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88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to RRedline

Re: Networks did it to themselves

said by RRedline:

said by 88615298:

Yeah keep thinking you can stick it to the man. Enjoy constant banners running on the bottom during programing so even when you fast forward its still there. Enjoy HUGE increases in the rates networks charge. Enjoy fewer new shows more re-run. More showing the same content over and over again. more cheap reality Tv crap. More infomercials. It's funny and somewhat sad that all the people that think they can force the content producers to do anything.

Nice straw man argument. Why can't his position be "stop showing so many damned commercials!?"

Advertising has gotten way too disruptive over the years. It is the sole reason that I very rarely watch live TV. I refuse to be subjected to so many interruptions. If they do what you say they will, even more people will stop watching TV. There are other forms of entertainment besides live television.

Actually you are making my point. You don't like all the ads you simply don't watch. Nothing wrong with that. These people want their cake and eat it too. If they don't like they ads then they don't watch. Not watch and skip.

CXM_Splicer
Looking at the bigger picture
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join:2011-08-11
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3 recommendations

Torrents are much easier; commercials already edited out, station logo watermark usually blurred out, crawls get cropped. Any show with any kind of ratings usually hits the web a few hours after airing. With RSS feeds, new shows are automatically downloaded and waiting. Best DVR there is.


Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY

Irony abounds when a staunch union man such as yourself sings the praises of bittorrent, which last I checked doesn't pay any royalties to the unionized production crews and writers who help create the content you're downloading...


CXM_Splicer
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I am full of irony and actually not as staunch as many others in here Coming from an anti-union perspective, I suppose anyone that says anything good about unions is as good as singing accolades.

It is pretty easy to separate the two points; over commercialization (greed) is killing the quality of television, people are seeking alternatives. It has nothing to do with unions.


Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY

Some would dispute the notion that there was ever such a thing as 'quality television'....

Others might say that modern television allows you to tell a story (Breaking Bad) that would never have been told during the supposed glory days of TV.

Either way, I concur that the decline (real or imagined) in TV has nothing to do with unions. I just find it ironic that you'd tacitly endorse something that takes money out of the pocket of your union colleagues (Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild, Teamsters, IATSE, etc.)


CXM_Splicer
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said by Crookshanks:

Some would dispute the notion that there was ever such a thing as 'quality television'....

Agree with you there, even before the decline it was called an 'idiot box'. I think that started back in the '50s.