This time of year, when most original programming takes a break through the holidays, it’s quite common for cable networks to air marathon viewing sessions of popular TV series. As we wait for babies to arrive, Mrs. Z has decided that this is a perfect time to watch ‘Breaking Bad’ in its entirety, from start to finish. Do you find yourself binge-watching TV shows like this, or do you prefer to watch them as soon as they first air?
According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 61% of people who stream TV shows from online services like Netflix or Hulu like to binge-watch multiple episodes at a time. Netflix sees itself as helping to “free consumers from the limitations of linear television.”
I definitely see the appeal of binge-watching (and have sat for more than a few episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ over the past week), but honestly, I generally prefer to watch episodes when they originally air, or shortly thereafter. I just don’t have the patience to wait for multiple episodes to become available, and I don’t want to risk having some important plot-point spoiled by reading something on the internet or overhearing water cooler conversations about shows I haven’t watched yet.
What are your TV viewing habits like? Feel free to vote for multiple options in this poll if they apply to you.