29 March 2004
My wife and I have become TV watchers. Not in the purest sense of the word, because we don’t have satellite (the only way to watch tv up here, cable is unheard of). We watch TV in a much different way…
A friend of ours loans us entire seasons of television shows in DVD format. We’re currently taking our time making our way through Season 3 of the X-Files. Since moving to Alaska, we’ve watched Season 1 and 2 of Alias and Season 1 and 2 of X-Files. It’s great.
This is far superior to watching TV on…well… TV. For one, you don’t have the constant stream of commercials blaring at you. Secondly, TV comes at you in a stream format, where there is a certain pressure to not leave the TV, lest you miss anything. This pressure can be alleviated by devices like TiVo, but TiVo still requires one to zip through the commercials (but does have the clever, and DVD-like, feature of allowing you to press pause if nature calls).
No, I definitely prefer watching my TV by way of DVD. It is there on my schedule, and my wife and I can choose to watch an episode or two of X-Files from the mid-nineties. The only problem is, I can get stuck in the mid-nineties. Dude.