Is No TV a Trend of the Future?
aTypical Joe: A gay New Yorker living in the rural south.: No TV: a trend? aTypical Joe asks the question, “is no TV a trend of the future?” And it’s an interesting question for sure.
“last night over dinner with two couples here I learned that neither has television at home anymore. One couple cancelled cable, the other cancelled satellite and they don’t bother with over the air. Both have wide-screen high-definition units that they use only for their Netflix DVDs. And both watch The Daily Show and Colbert Report online.
So I’m wondering, we all know people who have dropped their landlines in favor of cell phones, do you think there’s a similar trend developing where people will cancel their television services and replace them with DVDs and web surfing?”
And Joe’s question gets me thinking. In my own situation my wife watches a lot of TV in our house and our kids watch some children programming so I can’t see myself cancelling my cable or satellite service.
But if I were single I would definitely cancel my service. Why? Simple reason, I only watch two shows on TV right now, Big Love and The Sopranos.
Sure, I’ll catch an episode of CSI SVU every now and again because it’s there but it’s certainly something I could do without.
These days I’d much rather be blogging, or processing my phtotos, or playing around on Flickr or Zooomr, or organizing my digital media and music library, etc. I really have no room in my life for TV anymore. And while it’s nice to watch the occasional movie and what not, there is no reason why Netflix couldn’t fill most of my programming needs, and for a lot less money.
Although most people aren’t yet distracted enough by competing entertainment to kick TV out of their life, I wonder if Joe’s right and this might not be a trend that we are even starting to see now with some early adopters.