There’s really no wrong way to watch television. But there are plenty of tips to make you master of your digital domain!
Brian Jaquet is professional TV watcher and communications director of Slingbox — a company that changed the face of television by allowing users to view programs from their home TV or DVR from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
He’s spent way too much time in front of the screen and has now come up with five simple ways we all can make the most of our viewing experience.
1. PRIORITIZE ‘WATER COOLER ‘ SHOWS
(GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL)
These are the shows that are most fun when you discuss them with others. (Can you believe what Don Draper did? Can Olivia Pope get herself out of this mess?) Try to watch these shows live or as soon as possible.
“The changing face of TV has been led by the instant gratification of social media,” Brian notes. “Social media had considerably influenced the way we are consuming content, so it is important to figure out which ones you have to watch live in real time and which ones you can watch at a later date.”
2. GET ‘REAL’ ON A SECOND SCREEN
(REAL HOUSEWIVES, TEEN MOM, THE BACHELOR)
To engage in a social conversation around your favorite reality shows — or simply to make fun of the latest episode of DUCK DYNASTY — Brian suggests you keep your computer, tablet, or smartphone handy for real-time Twitter and Facebook updates.
“More and more people are sitting in front of their big screen with their tablet or their smartphone in their hands,” he notes. “They are utilizing those devices to comment or to follow along and see what other people are saying about the shows they are watching.”
3. TRY NEW SHOWS IN NEW PLACES
(SILICON VALLEY, VEEP, TOP CHEF)
If your spouse or kids have taken over the living room, try a place-shifting tool like Slingbox to check out new shows in the kitchen, while you prepare dinner. (It also works in the bathroom!)
“The idea here is the mobility,” Brian says. “Look for a new nook in your home to watch your favorite show on a tablet or smart phone.”
4. QUEUE SELF-CONTAINED EPISODES
(FLIP OR FLOP, MORGAN SPURLOCK INSIDE MAN, HOUSE HUNTERS)
Save self-contained shows (ones with episodes that you don’t need to watch in sequence) for viewing during spare moments or as on-demand stress relief.
“Those become the back catalog, the Anthony Bourdain type shows,” he says. “The ones that don’t go week to week.”
5. WATCH SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING ON THE GO
(SUPER BOWL, OSCARS, WORLD SERIES)
If you are out on the town during a major sporting event or awards show, use a Slingbox to control and view from your home TV or DVR.
“These are events where you are either going to watch live or not at all,” Brian believes. “Big events like the Oscars or the Grammys. Something crazy might happen, and if it does, you are going to go to YouTube the next day to see it. You are not necessarily going to go to your DVR and watch the whole show again. Why not watch it live on a mobile device?”
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