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We have never been big TV watchers, so this isn't really a big issue for us. DH loves his football, and I Have 2 shows I like to watch during the week, but after DD goes to bed.<br><br>
Our neighbor's kids have become so "trapped" by the tv...she pretty much has it on 24/7, same with most other kids we know. My daughter does love "Elmo" she has one DVD, and 2 signing time videos that I let her watch maybe 1 time a week or every other week...<br><br>
It's really amazing how people become "trapped" by their TV.<br><br>
When we started decluttering back in mid October after coming across this board, we got rid of our other TV, and I keep the TV covered most of the time by a blanket.<br><br><br>
When you started simplifying did you get rid of your TV, or just limit access? Just curious what other people are doing with the whole TV thing.
 

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WE were trapped by our tv for sure. But we love movies- so, we got rid of satellite (andwe cant get cable here). So far- its great. We can still watch the Office, and Lord of the Rings and we dont have to think about what we're missing on HGTV or Food network, or in fh's case, the Outdoor Channel.<br><br>
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We got rid of cable, although we had it free while we had cable internet, and it wasn't a huge decision to not pay specifically for it when we switched to DSL. We got rid of our big TV and have just a 13" one now. I imagine we'll keep it, but I do still feel trapped by it sometimes, we're just exhausted by nighttime normally and end up watching an hour or two of TV. It's funny, thoguh, the two shows we just can't miss are available online anyway (Heroes and Grey's Anatomy), so I guess it is possible to just get rid of the TV if we wanted and still have some entertainment.<br><br>
We've also watched DVDs on our computers before, too, when we were staying at my parent's house and wanted to snuggle up to each other to watch a movie, so that's a possibility, too.
 

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I've found that the more that I have been simplifying my life and finding what I truly enjoy, I don't have <i>time</i> for much TV. It seems more and more like a waste of perfectly good time to sit and watch consumeristic television, when I could be doing so many much more enjoyable activities. We aren't getting rid of our TV at this time but it is on a fraction of what it used to be, and then only when we want to watch a specific program (usually something on the Discovery Channel) and we mute the commercials and talk to each other during them. My dd watches a DVD at naptime due to it being the only thing that will get her to have much needed "quiet time" each day with her severe Sensory Integration Disorder. I hate that it is what we have resorted to, but after 2 years of frustration its the only working solution (believe me we've tried everything else). Because of her watching a dvd for quiet time most days, we have seriously limited her from any other tv. We watch Sesame Street together once a week or maybe less. I could very easily see my family eventually putting our TV in a closet just to bring out to watch DVDs occasionally, but I can see how others could get rid of it completely.<br><br>
On a side note, about 6 months ago I would have been stumped as to what people do <i>without</i> TV. Now, I completely get it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I can't get rid of it yet. Maybe never, but it's not on a lot anymore, that's for sure. I started by quitting the news a few years ago, then quitting all the daytime stuff, and now the shows I thought I couldn't live without (primetime stuff). I let the kids watch a VERY little TV, but they behave so much better without it. We've never been big movie fans, but dh does like sports when he's home. I'd just rather read. I truly enjoy being (mostly) TV free, but we'll probably keep it around.
 

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It was actually our first step in simpilfing, though I didn't know what I was doing at the time. It was too easy for me to use it when my youngest was a baby. We have been cable free for a year and a half. We do have a small tv. We have netflix, which by the way has TONS of documentries and imax movies. I almost don't miss my discovery channel<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But we have the 2 movies thing, we get one adult movie, but is still kid friendly and one for the kids, usually a documentry or something somewhat educational. My girls also do yoga, I try to join them. But our tv isn't in our living room. Our tv isn't for living. We have it in an extra room. I feel much freer from it, and there is always that possiblity of totally getting rid of it. I find that I have less and less patience for sitting down in front of it. Oh and we do watch Lost online<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I do feel trapped by that one, but it is a pretty happy trapped
 

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I live in an apartment right now. I feel like we don't really have a lot of stuff to DO here. So for now we have cable w/movie network, but someday when we move to the country, with our own house/yard/chores I assume we'll be watching less tv. I would actually like to just use an antenna and watch whatever channels we get. That's how I grew up. We watched ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, Global, CTV. If there was "nothing on", we just went outside, read a book, whatever.
 

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when my Dh and I moved into this home 7 years ago, we went without TV for two years, using it only to watch videos occassionally. we found that we wanted to watch some TV, so we got antennae. This is perfect for us.<br><br>
typically, i watch three shows: lost, the amazing race, and a scandinavian cooking show. the rest of the time the TV is off.<br><br>
we only have one tv. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yea, we have only an antenna too. And we get about 14 channels with it. I really never saw the point of paying for cable when the shows we watch we can get for free :)<br><br>
In a book I read that was recommended on this board, it said that if you have kids who are glued to the tv, you can give them "TV coupons" each week and they cash in their tickets to watch TV. I think someday I will do that...it sounds like a great idea and if they don't use their tickets then they can go towards something else.
 

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My husband and I go back and forth about get rid of cable. I would like to but now at least when I what to sit down and relax I can watch something that will stimiluate the mind vs. the crap on reg tv of couse pbs is an exception, but are recetion for pbs in terible. We are think of moving the tv to basement. were it would not be so easy to just turn on all the time. Maybe this summer we will get up the courage to turn off cable again.
 

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We don't get reception and don't pay for cable, so we don't watch TV except for an occasional rented movie. I never have been a TV-watcher but DH still swears he misses it.
 

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we downsized to smaller house and got rid of the TV. now we have the computer in it's place and can watch dvds. we can also get free local channels but never do watch it. we just watch movies and tv shows (like battlestar gallactica) that are out on dvd.<br><br>
my children have a one day movie day, one day not, my eldest's rule that she calls a pattern. on movie day she watches about 1/2 hour or one dvd (lke heffalump). it has been great!
 

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We're getting rid of the TV when we hit the playroom this week. The rest of the house has been decluttered/organized/cleaned. We just have the basement left to go. We kept a TV in our bedroom, but it's not hooked up to cable. We watch movies in our bed once or twice a month, on the weekends, in a sad attempt to get the kids to settle down with us for a "family nap." And DH plays videogames up there once in a blue moon.<br><br>
The TV in the playroom has been very damaging, though. We never ever ever watch it, but the kids do. And I'm embarassed over how much TV they watch. Yesterday, DD wet her pants because she was totally mesmorized by the TV and couldn't be bothered to go upstairs to use the washroom. She never wets her pants. This is a new extreme. So yep, the TV will be going bye-bye this week when we organize the playroom. I'll be converting the TV stand into a cozy bench for them to play on.<br><br>
Oh, and we're cancelling cable. The only show we watch is Lost, and I recently discovered we can download it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We got rid of cable a couple years ago. There's only been a handful of times I've missed it. In addition to all the $$$ we've saved, it's just better for us.<br><br>
We do still have the TV and use it occassionally to watch movies, but that's about it. When our TV dies, I don't think we'll be in any rush to get another one.<br><br>
I have a small TV/VCR combo (13 inch maybe) from college, but it has sat in a closet since I married my husband. It's in perfect shape, ready to be given to one of our cousins when she goes to college. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm very happy that there won't be room for a tv in our "living room" in the new house. We've designated one of the extra bedrooms as a "media room," where the tv/dvd player/vcr, all our movies & cd's, and our home office will live. I'm sooooo thrilled that we'll be able to just shut the door and *presto* no tv! I've always felt that we watch WAY too much, but what motivated dh to finally agree was a report that he read recently linking tv viewing in infants/toddlers to autism.<br><br>
Only a few more months of living with my non-crunchy, non-ap, non-cd'ing, non-co-sleeping, cigarette-smoking sister. YAY!!!!!
 

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our Tv is recessed into the wall and has curtains in front of it, this helps me allot. Im the kind of person who turns it on and never shutes it off, so we have a no tv till after the kids goto bed rule. I watch my shows (lost, Heroes, and Desperate Housewives) online, which is nice cause when they are over you cant get sucked into the next show. Kids are allowed to watch movies or shows on netflix when sick or bad weather.
 
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