Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged
In this context "bad" really means "colossal waste of my time." Time that continues to grow shorter with each passing day. Should I really be forced, Clockwork Orange style, to forfeit 1/4 of my "prime-time" life?
OK, then just understand that if you want to avoid ads, you're going to have to pay for that privilege, and you probably won't be able to get live streams of the programming that the local affiliates are sending out over the air.
I kind of like the old model of limited choice, mass audiences, primetime lineups decided by network programming executives, a TV year that began in September and ended in May (with re-runs in the summer), a certain amount of self censorship via the networks' standards and practices departments, and a fair bit of regulatory authority for the FCC, including the regulation of content to some extent.
In other words, I have not been impressed by the trends in TV in the United States over the past twenty five years. The high definition pictures are gorgeous, but the overall quality of the programming and the overall viewing experience have declined.