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In it's place is a folded blanket & cushions on the box it used to sit on - yet another place for the cats to sleep.

We got fed up with the b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, so it's bye bye TV, hello broadband and books.

I've never felt better - breaking old habits like this is just so refreshing. And to think I was considering spending £600 on a new flat screen a few months back :lol:

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Well done, life is so much better without TV. When you watch TV you are bombarded with adverts, the worst and most effective ones are subliminal life-style aspirations that are completely manufactured. If you watch Top Gear you start wanting a better car, even though the car you have is perfect for needs. If you watch holiday show, you naturally feel the need to go on holiday. The property porn is quite insidious, it makes the viewers feel that if you don't own a property then you are missing out on a wonderful world of decorating, barbecues, laminate flooring and instant profit. As a home owner I can assure you that owning a property is far more mundane and has many negatives that balance out the positives.

I suppose the worst thing about mainstream TV and many tabloid newspapers is that they dumb down you ability to hold complex thoughts and perpetuate fallacious arguments, moron logic is the foundation on which BBC news is built.

Follow the link in my signature, there are lots of free audio books to help you pass the time.

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Thanks for your replies, fascinating subject IMO.

The shocking thing was the fear that arose in me over contemplating not having a TV.. Which made me all the more determined to get rid of it.

5 years ago I had a protracted battle to stop smoking so I knew the tricks of the mind all too well, making this a piece of pi$$.

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In it's place is a folded blanket & cushions on the box it used to sit on - yet another place for the cats to sleep.

We got fed up with the b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, so it's bye bye TV, hello broadband and books.

I've never felt better - breaking old habits like this is just so refreshing. And to think I was considering spending �600 on a new flat screen a few months back :lol:

Well done.

We did this for a couple of years. I got to read so many books. We went to the theatre every week, went cycling more and so on. Watching TV saps your energy and numbs your mind.

Unfortunately we did get a TV again - the wife wanted French TV to keep in touch with her culture. It's useful for helping the children's French language skills too. I try not to watch too much and make great use of a PVR so that I rarely watch live TV but only selected recordings.

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I've got a TV at home and one at work but I haven't watched either for over 6 months now. Sooner be on HPC as I can't imagine I would have made over £40,000 by watching Strictly Come Dancing or such.

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In it's place is a folded blanket & cushions on the box it used to sit on - yet another place for the cats to sleep.

We got fed up with the b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, so it's bye bye TV, hello broadband and books.

I've never felt better - breaking old habits like this is just so refreshing. And to think I was considering spending �600 on a new flat screen a few months back :lol:

We have TV's and DVD players for 'Barbie - The Irritating Movie' and Shrek and Finding Nemo etc.

But I refuse to have broadcast television in the house. No good for kids development. If it isn't there, it won't be missed and it won't destroy their educational and behavioural development.

Good plan?

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Six months since I unplugged my Freeview box and cancelled my TV licence and I wish I'd done it years ago. I still watch the odd DVD and QT on iPlayer but that's about it. It's amazing how much extra time it's given me…

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re digital TV - the scary thing is they'll know when you switch on, what you watch, how long for and so on.. yet another invasion of privacy, no wonder the whole country is going over to digital :ph34r:

Wha? What you on about?

I watch hardly any broadcast tv, other than Sky News (which I have on now) Though I watch a lot of series and films and I wouldnt want to be without that.

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Definately good plan.

How could I keep a tv for kids dvds but not have the option of watching tv?

Or does having a tv in your house mean you have to pay for licence whether or not you're tuned in.

You only have to have a license if it's set up to receive broadcast TV.

This is much easier to achieve now it's all gone digital. Dump the freeview box and you can still watch DVDs and videos.

Also, bear in mind that TVL have no legal powers of entry to your house and if they do turn up the best thing to do is slam the door in their face as they're not above faking evidence to get a "conviction".

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TV is on my list to be ditched when the "downturn" gets personal. At the moment it's rationed, it doesn't get switched on till 5:30 in the afternoon, when my missus watches "Neighbours". Then I watch the news, although I probably spend most of the programme questioning it's veracity. Shouting "******" at it doen't endear me to the missus. I watch sport, films, the news, and the Simpsons. My missus does watch property porn, but I am unable to last more than 5 minutes before my tourettes gets the better of me, especially when I see Krusty.

I did laugh when another poster mentioned French TV. Having been round the world and watched numerous local channels I have to say that even though British TV is bad, it looks world class compared to what is offered abroad. Italian TV is positively surreal!

p.s. As for McDonalds, I just don't know how people can eat it. It really is horrible. Now I would understand your point if people were bad mouthing beer, but McDonalds. That's not being superior, that's just self preservation.

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Definately good plan.

How could I keep a tv for kids dvds but not have the option of watching tv?

Or does having a tv in your house mean you have to pay for licence whether or not you're tuned in.

Or you could realise that a little bit of TV, along with a little bit of most things will do them no harm. It would involve of course parental responsibilty to enforce.

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None of us watch TV, we're all so clever, let's all pat each others back and postulate on our moral superiority over those who do.

I bet none of you eat Mcdonalds and think that makes you super too.

OP got fed up of the fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, how about using your brain, taking what you see with a pinch of salt and ignoring the adverts?

maybe he just thought telly was crap? Would that be ok with you?

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That would be fine, but he didn't say that did he?

yes, he said he was fed up with the "b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising" of telly. Which, in summary, means he thought it was crap.

At no time did he say "I wanted to feel like I was above the proles so I ditched the telly". Which is kind of what you were suggesting.

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you need to recheck your facts - you need a tv license if you have a mobile phone capable of browsing the web or a broadband enabled pc - the laws were changed a few years ago to include these items to prepare for the change over to internet tv

Thats bull sht, from the tv licensing website.

You must be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV. It makes no difference what equipment you use - whether it’s a laptop, PC, mobile phone, digital box, DVD recorder or a TV set - you still need a licence.

You do not need a TV Licence to view video clips on the internet, as long as what you are viewing is not being shown on TV at the same time as you are viewing it.

If you use a digital box with a hi-fi system, or another device that can only be used to produce sounds and can't display TV programmes, and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment, you don't need a TV Licence.

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In it's place is a folded blanket & cushions on the box it used to sit on - yet another place for the cats to sleep.

We got fed up with the b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, so it's bye bye TV, hello broadband and books.

I've never felt better - breaking old habits like this is just so refreshing. And to think I was considering spending �600 on a new flat screen a few months back :lol:

For anyone who hates TV I recommend Charlie Broker's 'Screen Burn', hilarious book.

Personally I think TV is a useful addition to the household, if used intelligently and with self-discipline. I must admit there's been times in my life when it's sucked too many pointless hours out of my day (mainly as a poor student), but these days a quick scan of the TV schedules soon tells me if there's anything worth watching.

Typically I'll only average an hour or two an evening and then only if there's anything I feel is of interest.

If you're one of those mindless people who gets suckered in and wastes their time watching the likes of EastEnders then that's your own stupid fault. In fact, rather than berate the BBC for broadcasting this nonsense I'd like to commend them. I'm happy to pay (well actually I don't, but if they caught me I would) for programs like EastEnders to keep the thoughtless masses occupied and therefore reduce the trouble these ill-educated fools might otherwise be making. Hurray for TV!!!

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Good on you Op, perhaps treat yourself to a lovefilm.com subscription.

By coincidence I was wondering the other day if the imminent switching off of the analogue tv signal in some areas, might make some folks give up tv as they may not bother to get digital boxes.

I was speaking to a mate with sky the other day, he said he records everything on sky plus & skips the ads, he could not remember the last time he watched live tv.

Just looked up the Anti-tv 'White Dot org.' after a long while, good to see they're still going

http://www.whitedot.org/issue/iss_front.asp

White Dot was started in 1996 by Jean Lotus as a newsletter for people who don't watch television. In the same year David Burke launched the British edition by standing on a busted TV set in front of a sign saying "Get A Life" near Westminster Abbey and reading out a letter to Prince Charles asking him not to televise his coronation.

Since then we put up the website and introduced TV-Turnoff Week to Britain. That continues to receive national and international press coverage. We have also written two books, our anti-TV guide called Get A Life (Bloomsbury Publishing 1998) and our investigation into the privacy issues surrounding digital interactive television, Spy TV (Slab-O-Concrete 2000).

We have run Zocolos to promote TV-free living

looks like they're selling a 'tv-b-gone' universal remote to switch off other folks tv's :D

http://www.tvbgone.com/cfe_tvbg_main.php

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In it's place is a folded blanket & cushions on the box it used to sit on - yet another place for the cats to sleep.

We got fed up with the b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, so it's bye bye TV, hello broadband and books.

I've never felt better - breaking old habits like this is just so refreshing. And to think I was considering spending �600 on a new flat screen a few months back :lol:

Ditched ours about a year ago, I reckon with the amount we watched it, it was costing £20-£30 per hour :blink:

Now the entire family is convinced we're on the breadline as we "can't afford a TV license" :lol:

The recent hullabaloo surrounding Susan Boyle have brought it home to me (again) how toxic UK mainstream TV culture is.

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In it's place is a folded blanket & cushions on the box it used to sit on - yet another place for the cats to sleep.

We got fed up with the b0llocks, fear, agitation, bull$hit and advertising, so it's bye bye TV, hello broadband and books.

I've never felt better - breaking old habits like this is just so refreshing. And to think I was considering spending ?600 on a new flat screen a few months back :lol:

So what is it for you then? BBC2? One of the digital radio stations?

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I hardly ever watch it, but when the hubby is home on weekends it goes on the minute he wakes up, grrrrrrr

Then the incessant flicking through channels in the evening and the moaning there's nothing on, after which I suggest, to switch it off. Alas that falls on deaf ears. One thing I'm grateful for is that it's only a small ancient telly. Luckily we never got drawn into buying one of those room dominating beasts.

At least, after dropping a few subtle hints, I got the mother-in-law to switch the damn things off when we come to visit (she's got 3 of the buggers!!!!).

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Good on you Op, perhaps treat yourself to a lovefilm.com subscription.

By coincidence I was wondering the other day if the imminent switching off of the analogue tv signal in some areas, might make some folks give up tv as they may not bother to get digital boxes.

I was speaking to a mate with sky the other day, he said he records everything on sky plus & skips the ads, he could not remember the last time he watched live tv.

Just looked up the Anti-tv 'White Dot org.' after a long while, good to see they're still going

http://www.whitedot.org/issue/iss_front.asp

Got one already :) just going to watch them on the mac instead, might get an Unlimited card for cineworld too.. & yes great that whitedot are still going.

re digital TV - the scary thing is they'll know when you switch on, what you watch, how long for and so on.. yet another invasion of privacy, no wonder the whole country is going over to digital :ph34r:

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