What do you like to watch on telly?
Television viewing is not what it used to, with families gathering in the evening to catch up on the latest episode of their favourite show as distributed by television broadcasters. No, these days - at least amongst my friends - the viewer is in the control seat of what they watch and when they watch it.
Years ago, I watched an episode of Oprah where she raved about a new gizmo she had just acquired where she could program her device to seek out and tape shows of interest to her while she was out of the house doing other stuff, and then when she was home she could watch the shows of her choosing at a time that suited her. She could even save up a few episodes of a drama and watch them consecutively. She was, of course, talking about a TiVo, and I decided there and then that as soon as this virtuous device was available in Australia I would buy one! A couple of years later, I did just that, and I haven't regretted the purchase for a moment. More than ever before, we are in control of when we watch our favourite shows on free to air television - no more having to be home at a certain time to watch that show, or staying up until 1am when a broadcaster shows contempt for their customers.
However, most of my friends have gone a step further in their television viewing, and now directly download whole seasons of shows they like - many of which are not even broadcast on free to air television - directly onto their computers and watch whole seasons in the span of a week or two. The other day my son asked me why we don't do this, and the only answer I had for him is that I haven't learned how yet. Certainly, I believe it would help overcome some of the lack of quality viewing offered on free to air television, and I can see it becoming the primary nature of television viewing in the near future for those with the means to access this mode.
What I've discovered in the past year or so of my friends really getting into downloading viewing content off the net is how different people's tastes are - well, certainly mine in relation to theirs anyway. Most of my friends love dramas. I find myself far more attracted to sci-fi and fantasy mystery.
I have, in the past, be a huge fan of the various Star Trek series (old and new, though moreso new), Babylon 5, X Files, Millenium, Flash Forward (such a shame this only lasted one season) and, of course, Doctor Who. I love a good meta-narrative (in this context, I'm using the term to refer to an overarching narrative that refers to itself), especially a mystery. Doctor Who has been extremely engaging since it took on this facet to its narrative - I love theorising with others about "what is actually going on"!
So, what kinds of shows would you watch if you had ultimate control over your television viewing - or if you already are into downloading directly from the web, what do you watch and why?
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