Considering I was ill for quite a while now I was unable to sort out some things in the house. One of those things was buying a simple cable from the wall socket to the TV. Really simple, right? However, nearing two months later and the only thing I can use my TV for is the Xbox360.
Two months, no TV in the standard sense. To be honest I haven’t missed it in the slightest. Over the last years I have stopped watching TV a lot and only tended to watch downloaded programs or some certain programs. I guess to some extent that is the result of my 360 and spending so much time gaming instead.
So getting a TV cable was nowhere high on my list of priorities. After all, I had so many TV shows to catch up with [at the moment I'm watching Ed and I've just finished watching 24 Day 1].
Yet even with no ‘proper TV’ there were still some things I’ve missed. I’ve gladly missed out on ITV’s latest ‘I’m a celebrity.. Get me out of here’, especially considering I hardly know any of the so called celebrities. Same with all the dancing and other reality programs. At the end of the day they are all the same.
But at the same time I’ve missed pretty much all of the BBC’s own programming. Call me old fashioned, but some of their own stuff counts as the best television I have ever seen. So I came across a post on Bobby’s blog the other day in which he posted about the future of online TV. One of the things he mentions is the BBC iPlayer which allows you to legally download a majority of BBC programs of the last seven days for free. Yep, that’s right, doesn’t cost a penny. Well, apart from bandwidth that is…
Once a program is downloaded, it is accessible in the library for 30 days and once it’s been watched there are 7 more days before it expires.
Admittedly I have gone a little overboard in the last few days and downloaded a little bit more than I intended. So far I have downloaded several episodes of:
Razorlight in concert
Blue Peter from the 21.11.07
Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe [has to be one of the funniest programs on TV]
Cranford [a new BBC costume drama with Judi Dench]
Doctor Who and Doctor Who Christmas Invasion
Eastenders [yeah, I know, it's a soap...]
Film 2007 with Jonathan Ross [A brilliant man]
The Culture Show
The Sara Jane Adventures [A Doctor Who spin off]
Torchwood [Another Doctor Who spin off]
All of them are very good quality, very fast download [about 5-10 minutes for an episode of Doctor Who] and I can watch it when and where I want.
Now, do I really need to buy that cable?!