About what, you may be asking.
Simply this… We are now in the 21st century…and no longer chained to our television sets. In fact, we have a number of options available to watch our favorite programs on. Hulu, Dish Online, and iTunes…just to name a few. I can watch most of the shows I enjoy on my desktop computer in my office. I can drag my laptop wherever Wi-Fi is provided and enjoy them in the middle of a coffee shop. I suppose if I really wanted to, I could tune in from my cell phone. Of course I’d have a telescope available to make out details…
So why are networks still so dependent on the members of their elite Nielsen Family?
I’ve never liked the fact that this select group gets to choose what I’m allowed to watch. I’m not much into comedies, cookie cutter cop shows or reality television. Nope. I tend to like dramas that are unique. Which is why I’m in a mood to rant.
First of all, I can’t remember the last time I turned my television on. I’m guessing that it was for the season finale of White Collar on February 28th. How can I be that specific? Because Haven ended their season in December, and I always watch Parenthood, TVD, and Fringe on Hulu or Dish Online. But Haven and White Collar must be even more special than I think they are because the networks make fans who missed the episodes on television wait thirty days to watch them elsewhere.
Therefore I know it’s been more than almost three months.
I know I’m not the only person who appreciates the ability to choose what I want to watch, when I want to watch it, where I want to watch it. Whether networks like it or not, TV’s may become obsolete. Or if not gone entirely, at least much lower on the totem pole for viewing choices. Yet they still depend on the opinions of the Nielsen Family like an addict depends on drugs.
And I just find that really annoying.
I had never heard of Fringe until sometime last year. It had been on a good two and a half years before I got bored one night and started surfing through Hulu’s offerings…and was hooked immediately. I mean please. Once I got a look at Joshua Jackson, I knew I was in it for the long haul. It really helped that he could act, and that the show was good, different…and kind of weird.
Lots of people love Fringe. Their Facebook page has 3.4 million fans. Yet because television viewership was down this season, Fox is only renewing it for thirteen episodes. Really? Why don’t they check to see how many people are watching online? I suspect the numbers would be staggering. (Don’t worry, my rant is winding down)
I stopped watching CBS for over six years when they cancelled Now and Again, only turning it back on when Jericho came out (gotta love Skeet Ulrich). A season and a half later, CBS was added to my ‘never watch again’ list. Along with ABC and a few cable networks. Fox is next one to be banned in my house, I guess.
There is one upside to all of this. As I watch fewer shows every year, it frees up a whole lot of my time. Time I can spend reading, writing and doing other things I enjoy. So I suppose I can’t complain too much. I mean really, if I were tied to the television, I wouldn’t have been able to drive into town this evening to see The Avengers. For the third time…