Media and advertising has gotten way out of control. You are hard pressed to find any shows on TV that isn't either about killing, sex, drugs, whatever and now even commercials are picking up on it. Then you get to the internet where regulations are less strict and you see stuff like you mentioned...
It's kind of sad really because this is what our children will be growing up to, we can try and protect them from it as best we can but we can't be with them 24/7 and no matter what everyone says it is hard to deny that TV shows, games, magazines, advertising, whatever doesn't have a affect on young minds.
With PCs you have to download files, or look for a site to stream them. This requires some degree of waiting or preparation, plus bandwidth. With TV you just browse the channels and see what they offer. We have Sky so the choices are a lot. Sometimes it also happens that you stumble on a program you've never heard about that you end up liking. Also the remote is useful.
With PCs you have to download files, or look for a site to stream them. This requires some degree of waiting or preparation, plus bandwidth.
Find a show you like.
Get the entire series. (downloading a full series for me takes maybe 2 hrs)
Don't have to look for another shows for a few weeks. Can watch any show whenever you want with no additional prep time.
Or if you want to stream, Youtube has several movies and full episodes of shows. And what it doesn't have might be on Hulu. And if not, odds are good it's on Netflix (which costs a fraction of what basic cable does).
Additionally many shows have full versions available online, often with bonus footage that isn't aired on TV due to time constraints (see: Daily Show and other Comedy Central works)
vs. TV where you're limited to what happens to be showing at the time you sit down to watch it. I can't tell you how many times I've flipped through 100+ cable channels and found absolutely nothing worth watching.
Though granted bandwidth can be an issue if you live somewhere remote. My parents are stuck in such a situation, but they live in the middle of nowhere (in the mountains by a lake). I'm pretty sure these days even smaller and mid-size towns have broadband accessibility.. at least in the States.
I for one can't wait until all the TV stations switch over to using the Internet for broadcasting and TV finally dies. The Internet is far better. I've not used Netflix yet, but the idea of a website that replaces TV and you can watch whatever is available for a small subscription fee (which is significantly cheaper than a TV subscription) is awesome. And it can stream to any device that supports it, so you effectively have a TV subscription that follows you anywhere in the world and it still costs a fraction of the price of a TV subscription. I love the digital age.
With FreeView and FreeSat PVRs I am rarely short of things I want to watch. FreeSat seems to be better quality (picture and sound) than I get from on demand services and I have the added bonus of seeing trailers for programs that I would otherwise have not known about (plus a bit of channel hopping). I love broadcast TV (will NEVER pay for SKY)
chrisname, In the UK you only need a TV licence if you watch/record programs as they are broadcast, if you only watch catch up services and the likes of Netflix you don't need one.
My dad took off cable and put Netflix (we had both before). I really must say I do miss cable, the Legend of Kora, I miss the History channel's stuff on Napoleonic-Era battles. I do love the things Netflix has to offer however.