I usually don't watch shows live but if two or more are on at once recording becomes necessary. I do a lot of watching on the weekend. During the week, there are other demands on my time. I also delete everything once I watch it, with the exception of the Yule Log. However, I did record a bunch of stuff and then didn't back up to watch stuff I missed. I have watched shows for years backing up every time I miss something. Watching episodes where I missed something just takes too much time and that's how the Series 3 got full. I would simply have to watch the whole thing again. As for why there are old recordings, series were cancelled and I was afraid to watch the last episode I would ever see because there wouldn't be any more. I did watch three of those in the past two weeks because there wasn't anything else I really wanted to see. When I don't "really" want to see something, I record it so I won't lose it but don't have a strong desire to watch the particular series. And unfortunately, some last episodes and some "less desirable" episodes got lost. Some I've watched online in the past week. Some will certainly be repeated on broadcast TV. Some will wait until Hulu wants me back so much they'll give me another free month.