Skip to comments.TVs fade out as technology takes over
Posted on 09/14/2006 7:37:16 AM PDT by qam1
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I don't watch TV anymore because... there's nothing to watch. (We don't have cable.)
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I read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace back in 1995 or so and it poked fun at the demise of TV...and it turned out to be a prophetic comedy.
PCs and soon Mobile phones are starting to function as TVs. Who would have thought that with the advent of the Internet, the telephone is now a much more important communications device then the new fangled TV.
Even with cable, there's still nothing to watch.
Well, we have no TV and no cell phone, so I guess our choice is easy. (We DO watch DVDs on the computer screen, but that is hardly mandatory for our inner happiness.)
Old movies on cold weekends.
TV isn't dead. But "television" is.
My "TV" has a receiver but most of the time, even when I watch something that is "broadcast" (air or cable), I am using the tuner/remote from my DVR or CVR.
So my "TV" doesn't need a receiver of its own (my DVR will even let me record one program while watching another).
Which brings up its other role, as a monitor to display DVDs, laserdiscs, videotapes (VHS and 8mm)...
A lot of people are watching tv shows/concerts/clips on YouTube and other multimedia website. Is that "tv" or "PC"?
The distribution method doesn't really matter when you examine what is being watched.
If someone watches The Sopranos or 24 on DVD (from Netflix or Best Buy) instead of on Fox (live or Tivo), are they still "watching tv"?
The revolution will not be televised!
I have always been a TV junkie and will always be one regardless of what's on.
With broadband, you can downstream shows, or highlights as required. World Cup soccer was a great example of that: downstreamed the SUN UK audio, some of us caught matches on ESPN 360 online, Univision was broadcasting on TV.
In the UK, they offered all matches via broadband!
Well, let's see. Cell phones can connect to the Internet and download streaming audio and video, including motion pictures and broadcast television programs. Computers can make telephone calls using VoIP and can certainly download and play movies and programs on any size screen. Televisions can be hooked up to WebTV and some cable/satellite providers provide two-way service, and cable companies are strating to offer telephone service.
So, my PC can mimic a phone and a TV in any size (Blackberry and Palm to giant Plasma), a phone can mimic a small computer or portable TV, and a TV can provide some of the features of a phone or computer. I guess the convergence is happening, and the question is almost moot.
It was inevitable that tv's place would diminish.
It isn't "gone" and won't completely "go away".
With digital broadcasts, your viewing habits will be capable of being monitored (meaning targeted SPAM, er advertising, and even "live feedback" on gameshows, "top of the pops" video shows, political polls, etc.). Your TV will BECOME a computer.
People are watching tv on their phones now.
The same content is available through different sources.
The GOOD thing is that the "traditional" media schedule will become a thing of the past. No more "news block", junk/rerun block, and MAYBE the trend towards informercials (even on the major network affiliates after midnight) will end.
I have a PC, And a Pocket PC/phone.
| Hey. GUYS! This is called
a "girl." They talk, like TVs,
but they're warmer and
even when they're not
plugged in you can often get
entertaining shows . . .
Without a doubt, my PC. Just got a new laptop yesterday...17" screen WOOHOO!!!
I read that book... it was excellent. Didn't care for his other stuff, but 'A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again' wasn't bad.
I don't watch TV either. If I had to choose, I'd pick the computer. Don't use a cellphone either; I have one for emergencies, but I don't use it.
What about Sponge Bob?
LOL, that and the Fairly Oddparents are the only two shows I get to watch these days.
At those speeds, instead of waiting for a broadcast you will program a home media server machine to automatically download all your favorite programs at 100 mbps or higher broadband speeds maybe twice a day; that way, when you turn on your TV set you will automatically get a list of programs ready to watch anytime you want.
Do you have a PC?
Computer/PC/Laptop is the first choice for me (along with the requisite Internet connection).
I don't understand why people get such gadget ladden phones.
If they would adopt a slightly larger piece of equipment, they could have a mini-computer capable of even playing back a DVD/CD (think of something the size of a portable DVD player, about 1/3 the size of a laptop).
You'd get a "real" keyboard, a "real" video screen, CD access (for software, pictures, music) and COULD STILL store "i-pod" like music on it. DVD/CD/MP3/phone (with earphone)/radio wireless device.
But it wouldn't fit in your pocket. (unless you got bigger/deeper pockets or put it in the breast pocket of your jacket). Then again, Sony originally developed a pocket sized radio by making their own shirts with a slightly bigger pocket...
A computer without the internet wouldn't rank nearly as highly for these plugged in people.
Going to have to go with the PC on this one. Add some components to a PC, and you'll have all the important funtionality of a phone or TV. I've yet to see a cell phone or TV that has the processing power to function as a full-time PC.
LOL at # 16. However, without television having offered up some worthwhile moments, I wouldn't be able to smile at the parallels with the classic William Shatner / SNL "Get a Life" skit.
Just wondering what kind of a laptop you chose. I am in the market for a new one, with a 17" screen.
Love Spongebob and Fairly Oddparents (although the newer Spongebob shows kinda suck and aren't as funny as the older ones.)
As it is, many "new" broadcasts are repeated even within the first week of airing. The shared experience of "everyone" watching the same thing at the same time seems to only hold for sports, award shows, election results, and tragedies anymore.
The rapid pace of technological and social change has my head spinning...I'm 54.
Same in our house! And, why is that with Spongebob? I simply cannot figure this out.
Have you checked this one: VANITY: Any (constructive) Advice on a new laptop -- j/k
You can take my computer when you can pry it from my cold, dead hands.
I thought I was the only one subjected to so much Sponge Bob and Fairly Odd Parents. I hate to say it, but sometimes I find myself mildly entertained.
I'm not a big fan of the commercials, so we try to record them so my daughter can skip them. She has become quite the commercial skipper with the commercial skip button on our DVD-RAM recorder.
You're not missing much. ESPN has plopped a big 'ol scoreboard thingy right smack dab in the middle of the screen.
Irritating as hell. I stopped watching.
I laugh even more at those shows than my kids do, it's funnier than most of the so-called comedies they show on the adult networks nowadays.
I will not pay for their TicketPass (?) web service either, so I'm stuck with highlights on the web, news channel, or a newspaper (gasp!)
I chose two: PC and Cell Phone.
Actually, I would tend to disagree... competition has forced a lot of networks to become creative. HBO has some of the best series on TV: The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Big Love have been my favorite shows over the past few years.
Granted, with 900 channels running 24 hours a day, there is a lot of fluffy crap, but there are certainly more good shows than there were 10 years ago.
Yes, but there's a lot more of it.
I don't enjoy cursing in programs...does HBO have anything for me to watch?
...and don't suggest some kiddie show. I'm an adult.
Kinda? The new Spongebob sucks hosewater. I wonder what happened. We still watch it when it's on, but we don't tivo it anymore.