Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Linear TV

I heard the term "Linear TV" recently and had no clue what it meant, so I went searching.  The article at the link below explains the term, which means "watching TV like I did as a kid", with shows airing once at a specific date and time.  It goes on to use the term OTT, "Over-the-Top Television", to describe today's world of streaming.  But I think Chef Elaine and I have viewing habits that go beyond just two simple terms.  

Most shows we watch in real-time are sports, mainly professional and college football, professional hockey, and college basketball.  We agree that professional baseball and basketball suck and no way we watch those.  YouTubeTV has a great DVR feature and has many shows available to watch whenever you like and those we split into skippable and non-skippable commercials.  We mute the non-skippable commercials, except for the funny ones like the Allstate Mayhem, Progressive Turning into Your Parents, or the bantering of Samuel L. Jackson, Charles Barkley, and Spike Lee.  Finally, like most folk nowadays, we stream shows commercial-free from paid services, with some of our favorites being on Netflix (Virgin River, Suits, Manifest), Paramount+ (Billions, Tulsa King), Max (Game of Thrones, The Gilded Age), and Amazon Prime (Ozark, Grace and Frankie, Schitt's Creek, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

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