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I find that I don't have the patience to watch a movie that is obviously just and early episode of a series, then wait a year for the next one. I hold off until the series is done and then buy the set. For movie series I gather a few and watch one a night. Right now I am watching Twilight, Now You See Me, and Pitch Perfect. One movie a night and rotate them. Once they are done I'm thinking Bond, Fast and Furious, and The Hobbit.

 

For TV series I watch one or two episodes a night beginning to end. I love streaming services that allow me to do that. Right now with HBO Plus I roetate Friends, Flintstones, Teen Titans, Jetsons, Fresh Prince and a couple others. I don't like waiting a week between episodes, or for the next season. I'd rather watch old series sthaight through than watch that latest hot series and wait for years to get to the end.

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For TV shows, I prefer "binge watching" when I can so I get really into a series. I also don't have the greatest memory, but I can really be absorbed into a story arc if I watch at least several episodes in a week. I like that. But that said, I am watching "Picard" week by week.

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I'm a binger for series, but watch 90% of them during dinner. I'm a slow eater and enjoy the time with my wife, so there's no problem with a 45 minute to an hour show.

 

The only series I've watched just for the sake of watching were The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and The Righteous Gemstones. Sometimes I'll turn on John Oliver when doing dishes.

 

As to the Book of Boba Fett, for the first 4 episodes I felt like it was a waste of time. The only reason I kept watching was that the audio and visuals were stunning. But I'm glad I stuck with it, the payoff in the last three episodes was worth it.

 

As to movies, I just don't have the time. I bought the James Bond box set in November and been watching from the beginning, chronologically. I just finished "Casino Royale" a few nights ago, so you can see how long it takes me to get through 20 movies :) It's funny, I used to love going to the movies in theaters, not so much at home. Maybe I need to get a bigger screen TV...and a surround system...

 

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I quit watching TV shows since the 1980s, quit watching broadcast TV at all since 2000.  When DVDs came out I started collecting movies and concerts.  I'm up to about 700 DVDs and haven't added any since 2020.  I like being able to stop in the middle of a DVD then come back a day or two later to finish it, never was one to sit 2-3 hours through a show.

I'm content with my DVD collection and have no compelling reason in replacing them with new formats like BluRay.

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15 hours ago, The Real MC said:

I'm content with my DVD collection and have no compelling reason in replacing them with new formats like BluRay.

 

I too have a lot of DVDs, but I bought a Blu-Ray player a few years back, and now buy the few movies I do buy in Blu-Ray. The difference in video quality is significant, enough so to justify Blu-Ray at least for me. Also, the medium is more robust than DVDs - I originally got into Blu-Ray as a means of local backup that was more reliable than hard drives, and the movie thing kind of fell out of that.

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I have a lot of DVD's and Blu-Ray sets. Thought we would never get through the dark times that happened right after production was moved overseas. I bought the Star Trek NG complete set and 6 of the DVD's had issues. Was watching Pitch Perfect 2 last night and the Blu-Ray kept skipping and locking up in the middle of the movie. Same base issue as the TNG set. I can hold a disk in my hand and look at the silver side, and see through the disk to the outline of my hand. When production moved overseas they really cut back on the reflective material as a cost savings measure. I'll admit, movies did get a lot cheaper, but the internet and review sections on Amazon was full of people complaining that their disk don't play correctly. I have all 12 seasons of Big Bang Theory on Blu-Ray and two disks give me problems. That is a lot better than 10 years ago but it is still too high. I live in a rural area and internet bandwidth is not that great. I prefer buying movies on Blu-Ray or even DVD, but every time I have a problem with a disk I am happier streaming movies. I used to buy 2 movies a month on average and 2 complete sets of a TV show each year. This year I have purchased one movie, that latest Bond. That's it. Everything else is streamed. HBO+ and Peacock network have about I need.

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Whatever turns up on over-the-air aka broadcast aka antenna TV, and DVDs. Considering getting a Blu-Ray player as Ive seen some visually spectacular Blu-Rays but I would probably just limit my Blu-Ray collection to movies which are naturals for the format. To my eyes, most CGI movies do not make the cut and DVDs are fine. Restored/enhanced film-sourced images are generally really good though.

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33 minutes ago, LoupGarou said:

Whatever turns up on over-the-air aka broadcast aka antenna TV.

 

I never did get one of those. What kind of shows can you get? I guess I would need to find out whether I'm within range of stations.

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1 minute ago, Anderton said:

 

I never did get one of those. What kind of shows can you get? I guess I would need to find out whether I'm within range of stations.

Most of what I watch are reruns of old TV series I've seen before but still are good for laughs, or old movies. All the local stations have subchannels that run programming other than their typical network content. There are a couple of dedicated movie stations that are run by Sony so they can show all the movies they own at no cost, just by getting them out of the digital vault, and then they get paid to run commercials on their channel when transmitting content they bought years ago that costs them nothing to show now. I don't watch anything currently running on network TV because I either can't develop any connection with the characters or the stories remind me too much of something I've seen before. In other words, boring LOL. Oh yeah, it is a throwback to the old rabbit ears protocols of repositioning the antenna to get certain stations etc. however digital broadcast has not required someone to "STAND RIGHT THERE!" in the vicinity of the antenna in order to get a good image, at least not yet. But it's free, and free is good.

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23 hours ago, Anderton said:

 

I never did get one of those. What kind of shows can you get? I guess I would need to find out whether I'm within range of stations.

I would think that in Nashville you would get plenty. In fact, just googled it and wow!

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