I hate reality TV. Tons of infighting, blatant product placement (guarantees revenue in addition to the commercial breaks). It makes me think of the ancient Roman concept of "bread and circuses", only networks have found they don't need to offer the bread, the circus will do just fine.
My wife (and plenty of others I know) eat these shows up. With a few notable exceptions, I can't even stand to be in the same room when they're turned on.
Like many others, I have a DVR (my beloved ReplayTV 45xx) and it allows me to watch the few shows I watch when I wish to, and to get rid of the annoying ads. If networks want me to watch ads, maybe they (and those in the business of providing them) should make them less annoying, or provide a product I find useful. I go to my doctor for medical advice, not the television. If I want a mortgage or a loan, I'll find a reliable bank. If I need a lawyer, I'm certainly not going to trust one from TV advertising. So, 95% of the schlocky annoying ads on TV mean I block all of it, missing the 5% that's currently done well.
Once the weather turns warm and the snow disappears, I'll be glad to spend much of that free time outside; I find that a lot more valuable than the TV.
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