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How do you watch TV? Do you just watch whatever local channels your digital antenna can pick out of the air, or do you subscribe to cable or satellite, or have you jumped on the streaming bandwagon? Perhaps it’s some combination thereof, or perhaps you don’t even watch TV. Whatever the case, please enlighten us!
We haven’t got a TV, and haven’t had one for over 14 years now. We don’t miss it.
However, when we did have one, it was usually to watch NCIS, CSI, nature programmes and the News as the majority of the films being shown were either very old repeats, or we had them in our video/DVD collection, with the beauty of no cuts or annoying adverts.
When the joys of freeview became available in our area, we forked out £30 for a top box and looked forward to a choice of some 50 channels. We got The Simpsons, a few DIY or home programmes, but little else of interest.
In all honesty, the TV would be put on when we got up and had breakfast before going to work, then in the evening when we got home and had our dinner mainly as background noise. It was extremely rare we would say ‘So and so’s on tonight,’ and deliberately tune in.
In the 32 years together, we have not watched a single episode of any of ‘the soaps’ like Cornoation Street, Eastenders, Neighbours or Home and Away, and as regards reality programmes such as I’m a celebrity ………. and Big Brother, you can forget that drivel.
Of course when we’ve house sat or visited anyone, the TV has invariably been on at some stage like watching the footie or recently the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh for which we went next door.
MSM has a package and choice of over 100 channels, only a few of which held our attention. One was the Horror Channel (all the original Star Trek episodes) and a channel dedicated to some great 60s stuff like The Avengers, The Persuaders, Department S and The Champions, plus American Trucks and some great live music sessions from the original Old Grey Whistle Test.
It’s currently £159 a year for a colour TV licence and £53.50 if you only have a black and white set, though there are concessions which are now means tested as the over 75s used to get their TV licences free. We do not see the point of paying to view what was on years and years before (some of the programmes are over 50 years old and repeated weekly) that didn’t interest us then either and films that have been cut to hell to make way for five minutes of adverts every quarter of an hour.
For us, TV holds no interest whatsoever. The press is full of Downton Abbey, Bake Off, The Crown and Game of Thrones and we couldn’t tell you who stars in which, or the channel they’re on.
Hubby will watch the old B&W movies of his choice on youtube, though recently he has found a channel with more recent films that have not been cut or require a fee to watch.
As for me, occasionally we’ll watch one of our DVDs, or maybe a film Hubby has recently viewed might appeal, but most times, I don’t watch or listen to much and content to have as background whatever Hubby is viewing, just like when we had a TV all those years ago.