I'm the first guy to admit that I love watching TV. I don't go to movies much and my concert-going has been severely curtailed since the oldest came home from the hospital and has required pretty consistent attention ever since.
But one type of entertainment I can enjoy is TV. The big old flat-screen (I'm still rocking the 50-inch plasma I bought for four figures before kids arrived), DirecTV in HD and a massive DVR are what sooth me after the kids are all tucked in.
I probably watch a few hours a night, a mix of my favorite shows, sports and the very few shows my wife and I both enjoy. Then, if I'm not dead-ass tired, I might watch something streamed to my iPad via HBO Go or the DirecTV app.
Lately I can't seem to escape the talk of "binge watching." With the advent of entire seasons hitting services like Netflix all at once this seems to be a thing now. I've been able to avoid the conversations of binge watching because I haven't actually ever had the need to ingest television in that manner. Sure, sometimes I watch more than one episode I have taped in a row. Like two. And I certainly "catch up" on many shows on certain nights.
But why binge watch as a routine thing?
Now with Daredevil coming to Netflix – it looks awesome – I'm confronted with a real reason to try this binge watching.
But when am I going to do that?
Sure the kids are mostly asleep by 8 p.m. but that means I have to dedicate three to four hours a night for three nights to watch a twelve episode series. That doesn't take into account sports that you have no choice but to watch live and the fact that my wife ain't going to put up with watching a blind guy in tights doing martial arts on rooftops…and reading that back to myself I guess you can't really blame her.
And my wake-up call doesn't really work well with post-11 p.m. bedtimes. Don't get me wrong, I stay up that late sometimes but it isn't something that works well with getting the kids breakfast ready first thing in the morning. "Sorry honey, Daddy is groggy because he really had to watch all the way to episode five last night."
After writing this whole thing I do remember a time when TV came out on DVD and I would watch a disc or about four episodes of something like Buffy The Vampire Slayer or X-Files. But that was when I was in college and when I was single.
So I'm going to try and watch the whole Daredevil series in relative short order over the next few weeks but I just don't see a reason to binge on it.
Note: Neither Netflix nor DirecTV has given any kind of promotional consideration for this post. And considering my satellite bill I could use some.