No ads, no deadline... this is the future of TV, and I love it
I have almost completely stopped watching television. On the other hand, I might be watching more television programmes than ever before.
That is because, after years of nagging from my teenagers, I have discovered streaming. Both of them obviously discovered this years ago. That is why they now watch television in their rooms but never on televisions. The last time I watched anything with either of my children was when Pat Phelan was still in Coronation Street. The Boy has the Martin family addiction to The Street and together we lapped up the demise of the long-running soap’s best-ever baddie. Since then, I have been having a Corrie sabbatical. I have one every few years, and they have often lasted years. But eventually I drop back into the Rovers to discover nothing much has changed.
I’m a little worried that this time I might never go back. And that’s because of streaming. Now that I am a subscriber my viewing habits have completely changed.
I didn’t realise quite how much until I re-engaged with “normal” TV this week as a result of the return of I’m A Celebrity, Get me Out of Here (another guilty pleasure). Suddenly I have a hard
In some ways I sort of miss them. TV adverts made up a large part of the soundtrack of my younger years, and I can still sing many of them start to finish. I bet a lot of you can too. Surely everyone knows “For mash get Smash”, “I’m a secret lemonade drinker” and of course “What has a hazelnut in every bite?”. There cannot be a soul who does not know that “only the crumbliest flakiest chocolate tastes like chocolate never tasted before,” and that it was “all because the lady loves” and exactly what was “the secret of the black magic box”.
Who doesn’t remember Joan Collins and Leonard Rossiter with their sparkling drink, the after shave for “the man who doesn’t have to try too hard”, The Milky Bar kid, or that a finger of Fudge was just enough to give your kids a treat (I actually always found these far too small and not nearly enough).
Anyway, no telly ads for me these days, just high-quality thrillers en block whenever I want. What’s not to like?
I sort of miss the days when all of us used to sit round and watch a film – but we have the cinema for that – and I reckon I may never have to watch another musical in my life!
Mrs Martin is away for a few days next week. I don’t like it when she’s away, but now I have streaming I have identified opportunity.
A whole new series of Narcos is available and I reckon I can knock the whole lot off in a couple of nights. I can’t wait!!
I don’t have to sit through the opening titles or the credits, let alone an advert