Last week, you told us pretty overwhelmingly that the majority of our readers prefer to watch TV shows on large home theater screens, rather than smaller televisions, computers or portable devices. Even in this age of iPads and Google Glass, quality still trumps convenience for some viewers. In this week’s poll, tell us whether you still watch TV shows live during broadcast, record them, or wait even longer to watch way down the line.
The invention of the DVR truly revolutionized the way that many people watch TV shows. Honestly, I can’t even imagine living without one. The ability to record multiple shows airing simultaneously, watch any time at my convenience, and fast-forward through commercials are all godsends. Yet, strangely, numerous industry polls have claimed that the majority of the TV viewing public still watches most shows live during their original broadcast times, commercials and all, without recording. That can’t possibly be true, can it? Have these people never tried to use a DVR? That’s a lifestyle choice that seems completely alien to me.
Perhaps it’s just a consequence of the fact that I watch so much TV, but I have to record every show that interests me. Really important shows (like ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘The Walking Dead’) I’ll watch on Day 1 close to broadcast, because I don’t want to have their plots spoiled for me later on the internet or at work the next day. For HBO or other premium channels, I may watch live, but for any network with commercials, I typically start 15-20 minutes late to give myself enough of a buffer to skip commercials.
Any series that I don’t deem to be “appointment viewing” will stick around on the DVR until I find time to watch it. Some shows tend to get backlogged this way when I prioritize.
Personally, I don’t stream anything from Netflix, Hulu or other online sources. I understand that some viewers prefer to wait until DVD or Blu-ray to watch a whole season in marathon sessions, but that’s just not the way I roll.
How do you watch your TV shows?