When people tell me that they enjoy movies, but they donâ€™t watch television, I generally assume one or more of these things to be true:
1. They donâ€™t have a DVR (poor backwards bastards)
2. They havenâ€™t sampled any of the good shows.
3. They are lying.
I am one of those people who claim not to watch television. I guess you can call me a lier. Or maybe not. It’s just that there are different ways to define “watching television”.
When I say, that I don’t watch television, I don’t mean that I never switch on the TV set. I do. But when I do, I do so purposefully. I choose when and what to watch. I don’t just switch on the TV whenever I am in the room, and let it be a background noise.
If I know that a good movie or a BBC documentary will be on, I try to catch it. More so, I don’t limit my television experience to the TV broadcast that we have here in Cyprus. I get my share from the web. For example, I am watching “The Daily Show” fanatically. I only wish I could see full programs on TV.
And here is another point about television. Scott Adams talks about US television. It’s a totally different thing from Cyprus television, which sucks so much that not all grandma’s can stand it. If I had access to American cable, I guess, I’d be glued to the screen half the time. But I don’t. So I can pretty much go around and say that I don’t watch television.
Things might change pretty soon though, with PrimeTel pushing out it’s Triple Play service, which will include a 100+ channels. Most of those will probably suck too, but I know for sure that there are some good ones.
I should have Triple Play installed within the next month, so I’ll let you know how good it is and how my television watching will change.