 Buick), my dog, but you had better not even think of taking my computer. This is how I keep up with the whole world. FREE REPUBLIC.

Good evening and the very best to you and yours.

Semper Fi
Tommie

80 posted on 09/15/2006 7:37:25 PM PDT by Texican (This FORMER MARINE will never in his life time "Cut and Run" I dig Dagny Taggart)
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To: qam1

I rarely watch regular tv. Tune into the weather channel on occasion and AMC. Watch DVD's on my 19 inch lcd monitor. I purchased a geat sound system with the computer.(5 speakers).


81 posted on 09/15/2006 8:40:15 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: GraniteStateConservative
>...JoJo's latest single is like crack for my ears ... Hard to believe she's only 16. She's a very talented pop tart

I never listened
to this stuff until my car's
FM radio

broke. Now all I get
is Disney Channel AM.
I have been surprised

at how well produced
these young girl singers can be.
Stacie Orrico

is my favorite
of the bunch, but all those kids
have done some good stuff.

82 posted on 09/16/2006 7:11:17 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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bump


83 posted on 09/16/2006 10:55:58 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning)
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