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It's My Favorite Time of Year for TV!

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Hcour, May 26, 2012.

  1. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

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    Back on topic, I record my shows, some I watch close to the air date, others get saved up. It just depends on what I am in the mood to watch and I try to keep myself involved in maybe 7 or 8 shows at a time so I don't get spread too thin and forget what is happening. So while I'm watching those, others I fall behind on. When I get caught up and finish one show, I'll start another. I don't have a Nielsen box so it makes no difference when I watch a show.

    This is a great time of year for me because I can get caught up on a bunch of shows now that the spring season has ended but the summer season hasn't yet started, not because I now have full seasons of shows to watch.
     
  2. Cereal_Killer

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    That’s a great idea and I will be doing it, starting now, for any new series. I wish I did it for “Game of Thrones - Season2”, but it is too late now.

    Like many others, I hate the weekly wait. I also hate the incredibly long breaks, seemingly every other week, for any show I’m interested in.

    Never again!! Luckily, I don’t get spoiled where I work so that won’t be a problem.

    I also agree with this. We watch what we want to watch, some are dumb some are a little less dumb.

    I find very few shows “intelligent”. However, if I find a show entertaining I will watch it.
     
  3. tiams

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    People like to say that anyone who watches reality shows are stupid because it makes them feel superior. Same goes for people who say they don't watch TV. I always laugh at those people because they are usually lying.
     
  4. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista

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    Honestly, I think of myself as an intelligent person. I don't watch TV to challenge my intelligence. I watch TV to escape my world and be entertained for the period of time the show is on. If it's reality, sitcom, police procedural or fantasy show like GoT. My TV show list is so varied, I'd love to see someone put me into a category of TV viewers.

    I do give my best friend hell for watching all the "real housewives" shows but that's mostly just to get her going.
     
  5. Hcour

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    OMG! Apparently I'm going to be responsible for the death of television!

    I never go to theaters, either. I prefer to watch my movies on DVD or BD on my home theater. I suppose they'll stop making movies now, too.

    I just feel terrible. I've killed the entertainment industry.
     
  6. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    The problem with watching TV series this way is that it is much harder to come here and post about it. I enjoy the conversation on this site about many shows and sometimes miss out on that when I don't start a series early enough.

    It also becomes tough to read news stories. I always read TV news and some headlines just ruin it. The other day I was a but behind on one of my favorite shows. I had not yet watched the season finale and I read a headline that said "Will XXXXXX return next season?" It ruined the season finale a little since I knew that was going to be one of the cliff hangers.

    I am very much looking forward to the Netflix model where they release the entire season all at once.
     
  7. Jesda

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    I tend to avoid a new show at first and dig into it after it's been on for 2-3 seasons. Longevity seems to be a decent way of determining quality... though that's not always true.
     
  8. Einselen

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    I can do this on my TiVo which is in SD but on my HD TV I only have the DVR from Verizon and it is the older smaller one (should see if I can upgrade at no cost or whatever) so I am limited on what I can fall behind on.
     
  9. rambler

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    A hard drive crash kinda turned me off this method a few years back. Lost a lot of shows!
     
  10. Chris Gerhard

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    I do the same but fortunately many people still go to the theater or we would never get to see big budget blockbusters, none could be made. Made for TV movies and low budget independent films are all that could be made if everybody did what we do. I might go see "The Avengers" today, if the granddaughters decide to do that or grandmother may send me home to care for the dogs, I never know until showtime. It will be my first trip to the theater this year if I go.
     
  11. allan

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    I usually like watching shows the week they air. In fact I watch GoT live, except for rewinding to see some scenes again (including but not limited to Joff-slaps). I've found that if I let a bunch of eps pile up, odds are good that I won't bother watching.
     
  12. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

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    Same here about the theaters. I just got fed up with the "theater experience".
     
  13. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista

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    Not to get off subject but I actually went to the local theater here last weekend with my friend after she begged me to go see Dark Shadows with her. I haven't been to this theater in years. OH MY GOD. Do they even clean them anymore? It smelled like body odor and trash. I literally took my perfume from my purse and sprayed the chair and air around me a bunch and it did no good. I sat through that movie without touching the arm rests. I won't be back.

    Back on topic.... a little over a month until Breaking Bad!! I cannot wait! Best thing about summer TV.
     
  14. madscientist

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    Theaters vary widely. If you find a good one just stick with it. There's one near us which has 4 really nice theaters that are clean and very large with great quality, and they have matinee prices before 5pm, but then it has a ton of those little box theaters too. I never go there to see anything that's been out for more than a week or two, lest we get stuck in one of the little boxes.

    There are a lot of complaints about the kinds of movies being made now, but the thing is I never go to the theater anymore unless it's a huge blockbuster like Avengers, Harry Potter, Avatar, etc. Something I want to see in IMAX or 3D or at least huge screen with digital audio etc. I went to Dark Shadows in the theater but only because my wife loves Johnny Depp (and Tim Burton) and it was Mother's Day :). For comedies or romances or whatever we just wait for the BR or even streaming via Netflix.

    So you figure at some point that has to skew the way movies are being made.
     
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    It's true, regardless. TV ratings are based on those folks who have a Neilsen box. If you believe the ratings are a statistically accurate snapshot of what people are watching (I'm skeptical) than some subset of those viewers represent your tastes and mimic what you do, i.e. record shows and watch later. For advertisers, those viewers are useless as they may not WATCH commercials and if they did, for many products, the commercials are outdated (think like movie premiers or certain sales). So for TV ratings the only thing that matters is those people who watch live or close to live. Watching a show 6 months later is a waste. So if you don't watch when the ADVERTISERS want you to watch, then you risk your favorite show being canceled. And don't think they aren't collecting data from your Tivos either.
     
  16. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    If that were always true, how could anyone explain why Rules of Engagement keeps getting renewed :D
     
  17. Boston Fan

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    I'm not sure I completely agree with this.

    Being a Neilson family would have an impact on how I watch TV. If I knew the shows I liked would not get credit because I watched them via DVR several days later, I would make sure to adjust my viewing habits whenever possible to give a boost to shows I liked. I have never been a TV Neilson family, but when we were doing it for radio it absolutely impacted what I listened to and when.
     
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    That's the big argument against Nieslen ratings. Do they actually represent what people are watching? I also believe now that Nielsen (or the networks themselves) are monitoring stats from DVRs, so someone is taking DVR usage into account.

    But that's why I say I'm skeptical about the ratings. Do they REALLY measure what and how we are watching anymore? I know some on the forum believe it's still statistically significant. Personally, I think there is some value, but the variables have expanded so much that I think the current sample size might be too small to account for every variable. The thing is, if "Nieslen" families start watching TV as the OP does then what happens to ratings and advertiser rates? By the smaller ratings numbers, I think that's what is starting to happen. And to me, it's broken the current system.

    But that small sample size and those "traditional" ratings, are still what drives what we watch on TV.
     
  19. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista

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    Actually watching live gives the best ratings, the "overnight" stats. They do keep track of what's on the DVR but live means live. Not letting the DVR start without you and then jumping in 20 minutes into it. It's still not considering "live viewing" which is what the advertisers are paying top dollar for. That's why the shows that matter get watched live or at least have the TV on and channel set to that during. Anything watched within 1 week is also counted into the overall ratings it's just not the overnight numbers the advertisers want to see the most. Also, anything that sits beyond that week doesn't matter if it's a week and a day or a year does not count in any way.
     
  20. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    And if you want to save your show...become a Nielsen family and watch your shows live :)

    And that begs a question...when your a Nielsen family, I would imagine you are un-intentionally swayed by that, wouldn't you be? Like say you are an avid watcher of Fringe, but now you've been selected as a Nielsen family. Knowing what you know, wouldn't you be more inclined to watch Fringe live during your ratings period? And if so, wouldn't that really skew the ratings?
     

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