What Happened to Cable TVby Tyler Woods on Jul. 15, 2012, under Life
The other day, after a long day with clients, all I could think of was turning on the TV and watching something rather silly. I turned the TV on and there was a message from Direct TV that I lost the station. Indeed, Direct TV lost 14 very popular stations such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. No, I am not happy and chances are I will eventually drop cable because reading a book is just as nice or I can stream whatever I want. I keep wondering what happened to cable TV and it got me thinking…
I am not a huge TV fan. I used to be, when TV was good. Anymore most TV is “reality” shows. Who can dance, who can’t, who is popular who isn’t, who’s got talent, who doesn’t, who slept with who, who likes who, who wants to date someone, and occasionally, there may be a TV series that may catch your attention if you can stand the violence. A few sitcoms are worth watching, however, they are far and few.
Cable TV is expensive and offers me something that I really like; OLD TV. That’s right, in today’s world, if you want good TV programming, you turn to cable to catch old reruns of old shows. Perhaps some of the best Comedy ever was I Love Lucy and I can turn on cable and catch episodes of the greatest comedy ever created. This show aired in 1951 and went to 1957. It is a classic and what sitcoms were made of. Just think I can pay my cable bill to get original comedy.
On some TV stations, I get shows like, The Facts if Life, Batman, Mork and Mindy, Lavern and Shirley, The Wonder Years, Superman, and Batman. On other stations I can get shows like The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, and old Sci Fi movies and series. I can turn the channel, get old TV movies, and watch Betty Davis and Cary Grant. I can turn the station again and get more classic movies, even some of the greats like To Kill a Mocking Bird or A Streetcar Named Desire. With the flick of my remote, I can watch something a little more current and watch On Golden Pond, or Dead Poets Society.
I think the point I am trying to get at, is many of us pay cable to watch old TV. For younger people reading this, TV back in the day was great. It may have been a tad corny, but we laughed because it was just funny, or cried because the actors and the script were just that good. I suddenly realized that many of us pay our cable bills so we can watch reruns of the great shows that aired 20, 30, 40 years ago.
It made me realize that as technology advances, we lose great story lines, real comedy, incredible movies that did not need special effects. Modern TV and cable is just not as good as it used to be. It’s okay, thanks to new technology and streaming, I can simply plug my laptop into my TV and go to Hulu or Netflix which carries a wide variety of current and past programs and movies for about eight bucks a month. The other day I watched old Marcus Welby on YouTube. That was free, fun and brought back some great old memories. For the modern shows I do like, such as Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, 20/20 or perhaps Grey’s Anatomy, I have HULU and can watch it anytime.
I don’t know about you, I keep wondering what happened to cable TV and find it difficult at times to pay money for cable to watch the shows I grew up with. Cable is getting more expensive and offering a lot less. I think perhaps it is time to go back to my roots of TV, let go of cable, and just plug in my laptop or tablet, or use my Roku box and begin enjoy what I want when I want and at my finger tips.
Modern technology has its pros and cons, and I am grateful for streaming TV, much of it is free, and some of it cost so little. For someone who does not live their life in front of the TV, that is about all I need. I can get local news either streamed sometimes, or just read the paper online. Cable will be a dying breed sooner or later because of new technology and streaming however, the good news is many of us who are in our fifties and sixties can still catch the great shows from 30 years ago and not pay a penny and that is what I like about modern technology.