April 02, 2004

The Cable TV Schedule Channel

Category: Wildcard

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The Boob tube: I know that better options exist for those willing to shell out for digital cable, but for those of us stuck with basic, the schedule page is a universal travesty. Most cable companies offer a pathetic three line scroller which allows you about 2 seconds to catch the listing for the channel you're waiting for. It moves just slowly enough to let your attention slip to whatever inanity is being advertised above, so that by the time you glance back down, the channel you wanted is gone and you have to go through the process again. The real stupidity is of course, the fact that I continue to use it.

Posted by Nick at April 2, 2004 06:47 PM | TrackBack

Comments:

The Digital Cable schedule is nearly as bad. Slow responding, no information given. The two that I've found are worthwhile are the Tivo schedule, and Gemstar Guide+, built into some TV's (notably RCA). The TV Guide channel I will agree is totally useless.

Posted by: Highway on April 24, 2004 06:07 PM

We are starting to get the same problem in the UK with Sky (satellite) TV. Some channels have now decided that not content with just showing us the programme, they are using more and more screen real estate for tickers and commercials (usually premium rate SMS text-based). This means that on an average screen (we have a 20-inch set) we are now having to sit closer and closer to see the programme :-) If we had still been using our old 14-inch set we just wouldn't be watching those channels. A side issue to this is that it's yet more distractions, and the emotive issue of kids that can't concentrate on anything because there's too much going on just more complex. Content providers should remember that we're viewing for pleasure (and education) and are not training to be day-traders :-)

Posted by: peterg22 on April 26, 2004 01:19 AM

We are starting to get the same problem in the UK with Sky (satellite) TV. Some channels have now decided that not content with just showing us the programme, they are using more and more screen real estate for tickers and commercials (usually premium rate SMS text-based). This means that on an average screen (we have a 20-inch set) we are now having to sit closer and closer to see the programme :-) If we had still been using our old 14-inch set we just wouldn't be watching those channels. A side issue to this is that it's yet more distractions, and the emotive issue of kids that can't concentrate on anything because there's too much going on just more complex. Content providers should remember that we're viewing for pleasure (and education) and are not training to be day-traders :-)

Posted by: peterg22 on April 26, 2004 01:19 AM
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