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Sat Jan 6, 2024, 12:55 AM Jan 2024

How do you consume "television"? [View all]

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I read an article today about how subscription television is bleeding out subscribers and is no longer the dominant model. I got wondering how DU folks get their TV. (I’m streaming only with zero consumption of live broadcast-type TV. Have been since the aughts.)

NOTE: This poll isn’t asking how much TV you watch, just how you watch it. I don’t watch much at all, but when I do, it’s streaming.

Defining some terms as I use them here:
Streaming: Use streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, library apps such as Kanopy or Hoopla, etc. to watch films or TV shows over the internet, on demand (no set schedule, mostly). You could be watching content from these services via a Roku, FireStick, AppleTV, or simply on a computer or internet-connected television.
Live TV addon: View live broadcast events and shows (local news or spores, e.g.) at scheduled times over the internet via your streaming service. Examples are Hulu +Live and YouTube TV.
Traditional reception: Use a digital antenna to watch locally broadcast TV channels without cost or subscription. This is the way we watched TV before the invention of cable TV.

Added definition
Television: Programming, not the device. You could watch “television” programming on your phone or computer, or a game console.

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Streaming only (no live TV addon, no "traditional" reception via antenna)
25 (27%)
Streaming with live TV addon and/or traditional reception via antenna
26 (28%)
Streaming AND cable or satellite subscription
24 (26%)
Cable or satellite subscription only (no streaming services)
7 (8%)
I don't watch TV at all but I watch films at home (via DVD or other physical media)
2 (2%)
I don't watch TV or films at home
5 (5%)
Other (Please explain in the comments)
3 (3%)
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How do you consume "television"? [View all] LearnedHand Jan 2024 OP
I'd love to stream some motherfuckingsomething... jcgoldie Jan 2024 #1
Yup I'm rural too but I have StarLink LearnedHand Jan 2024 #3
i dont blame you jcgoldie Jan 2024 #8
Hahah I did that too LearnedHand Jan 2024 #14
Yikes! 2naSalit Jan 2024 #13
Welcome to "Can't Do" U.S.A. hunter Jan 2024 #28
I joke with my wife jcgoldie Jan 2024 #36
I've had the same experience in the Caribbean and remote-ish places in Europe LearnedHand Jan 2024 #39
Thanks to the analog to digital conversion, Ms. Toad Jan 2024 #2
I despise Eloon Musk but StarLink is a phenomenal service LearnedHand Jan 2024 #4
AT&T is the only internet service we have in our area. n/t Ms. Toad Jan 2024 #6
Hmmm did you check the StarLink availability map? LearnedHand Jan 2024 #9
Looks like the Sells, AZ area reservation is not getting the service Attilatheblond Jan 2024 #43
Yup I was in one of those dark blue hexagons for quite a while LearnedHand Jan 2024 #45
thanks for replying Attilatheblond Jan 2024 #48
I meant to say I'm glad the digital antenna works for you LearnedHand Jan 2024 #5
The digital antenna does NOT work for us. Ms. Toad Jan 2024 #7
Oh sorry I misunderstood LearnedHand Jan 2024 #10
Live TV add on Xolodno Jan 2024 #11
Smart! LearnedHand Jan 2024 #12
I don't. Kali Jan 2024 #15
I still purchase physical media too occasionally LearnedHand Jan 2024 #19
Livestream... 2naSalit Jan 2024 #16
Do you livestream MSNBC from their website? LearnedHand Jan 2024 #17
Subscrition. 2naSalit Jan 2024 #25
Is a 47-second delay "live"? Silent3 Jan 2024 #18
Yep I count that as live TV LearnedHand Jan 2024 #20
Live TV is an option, and, in pseudo-DVR fashion, you can "record" live shows to watch later Silent3 Jan 2024 #29
And LOL for the engineer's view on what "live" means LearnedHand Jan 2024 #21
No cable, no satellite, no broadcast, two or three ad free streaming services, and DVDs. hunter Jan 2024 #22
My "journey" is remarkably similar to yours LearnedHand Jan 2024 #26
Other - Superbox Ohio Joe Jan 2024 #23
What's superbox? LearnedHand Jan 2024 #27
So... Superbox Ohio Joe Jan 2024 #34
So in some respect it's similar to a Roku device LearnedHand Jan 2024 #41
You don't have to add any apps Ohio Joe Jan 2024 #46
Can you get CSPAN with that? Attilatheblond Jan 2024 #47
Yes, it has several CSPAN channels Ohio Joe Jan 2024 #49
If somebody doesn't want me to watch their stuff, or makes it too annoying or too expensive to watch their stuff... hunter Jan 2024 #33
Well... Ohio Joe Jan 2024 #35
My tv has been unplugged for a year or more. I watch TV on my computer Demovictory9 Jan 2024 #24
Kicking for the morning crowd LearnedHand Jan 2024 #30
Streaming AND cable (Frontier fiber to the home) HAB911 Jan 2024 #31
We rotate around streaming services Sympthsical Jan 2024 #32
Cost was the main factor for my leaving cable/satellite too LearnedHand Jan 2024 #42
My bill kept climbing to over $200 Sympthsical Jan 2024 #51
"Streaming services" covers a lot of territory. muriel_volestrangler Jan 2024 #37
I consider that "streaming" LearnedHand Jan 2024 #38
Streaming and cable. Elessar Zappa Jan 2024 #40
What keeps you on cable? LearnedHand Jan 2024 #44
Pro sports and pro-wrestling mostly. Elessar Zappa Jan 2024 #50
it's been more than thirty years since I've owned a TV mike_c Jan 2024 #52
I despise the brainless stuff like reality TV and game shows LearnedHand Jan 2024 #53
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