TBH, I really enjoyed having a TV when our first baby was born. I wasn't used to being home all day or not being able to go out at night/weekends, plus you will be up late or early nursing often so for us anyway, having TV was a good thing. That said, our baby was too little to really notice it and we didn't have anything other than a few local channels (and movies, of course).
Fast forward to 6 yrs later, 3 more kids and us living in a small 2nd floor apartment. We had a tv in each of the kids bedrooms as well as one in our living room. Also, our rent included basic cable (there was no way not to get the extra channels) So, when we were home, my kids wanted to watch tv all. the. time. My DD would want to stay in her room and watch the disney channel: hannah montana, suite life, kim possible, all those shows and then some. My boys, had to watch a dvd in their room to fall asleep at night. DH loved watching all his favorite shows and the noise was driving me crazy! Anyway, thinking about it, because of where we lived and the amount of space we had, it would have been challenging to keep everyone busy (and not fighting) if we didn't have tv. It would have been possible, sure, but as it was my kids were bouncing off the walls, pissing off the people below us.
So, anyway, we moved to another state, got a huge 5 bedroom house and decided to go TV-Free. Well, honestly at first we had a tv set up in our family room but no cable or antenna, the idea was the kids could watch movies on it occasionally. Really though, it pretty much never got turned on (again, no reception at all out here) and the kids were busy playing outside (we have half an acre) and exploring the new house, painting, building, making up plays, reading tons, etc...
It's been a year of TV-free living and I really think it has been good for our family. There's my story
That all said, we are strongly considering a home theatre system that includes either a LCD TV or a projector and will most likely get cable as well as use it for movies. So, I'll be kicked out of this forum if that really happens
but I'm okay with that
and it's nice to know we survived just fine without TV (including w/out DH's precious football games every sunday)