tv RIP, Great Pumpkin

indietalk

IndieTalk Founder
Staff Member
Admin
NYC
Gmail was one of the first services to do it. When they introduced gmail (whatever year that was) there was a clause in the terms about reading emails to serve ads and people freaked the fuck out (but still signed up lol).
 
More people are streaming than on network TV, I believe.

Yes. See this recent article from TV Technology.


According to CTA’s report, 71% of U.S. consumers are using a paid streaming service, while 58% are using a traditional pay-TV service. In 2020, paid and free streaming services have grown by 19 and 15 percentage points, respectively. Conversely, pay-TV services from cable, satellite or fiber providers have dropped 15 percentage points since 2018. In addition, one-quarter of consumers added at least one paid streaming service within the past few months.

Sure it sucks, but doesn't it just follow the ebb and flow of how people watch TV?

It does suck, but this does also take something that has been available publicly for 54 years and restrict access to those who can afford it. At least when HBO acquired first-run of Sesame Street, it still airs new episodes later on PBS.
 
Last edited:
Geez... You're bringing up ALL KINDS of MEMORIES!

"Great Pumpkin" always heralded Halloween; in fact, it was just before it started that mom would check our Halloween costumes. We would even watch in our costumes.

We did the pumpkins last night; my oldest daughter came home for the evening and the film this year was "Hocus Pocus" (1993).

After church on Thanksgiving our parents would plop my sister and I down in front of the B&W tube TV to watch Laurel and Hardy in "March Of The Wooden Soldiers" while they cobbled together a light lunch and prepped for Thanksgiving dinner, either getting the house set up or packing to go to my Aunts house. This was the kick-off of the Christmas season. My sis and I knew that "A CB Xmas" would be airing soon and that Grandma and Grandpa would take my sister and I out for dinner (yes, all dressed up in our best) and then to Radio City, where, back then, you got a movie (we saw "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," "The Happiest Millionaire" and other similar films) plus the Christmas Show (which always started with the Nativity) and, with me being a budding musician, we all sat through the entire organ interlude. (I actually got to play that organ years later, and was told the story of how they had to disconnect a rank of the lowest tuned pipes as they could actually crack the walls and ceiling.)

There was always great anticipation of the TV specials - Great Pumpkin CB, CB Thanksgiving, CB Xmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Wizard Of Oz, etc. It was something we all talked about in school, even the teachers. They always preceded important events. The Wizard Of Oz meant that spring was due soon.

The first year my wife and I were living together (1978) we stumbled upon Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas day; it was PBS, I think. We were over an hour late to my parents house. When we got out first VCR we started collecting Christmas videos - IAWL, Scrooge (the Albert Finney musical) & other versions of "A Christmas Carol," "Come To The Stable," "Going My Way," "Holiday Inn" and, when we transitioned to DVD, added films like "A Christmas Story" "The Santa Clause" and the like. We would - and still do - watch these all of December while doing Christmassy things, such as decorating and wrapping presents.

We old fogies always lament the passing of traditions - and all you younguns will do the same when you reach our age. "Damn it! You kids have it so easy! When we wanted to travel we either got in a car or a train or a bus or a plane and it took hours. Now you just step into a matter-mitter and there you are."
 

CamBlamo

Pro Member
indiePRO
IOTM Winner
I've only spoken words in my own home to see it in ads on the web. Meaning Google Home is listening. One time I was walking down the street talking to the better half about a Jeep. I got home and saw Jeep ads, and never googled it! So one of our phones was listening lol!

I'm sure there may be a little bit of that, but that's also part of the "interest paradox" or whatever they call it.

You buy something, and all the sudden everyone else has it too. You think you are a trend setter, but actually your brain is just noticing similarities so you can try to relate and make a clan of similar humans. It's all about building those relationships.
 
If they are spying they don't do a very good job of it - although it's already reached ominous Big Brother territory.

I bought a replacement for my junk-mobile last March. I'm still inundated with ads for cars.

I'm a regular B&H customer; I don't need to see ads for them......

And why all of the ads for dog items, we don't have a dog!

And good 'ol YouTube - it seems like the more I hit the dislike button for ads the more of those disliked ads I get.
 
If they are spying they don't do a very good job of it - although it's already reached ominous Big Brother territory.

I bought a replacement for my junk-mobile last March. I'm still inundated with ads for cars.

I'm a regular B&H customer; I don't need to see ads for them......

And why all of the ads for dog items, we don't have a dog!

And good 'ol YouTube - it seems like the more I hit the dislike button for ads the more of those disliked ads I get.
I think they only need to spy well enough to make BILLIONS of dollars... LOL.
 

directorik

IndieTalk's Resident Guru
Several people have sent me a petition to sign to bring these back to the public.

I was the target age for these TV specials when they first aired so I fall into the
"tradition" camp. Kinda crazy that each year I would watch both when they were
broadcast.

I wonder if there will be a backlash for Apple.
 
Top