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Where Do You Watch Most of Your Favorite Television Shows?

I remember the days when there was only network television and a couple of oddball stations. There was no remote, but it was a dial on the black and white TV. There was CBS, NBC, and ABC. I do not even remember the other stations. I do remember that there were some friends who had UHF channels, but most of those were in a different language. I think it was Spanish. I am not even sure when all the options came available. I never could afford most of them. Now one needs cable to get the network stations clearly, and you pay for the foolish reality TV shows that are the same thing over-and-over again. Hardly worth the price paid, so people are looking to other alternatives. Where do you typically watch, and what do you think will be the future of television shows and its audience?

The big three TV networks

2 votes / 10% 2 votes / 10 %

Cable networks

4 votes / 21% 4 votes / 21 %

Netflix

2 votes / 10% 2 votes / 10 %

Hulu

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Borrowed older seasons and shows from the Library

2 votes / 10% 2 votes / 10 %

Buying my favorite shows when they come available, so I can watch again and again

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Other

9 votes / 47% 9 votes / 47 %
This poll has received 19 vote(s) so far.

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Comments

morilla wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:45 AM

Mine is actually a combination of many things. I rarely watch 'network' television; i.e., there are 3 or 4 exceptions and the local news. Cable news, the newspaper, magazines/journals, the Internet, etc. serve for information. VHS/DVD and reruns (particularly of 'older' programs from the days of 3 or 4 channels on B&W television emoticon :smile: for entertainment. Hulu/YouTube for some of the same stuff. I don't subscribe to premium channels on anything. Thus, I don't watch Netflix, HBO/Showtime, et al.

I think the future is, in part, more like me; e.g., a mixed bag. Another part is an increasing dependence on electronic media. Much of it depends on your age.

cheri wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:48 AM

I can watch through cable channels but sometimes I buy DVD of old seasons

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:54 AM

Like you, I rarely watch TV. Most of my news I get from local newspapers, other periodicals, or Internet. I still have a VHS/DVD player and watch what I pick up at thrift stores and yard sales. Occasionally, I watch shows on the youTube. I am getting ready to get rid of cable television, which I have the cheapest basic package, which is outrageous. I have never had HBO/Showtime, etc.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:54 AM

Since finding that my library system carries so much, I've started checking things out.

Paulie wrote on September 23, 2015, 3:32 AM

I answered "OTHER" because I am not in the U.S. now. It has been a number of years since I have watched any TV shows on the main U.S. networks. The last time was about three years when I could get access to the major networks on the Internet by going to USTVnow.com . Lately i don't have access to it for technical reasons. I now usually watch the Thai main networks.

MegL wrote on September 23, 2015, 3:43 AM

None of them! emoticon :grin: I remember a few years ago a suggestion that everyone would turn their TVs off for 24 hours and the advertisers set up such a howl of outrage. emoticon :grin:

Rufuszen wrote on September 23, 2015, 4:38 AM

I like to record programmes and watch them the next day. If they aren't that good they get zapped. Watching a lot less TV, nowadays!

agvulpes wrote on September 23, 2015, 7:23 AM

We have a company called Foxtel who uses satellite and combines Free to Air and Pay TV :)

LoudMan wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:25 AM

I just don't. There's just nothing I want to watch. I'm weird. I guess this means you want a divorce. Okay. But I get the dog.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:50 AM

To find enough decent programs to watch, I have to grab some from network, cable and library rentals. Someday I'll have to stream.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:52 AM

You are right about escalating cable costs. I am also down to the lowest package. If you have a good library, you can get those HBO shows and binge them.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:53 AM

You can understand Thai TV? You get programs in English?

JohnRoberts wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:54 AM

That would be an awesome thing to do. What a smack down protest! And with DVDs, you can still be entertained!

JohnRoberts wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:56 AM

I hear you the. I record most of what I watch to zip through commercials and for my schedule convenience. I record all new shows and if they don't swiftly pass the test, zapped they get.

alexdg1 wrote on September 23, 2015, 9:24 AM

Er....there haven't been "three big networks" since 1989. Fox may not be one of the Big Three that we remember from our childhood, but it has been a big network for over 20 years.

lexiconlover wrote on September 23, 2015, 9:50 AM

I usually watch a lot of Netflix, Hulu, but I do tend to buy the shows I'm a big fan of.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:03 AM

Though I understand what you were saying, I still do not consider FOX as big as the 3 forerunners for this purpose. I did, however, fail to include it, which could have been included in "Other". Is that where you get most of your news and entertainment?

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:04 AM

Are they always done in the Thai language, or is there some melding of other languages, such as English, too? Thanks, Paulie .

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:06 AM

Well, outrage comes in many forms. When someone feels they will "lose" what is due to them or they feel "slighted" by their own lack of selling themselves, so they try to gain what they can off of others' success.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:07 AM

Excellent way of doing it, Rufuszen !

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:08 AM

I think many are going to that. It's interesting to see how it is evolving worldwide.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:09 AM

I do like the Food Network. My favorite is Cutthroat Kitchen.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:11 AM

I don't care that you don't watch TV. I am only watching (primarily) what I get at the library. Yes, you are weird, and that's why I love you and do not want a divorce. The dog died 8 years ago, and you did not notice.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:12 AM

I am sure you will find whatever you need to do to suit your tastes.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 23, 2015, 10:46 AM

On antenna here so not as many choices anyways. But have looked at the prices of the different dish ones we can get in our area and it is not worth the price as we would not watch that much on the other channels

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 11:10 AM

I have the full set of Boston Legal somewhere in storage.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 11:11 AM

I concur, Eva. The prices are exorbitant.

lexiconlover wrote on September 23, 2015, 11:25 AM

I never really watched that. I should, it seems like something I would like. I have nearly the complete set of the last ten years of Doctor Who, I have the whole series of Arrested Development, and several seasons of Family Guy

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 11:56 AM

I think you would like it. Shatner is hilarious.

Sailorchronos wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:01 PM

Most of the shows I watch are on the Big Three:
Person of Interest (CBS)
Once Upon A Time (ABC)
Grimm (NBC)
The exception is Doctor Who which airs on the Canadian sci-fi channel SPACE.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:10 PM

I have heard of, but not watched the two you mentioned--OUAT and Grimm. I have not heard of Person of Interest. And Doctor Who has never appealed to me, though I have watched it a couple of times. lexiconlover is a big fan of it!

alexdg1 wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:31 PM

In theory, I get my news from TV, usually from one of the four (English-language) local network affiliate stations, including runt-of-the-litter Fox. In practice, I'm not watching TV as much as I used to and get my news from the Internet and Time magazine.

As for entertainment, I watch movies/TV shows from my collection of DVDs and Blu-rays.

On a side note: I hate the so-called "reality show" genre. It probably pegs me either as an elitist or non-conformist, but I would rather see documentaries back on History rather than fare along the lines of "Ice Road Truckers."

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 23, 2015, 5:18 PM

Other than The Big Bang Theory, whose season opener was something of a disappointment for me, and the occasional sporting event, almost all I watch is Netflix.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 5:21 PM

Have never used Netflix.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 23, 2015, 9:46 PM

Netflix is pretty good. They have lots of the series K and I remember watching when we were first married, and some of the decent newer ones.

CoralLevang wrote on September 24, 2015, 1:32 AM

Perhaps I should look into them. Are they still where they send you DVDs via mail? or is it all done on computer now?

agvulpes wrote on September 24, 2015, 3:35 AM

The dust has not settled yet as there are many Internet Companies such as Netflix starting up over here!