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Television, Did You Miss It?

So it looks as if the WGA is heading back to work after a three month strike. The real question is do you care?

If you're anything like me, this strike hasn't affected you in the least. Of course I might be the exception to the rule (that's what my mother tells me). With all the alternative programing available to a geek like myself I haven't had to interact with people during the strike. Or you just could have watched TLC for three months.

For those of you who do care, it might not even matter that the writers are heading back to work. According to CNN sitcoms could be airing in a month, but for many dramas it might be a case of diminishing returns and the season canceled.

Did the strike get you go to other sources to find something to watch such as Netflix, iTunes, IPTV or Bittorrent? I would expect that there was a measurable increase of users of these other services during this WGA strike. I wonder if these people who went elsewhere will go back once the programing returns?

More importantly, will the strike make people realize how much of what is on television really not worth watching?

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Goodbye Old Friend

This current Writers Guild strike feels a lot like the 1994 Baseball strike. If you were a Montreal Expos fan you'll know what I mean.

The LA Times has broken it down by network at what point you can expect your favorite shows to go into reruns. Just pretend that it's between sweep weeks and you won't notice a thing.

Those of you who are fearful of actually interacting with family members here are some alternatives to our beloved television.

Joost is now in open beta and will let you watch what you want when you want, just be sure to have a nice fat connection. And not actually want to watch everything.

Revision3 has tech centric programing but you can download the shows and watch it on that media center extender you hopefully already have. I personally have a Media Center PC with TV out.

And there's quality humor programing on Youtube.

Another route you could take is flash games on the intertubes.

Desktop Tower Defense
Gogo Happy Smile
Yahoo Free Games

Luckily or unluckily reality television will not be affected since there are no scrips and or on air talent involved in creating those show.

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