Cable TV – Does Anyone Watch That Crap?

Seriously – does anyone watch it?

I don’t. I’m not your typical customer. I don’t watch TV. Hell, most of the time I don’t even know what is going on. I do try to remember the Maple Leafs hockey games. Try.

I do have a collection of Television and Movie Digital Video Disks, but I don’t watch them very often either.

Other people in the house do watch cable TV, and do watch our DVD collection (curiously no one really watches MY DVD collection – guess my stuff is too weird for them).

But seriously, what is there that’s worth watching? There’s the usual ‘Tits and Ass” special, last big name one I remember had life guards. Don’t remember what the show was called, but other than the bodies, it was a total stinker. No Plot, No Character, No Setting, No Conflict (unless you consider a bent fingernail a conflict).

I was just reading Big Cable Overreach: Lawsuit Filed To Overturn Exclusivity Ban on Cable Networks, where the author has made one huge mistake. He’s assuming that people watch.

And it’s really curious, but a lot of people who tell me that they are Television watchers, really aren’t. I know a guy who works from home. His office is his living room, and his television is on all day. But if you ask him what he watched, he can’t give you details. The television is being used for background noise.

It used to be that the family piled onto the couch, and watched TV. At the end of the evening, everyone had seen the same things as everyone one else, and effectively you’d have a family party. Everyone had a common base for discussions. Sometimes friends were over, which changed the dynamics at bit, they they usually did the same things, the only difference was the choice of TV shows.

Cable changed things in that the number of channels expanded. It didn’t change the dynamic.

What changed the dynamic was the internet. Now very rarely does the family hold a TV night. Often even if the family is the same room, they are doing different things.

Will this kill Television? I don’t think so. Television still offers entertainment. It may force television to innovate. How many cop shows can someone watch? Or hospital shows? Or situation comedies?

It looks like people are spending less time watching. With less time actually spent watching the Glass Teat as Harlan Ellison so aptly named it, Television may have to either increase it’s draw by producing better shows than ever before, or lower it’s costs with things like the Web Production Raising Kayn, or come up with some other way to add value for the user. There’s a lot of talented people working in TV. Let’s see what they invent.

Regards

Wayne Borean

Saturday January 8, 2011

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One thought on “Cable TV – Does Anyone Watch That Crap?

  1. Technical people such as web developers and programmers are starting to replace TV watching with TV show torrents, gaming and internet browsing/chatting/viewing. Older and non-technical people (The vast vast vast majority)
    are still watching almost the same amount of TV as usual. It will take years for this trend to change dramatically. Personally I can’t wait for cable TV to disappear and internet broadcasting to get interesting, but I’m sure we are the total opposite of most people.

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