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I'm currently a DirecTV customer (that may or may not be relevant here) and want to know what the best way to catch up on a TV series (past season and current season) would be. I believe I have a couple of choices:

1) DirecTV OnDemand
2) Netflix
3) HBOGo / Showtime Anytime (keeping my current premium channel subscription via DirecTV)
4) [other options I'm not familiar with at the moment]

I watch a handful of shows (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Magic City, to name a few) - what's the best (easiest and cheapest I suppose) way to be able to watch these episodes at my leisure? Is the OnDemand option DirecTV offers worth it?

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Here is how I do it. I wait till I can get a 2 for one special. Example hbo and cinamax. sign up for it and during those three months I watch all the hbo to go and cinamax on demand series that I can watch. Then I do the same thing with showtime and stars the next 3 months. I have netflix to watch things like Breaking Bad and other series I haven't seen. Wait six months and do the same thing again.
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That's definitely one way, and it may be the way that saves the most cash but I suppose I'm looking for something a bit more "stable", if that makes sense.

I appreciate the reply, thank you so much!

Looking forward to more discussion.
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Catching up on TV series via Netflix works well. Start at Season 1 Ep1 and the episides run in order ,with just a 20 sec break in between. It remembers what episode you last watched, and the picture quality is very good (1080). The only issue I have encountered with Netflix series watching, is that for both Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy, the most current season was not available. I ended up watching them via internet streaming. The picture quality was suprisingly good. I'm sure there are plenty of sites, here is the one I used. For HBO and Showtime series, I usually just DVR them. Is HBO on-demand in HD?


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Catching up on TV series via Netflix works well. Start at Season 1 Ep1 and the episides run in order ,with just a 20 sec break in between. It remembers what episode you last watched, and the picture quality is very good (1080). The only issue I have encountered with Netflix series watching, is that for both Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy, the most current season was not available. I ended up watching them via internet streaming. The picture quality was suprisingly good. I'm sure there are plenty of sites, here is the one I used. For HBO and Showtime series, I usually just DVR them. Is HBO on-demand in HD?


Edit: FAQ on the streaming site above

Thank you for the reply!

Is there anyway to see what programs Netflix offers before subscribing?
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you get a free month on Netflix so you have nothing to lose by subscribing.

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For HBO and Showtime series, I usually just DVR them. Is HBO on-demand in HD?
Yes. Also, HBO's OD line-up is extensive (On DirecTV anyway). They carry all seasons of all of their shows. Or at least all the shows that I remember them airing. lol
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Is there anyway to see what programs Netflix offers before subscribing?
Not the most practical if you just want to browse content, but this site should cover you: http://instantwatcher.com/
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Yes. Also, HBO's OD line-up is extensive (On DirecTV anyway). They carry all seasons of all of their shows. Or at least all the shows that I remember them airing. lol

So I guess hooking my laptop up to my TV and using HBO Go would prove effective?
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