I've got some 300 channels to watch and that's because I'm cheap and I won't pay for the Ultimate package for TV. Some folks have north of 1,000 channels. One of the things that is extremely annoying is scrolling through hundreds of channels using the up/down arrow on my silver remote. Seriously? It's 2013 and I'm spending valuable time using a silver remote to go through multiple foreign language channels and SD channels and shopping channels that I've never watched and will never watch? And, the remote runs out of batteries. I'm literally tapping the up/down arrow multiple times to see if I can squeeze that last ounce of juice before having to swap the battery. Ugh.
Why won't my "insert your favorite cable/satellite provider" literally remove channels that I've never watched and will never watch so that I can find shows that I want to watch quickly and easily? The answer is that they can't do it due to contractual issues. I'll save this for another blog post. Not because they hate you, although it feels like it! They have to keep those channels in the lineup available even though you'll never watch them. There has got to be a better way to solve this problem.
The silver bullet is the smartphone. In the palm of your hand, you have the ability to scroll through channels without developing physical pains hitting the up/down button on your silver remote and you can favorite channels and trash channels you don't watch or you don't have access to. Besides BuddyTV Guide
, there are several solutions that can help you do this. It is really painful to go back to the silver remote when there is a smart guide that will reduce your time spent finding something to watch from 8 minutes to 20 seconds.
At BuddyTV, we like to see how people are using our app BuddyTV Guide. On average, users have 18 favorite channels. That means, almost all the channels that you watch appear on one screen rather than 30+ taps to scroll through multiple pages of channels on the cable guide. Imagine how easy it will be to tell what is on TV if you only have 18 channels instead of 500 or 1,000?
The moral of the story is - stop using that cable/satellite guide when deciding to watch, it's miserable, wastes time, and hard work when you don't need any more work. Install BuddyTV Guide
or another Guide that will allow you to see a guide with only channels you want to watch. Then, watch your TV life change for the better - relax, find something great to watch quickly, and enjoy more TV and less silver remote ridiculousness.