I was wondering how many of us still still watch television broadcasts. I have found myself over the past 4 years not really watching any. Even before that, not much too entertaining. It used to user for mainstream entertainment, but now we have the internet and everything is 'on demand', not just video, but any other content/media. Be it podcasts, journals or what not. Just seems to be everything is possible to get on the web (legally and illegally!).
the first 2 years was when I was at college and still lived at my parents, and since there was one TV in the house that could tune into channels (it had a skybox/satellite TV, and we weren't often using BBC1,2,ITV,C4 or C5 the analogue terrestrial TV). And so being in a house with so many brothers and the "god of the remote" Dad would watch stuff I wouldn't care about. Or if I did or just wanted to kill time and had some mild interest in what was being shown I'd sit down. But It wouldn't take long for my Dad to light up a cigarette, so I'd leave after that.
I used to have a strange knack, and still do when I'm at my parents is when I go downstairs for whatever reason, I might stand behind the door and watch TV for about 10-20 seconds. Don't want to be seen, walking in and out seems a little unusual/rude without saying hello to my brothers that I rarely see them anyway since they spend so much time in the front room.
Now that I moved out, I could get a TV, but have to buy a TV license. I thought screw it, I rarely watch TV, and nor does anyone in this household. So I've lived without a TV for two years, and I can't see myself buying one. I do often watch a few TV series, mostly factual based. I can't stand fictional drama shows, unless it's mostly comedy. And I usually watch them through the official on demand service, BBC iplayer. Or if it's not produced by the BBC, I would find a torrent if I was bored/interested enough. But I'd say 2 hours a week is spent watching videos online.
It helps that I have my own computer, it acts like my TV in my room. So I can't watch what I want when I want. I used to remember being younger and getting to be 11 or 12 it'd be cool to have a TV in your room. But it was mostly used for games consoles so the parents didn't have to keep tidying up all the cables and games in the front room. Even then I rarely watched TV, I even had sky to my room, I just had to go downstairs to change channel, I guess I didn't bother.
I used to remember my Dad had subscription to documentary channels, and I'd record Various engineering documentaries at 4am and Burn them to DVD with the DVR he has, sadly no longer uses as he has sky+, which is why his subscription has changed too.
So I was wondering, do any of you watch Broadcast TV, or do you just do the modern thing and download/stream it on the PC? Or not watch any video productions at all?