Discuss: Internet vs. TV usage

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December 17, 2010 at 06:13:07
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about a recently released study showing average Internet Usage equaling TV usage for the first time in America. Discuss here what you think about this shift in entertainment media, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
December 17, 2010 at 22:57:29
I tend to use the internet about equally to TV. I enjoy both mediums, but to me they're different animals. With tv, you get what they throw at you. With the Net, you can choose what you want to do with much more freedom. I use my computer for many things. It's actually amazing what the capabilities of the computer offer. When you think of one machine that can handle almost any option you desire, it blows your mind. I think it's the most useful tool ever invented for home and business use. I have a cable package with my tv that has so many channels that I never use. The new tv shows are becoming so much more mindless that they used to be. It's all cops and robbers and stupid reality shows. I know it's all personal choice, and i don't mean to demean anyone's personal tastes, but you have to admit the pickins are slim for quality shows. In my opinion, computers far outweigh the choices you have for entertainment, whatever your definition of that would be. Just my two cents.

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#2
December 17, 2010 at 23:50:26
Ever since I hooked up an HTPC to the living room gear, I haven't been using the satellite receiver nearly as often. I just download 720p episodes of my favourite TV shows. Takes around 5 minutes to download a 550MB episode; 10 to grab a 1.1GB hour-long episode. They're commercial free and I can watch them any dang time I want. They even retain the original Dolby 5.1 audio! The latest episode of the Big Bang Theory is being delivered to my computer as I type this, because I missed it last night.

Isn't the Internet just great?

I may as well dump the satellite and use OTA for news/weather/sports, HTPC for everything else.

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#3
December 18, 2010 at 08:23:03
So far, the Internet is a clear winner.

Now do the same poll on TV, and see what the results are.

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#4
December 18, 2010 at 12:25:41
re: "you have to admit the pickins are slim for quality shows"

My set-top box has the option to choose what channel it powers up on.

Mine is set for the Science Channel HD.

On a percentage basis, the Science Channel and the Discovery Channel occupy the vast majority of my viewing time. I still watch some DIY network, but many of the shows have taken on the "reality TV" theme - showing things like pure amateurs struggling through a renovation project. I don't learn anything from those shows so they are a waste of my time.

My new favorite show is Cold Diggers on the Science Channel. The show is about 2 companies who are digging Natural Gas wells up near the Arctic Circle. Having spent some time working in Alaska, I not only enjoy learning about what goes into digging a gas well, but it reminds me of some of the issues (and people!) I had to deal with many years ago.

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#5
December 20, 2010 at 06:05:03
I concur with the above comments. As the hardware to watch TV has gotten better and the number of channels has grown the overall quality of the content has diminished.

The internet, has had changes too. As we are now able to avoid watching most ads on TV we encounter more ads on the internet.

My hope is that the folks in charge of TV production see the light before it is too late. They are heading down a slippery slope.

On a similar vein, the internet is also heading in the wrong direction. Folks spending hour after hour on social network sites instead of spending time with family and friends.

Family especially is becoming less of an influence on our daily lives. This is a shame because family traditionally has been the first line of support, followed by friends.

Part of the reason I spend the time I do here at CN is so I can help family and friends with their computer related issues. Kind of like continuing education for me.

My TV habits have evolved into mostly not viewing shows live but rather using the DVR and watching as time allows. In between I watch SCI, History, etc. as there is usually something you can watch for a few minutes without committing to an hour or half hour.

Derby Dad, I wasn't aware you could program the TV to power up to a chosen channel. I am going to check into that option.


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