“Zero TV” is the category for homes that don’t have cable or satellite TV and avoid traditional television in favor of watching movies on DVD, Blu-Ray or even videotape. Some get programming over their computer or even smartphones and they pick the shows they want to watch, when they want to watch them, and without shelling out more than a hundred bucks a month for a service.
An Associated Press story on growth of “Zero TV” in the nation found Jeremy Carsen Young, a Roanoke graphics designer who says he is done with regular TV and he now has an unplugged antenna on his back porch.
“I don’t thing we’d use it enough to justify having a big eyesore on the house,” he told AP.
Here in Floyd County, we know a number of people who avoid “traditional TV,” including blogger Fred First and county supervisors Case Clinger and Lauren Yoder. First watches movies on DVD and Clinger says uses Netflix to get his films via computer.
Netflix and Amazon offer online video subscriptions for about $15 a month (for both) and offer not only movies but also episodes of television series as well as documentaries not always available on normal channels.
Neilsen says the number of people signing up for “traditonal” TV services has “slowed to a standstill.” While households in the United States grew by 974,000 last year, only 46,000 subscribed to cable, satellite or telecom video services — about five percent.