Angie here: Mid-December we lost NBC on our satellite provider. For a few days we felt, well, bereft...
|We pride ourselves on the low number of complaints...|
NBCs Disrupted service?At first I was really irritated. We pay quite the fees already. I think we're about $63/month for satellite on one of the lesser packages. There should be no disruption in service. Then I did a little investigation and discovered the satellite company is trying to avoid a 300% fee hike from the NBC station owners. Huh? Okay, I'm on the side of saving money. To be honest, I'm rooting for DISH on this one–even with NBCs supposed "pennies per customer" concept. Pennies? Add those pennies up and I bet it's a monstrous cost based on the amount of DISH customers affected.
Then there's the reality that we might just watch too much TV anyway...hmm. I think I should thank NBCs snafu for making me take the time to rethink my television viewing.
I wonder if the advertisers have noticed a loss in revenue yet?I wonder if they even realize as advertisers, they've lost entire markets? If so, are they demanding refunds or some sort of compensation? Hello? I'll bet there's a few contract issues in this little greed battle. Ya think? I'm sure the advertisers are saying to themselves, "It's only a few people and only a few pennies..." Not.
One thing this NBC forced hiatus created? A change of habits. Probably not a good thing for NBC, if you ask me. They've lost loyal viewers (not sure how many hundreds of thousands) over a period of about 21 days. How many days does it take to form a new habit? That's right...21! All those viewers creating new show-viewing habits. Intriguing dilemma, big boys.
I decided to try other shows. I started replacing my morning news shows with Hallmark's Home and Family. Kudos, they're on Pinterest too! Smart peeps for gaining female viewers, aren't they? I found out there's less Sunday night football...Woot! (Okay, not quite fair to hubby, but he watches it 5+ days a week.) Without all the football, we've enjoyed a few lovely conversations and a few comedy nights. (I think I'm in love again, lol.)
The loss of one channel on my TV? Hm, there are still well over 100 to choose from NBC. And yes, I know the Olympics are coming. But I don't like only seeing repeated highlights anyway. Last Olympics found me searching online for the various competitions that interested me because the over-shown highlights took up so much air time. I found quite a few full versions and happily enjoyed the Olympics as I wanted to view them–everywhere except on television.
UP TV and Hallmark.I also found a few new shows on UP TV and Hallmark. I didn't even know UP TV existed. Nice, I like the family programming quite a lot. :)
Do I need more TV? No. Less TV is just fine. I'm once again more productive. Oh such a surprise, lol.
Oh, and all those favorite shows are going to go into syndication...likely purchased by other networks and shown in the future. Nothing is life and death here. I think I'll get those 7 books edited for clients/publishers and 4 contracted books written in the meantime. I can always watch reruns–if I even remember the shows.
Let me ask: What do you think of rate hikes in this economy?Do you think it matters if you lose a favorite TV network?
Would losing a particular show bother you?
How much do you pay for television services? Is it fair?
What do you need to get done that TV interferes with?
Any goals that would benefit from less TV?
(How intriguing that Christy posted about leaving Facebook about the same time I decided to post on letting go of some of our TV addiction–again.)