Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Flexo turns the tables and interviews the podcast host Bryan J Busch about his so-called “Television of the Future.”
Bryan developed a moral objection to paying for cable, because it also includes advertising, and you can’t pay for just the channels that you want, so a little over a year ago he canceled the cable, but still manages to watch all the shows that he likes through the Internet, on a normal TV screen (video of his set-up). Most of them are even through legitimate channels.
Flexo talks to Bryan about how the decision changed his viewing habits, what he misses and what he doesn’t miss, and whether television is just a huge time-drain away from more productive activities.
Table of contents
[00:00] Introduction from Flexo
[00:34] Interview with Bryan J Busch
— [00:55] Is watching television just a drain on your resources?
— [03:19] What’s the role of entertainment in modern life?
— [05:24] Changes to the TV of the Future hardware in the last year
— [07:34] What about shows that you can’t find (legitimately) through the Internet?
— [09:44] How has the software changed in the last year?
— [11:09] Finding new shows without a TV guide or ads for shows
— [12:03] Are you still saving $70 a month, and does the eight-day delay force spoilers on you?
— [14:05] Special features and true high-definition are mostly still limited to DVDs and Blu-Ray
— [16:53] Multiple reactions to the Netflix price hikes
— [19:34] Leaving cable TV on all the time might influence spending behavior
— [21:22] Will the ability to skip normal ads lead to more product placements?
— [23:06] Is the TV industry making the same mistakes that record companies made ten years ago?
— [24:04] What do you do with the extra free time?
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Updated August 10, 2011 and originally published August 7, 2011.