We now have more TV channels at our disposal than ever before but I’m increasingly finding that I hardly ever sit down and watch TV shows live any more. There seems little point because there are numerous chances to watch these same shows whenever you want.
For instance advances in technology mean that there are numerous devices we can use to record our favourite shows. There is the old-fashioned video recorder of course but you’ve now also got things like DVD recorders, hard disc recorders and Sky Plus (if you live in the UK). So you really don’t need to cancel your other appointments just so you can sit down and watch your favourite shows when they are originally shown.
Plus even if you don’t want to go to the hassle of using one of these pieces of technology, you can always use of the many catch-up services that are now widely available. For example here in the UK you can watch nearly every single BBC program for up to seven days after they are broadcast via the BBC iPlayer, and the other terrestrial broadcasters, ie ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, have similar services.
All this means that you can watch all your favourite shows pretty much on demand. The internet really is changing the way we live our lives and this is particularly evident in the television world because we are increasingly watching shows via these catch-up services on the internet.
You have also got DVD box sets which are one of the great modern day inventions. We all lead busy lives and very rarely like to commit to a long-running TV show, which can take weeks or even months to show a whole series. So these box sets are extremely convenient and are another reason why less and less people are watching shows when they are originally broadcast.
Of course there are some TV programs that are best viewed live such as sporting events and live TV shows but for all other TV programs I very rarely watch them live any more. The days of sitting down in front of the TV in the evenings and checking out the TV schedules so you can plan what you are going to watch are long gone, at least in my household.