TV On Your PC
I'm not proud of that. But after a day or so of feeling guilty, I realized something: I was stuck at home with a cold, I was tired, and if I wasn't watching TV shows online I'd be reading one random blog or another. So bring on the tired old sitcoms and derivative dramas!
True, my brain feels a little mushy after this overdose of TV. I also now believe that all of the good-looking, photogenic twentysomethings in America are confined to New York, L.A., Chicago, Miami and San Francisco. But those are small sacrifices to make for the cause of research.
Astute readers may recall the column I wrote in May of 2006, in which I applauded ABC's then-pioneering venture into free Web streaming of TV shows. Back then, I wasn't sure if anybody would follow that example. Today, I'm delighted to see that all the networks--save, oddly enough, PBS--have put the bulk of their programming on the Web.
You can pick my brain about this topic at today's Web chat, starting at 2 p.m. today.
Before then, let's talk about the question that Web availability of TV show raises: What kind of programming is good enough to watch only on TV? (It's the video equivalent of pondering whether a new album is worth getting on CD or just as a download... or, two decades ago, on CD versus on tape.)
Live sports events are the obvious answer there, not least since you generally can't watch a game for free online. But what other shows would you decline to watch online in favor of viewing them on a nice big screen in the living room?
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