Is it permissible to watch television?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from India, in:
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Is it permissible to watch television?

Television is a tool of entertainment and amusement, the root cause of indecencies and obscenities, and it has taken the place of cinema. Those who watch television watch haram (unpermissible) programs and learn about nudity and sinful acts. Therefore, watching television is haram (unpermissible).