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channel surfing

The frequent changing of channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I hate channel surfing. I can't understand why people don't just pick a program and watch it!
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channel surfing

Switching from one television station (channel) to another frequently, either to search for an interesting program or to keep track of several programs at once. For example, What did you see on TV last night?-Nothing much; I was just channel surfing. The term transfers the surfer's search for good waves to the viewer's search for programs. This practice became widespread with the use of remote-control devices for changing channels while remaining seated some distance from the television set. [1980s] A 1990s version is Internet surfing, a similar process for searching cyberspace.
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channel surfing

verb
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CHANNEL surfing this week, Steff and I found ourselves open mouthed and, I've never said this word before but, agog.
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With the current series I didn't want people to get so caught up in the individual tapes; rather, I wanted to create an experience akin to channel surfing.
One possible solution is to have an advert or two, then a trailer for a new show, in the hope that the variety will stop viewers from channel surfing.
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Additional features include impulse pay-per-view and separation of the channel surfing and security function as recently mandated by the FCC.
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Clearly aimed at a generation used to channel surfing, each of the 16 presentations can be accessed using a personal console, although if done properly this will take over an hour, which is a long time to remain cross-legged.