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There was a time that something like $30 a month would give you access to literally all the entertainment options available to man.

Granted little of it was worth watching, but still.

Today you would need cable tv, the internet, satelite tv, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO and probably a bunch that I am not even thinking of right now.

Of course any one of those streaming services alone has good quality content, and as such is a better bargain than cable tv ever was.

But still, you have to make a decision, and decisions are difficult.
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Sometimes I'd visit my family, and they'd have an episode of a show on TV. They'd have it on Netflix and in DVD form too, but watching it on TV saved them from having to decide on an episode. And all they had to do in return was watch commercials. You are right. Decisions are difficult.
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There is a grocery store in Berkeley, CA that has 11 different kinds of bananas. Too much choice sucks the life out of me.

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I bet a similar thing is happening to a lot of us with game collections.
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It's been a while since I watched this but his points have always rang true for me:



http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_ch...

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Galstaff wrote:
There is a grocery store in Berkeley, CA that has 11 different kinds of bananas. Too much choice sucks the life out of me.

Totally.

I've given up on supermarkets: A whole aisle of cereal. Something like ten brands of raisin bran, each in five sizes from rob-you-blind-tiny to rob-you-blind-even-though-you'd-think-this-monster-size-would-be-the-best-value-but-you'd-be-wrong-humongous. And they arrange the store and rearrange the products to hide things so you spend more time there. I finally got disgusted with the games and gave up on them. Now I spend about five minutes on a shopping trip.

Back on topic, the thing about most of the cable channels that used to be is that they've watered down the content until it's all water. Discovery Channel used to have some content, but every time they got a hit, they spawned a new channel. Now, what little content they actually pay for is split among American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, Investigation Discovery, Oprah Winfrey Network, Science, TLC, and Velocity. As a cable subscriber, you pay for all these ghost-town channels, and to get any decent shows, you have to go to a $100/month tier. Even if they went to à la carte pricing, you'd find if you wanted five shows, they'd be on five different channels.

Don't even get me started on siffy.

I cut the cable years ago. I can stream most things, my library has a lot of DVDs, and the rerun season gets me to try some of the huge amount of anime available for streaming. I keep meaning to try Netflix, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
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All this is too true. When I sit down to watch TV, it is not just the TiVo.

Do I do TiVo? Apple TV? Amazon Fire Stick? Bluray? X-Box?

Once you decide, you have to filter through all the !@!@ crap to try to find something interesting. Give me some History. Give me some Science. Give me something! Oh, wait, you have to have a cable subscription to see that. A cable subscription. That was why I bought your !@#!@# device in the first place. If I had a cable subscription I would !@#@! watch that! Well then pay more for some show that is interesting.

Sure there is a ton of new shows on Amazon streaming. Some of them are excellent. But how do I @#$@# find them? There may be 20 new series and shows available, but finding that 1 in 20 that is not a waste of time is a waste of time in and of itself. By the time I find something to watch, I have already spent my hour finding it!

We have resorted to just rewatching old series that we liked in the past, like Babylon 5, or Star Trek.

Edit: Sorry. I think you touched a nerve there.
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... Give me some History. Give me some Science. Give me something! ...

Check out http://www.pbs.org/ They have a good library of old shows in addition to new.

Streamable for now on http://www.cbs.com/ is The Dovekeepers, a miniseries from a historical novel about Masada. It's a bit soap opera-y, and follows the history of Josephus, which is a bit in disagreement with archeology. Not history or science, but Person of Interest is a very popular CBS show.

On YouTube, check out:
http://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse
http://www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey
http://www.youtube.com/user/scishow
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I used to think it would be great to be able to watch whatever I wanted to watch, whenever I wanted to watch it. Now I have instant access to tons of stuff and I don't really want to watch any of it.

I used to sit through a movie I wouldn't have normally watched, just because it happened to be on, and I would usually end up enjoying it. Now I never actively choose to stream a movie I wouldn't normally watch.

I will still watch any Simpsons or Seinfeld episode that happens to be on TV, but I will rarely break out a Simpsons or Seinfeld DVD and watch a random episode.

"Freedom of choice is what you got. Freedom from choice is what you want."
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Anyone else remember watching late night scrambled porn in the 80s? It took some patience and a little imagination but with no internet there were few other options.
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I think the internet has cured us of a lot of residual prudishness.
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Right now you can pay $9 for Netflix and then buy 2-3 great shows on some service. So instead of $30/month ($240/year), I pay $108 + $25 x3 = $190. So I pay half as much ($240 two decades ago is about $360 now).

Son, we're living the goddamn golden age.
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WWE Network. All the wrasslin' you can handle for just $9.99 a month!
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WWE Network. All the wrasslin' you can handle for just $9.99 a month!


yeah but wrestlemanis just ended! DANG YOU SETH ROLLINS!
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Dude, that cash in was awesome. Get the belt off Brock, don't have to put Reigns over, and send everyone home amazed. That's how Wrestlemanias should end.
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shelflife3000 wrote:
I used to think it would be great to be able to watch whatever I wanted to watch, whenever I wanted to watch it. Now I have instant access to tons of stuff and I don't really want to watch any of it.

I used to sit through a movie I wouldn't have normally watched, just because it happened to be on, and I would usually end up enjoying it. Now I never actively choose to stream a movie I wouldn't normally watch.

I will still watch any Simpsons or Seinfeld episode that happens to be on TV, but I will rarely break out a Simpsons or Seinfeld DVD and watch a random episode.

"Freedom of choice is what you got. Freedom from choice is what you want."


I don't have any issues here. I don't miss being a slave to the TV schedule.
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Cable was great in the early years. My cousin had it a few years before I did because my town wasn't wired for cable yet. The first movie channel my cousin had was called "Star Channel." It would feature only one movie per day and would repeat that movie every 2 or 3 hours. I remember big family get-togethers at his house to watch "The Man who Fell to Earth," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Rocky," "The Exorcist," and several other movies. It was surreal watching movies with nudity, swearing, and graphic violence on TV.

A few years later when cable came to my town, I would get together with a few friends on Friday (or maybe it was Saturday) nights. One of the cable channels . . . either Cinemax or Showtime, I believe . . . would show a martial arts double feature, followed by late-night teen sex comedies like "H.O.T.S." We had a lot of laughs watching those movies.

And, as previously mentioned, MTV actually showed music videos.

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