We dance around the topic of the media's role in driving public opinion and in dividing us... I was wondering if nonbelievers, skeptics and the like subject themselves to less mainstream media than their counterparts.
Do you currently receive programmed TV? Or are you among the set that parted company with satellite or cable? If no cable? Do you stream? If so, what are your streaming go tos?
I cut the cord over a year ago... the savings are great! I run a Kodi box with Terrarium & Covenant. I also have an OTA antenna and converter box for local live TV. I like to tinker with technology sometimes, which you need to do with these things to stay updated...
I used to stream cool documentaries on YouTube, PBS, Etc...but Comcast has put a monthly data limit on us (along with a rate hike) so I can't do that anymore for fear of going over the limit and getting charged for the overage.
Right now I have the TV on in the background while I surf online. Much of the time it's on MSNBC.
In a nutshell: MTV plays no music, The History Channel primarily runs shows about aliens and big foot, even The Weather Channel runs shows instead of presenting the latest weather. Combine poor quality programming with ridiculous prices, it was a no brainer decision (for me). I cut years ago and stream NetFlix and Amazon Prime Video.
My family prefers using the TV to mirror amusing YouTube vids from our phones. Comedy from regular folks tends to be a lot funnier than that which has been screened to death in board rooms...
I cut it because of the cost and I seemed to watch the same shows over and over. Now I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I’ve rarely missed cable. I’ve actually been thinking about cutting the internet completely, but will have to wait until my boys move out.
I cancelled cable after I saw Ted Cruz's face in my living room during the Iowa primary. I have a Roku, I stream Netflix and Amazon Prime and a few other. I have DVD and other stuff I don't remember the TLAs for. All in all I watch less than 5 hours of TV per week. Best part, No commercials.
I don't watch any mainstream media as only 6 companies own all of it, therefore billionaires influence the agenda. I go to independents. I don't watch TV as 90 percent of it is drivel. I tend to watch youtube and download or buy interesting shows ie the handmaids tale, game of thrones, the expanse, art movies etc.
Severed all connection with TV years ago. Content was too lame in general and couldn't see parsing my time to watch whatever little I thought still warranted a look. Now, this is me -- personally -- the family is different. So, the house is still connected, but I'm not, but I will admit to watching a breaking news item or a documentary from time to time.
I have an antenna that allows me to get two major networks, PBS and the CW (I think) as well as a couple of weird channels; but, I rarely watch regular TV. However, I do have Netflix and Hulu (I pay extra for commercial free) as well as some other stations through my ROKU.
Number 1 reason was cost, cable TV is too expensive for what you get. I miss watching baseball, but MLB has a package I can do via the internet. PBS, TCM, AMC, etc. I miss but the best stuff is on after I fall asleep, no way to record. Then there are the Ads!!! I have facebook, the internet and NOW Agnostic.com I really do not need any more ways to get nothing done.