Originally Posted by NetworkTV
On the other hand, 3/4 of the shows I watch are on cable - and not one show I watch is a reality show.
Right now, I'm keeping up with:
- The Americans
- Orphan Black
While they are off right now, I also watch:
- The Walking Dead
- Mad Men
- Warehouse 13
- Falling Skies
Assuming they return, I've been watching:
- Hell on Wheels
- Ripper Street
I've also been periodically tuning in to a documentary series called "Mysteries at the Museum", which tells about weird exibits with mysterious pasts at various museums. It's not a typical "investigative" show where they try to prove whether the mystery is real or not. It simply profiles the items, tells the history and some of the odd events surrounding them.
Add Turner Classic Movies, HDNet Movies and the Sony Movie Channel and I get a great supply of classic and popular past movies to fill my time.
I don't pay for HBO or other premium channels since I can rent those series for far less on disc from Netflix later. Since I seldom encounter spoilers for those, it's not a big deal to wait for them compared to others I mentioned.
So, if you add in the 5 or 6 broadcast shows I keep up with (which I use my D* DVR to record in stead of watching live), that's roughly a dozen shows on an average month, for a total of 48 or so episodes monthly. That works out to about $2 an episode when you consider my bill (with tax and all that) is around $100.
Since it would cost that much to stream them, I might as well have the convenience of recording them with my DVR and having them waiting for me whenever I wish to see them. If I don't watch them right away, they keep recording and wait until I do.
For the ease of use and low cost per episode and the opportunity to easily sample new shows - that's worth the money. If I need to, I can always slim down my service since the bulk of what I watch is on the more basic channels, but I'd lose a couple of the non-premium movie channels. They're worth it to be able to always have a steady supply of movies to watch - often ones not available on home video at all, much less on Blu-ray.