Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In-Update

by Kung Fu Zu7/14/15

Almost two years ago, I penned a piece about cutting the cord to cable TV and moving back to the old antenna. When I wrote the piece, there were about 50 over-the-air broadcast channels in the DFW area. These were a mix of the old standbys ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and local channels, which aired a mixture of local programs and old TV serials or movies. Fully half of the channels were broadcast in Spanish, giving an indication of the size of the Spanish speaking audience in my area.

Today, there are about 70 over-the-air broadcast channels in my area. Of course we now receive more Spanish speaking channels and even a few Indian channels. But what I find most interesting is the number of nationally broadcast channels which have sprung up with content mainly or solely consisting of old films and TV programs.  Here is a partial list of those channels.




Movies Channel

Antenna TV


Cozi TV

Get TV

Grit TV


We also can pick up several children’s channels as well as a couple of business channels.

While I don’t recommend one spend hours and hours in front of the television set, I do find it interesting, and heartening, that if I wish to watch TV sans cable, I am not forced to tune in to the brain numbing, immoral rotgut swill which is, by-in-large, produced for TV in the year of our Lord 2015.

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5 Responses to Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In-Update

  1. Steve Lancaster says:

    I have not cut the cable, however, we take only basic and my wife is addicted to some oldies channel. I do keep high speed internet as I almost always find movies that I want on Amazon or Net flicks.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    We still get cable, and I watch some old movies (especially on TCM), Fox News, and ESPN (and other channels with MLB games) as well as occasionally other channels.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s an article that I thought Mr. Kung would appreciate: Cable companies given walking papers at intensifying pace.

    I’m (trying) to give my DSL provider at home their walking papers. It’s gotten too expensive and I can do without it.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Interesting news. I am all for the failure of cable companies as what most seem to purvey is rubbish.

      I am not, however, sure that the actual trends regarding content are much better. I saw there is a Kardashian app which I take to be something which can be watched like Netflix or on Hulu. I ask myself what idiots would watch such garbage. Is this porno or something like it?

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Yes, that’s a good point. The message is more important than the medium. But it’s interesting that people are dropping cable companies and replacing it with streaming (Netflix and other services).

        One of the things we do here at StubbornThings is try to make people aware of good content (within reason…we’re not all prudes or monks after all). That’s one thing I try to do with the Bookshelf and Videoshelf. I’m probably not as anally-selective as I should be. But I try to be. I try to offer good choices and bring notice to things that are worthy of being noticed by those whose tastes are not infantile or irretrievably trivial.

        And hopefully we will continue to be as objective as possible in pointing out good content by running it through a filter or two and making sure it passes muster. I won’t say which, but I’ve actually removed a book selection or two after finding out more about it. Gotta be picky.

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