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Is Online Streaming and "Binge Watching" the Future of TV?

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2 years ago by Ross in Entertainment > Film & TV

The last 18 months or so have seen a big change in TV viewing habits and now we're also seeing a change in way TV shows are distributed with companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime producing their own TV shows and supplying entire seasons to watch all at once, meaning there is no need to wait between episodes and you can simply "Binge Watch" these shows from the day they come out. Are we ever going to see a time when all TV shows will be like this? Will daily TV schedules ever give way for consumers being able to download their daily dose of TV "on demand" to suit their own schedule? Do you enjoy Binge Watching? Not including sport and special live events, how often do you still watch TV "live" as it airs?

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To answer my last question there, other than Sport, I cannot think of the last time I sat and watched something as it aired live as everything I watch is either recorded on my Sky box, downloaded from my Sky Box/Laptop or streamed from a service like Netflix or Blinkbox, so I don't really have much use for the traditional TV Scheduling anymore. When it comes to "Binge Watching", it's a TV watching model that I really like as it puts me in control of when and how I watch a show and I can watch episode after episode, allowing me to absorb the show a lot easier than one that airs every week. The only drawback to this method is you can watch the episodes too quickly and then you have a longer amount of time until the next season airs than you would do traditionally, however in the future I can see the amount of time between seasons being shortened slightly to accommodate this. So I'm all for the future of TV being "on demand" and it'll be interesting to see if it does indeed materialise this way.

2 years ago by Ross

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Debbie Anderson

We've become the same way, mostly because of the kids. We have Netflix and my kids download a fair bit. And we watch things on youtube a lot. And the rest is DVDs. We have the telly on maybe a few times a week.

2 years ago by Debbie Anderson

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Niti C

Most people leave terrestrial tv they simply have grown tired of the adverts and the waiting for the next episode.

2 years ago by Niti C

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Linda Wilson

I don't like binge watching particularly. It depends on what you mean by the term. If it means watching 4 episodes of Game of Thrones in a day, i say no thanks; it just becomes a blur that way. But I'm quite happy to work my way through my favourite series an episode a day. And it's much better than waiting for a week for the next one of course.

2 years ago by Linda Wilson

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voice-of-reason

I think that's still binge watching strictly: You're watching through the whole series without much interruption.

2 years ago by voice-of-reason

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Pete Davies

I never had telly, probly never will. I download, use a streaming service and of course watch stuff online.

2 years ago by Pete Davies

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Peng

Old-time television is being challenged by these alternatives. It's a huge problem for the networks, but at the same time tv budgets are bigger than ever. The mid-tier Hollywood stuff is now being produced for the small screen because it's not worth doing it for the cinema, but big returns are harvested through tv. So you find a lot of major stars like Downey Jr and others signing up for tv shows now. You see how the production values have risen to cinematic standards in the last 8-9 years. Another interesting development is that amazon is now starting to put movies out. These again would be mid-budget movies that would maybe not make it to the big screen.

2 years ago by Peng

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BENJAMIN

WHICH IS THE BEST-BLINKBOX NETLICKS OR LOVEFILM?

2 years ago by BENJAMIN

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Ross

It depends what you're looking for. In terms of renting the newest film releases and very latest TV episodes then Blinkbox is better but you pay as you view with them and each film and TV episode has an individual price to buy, rent in HD or rent in SD. Netflix doesn't have all the very latest new releases (unless it's a TV show produced by Netflix) but it does have a giant library which you can watch as much of as you like for £6/£7 a month. Apart from the odd exception, current TV shows that are on a TV network usually run a year behind on Netflix as the latest season won't come out until around the time that the DVD of that season is released. Amazon Prime is also available and while it's not as good as Netflix, it's certainly catching up.

2 years ago by Ross

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Br0dude

Yup Netflix is d best out of d lot. Not that its that great cos most of d movies Im after u simply won't find there must b 2 expensive 4 them. U get movies dat flopped or r a bit older but fair enough the tv selection is super.

2 years ago by Br0dude

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Rahul  N.

Its my future so it seems. It can be torture when your gf insists on Thje Gilmore Girls. I've been watching Better Call Saul lately. Not as good as Breaking Bad but worth a watch.

2 years ago by Rahul N.

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Sagalicious

I'm binge watching American Horror Story. It's pure rubbish and made up of 100% cliches but very addictive. How many seasons were there?

2 months ago by Sagalicious

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Ross

Season 7 has just started

2 months ago by Ross

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Ross

2 Years since I started this debate and I think the answer is definitely yes. It seems like streaming and binge-watching is as popular as ever and you have products such as NOW TV giving people a streaming only way to consume their television needs without the need for an ariel or satellite etc and far more people are choosing to watch their TV "on demand" than live.

2 months ago by Ross

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