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Monday, February 20, 2006

Netflix as a substitute for TV watching

If it's true, as Nielson Media reports, that Americans watch an average of 4.5 hours of television per day, then my Netflix habit is within normal parameters.

I do not watch cable, DVR, satellite, or broadcast television. I use my television to watch nothing but movies on VHS or DVD.

Since January 1, 2006, I have watched 77 movies from all sources, including 24 from Netflix and 13 in theatres. Today is the 51st day of the year. If each film averaged 1.5-2.0 hours in length, then I watched an average of 2.5-3.0 hours of movies per day. So I spent less time on Netflix rentals than the average person spent in front of regular TV.

Inspired by My Netflix Journal-February 19, 2006


  • At 2/20/2006 2:31 PM, Blogger matthom said…

    I agree. TV sucks. Netflix rocks. I can watch all my TV shows at my own leisure, without commercials. Even things like Tivo are pointless to me. I love being able to "rate" what I see - it sort of keeps a little "log" of everything I've ever watched.

  • At 2/20/2006 2:52 PM, Blogger incendiarymind said…

    I can't believe you have the amount of mental energy to average over a movie a night. I come home from work, watch one movie, and get really tired. 77 movies is really impressive. I've watched 37 this year and that felt like a lot.

  • At 2/20/2006 3:50 PM, Blogger TiaraGurl said…

    I would argue that there is almost zero incentive to watch live tv these days-something like 70% of ALL Tv SHows that ever existed are on DVD (which seems plausible since TV is a "younger" medium than film)

    Sure I heard a few spoliers about Lost Season one (the numbers!!! The hatch!!!!) but it really did not diminish my enjoyment of watching the story unfold. I get a really satisfying feeling from watching an entire season of TV in just a few days.

  • At 2/20/2006 4:40 PM, Blogger Becky said…

    I'm looking forward to catching Lost on DVD, once I finish with my movie list.

    Sometimes I have to hit pause and catch a little shut-eye before I can finish the movie :).

  • At 2/20/2006 5:42 PM, Blogger Jester's Tear said…

    Saw Incendiarymind talking about this post in his LJ, figured I'd stop in and say I'm on a similar movie bend. I'm mixing in TV on DVD with movies, so I'm not at 77 movies watched, but I'm running an average of about 3 hours of new material a day. You can check out my progress at my journal:

  • At 2/20/2006 6:40 PM, Blogger Chris Coyier said…

    You aren't going to be disappointed watching LOST on DVD, that's for sure. I knocked off season one in two days about six months ago, and it was one of the finer two-day stretchs in my life.

    People complain that it moves slowly and secrets aren't revealed quickly enough. Not so when you watch 10 episodes in a row =)

  • At 2/20/2006 11:23 PM, Blogger Becky said…

    You should see with whom I am competing. Next to some of these guys, I look pretty lame.

  • At 2/21/2006 1:40 AM, Blogger incendiarymind said…

    Is it too late to sign up for the list for this year? I probably won't get many more than 200 but I love the lists as well. Can't believe I've never seen that site.

  • At 2/21/2006 11:03 AM, Blogger Becky said…

    You are welcome to join Listology at any time. It's free. All you need to do is create a user name and password. Once you have signed up, create a numbered list of movies you've seen so far this year which meet the criteria. Then post a comment on the scoreboard discussion with a link to your list, and you'll be included in the scoreboard when it's updated.


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