Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Feb 2012 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV An interesting anecdote at MinimalMac about television being broken. The author's young daughter, who is growing up in a Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/etc. household, was confronted with actual TV for the first time, and wonders why she can't pick what to watch, why the shows are being interrupted all the time, and so on. Clearly - TV is broken.
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RE: Gave Up Cable, Dont Miss It
by AnyoneEB on Sat 25th Feb 2012 23:41 UTC in reply to "Gave Up Cable, Dont Miss It"
AnyoneEB
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2008-10-26

One thing I will say about TV, in my experience, is that I have found traditional TV to be more social than online viewing. Huddling around the TV with friends at a specific time to watch shows, calling friends up after a show with the whole "WTH, did you see that?!?" moments, etc. just dont happen the same way online imo. And then sometimes I miss random re-runs that appear on TV (hello random Star Trek TNG episode).

Interesting that you say that. In my friends group, most people use Netflix/Hulu with some torrents; almost no one I know has cable (just a couple sports fans). As people don't get around to watching shows at the same time each week (or even necessarily the same week) discussing shows at a specific time doesn't work quite as well. On the other hand, I find streaming/torrents way more convenient for social viewing because we can start and pause whenever we want and we can watch multiple episodes in a row.

We work around the random TNG episode problem by using random.org to select which TNG episode to watch next off Netflix (with people vetoing ones they have seen recently).

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