How Do You Watch Television Shows & Movies? [We Ask You]

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During my childhood, watching television meant huddling round the TV in the living room as a family at a set time on a set day. Watching a movie meant either heading out to the theater or, for anything but new films, watching a VHS video on that same television. Things have changed somewhat since then, despite the fact I’m only in my mid-thirties.

Now there are multiple options for watching both television and movies, most of which have emerged over the past decade or so. In this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, Yaara is asking how you’re all following the London 2012 Olympic Games, but I’d like, for this week’s We Ask You column, to expand the question to more than just this one-off sporting event.

This Week’s Question…

How Do You Watch Television Shows & Movies?

The range of options for watching television and movies has grown massively in recent years. So how have your viewing habits changed as a result?

There is no longer the need to be tied to the times the networks pump content out to viewers, with the likes of TiVo and Sky Plus offering everybody a chance to watch shows when they want to. Head online and the options open up even more, with streaming – both legal and not-so-legal options – websites, and torrents. Then there are the mobile apps on smartphones and tablets making TV a solitary pastime.

Cinemas and movie theaters still offer some distinct advantages to watching at home, but there are options aplenty for those who would rather not brave the crowds and pay through the nose to see the latest blockbuster at their local multiplex. The brand new releases are only available through not-so-legal methods, but in addition to DVD and Blu-ray, older movies can also be bought or rented via multiple websites.

Even your location is becoming less important, despite the best efforts of media companies in dividing the world up into territories, as we previously explored. With all this in mind we want to know how you watch television and movies in this day and age, with all these glorious options open to you.

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Do you watch television as it’s broadcast or catch up later on demand? Do you seek out content online to watch and/or purchase? If it isn’t available in your region do you seek out another way of obtaining it, even if it infringes on copyright laws? Do you still primarily watch visual content at home or do you increasingly use mobile devices to watch while you’re out of the house?

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for Rewards or Giveaways. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (40)
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  • Kari Singh

    I’ll be honest, most of our household viewing is done online. Streaming mostly, so boyfriend and I will be hooked up to our individual laptops/tablets watching gender appropriate shows. Except on “good TV night” (Dexter and Walking dead) being Sunday in the US and Monday here , then and only then…our TV actually gets switched on….and becomes a giant monitor so we can watch together. geek<3

    The country in which we live is starting to catch on I'm told. A friend has advised me of a regular ad, attached to every ad break, heralding, only on one particular channel so far: "See your favourite shows, THE SAME WEEK AS THE STATES!"

    The only problem with this…. We never have the TV on unless it's acting as a monitor…so when are we supposed to see the ad? I think the marketers need to re-evaluate how they will reach the audience their target audience.

  • venkatesh victory

    I watch online movies in this site

    http://www.cinebixx.com/

  • TODO

    Happy to be completely out of the mainstream. Do not own a TV or subscribe to anything or listen to radio blather either. ALL information can be retrieved–information only I care to READ OR LISTEN TO– online. Almost any TV show –old or new-can be accessed and watched FREE at http://www.watchseries.eu . TV? NEVER AGAIN! Watching/listening to TV is essentiallyl the equivalent of mainlining raw sewage into your brain.

  • aaron sadoff

    I watch TV and Movies either through my laptop or Roku hooked up to my TV with a HDMI cable. But for new movies obviously the theaters.

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