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"Go On" And Pardon My Rant

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Frank Soyke, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. jcroy

    jcroy Screenwriter

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    In regard to "cord cutting", the main reason I haven't cut the cord yet is that my SO still insists on watching premium cable channels all the time.

    The only "consolation prize" I get of it, is that I DVR daily reruns of shows like NCIS, Criminal Minds, Star Trek franchise, etc ... and numerous movies that I couldn't be bothered with buying the dvd/bluray versions (ie. Sharknado, Sharktopus, various James Bond, reboots, etc ...).
     
  2. Ron1973

    Ron1973 Beverly Hillbilles nut extraordinaire

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    I like the occasional NCIS or Law and Order (mainly SVU) but just not enough to buy season sets. I like watching Walker, Texas Ranger, too, but not enough to purchase season sets. I guess for those shows like that (plus the aforementioned ones) I'll keep it and not cut the cord.
     
  3. Ethan Riley

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    Cut the cord four years ago. Don't have cable, or anything. Only DVDs.
     
  4. Jack P

    Jack P Producer

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    Cable only serves a purpose for me for sports (YES network!), news and weather. Otherwise I would have ended it long ago. But for watching entertainment, it's only what I have on DVD and that's it.
     
  5. Frank Soyke

    Frank Soyke Supporting Actor

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    I consider myself very fortunate to have all the great stuff that has come out on DVD's so far (even if we are close to the end) and all my TV VHS tapes from the late 80's-early 90's tape trading circuit. Honestly, despite my complaints, I have almost everything I want in one form or another now. I would, however, like to replace my VHS stuff with better quality material before father time takes over on them.
     
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    It was also because of the usual cause of extinction-- Destruction of Native Habitat:
    Before cable, growing up in the 70's and 80's, a local station ran Bewitched or Leave it To Beaver reruns at 4:30 because, well, they had to show SOMETHING. There was probably a housewife audience still watching, and kids were home from school; the network game shows ended at noon and the network soaps ended at 4, so stations were left to their own devices until the pre-news came on at 5-5:30. Distributors sold packages of reruns, movies and syndie series to local stations, just so they could have something in their arsenal to show.
    Syndicated TV burst out in the 80's, which gave us afternoon cartoons in the 80's and Jerry Springer and Judge Judy in the 90's. Nowadays, The View spun off enough morning variations to keep network affiliates going from the morning shows to the noon-hour news to the network soaps and Dr.'s Oz and Phil carry the 4-5 hours.

    Used to be, local stations aired their little home-stocked collection of rerun/movie ephemera during the afternoons and late-nites, or made their own local area programming (local affairs, interviews, cooking, bowling, Bozo kid's shows, etc.) Now, with so much station programming handed to them on silver platters--even the wee hours are filled in with all-night network news--local stations have no reason to use their soundstages for anything but the news division anymore. And if a vacancy shows up at 4pm....we now get the Early News at 4.
    Of course, we didn't worry, because cable exploded in the 80's with dozens of little niche channels that needed old movies and reruns to show, so we thought they'd take care of that outlet for us. Oh yeah, we sure thought THAT, didn't we?... :rolleyes:
     
  7. Frank Soyke

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    The death knell for syndicated re-runs on "regular TV" was in the late 80's when Fox. UPN, and WB came on the scene. They basically killed the era of the independent TV station. Previous non network affiliates all of a sudden became part time network affiliates being compelled to show prescribed programming from 7-12PM. Those old reliable indy stations we had come to depend on didn't need to rely on Hogan's or Jeannie anymore, so those shows, and many others, disappeared from schedules.
     

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