I miss TV. Yes, I know it’s still around, but I miss it – the way it used to be. Must be an old-fashioned thing.
When I was growing up, we had 3 TV stations – 2, 4, and 8. That was it. Oh…and it generally went off the air around midnight to 1am, then didn’t come back on until 6am at the earliest. I know larger cities had more free channels, but in our railroad town, that was all we had for many years. It was a huge deal with we heard that we were getting channel 6! What would we do with FOUR channels? Oh, and the new one went off the air at night too.
Saturday mornings were a treat. You got up right before 6am, got you bowl of cereal at the ready, popped down on the couch, and waited for the broadcast day to begin, after which you got about 5 hours of quality cartoon programming, spread out across the channels to pick what you wanted to view that week. I guess things are more special when they don’t happen as often.
One day I came home from school to find a stranger in our living room, hooking up a woodgrain and black plastic box to our TV with numbers on the front. It was our first cable box. Suddenly we had quite a few more channels, plus this new thing called Home Box Office (HBO), which showed all sorts of movies. Oh…and it went off the air at night too. Back then, I guess more people worked during the day and slept at night than they do now, but you know how things eventually change.
Then….we got……twenty-four TV stations! TV that NEVER went off the air! It showed programming no matter what time of day or night you turned it on, there was something playing!
I could tour you through the various innovations and iterations of all the changes that took place over the years, but now we have 24-hour programming on specialty channels, ranging anywhere from news to weather to cartoons to various genres of programming! You have a niche to fill? There is most likely some channel that fills that need very neatly indeed.
Yeah…….we’re spoiled. We are spoiled rotten, and it shows.
Now the broadcast channels we grew up with no longer show a nice long block of cartoons on Saturday mornings anymore. Why should they? They can just tell you to turn to any one of a number of 24-hour cartoon channels available to slake your thirst. So much for that special bowl of cereal and the bonding time with the fantasy world.