I’m kind of one of those people.
About five or six years ago, I was late paying my cable bill and they shut off my cable. I paid the company, but never got the cable turned back on. I found that I preferred life without TV.
When I had cable, I used to flip on the TV when I walked in the door after work and not turn it off until I was ready to go to bed. I might be reading a book, or noodling around on the computer, but the TV was always on. I knew there were really only about five or six shows that I REALLY wanted to watch, but I was habitually watching way more than that. If I were a more self-disciplined person, I could have 1,015 channels and limit my viewing only to those things that I really cared about, but I’m not actually that self-disciplined.
And, yes, I very much prefer my life without so much commercial content – I read Salon and the Dope and some blogs and online news sites, I listen to NPR, and I watch my favorite TV series on DVD when the mood strikes. I encounter very few commercials in my day-to-day life, and I like it that way.
And I love the extras on DVDs – outtakes, commentaries, makings-of, etc – all worth having it seems to me.
My only real complaint is for sports viewing. It’s inconvenient to have to go out somewhere anytime I want to catch a football game or tennis match.
ETA: But I don’t really GOBBLE UP TV series DVDs. I have quite a lot of the West Wing, a number of BBC series that I would have bought anyway (Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Coupling, Jeeves and Wooster), some old time favorites like Taxi and Rockford Files that were gifts from someone else, and I’m addicted to my first two seasons of House and counting down the days until season three is out – AUGUST 22nd!!!