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Forum Post: Hey! Are you old enough to remember when cable TV was 1st introduced?

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 21, 2011, 1:18 p.m. EST by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Hey! Are you old enough to remember when cable TV was 1st introduced?

Yeah . . . good times . . Good times.

I mean what was really great about this new service was . . . . now get this.

No Commercials. None, nada, zip, not one single commercial was to be ever shown on Cable TV. This was a very great thing at the time. I mean - WOW!

How was this possible you might ask?

Well this is the really neat thing about the concept.

You see. Because you were paying for the service the Cable Co. didn't need to sell advertising space. Seriously!

And you know things only get better over time. What with all of the millions of subscribers just think of the possibilities. It's mind boggling.

But wait! What happened? Such a great concept, such a great service! What went wrong? Greed you say? But how is this possible we were doing so well ................

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

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[-] 1 points by Coriolanus (272) 2 years ago

"Hey! Are you old enough to remember when cable TV was 1st introduced?"

Ha ha. Sonny, I am old enough to remember when television was first introduced.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Quite a different world since then, and it really has not been that long a time. I remember when My family got our 1st color TV, what a massive monster that was, a real piece of furniture.

[-] 1 points by GreedKills (1119) 2 years ago

I got cable tv in 1976 and cable would shut down after 2 am or so. Now the internet is just one big advertisement. Oh and I remember when stores were closed on Sundays...

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yep ...yep . . . Good times,good times. Remember gas at .25 cents a gallon?

[-] 1 points by GreedKills (1119) 2 years ago

Yes I do, and the odd and even days around 1975 I believe. We used a Kerosene heater to heat the house for a couple of years.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You could do that then and still save money instead of using heating oil.

[-] 1 points by GreedKills (1119) 2 years ago

Yes, that's why my father bought it. Of course you need to put a pot of water on top of the heater so the soot would be somewhat controlled :)

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yeah we didn't really know enough about soot and health hazards then, not much education started happening for quite some time.

[-] 1 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 2 years ago

95% of American television is pure, unadulterated TRASH...

Join my CANCEL CABLE CAMPAIGN and get your life back!!!

[-] 1 points by RogerDee (411) from Montclair, NJ 2 years ago

I gave up cable about 12 years ago.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Not to worry.

The heavy and escalating bombardment of commercials will take care of reducing the number of people watching. I mean unless you find commercials really interesting and fun to watch and regular programming a distraction.

[-] 0 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 2 years ago

JUNK-TV is imo the most widespread - albeit largely UNRECOGNIZED - ADDICTION in this country.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yes TV addiction can be very insidious.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

Yep 1979, It wasn't much until they had more to offer. It was only like 23 channels at first, mostly local channels amplified, HBO, etc (pre 1979, my town didn't bite) nearby town & City had it it was a real clicker wired remote. My town got it when Cablevision Industries CVI came in with better offer, 55 channels, and pay per view (they called it CCTV), where when an event would come on you would pick up the box that had a decoder chip. you pay, they put a chip in box., return the box after done. My mom returned the wrong box, and we had every channel for several years! It was a Sylvania GTE digital box, way ahead of its time. All pay movie channels were like $10.00 for all of them!, now they are more than that each! I have basic, 23 channel /analog digital no box or anything, comes with internet access.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yeah interesting times, and the pace was a bit more relaxed. Don't you think? I mean many families could afford to only have one parent working to support a household and take a real vacation at least once a year.

Yeah . . .yep, Good times good times.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

The 80s were the best, early 90s not too bad... My dad went through some job setbacks in 86-87, never recovered. I am in the same boat he was, except its way worse for me now. Things cost way more for the money made.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

And yet they want us to believe that it is only right, fit and proper what they are offering for pay. Well if nothing else changes they will have to export everything as no-one here will be able to afford more then the bare essentials.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

That is the end game...In late 90s for me I was riding the income train. I built up and things were pretty good. Then Y2K tech bubble, .com bubble, and tele-com bubble. The rest has been downhill since, more expensive energy across board, my home is worth less than paid, it is bad. Subprime mortgage bubble, led to foreclosure bubble, which led to my loss of equity. I had 50-60K equity, I am upside down by that amount thx to the bad mortgages that devalued all homes in my area. I would have sold, but who knew. Now making less, yep I got to live through some good times and now some real bad ones. Since 08 it has gone down the tubes across the board. (05 was not great, but better)

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yep it is really starting to shoot down the toilet at great and increasing speed and volume.

Lets hope that the Occupy and 99% movements will make a huge positive difference.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

Its almost like they want it to crash, every decision they make leads to more debt - the Dow @ 12,000 is fake - I have been watching it creep up as euro tanks. We will follow suit.... After 1st of year, 1st qtr it will all fall again, devalued dollar, energy will skyrocket again FOOD is about to get even more expensive than ever , like its not now - supermarkets closed in my area, others have way less inventory of perishable now

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well it's like the powers that be are not able to view reality. It's like they're blind to the fact that they are killing off their own ability to make a profit. That they are shrinking their markets and will eventually kill them. But that is a true affect of greed, it is blind and unreasoning.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

They will escape to their homes in Panama, Africa, etc and let us rot....We will fight amongst each other for what is left - many may die. The elites are very aware of what they do.They know how we will act with every planned move they make. They engineered the banking collapses , and engineered the European Union, knowing very well. They have all the money, the assets, hold all they keys, and can do without us now...Trust me they are several steps ahead, I hope Corzine and others get fried. Always remember We the people out number them, and the know this. If we keep making a point they will back off and play nice again. However a lot of damage has been done.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

What they can not seem to realize/grasp, is that even if they are the only ones left with money, that money will then be pretty meaning-less as they will have no-where to spend it. You bet there will be a shit storm to live through, but then coming out the other side we will have developed a different economy because there will have been no other choice.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

Yep and its heading there, the pope keeps calling for "world currency" and I think that is the plan - then the "New World Order" is the final plan, the framework has been in place for some time.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well not to offend or anything but I've always believed in the Bibles teachings.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I'll have to respond to that last one here as the site thread limit appears to have been reached.

No offense intended. Because it seems like to bring up God or talk about morals is becoming very taboo, uncool, or just unacceptable to many people.

I agree all we have left is our faith. So be strong and may our father bless us.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

I take no offense, not even sure what is meant by that. The mark of beast is coming, RFID chips in our right hands to trade....Wait and see...I feel its coming true, all earthquakes, famine, disease, etc. I have faith, but the darkness has enveloped the whole system. All I am left with is my faith...

[-] 0 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

But a lot was different. You could choose that again, if you like. But that means giving up a lot of today's good things. People died way more often from cancer then. Cars were less safe and reliable. You didn't have a cell phone or ready access to global information. Houses were a lot smaller. The supermarket had fewer food choices such as seafood and fruits. Fewer houses had air conditioning. It's a huge list.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Get in touch with reality. The incidence for contracting cancer of one form or another is shooting through the roof and heading for the ozone layer, and this includes the rare cancers, the ones no-one had heard of before because they were so rare are starting to become more common.

[-] -1 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

Huh? Cancer is steadily becoming less of a problem, not more of a problem. That's reality.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Apparently you are off your medication, as your statement does not really have any bearing with reality. There have been some improvements in cancer treatments. But the increased number of people getting cancer is more than enough reason for concern. The numbers are shooting skyward. Cancer of all forms used to be so much less, but each year the incidence rate goes up. Pull your head out of the sand,soon it will be everyone getting and being treated for one or another type of cancer, not 1 in 10 or 1 in 5 it will soon be 1 in 1.

[-] -1 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

Cancer is less and less of a worry as time goes by. It's just progress, that's all. More people may get cancer, but more people now avoid enough other diseases that cancer is becoming what's left to worry about. Cancer survival continues to trend better. Sorry, the fact remains. Cancer is getting less scary, not more scary.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I believe your mother would probably have killed you at birth if she were to know that this kind of crap would one day be spewing out of your mouth and if she thought you actually meant it.

[-] 1 points by RogerDee (411) from Montclair, NJ 2 years ago

Crazy stuff. Insane.

[-] 0 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

Heh, just a little reasoning. You should try some breathing exercises. The hyperventilating isn't doing you any good.

From a health standpoint, 2011 is a way better situation than 1978. Well, assuming you're not obese. Dunno, Coon Rapids, maybe that's the problem.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

I would give up all this fake life tech crap to slow down time, get more for my buck any day. Show me the door to perpetual 80s and I am back there in a second.

Not to mention all the food that wont be available soon, or be able to afford - what is the difference, Always been seafood , all the fake process food? They can keep that.

[-] 0 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

"Greed": What an OWSer says when something costs more than they'd like to pay.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Whatever.

Are you here visiting from the tea party or what?

Perhaps earning your dime from the 1%, wallstreet, or bankers?

[-] -1 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

You whiners are amazing. Everything that doesn't revolve around you is someone else's greed. Borrow money that YOU spent? Never mind, it's the lender's greed that he wants it back. Crying about your cable bill? Shut it off and stop the whining. Try satellite or over-the-air. Oh, but you want cable, just at your price. Nevermind the colossal capital investments they've made. Nevermind the cost of programming for the sports you love like ESPN. Nah, it's greed. Correction, it's your greed.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

So delusional. Someday you may wake-up.

[-] -1 points by earnyours (124) 2 years ago

Someday, you'll grow up a little and stop whining.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (27789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I hope your looking in the mirror when you say stuff like that. It would mean that there was hope for you after-all.