Is the standard of TV declining?
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 Has the standard really fallen or am I simply out of date?
2 people like this
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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........
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.
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!