TV Free!

Jump to Last Post 1-9 of 9 discussions (18 posts)
  1. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
    AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 8 years ago

    We are now a TV-free household.  Yaay!  I look forward to its absence from our lives.  Not only do I consider TV to be a major time-drain, but 95% of the shows are so boring (and frequently repeated.)

    Are there other TV-free households here on HubPages?

    1. profile image0
      sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Are you insane!!!! What about the Super Bowl? What about the Amazing Race? You must be from

      1. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
        AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        No, I'm not from Canada...  England, actually. 

        I have no idea what your Amazing Race is (other than, one assumes, some sort of racing event), and sports in general inspire immediate boredom.  I don't care who can run round in a circle the fastest, or jump over the highest stick, or lift the heaviest lump, or drag a JCB with their left earlobe etc.  But all to our own, of course...!

    2. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes but not through choice. The electricity board cut the power off to the communal ariel because the builder hadn't paid his fees, so we bought a freesat system with a tiny 80cm dish which was good enough for some world news channels in English and and some Spanish and other language channels.
      Then we had a power surge after a major power failure just before Christmas and it blew my free-sat box up!
      I've now got a giant 2.4 metre dish lying in the garen but not connected because it needs a base and a Sky box that doesn't work with the 80cm dish. TV!
      I miss it for the news more than anything.

    3. profile image0
      sophsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No TV!! yikes How would I watch the Footy!? sad

      1. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
        AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Men running up and down after a bag of air?  You'd have to pay me a lot of money to sit through that.  smile

  2. relache profile image84
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    Mine is.  My sister has never owned one and I gave mine up last summer when analog broadcasts ceased.

    1. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
      AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Our licence was due for renewal, and when we analysed just how much TV we really watched - by deliberate choice, rather than "because it's there" - our decision was obvious.

      I was TV-free for years, during my late teens and twenties, and found it wasn't missed at all.

  3. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    i would like to, but my son depends on it too much for his game systems!  lol

  4. profile image0
    Pani Midnyte Odinposted 8 years ago

    Not a TV free household, but I don't watch TV. The TV is nothing but background noise for me while the other members of my household seem to revolve their lives around it.

  5. profile image0
    lynnechandlerposted 8 years ago

    Not totally TV free but it is only used to watch movies and not even that so much anymore. No cable and if I want to catch up on a show I can check Hulu and see if they have it.

  6. K Partin profile image60
    K Partinposted 8 years ago

    TV-free house? Never. When I don't want to watch it I don't turn it on..or I go out to my work shop. I enjoy watching it sometimes, but not as much as surfing the web. lol

  7. brimancandy profile image78
    brimancandyposted 8 years ago

    I am not happy at all with this new digital television. Now I hear that they want to start charging us to watch it! The day that happens is the day I do nothing but play video games, and go to the library and pick up DVD's

    I'll pay for television when I can get a decent signal, otherwise you can take your pay TV and shove it. I might miss my Sunday Cartoons and American Idol, but, that's about it.

    1. Rafini profile image86
      Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      free broadcast tv will be a thing of the past?  all tv will be cable tv?  I will chuck my TV out the window when that happens!!

      oh, wait.  I can always use it for movies, and games.  smile

      1. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
        AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Here in Britain, TV has never been free.  Everyone has to purchase a TV Licence which currently costs £140 pa. 

        Now the old TV signals no longer work, the system having been tranfered to a newer kind, which means people need a digital receiver in order to view TV.  However if you don't have a digital receiver, and therefore can't view TV, you don't need a licence anymore.  The TV licence's own website explains the details in full, if anyone's interested.

        1. IzzyM profile image89
          IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Go to and download their software. You can watch TV for free through the internet!
          I don't use it much because it runs away with my data allowance and I'm only allowed 5Gbs a month!

  8. Mama Sez profile image69
    Mama Sezposted 8 years ago

    With TV but no cable.  My Father-in-Law uses it to watch the news and from time to time, we watch movies (DVD).  Nobody in the family is interested in regular TV programs or they were trained not to, lol.

  9. Flightkeeper profile image71
    Flightkeeperposted 8 years ago

    I was TV free for awhile when the gov't forced us to go digital and I resisted because the gov't shouldn't make us do things like that. So for about 6 months I was TV free.  Gotta say I didn't miss anything.  I finally gave in and got a digital receiver and meh. I don't watch as much I thought I would. Even the news stinks. I just watch it now in the evening when NCIS or CSI or any other crime show goes on and even then I don' pay much attdention. And I don't have cable either cause...why?

    If they do start charging I'm getting rid of the TV.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)