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marfisa Sun 31-Mar-13 13:22:15

That's it, really. My DH doesn't want one. He says that all the shows we want to watch, we can watch on laptops. I never had a TV when growing up as my parents were very anti-TV. I just want the luxury of being able to walk into the front room after the DC have gone to bed and turning on the telly and watching something random to relax.

I don't want an expensive set, I just want something basic.

To be honest we already have a telly, but it's a VERY small one that I got for a tenner off someone from Gumtree. The DC use it to watch DVDs. It has only one scart (sp?) connection, so it's hooked up for DVDs all the time, and if I want to switch it to watch the telly, I have to unhook and rehook a whole set of cables, plus deal with a very antiquated and temperamental remote control. Our TV never comes on with the flick of a switch; it's much more complicated than that.

DH doesn't think TV is good for children. I can see his point but still think that MY wishes matter as well and that if we had a decent working telly, I would be able to make sure that the DC's use of it is reasonable and that they don't watch it 24/7.

There are masses of books in the house by the way and our DC have plenty of stimulating non-screen activities.

DH and I have just had a huge row and I have threatened to go off and buy a £200 telly. It's a TV/DVD combi and I would LOVE it.


Bridgetbidet Sun 31-Mar-13 13:28:42

Of course yanbu, if you want a Telly to watch then get one, he's being a controlling prick.

VisualiseAHorse Sun 31-Mar-13 13:28:56

Just because you have one in the house doesn't mean the kids have to watch it.

YANBU. Tv's are not the devil.

EllieArroway Sun 31-Mar-13 13:30:08

Of course you're not. Buy one if you want one. What's the difference what type of screen you watch something on?

gobbin Sun 31-Mar-13 13:31:43

You're an adult. Buy a small tv. (Check you have an aerial/connection!)

Nobody dies just because a tv turns up in the house.
It's not like you're asking to bring a gram of coke home for entertainment.
Your OH is being weird and unreasonable. Most people have tvs, although I know three people who don't.

If your DH doesn't want one, well, he doesn't have to watch it does he.
Have you got a separate room you could put it in?

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Sun 31-Mar-13 13:35:41

Of course you should get one, there's lots of good stuff and you'r Dh is being hypocritical if he watches stuff he wants to on the laptop.
Don't get the tv/dvd combo though, I always found it better to have them separate.
I think you should order one of these massive 55in ones just to piss him offwink

marfisa Sun 31-Mar-13 13:35:54

Thanks for the replies so far. DH is normally quite reasonable but he's very anti-telly.

We are both academics and I think he is genuinely afraid that if we have a working TV in the house, our DC will stop reading books and become addicted to the screen! Funnily enough he had a telly when growing up and it doesn't seem to have ruined his brain.

We do have an aerial, but the connection is only in one room. He said I could have a telly as long as I put it into the playroom where there is no aerial connection. So we can watch DVDs but no actual shows. hmm

marfisa Sun 31-Mar-13 13:37:33

Also, he's from a middle class background whereas I'm from a working class one. He has this notion that tellies belong to the working class.

I can't cope with the snobbery.

Tiredmumno1 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:37:36

I say go buy yourself a tv smile if that's what you want, then it's your decision, tell him he doesn't have to watch it, and a little tv time won't hurt the kids.

Don't forget to see if you can get a freeview one, and as someone else said check aerial connections, and away you go grin

Tiredmumno1 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:39:14

Oh and tell him you'll put it where you like, and maybe he should try being a little less controlling

marfisa Sun 31-Mar-13 13:39:21

Lady Bea, why is it better to have them separate?

usualsuspect Sun 31-Mar-13 13:40:17

Go and buy a TV. Don't let him watch it though.

Tiredmumno1 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:42:41

I always found if you have a combi, they seem to die quicker, than seperate iyswim.

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Sun 31-Mar-13 13:42:59

Just my experience, marfisa. The dvd player always seemed to break down before the telly and then you had to replace both at the same time.
Dvd players are cheap as chips these days anyway.
I don't understand his 'snobbery' BTW, why is it better to watch stuff on the laptop?

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 31-Mar-13 13:43:20

I don't see why he gets to be the boss.

If he doesn't want to watch tv - fine.

He doesn't have to. But to tell you that you may not have a tv set in your home for you to watch if you want to?

He needs a boot up the arse.

Tiredmumno1 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:43:27

iykwim blush

BackforGood Sun 31-Mar-13 13:45:41

Of course YANBU. Surely you can buy one - he doesn't have to watch it.
My dh bought an x-box a few years ago. Personally I'd rather not have introduced it into the house, but he enjoys relaxing on it every now and then, and together, we policed the rationing we imposed upon our ds. Surely you can do the same with a television?

Tiredmumno1 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:45:48

Lady explained it so much better than me grin

BackforGood Sun 31-Mar-13 13:46:26

Oh, and if it's the money, you can get TVs regularly on Freecycle round here, or the BHF shop in the High Street sells them from about £30.

blueraincoat Sun 31-Mar-13 13:46:41

I don't think this is a class thing. I think this is a control thing. Very strange.

landofsoapandglory Sun 31-Mar-13 13:50:11

I'd just go out and buy one!

Why does it have to be his decsion? Is he like this about everything?

Smetana Sun 31-Mar-13 13:50:52

YANBU. People who are anti-tv are a bit weird in my opinion

SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 31-Mar-13 13:52:35

Im abit stubborn childish so if my OH was like yours I'd go and buy the biggest one I could afford!!

AThingInYourLife Sun 31-Mar-13 13:54:08

"I think he is genuinely afraid that if we have a working TV in the house, our DC will stop reading books and become addicted to the screen!"


He must thinks books are really shit if people only read them because there is nothing else to do.

Numberlock Sun 31-Mar-13 13:55:11

Working class = bad then in his eyes.


Does he just like to teach the middle classes in his academic ivory tower?

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