How the Internet Drastically Changed the Way I Watch Television


In 2013, Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded 5.9 million times. Is this statistic proof that people love Game of Thrones? Or proof that people prefer getting shows online? Either way, I believe that the internet has changed the way we watch shows.

My recent favorite (read: obsession) TV series is BBC’s Sherlock. Not only because the series itself is awesome (with Bernard Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s great chemistry as Sherlock and Watson). But it’s also because of how the creators are able to integrate what happens in the series with social media.

And with this integration, I realized how much my habit of watching movies and television has changed over the years.

Honestly, I haven’t watched regular TV programming for more than five years (don’t be surprised if I don’t know much about this Vhong-got-beat-up incident or whatever scandal is on the news).

Although we have cable connection at home, I rarely watch programs from local channels.

It’s not that I discriminate local shows. It’s just that I prefer watching shows that I like on my own time.

Here’s our set up at home:

Our TV is hooked up with the PS3 and MacBook Air. It has local channels and a few foreign channels, but I never turn on the TV to watch news or watch noon time shows.

There are the only times when I turn on the TV:

  • play a game using PS3
  • watch an episode of the TV series I like
  • watch a movie (I use my MacBook Air as a player)
  • need to play a YouTube video in a big screen

Sometimes I indulge a little bit of TV when I’m sick and want to watch cartoon shows (that’s how I usually cure a cold). 🙂

Reasons why I don’t watch regular programming:

The shows that I watch can easily be available online. I can stream it on my MAC or download each episode.

I can watch it any time I want. I’m no longer restricted with the schedule imposed by the network.

More importantly, I no longer need to tolerate watching mindless and ridiculous commercials. I can watch the entire episode of The Walking Dead without any interruption (probably except going to the bathroom).

If I want subtitles, I can download it in less than ten seconds.

I can easily have access to various of foreign films and shows.

Earlier, I mentioned how some TV series are able to integrate social media and television. And by far, this is my favorite technological evolution when it comes to watching TV.

Ever since I was in high school, I’ve been a big fan of Sir Athur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. I’ve read practically all the cases. So, it was natural for me to fall in love with the TV series Sherlock.

As a fan (and as a geek), it’s a dream come true to feel like Sherlock Holmes actually exists in the real world. And this surreal feeling is accomplished through Sherlock Holme’s website and Dr. John Watson’s personal blog.

In the actual episodes, Sherlock and John mention cases that they have solved together. While these cases are not part of the plot lines, you can read more about them in Dr. Watson’s blog. There are even comments in the blog from other characters such as Mike Stamford and Molly Hooper.

I am so thankful to the geniuses who created this integration!

I am hoping that more TV series can incorporate the stories and the characters through social media. Provided, of course, that the integration is seamless and keeps hungry audience wanting more.

Did your watching habit change over the years? Or is it still the same?



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Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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  • Hi Irene,

    Very thoughtful post. Internet has changed many things, we can watch any TV shows whenever we want.
    moreover, we can do everything from internet like paying bills, shopping etc.

    thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Irene Enriquez

      Thanks, Adithya. I’m glad you think it is a very thoughtful post. I usually like to reflect on the effects of technological advances such as the internet on the way we do things.