Is the standard of TV declining?

@Asylum (48266)
Manchester, England
November 8, 2006 1:53pm CST
Is it just my imagination, or is the standard of television programs severely declining? I can remember having 2 stations to watch and usually managing to find something of interest to watch most nights. Now, with a vast choice of stations to pick from, I am lucky to find a worthwhile program at all. Has the standard really fallen or am I simply out of date?
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 06
Yes it is badly I have cable and you would think with all them Channels there would be something on but there isn't I do not have the Movies as they are constant repeat and I am not paying money to watch repeats all the time
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 Dec 06
The repeats would not be so bad if they did not show the same repeats every time. There are lots of old films that never get shown.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Yes, it certainly is. I remember way back in my childhood that we had only the 3 regular channels, and in the evenings our TV ran constantly, because my dad could always find something to watch. He wasn't a TV addict. He just always loved new technology, and TV was the new technology of the day. Of course, the cost of network channels was free. Anyway, nothing changed for me until 1982 when we got our first cable. I only wanted it because I was up in the night feeding my baby and wanted something to watch sometimes besides him. We were all amazed at the choices in programming we got then. We paid $12 a month. Over the years the # of channels has increased, but the quality of programming has gone down. Before we moved from Tennessee, we had 70+ channels to choose from, and often we often couldn't find anything on we liked. We had been away from network TV so long that we really didn't care about any of the shows on those channels. During the night, we were lucky to find anything on except infomercials, and some channels were also running them during the day. We were paying $58 dollars a month there. When we moved to our new home, we didn't have any TV for awhile. We called cable and found out we lived 652' from the nearest hookup, and they weren't willing to run a line unless we paid big bucks. We were so fed up and tired of waiting that we bought a pair of rabbit ears and started watching regular TV again. And you know what? We've discovered we like it. We've gotten back into watching certain shows every week, like we did back in the old days. We watch a lot of public television. We have all the programming we need, and it still doesn't cost us anything.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Nov 06
652 feet, that is near enough to be annoying and far enough to be extremely expensive. As for your experience of TV over the years, it almost appears that I could have written this myself.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Thank you for the best response! I find your topics very refreshing. It's nice to find someone else who is interested in real discussions instead of all the junk that floats around mylot.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Nov 06
You deserved the best response because you took the time to compose an interesting and valuable response. Also, thank you for your generous compliment.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I agree with you completely as it does seem like the standard is declining as I hear language being used that never used to be allowed to be on primary channels like USA and others. I hear fowl language quite a bit and the quality of some of these shows are lacking as well. Some shows seem like copys of other shows to me.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
17 Dec 06
I had forgotten about the bad language issue, which is now quite out of control. I can understand if it is part of the story, but too many programmes use it as everyday speech.
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@dattatray (894)
• India
13 Nov 06
It has been a long while(maybe 2-3 years) that i last viewed the idiot box. so cant tell whether it has detoriated or not...
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 06
You must have missed a load of trash over that many years.
@kush12 (312)
• Australia
13 Nov 06
NO IT IS NOT YOUR IMAGINATION ITS GETTING WORSE THATS WHY I SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON THE NET BECAUSE THERE IS VERY LITTLE TO WATCH THAT DOSE NOT NUM YOUR BRAIN.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Nov 06
The part about numb your brain is right, sometimes I even worry that if I do watch that trash from boredom that I may learn to like it. That would be so embarrasing.
@missanne (60)
• United States
11 Nov 06
no imagINAtion!!!!! TV IS GONE TO THE SWINES, DOGS, GUTTER, ETC!!
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Nov 06
A little strong, but sadly quite accurate.
@donglory (677)
• Ghana
10 Nov 06
yes computer has taking the place
• India
23 Nov 06
not exactly
@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
10 Nov 06
Yes, we pay almost $40.00 a month for close to 50-60 channels and we don't get premium channels mind you, like HBO, Showtime, etc., and we can't find absolutely anything on TV. It's amazing what you pay for, which is NOTHING most of the time........
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Nov 06
$40 per month, for that you would expect a good variety. here in the UK we pay £140 to the BBC to receive transmissions and I paid £15 per month to Sky TV, but the choice of programmes simply kept on falling.
@prue187 (517)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I think there are more tv programs to watch more than eon of days ago. There were no cable nor satellite back in the days or if there was it was way too expensive. don't watch reality tv that sucks.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Nov 06
Well, it is nice to know that some one is happy with the current TV choice.
@isasice (2015)
• Iceland
9 Nov 06
Yes it definitely is. It's like everything else today, it's all about money. I remember times when there was no tv in my home village. Then there was tv for a few hours a day, no tv on Thursdays and no tv for the whole month of July! This only changed about 20 years ago when we had tv all year around and more than one channel to watch. Now there are endless channels, 24 hours a day but usually nothing interesting on. I watch less tv now than I did when I had only one channel.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Nov 06
It almost sounds like you have British TV.
@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
8 Nov 06
I think there's too much reality crap on nowadays, some I like watching, but I really dont like all the gardening, renovating ones. Most nights I can find at least one program I like, but I think most of it has to do with the networks, because they just keep repeating stuff!
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov 06
The majority of programs that I like tend to be repeats. you can only watch them so many times before it gets really boring.
@binitkedia (1172)
• India
23 Nov 06
u r out dated