Jeff Smith 3:30 p.m., Jan. 19
TV or Not TV: Number of Households with Sets Drops
For the first time since the Nielsen Company began compiling data in 1970, the number of American households with television sets will drop between 2011 and 2012.
It makes sense to cancel your cable -- most of the derivative crap you missed on television the night before will eventually make its way to free services like Hulu or YouTube -- or stream your favorite shows on Netflix. We're in a bad enough state, what with more people watching films on TV than their local theatre screens. Do we really want all of our entertainment beamed home a 15-inch computer monitor, or worse, an iPhone?
Here is the breakdown courtesy of SlashFilm: "Nielsen estimates that the total number of households with at least one TV will drop 1%, from 115.9 million homes in 2011 to 114.7 million homes in 2012. Among the 18-49 demo, that decline is even steeper, at 2.7%. In fact, the number of U.S. households in 2012 will be the highest it’s been since 1975."
So long as there is a reasonably capable projectionist in the booth, the safest and most dependable place to watch a movie is in a theatre. I wouldn't waste a penny on an HBO subscription. The "premium" service sees to it that all of their homegrown productions are aired in the letterbox format, while theatrical releases of widescreen movies play pan-and-scan. Does HBO really need to cater to the ever diminishing number of artistically challenged retardates who still favor a restricted full frame presentation over black bars at the top and bottom of the image? And things aren't much better in the upper-tier HD channels where all films, no matter the ratio, are shown 2:1 to fit the dimensions of a 16x9 screen.
The most shocking statistic of all is that 3% of American households are without television sets! It's understandable if you're deaf and blind or too busy going to the movies to waste time on television. This number probably reflects a hardcore faction of Commie eggheads who prefer reading by candlelight.
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