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Interesting little bit here. I was reading about the ratings for the the new TV series S.H.I.E.L.D. which had 12.1 million people watch it live with another 4.7 million watching it on DVR or VOD. That was the first time I had seen ratings broken down like that. I had always wondered how many people like my wife and myself no longer watch TV shows live but watched it via a DVR or VOD.

My wife and I generally don't watch anything live these days. I watch football, Nascar and things like the news live but TV series type stuff is always recorded on my DVR. My wife and I then generally watch an hour of something together in bed before she turns out the light. Mind you finding a TV show that we both want to watch is not always possible. No reality shows (I must admit my wife is still watching Survivor). We both really enjoyed Siberia and a new cooking show called Cutthroat Kitchen however. I have tried so hard to get her to watch Walking Dead but so far no dice.

When she turns out the light I generally watch an hour of something else downstairs while I do my workout. I have not watched an episode of Mythbusters or NOVA sitting down in years.

Which brings the question. How much television do you watch live and how much do you record (Funny I just noticed I used the word "taped" in the title of this thread. Old habits and/or terms die hard)? Like I said my wife and I record pretty much everything and have since we got a DVR about 10 years ago. I expect when we get Google Fiber in a few months we'll start doing VOD for movies and older TV series (Maybe I can hook her on Walking Dead then).
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I never watch TV live. And my tivo is dying, so I don't watch it taped much any more either. Mostly it is netflix for me.
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I'm curious as to how Netflix will effect how we watch. We use Netflix for DVDs but plan on switching to Netflix VOD when we get Goggle Fiber.
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Netflix and iTunes here. We got rid of cable about a year ago and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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DVR and VLC here.
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I have a TV but since 1990 only turned it on for games and watching DVDs. I do not have the feeling that I am missing anything. (Occasionally there's a TV series that many people whom I trust recommend; in that case I download a few episodes to see if it is something I'd enjoy, and if so, buy the DVD -- that seldom happens, though.)
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Watched it the next day, streaming on Hulu.com

Yeah, we dumped cable about a year ago, and we don't miss it a bit. Between what the major networks make available on-line the next day, Netflix, and Hulu, we do just fine. Hulu is awesome because it makes available lots of English and Aussie TV shows we would not have otherwise even known about.
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So I'm not the only one who watched Siberia.

Personally, I watch 'reality' competitions on CBS (Survivor, Amazing Race) live, other shows as convenience allows, and usually anything after 10pm (Blacklist, CSI) or conflicting with a 'live' show on VOD.
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Almost always taped, we learnt that lesson when Daughter the Elder was a baby. You could not plan on not being interrupted cool

I would say 95% of stuff on commercial TV we tape and watch later to skip the ads. If there is something on now that we want to watch we will tape it and watch something else previously taped or do something else and then watch the show sans ads.

On (the Australian) ABC which is ad free, we will sometime watch stuff live.
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We don't have cable, so I guess my answer is "Neither" (unless you count Netflix, Amazon, and the rest as "taped," which would make my answer "taped").
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Sports and News - Live
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I follow the TV ratings on a few web sites and I have seen ratings reported broken down like that for many years.

You should also know that watching it 7 or more days after the orignal air date does not count in the ratings. It seems the advertisers don't care about your viewing habits after 7 days.
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DVR only
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I DVR my Netflix. What does that count as?

When I do watch TV, it's live.
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Mostly DVR. We have a 4 year old that doesn't go to bed till 9pm, so we have to push out adult TV till after that.
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We still have cable because the Hubster likes watching sports and the Food channel. Actually, I think he just likes flipping through the stations like in "the old days." laugh

Probably 95% of what I watch is either Netflix, Amazon or via a streaming site. I've gotten so spoiled by Netflix/Amazon that I can't stand commercials anymore. I grit my teeth every night as Hubster watches Big Bang Theory on network tv with all the commercials, and threaten to plug my laptop into the tv and make him stream it instead.
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Sports live. Everything else on DVR, Hulu Plus or downloaded.
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The only thing that I watch live on TV is sports.
That's a whole other discussion, since if you tape/ DVR the big game then inevitably you accidentally hear the score on the radio in the car, or you spot it on a screen at the place that you had to go to with your wife which is why you had to tape it in the first place, or someone else talks about it and you overhear. And once you know a score, even a partial one, the game is ruined.

But, back to the OP, the commercials on live TV have got so annoying, so repetitive, and so overwhelmingly numerous (not to mention 1.5x the volume level of your show) that they absolutely ruin live TV for me.

Since the digital switch, DVR and a heavy finger on the "skip 30 seconds" button is the norm at my place.
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I hate commercial with a passion...like really hate...like rant-able hate...

It's DVR, Netflix or games. Only time I have live TV on is for movies during the day, which I do choirs during commercials.
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AvidHunter wrote:
I do choirs during commercials.

That's some dedication right there!
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ohbalto wrote:
Netflix and iTunes here. We got rid of cable about a year ago and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Me too. But I add Hulu+ to that mix.

Nielson ratings is counting streaming (at network site or hulu, etc.) for the first time. I think they were already counting DVR viewing.
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I ditched cable and TiVo a couple years back and haven't missed it. I watch shows via Netflix streaming, Hulu, and the occasional download from undocumented sources.
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I dropped cable and went to free streaming video some years ago. So, I've traded 720 "HD" for real 1080p HD. And since my computer monitor is significantly bigger and closer than my TV, it's roughly equivalent to an 80" (2m) screen.

While there's a program or two I might not have available, it's not worth the $80/month. Buying games is a far better $/hour entertainment value. If I wanted to watch a sporting event, I'd go to a sports bar; a lot of sports put highlights on YouTube, which have much better pacing than the actual event.

I keep thinking about trying Netflix, but only after the usual TV season. So, maybe next year.
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Verkisto wrote:
AvidHunter wrote:
I do choirs during commercials.

That's some dedication right there!


HA!!....Chores...

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What is live TV? DVR owner/user since 1999/2000.
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Live TV is a must for sports for me. Even if I don't know the result, it isn't the same watching it recorded. There is something special about watching something unfold as it happens.

For most shows it's DVR. Netflix and Amazon fill in the gaps.
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