I'm fed up with TV

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I made a decision several days ago and followed through with action. I canceled my television provider service and will not get another service. I would like to share what I told the service provider.

First, my service began at $29.99 per month. Since the first year, the service has gone up $50 and that is much, too much for any television service.

Two, I object to the quality of the programming provided by any service, whether it is digital cable television or a satellite provider. I just don’t get why people watch reality shows such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The only factor in these shows is that it allows the networks and people to make money. It is appalling that so many people find crude shows such as Two and a Half Men and Modern Family entertaining.

Three, the agenda is not entertainment but selling. I once counted 17 commercials in one advertising section. The truly good commercials are rare.

The last objection I have to television programs on most of the major channels is the language. It is amazing that producers think that most, if not all, of the people have such limited and vulgar language skills. Why is it necessary to use so many variations of the “F” word so often? The overuse of that word and other obscene language is gratuitous.

I would like to see the consumers put pressure on the networks and advertisers to provide better quality programming, have fewer commercials and clean up the language.

Why not sign petitions to send to the advertisers and networks?

Victoria E. Antonacci

North Augusta, S.C.

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deestafford
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deestafford 02/16/14 - 01:09 am
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Every criticism by the letter writer is correct.

Every criticism by the letter writer is correct. If I would have told my Mother there was over 100 TV channels and nothing on she would not have believed it. We had two when I was a youngster.

We have the most informed uninformed generation in history. They know a lot and they know nothing. A staggering percentage don't even know the earth rotates around the sun!

To quiz on current political or world events is like asking the soil content of Mars. They have no idea. But ask about some celebrity or the like and they can tell you everything down to shoe size and what the "star" had for lunch.

How is it our most educated generation was that of the Founders and yet they had the least "information" available yet today's generation has the most information available but are the least educated? I guess the answer is there is such a difference in quality of something versus quantity. This just goes to see how easily a populace can be indoctrinated through the target use of the current media of the times. Previously it was print. Then radio. Now TV, movies, and social networking.

david jennings
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david jennings 02/16/14 - 05:39 am
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Me too

I agree with the letter writer and Dee. The only thing even close to entertainment is the old shows on Me tv. I like TCB old movies with song and dance, clean language, romance without the pornography. I'm kissing comcast goodbye and not looking for another. Don't need the trash.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/16/14 - 06:21 am
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We are big fans of ME tv,

We are big fans of ME tv, too, where there were well-written scripts, no graphic sex, and no foul language.

We also watch a lot of public tv, too.

About the only decent show to watch on prime-time tv is The Middle.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/16/14 - 07:59 am
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100 channels & nothing to see

I agree....our bill is over $80.00 & 90% is trash....honey boo boo---info commercials swallow the time slots....we pay for utter trash..BUT too many want the Maurys & Jerrys....the trash just continues on..

pep607
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pep607 02/16/14 - 08:31 am
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Good luck

Good luck when you discontinue any service, especially Comcast. You will (1) get and pay bill, (2) receive a refund check from Comcast, (3) get and pay a final partial bill, (4) receive another refund check from Comcast (5) receive another bill, call Comcast, wait a long time and be told by someone named Bonnie it is an error and not to pay it, (6) start receiving calls from collection agent as you have been turned over for not paying Comcast, (7) call Comcast again and be told they will investigate (8) get 10 more collection calls (9) call Comcast again and be told someone will call you back but you do not owe them anything (10) receive 10 more collection calls, (11) complain on FaceBook and get several replies and calls from Alabama (12) get more collection calls, (13) Complain to the BBB which gets forwarded someplace in another state (14) get a call from Alabama leaving a message and a name and number (15) call that number and get no answer, leave a message and get no call back……….and wait another week, since you switched to WOW and there is no phone, cable or Internet in your house.

mrenee2003
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mrenee2003 02/16/14 - 09:19 am
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Advertising

The commercials are lousy and obnoxious. This past Superbowl, however, I can't even count how many people I encountered who talked about how they were looking forward to the commercials. Really? Looking forward to commercials? It's an indictment toward the type of society we have become in terms of what constitutes entertainment. Anyway, even if you use a DVR, you can't escape the commercialism because of all the product placement. When's the last time you watched a TV show that didn't have some kind of Apple logo appear somewhere? Now they are even placing commercials inside the shows (I read there was a Subway commercial embedded in a Hawaii Five O episode). That kind of stuff even happens when it's things you paid to view (e.g., Netflix produced shows, HBO, etc.). I doubt complaining will do any good. What the power outage taught me, however, was that I can entertain myself without TV. I plan to spend more times outdoors and reading.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/16/14 - 10:24 am
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mrenee, some commercials are

mrenee, some commercials are very clever. My favorites were the trunk monkey by Suburban Auto Coup. Some of the jerky commercials with big foot and the most interesting man in the world for Dos Equis give me a chuckle!

duffstuff
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duffstuff 02/16/14 - 11:16 am
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Not having tv because you

Not having tv because you dont like most shows is like not using the library because you think most books arent worth reading. Cancel your cable if thats what you wanna do, but there are plenty of qulity shows out there. Plenty of educational shows as well. And how is Modern Family a vulgar show? is it because two of the lead characters are gay and they are accepted into the family instead of lectured about their sins and run out of town? Lol Also I find it amusing that people find certain words profane. Its quite a dumb concept when you really think about it. Can anyone come up with an objective reasoning why poop or bang is are silly and certain other words are bad? I bet you cant do it? Also the writer seems to advocate we should pressure advertisers to pull ads from shows we dislike. I have a real problem with this because if you dont like something then dont watch it period. I bet the writer of this article probably supported Phil Robertson durring his little media firestorm. Probably the same with Paula Deen. I notice alot of hypocracy on this issue because everyone wants to silence that which we dont like but cry freedom of speech every time someone wants to silece our voice or someone we support.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 02/16/14 - 12:02 pm
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TV
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History channel, Georgia TV and about five other stations are worth watching. The rest of the programming is nothing but ignorant people putting their train wreck of a life out there and for the life of me I can't see how people consider this entertainment. Today's tv shows just how much as a nation we've declined!

burninater
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burninater 02/16/14 - 03:15 pm
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STOP PAYING FOR CABLE.

STOP PAYING FOR CABLE.

It's just that simple.

I haven't had cable in years, all my viewing is streamed online. Watch what you want, when you want it ... Hulu + Netflix gives me more than I could ever have time to watch for less than $25/month.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/16/14 - 04:08 pm
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" I have a real problem with

" I have a real problem with this because if you dont like something then dont watch it period. "

This makes about as much sense as saying I don't like murder so I just won't murder someone.....but do nothing to prevent it from happening to others. I don't like human trafficking so I won't be involved in it and I'll do nothing to prevent it........way to be a part of society duff.

robaroo
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robaroo 02/16/14 - 04:08 pm
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Cable TV is Poor Value

I keep griping about it, but I still have it for now.

I feel like a chump when I pay to watch advertising, especially for the low production costs shows.

I skipped the Super Bowl this year too. At some point, too much advertising kills the show.

I get my internet from a cable company. What is the most cost effective way to get internet?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/16/14 - 05:26 pm
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I'd just assume get rid of

I'd just assume get rid of the TV all together but when you have three men who loves sports and do-it-yourself shows, I loose. I'll stick with my books and keep peace in the house.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 02/16/14 - 08:38 pm
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Some company needs to come up

Some company needs to come up with a select the channels you want plan. I watch maybe about ten channels most of those being the local for news, kid programming for my son, and hgtv for me. It really stinks paying for a bunch of channels I don't plan on watching yet no one thinks to offer this service because it would most likely dramatically reduce their earnings.

Kos
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Kos 02/16/14 - 09:46 pm
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The 2 Largest Cable Service Providers,Comcast and Time Warner
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Cable, announced their merger.

This week, the nation's top two largest cable and internet companies, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, announced a $45 billion merger deal. It would create a monopolistic consolidation of corporate power that would make Darth Vader bush. But the FCC and Department of Justice still have the time to stop this mergerocalypse- if they hear from enough concerned activists and customers. If you're a Comcast or Time Warner customers, you know it will be the worst- unreliable product, price gouging, and virtually non- existent customer service. Imagine how much worst it could be if Comcast don't have any reason to compete for your business. For all the House if Cards fans, this won't come as a shock. Comcast is among the biggest corporate spenders on elections and lobbying in Washington, spending your cable bill to avoid regulation. Comcast had also recently faced allegations of throttling Netflix speeds. And we deserve much better than we're getting from Comcast. If the two of the worst and most incompetent cable providers consolidate their power, America's digital divide will grow as we all fall farther and farther behind the rest of the world. Oh, and your bill could go through the roof.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/16/14 - 10:05 pm
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I agree particularly with this part:

"I just don’t get why people watch reality shows such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The only factor in these shows is that it allows the networks and people to make money. It is appalling that so many people find crude shows such as Two and a Half Men and Modern Family entertaining."

It is a sad commentary that enough people relate to this mindless pap to keep them on the air. Different strokes for different folks accepted, but dammit man! Our populace is do dumbed down it is pathetic.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/16/14 - 10:10 pm
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Scooby, I agree.

It should ALL be pay per view. Say, a few cents per program you watch. Pick and choose what you want, and turn the big eye off when it is just background noise. 75% of current programming would go by the wayside.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/16/14 - 10:12 pm
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Robaroo

I record a LOT of material, and watch it at my leisure, fast forwarding through commercials. The majority of my live TV is news.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/16/14 - 10:23 pm
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Burn

My cousin has it figured it out too. She cut her cable bill 75% with the various streaming options available. Unfortunately though, the internet providers are going to start billing for bandwidth used, so it washes out at the end.

duffstuff
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duffstuff 02/16/14 - 11:38 pm
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tv is like human trafficking

I love how someone can try to compare a tv show they dont like to human traficking and murder in real life...Im kinda speechless at that one

If you dont like it dont watch it. Why shoudnt they have the freedom to make whatever show they want. And maybe some atheist group should pressure all preachers off the air. Or a democratic group should push to get rush limbaugh off the air. Why not right? Lets make it a thing for every person to try and silence everything we dont like or disagree with.

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 02/17/14 - 08:15 am
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A la Carte

The only rational thing to ever come out of John McCain's mind was his proposal to force all cable companies to offer services based upon what you want to watch. Never made it out of committee. The cable companies have bought themselves a congress.
Al Franken sent out a survey this weekend asking how people felt about and what they want from their cable service. I hope the results don't get edited by Comcast.

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 02/17/14 - 10:55 am
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Good programs

There are a few good programs on TV. I'm still a huge fan of The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, and Happy Days. Call me an old-timer, but I watch these shows frequently, and yes, my kids think I'm crazy. Add the cooking channel and History Channel, and I'm all set. I do not watch any of the reality shows on primetime as I am repulsed by most of what I have seen in the commercials.

@duffstuff, If certain words are not profane, but just a figment of one's imagination, why the need to include them in the script? They are put there for a reason! And the fact that we have become "immune" to the sensitivity of such is a wake-up call for how far we have let ourselves go.

I also wonder why the need to put the gay agenda in the forefront of so many TV programs. I will stick with the traditional marriage that is reflected in The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/17/14 - 09:11 pm
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"I love how someone can try

"I love how someone can try to compare a tv show they dont like to human traficking and murder in real life...Im kinda speechless at that one "

Duff, maybe you need to go back and read my comment again because evidently you didn't get it the first go round. Here, let me help your young soul out.....what I was comparing is the philosophy that if you don't like something, just don't do it.....and how dumb that comment was.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/18/14 - 06:53 am
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(duffstuff) "Why shoudnt they

(duffstuff) "Why shoudnt they have the freedom to make whatever show they want."

Why they most certainly can.....just as those who are oppose to what they make have the freedom to voice their opinion and if it has enough discord, then the show won't succeed. Simple freedom.

" And maybe some atheist group should pressure all preachers off the air. Or a democratic group should push to get rush limbaugh off the air. "

Atheist groups try all the time to hush the spreading of the Word of God not only by television but any way they can. As for Limbaugh, there are many who have tried to hush him and the way to do that is hurt ratings. As long as you have individuals who listen to him, his rating will draw in money.

Echoes86
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Echoes86 02/18/14 - 02:12 pm
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Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.

If you have the internet, you can customize what you watch with no commercial breaks. All you have to do is connect your computer to your tv or get a box that can stream wireless shows like GoogleChromecast or Roku.

It's way cheaper than cable and satellite, you don't have to watch what you don't want to, and I would think it would be way easier to convince Netflix to change what they have added than advertisers.

I agree about the quality of shows on tv being poor. There are a couple of diamonds in the rough, but many times the tv shows have lazy writing.

Echoes86
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Echoes86 02/18/14 - 02:23 pm
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Murder, Human Trafficking...

The difference between saying "if you don't like it then don't do it" in those situations is that those things hurt others.

Bad tv shows may be annoying, but they don't hurt other people. So, yes, I agree with the statement "If you don't like it, don't watch it." American freedom is basically do what you like so long as it doesn't hurt someone else.

Not saying, InChristLove is for this, but the people that are pro-censorship are the same people I fear would vote for a dictator. They've lost sight of what American freedom is.

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