Sunday, October 6, 2013

Showtime vs. Primetime

As I have said, I watch a lot of television. There isn't anything I won't try, many things I like, and if the right actor is in it, I will tolerate terrible. Most recently I find myself fast forwarding through my primetime programs. I think cable has spoiled me. The caliber of most shows on cable television doesn't compare to what I am watching on the main television networks. I think this is only the beginning of the end of network television shows as we know it.

It started a few years ago. I ordered Showtime for a show about a serial killer. Many of you probably know it... Dexter. Dexter just showed it's series finale not long ago. It had a great run. That show introduced me to more cable television shows, and I got sucked in to all Showtime has to offer. I still managed to watch my cable television shows and my ABC, NBC and CBS shows along with a little FOX television. The bad news for the networks, there is not enough hours in the day.

People are busy and even though the DVR records it, people don't have time to watch it. I also think when faced with all the shows laid out in front of them, watchers will choose, cable television shows. It happened to me after I went on a week long trip with my husband. My DVR taped all the usual stuff and we had tons to watch. The problem was I could now pick and choose. I picked cable first, then I watched my network dramas and comedy. It was then I realized Cable is better.

Ah, but let's not forget Netflix. The option to watch everything all at once. That is really an interesting concept if you ask me. The first show I loaded into my queue was House of Cards. A Netflix original series, that once started, I watched all the episodes in about 2 weeks. No waiting around for Monday night for 15 weeks. It was over and done. I watched an amazing show on my schedule. I also watched Breaking Bad the same way. People who watch on television invested many years watching many seasons. I invested months, and watched the whole series. 6 seasons in 6 months. Not bad at all.

So I am curious, what do you think is the next move for the networks? You may have seen a new 15 episode drama Hostages. It is advertised as 15 episode thriller. You know what your getting, and you will get it all in 15 episodes. Probably a good idea. It's on my series list. Also, American Horror Story,  I guess you call this cable, but it's not paid cable. So it falls in the middle I guess. Third season, but each season is a contained story. No need to get caught up before you join the party this week, because it's a new story. In my opinion another wonderful concept.

On Demand is the networks saving grace I guess. Order it up whenever you want it, but I will say On Demand is not Netflix. Having all the episodes at your fingertips to watch when you feel like watching it. It does change the conversation around the water cooler doesn't it. "Did you finish watching Breaking Bad?" "Oh I am only on Season 2." "Hmm, I guess we'll have to talk politics then."

Take a minute, tell me what you think.