I gave up TV, for the most part, about four years ago. Before that I had several shows I watched every week. It was like an addiction. I used to be one of those people who turned on the TV as soon as I walked in the door from work. Now I watch probably fewer than 20 hours of TV a year, and I don't miss it at all. On the contrary, I like having the time I used to spend watching TV to spend on other things.
The rest of the family watches TV like I used to. They look like pod people when they are all absorbed into some program. Of course, I probably don't look any different when I'm on the computer.
I like Roger's solutions for Requia in principle, but if I were to try something like that then Mrs. Zappathruster would just write a check out of the joint checking to have it fixed, so I'd just be costing myself money.