Once upon a time, families would gather around the living room television set every evening to watch their favorite TV shows together as a group. These days, in any given household, you’re probably more likely to find four or five people watching completely different shows simultaneously, sometimes sitting right across from one other, each isolated with headphones and absorbed in the glare of tiny phone or tablet screens. When you want to watch a TV show, do you still actually do it on a TV?
Given that I’m writing this on a home theater web site, I think it stands to reason that most of our readers prefer to watch movies on a large home theater screen. However, does the same hold true for TV shows? Even in this day and age when many drama series are superior in quality to any big budget motion picture, TV shows are still often regarded as disposable entertainment, something to be watched via the most convenient method rather than necessarily the highest quality method.
Even for myself, I’ve lately not felt like firing up my home theater projector (or wasting precious projector lamp hours) just to watch TV. While I still prefer to watch shows in my HT room to get the benefit of surround sound, I have a 32″ LCD set that I can roll out into the middle of the floor on a cart. This is in no way comparable to getting the whole big screen experience, but when I just want to burn off the latest dumb-as-dirt episode of ‘Under the Dome’ to get it over with, that’s plenty good enough. I’ll reserve projector time for movies, or for certain really important series like ‘Game of Thrones’.
Of course, it’s likely that you may watch TV shows via any of several different methods, depending on the series or depending on what is most convenient for you at the time. However, for the purposes of the poll below, what I want to know is how you primarily watch the majority of your TV shows. Do you insist on watching everything the proper way on a big screen, or is a small-screen portable device good enough for a TV series?