I found this online today:
According to the Calgary Herald:
"For the first time ever, Canadians are spending more time online than they are watching television, according to a new report."
I dunno, but maybe it's something for people to be thinking about -- especially in the light of the recent CRTC semi-decision.
Something to mull.
I know that, personally, unless it's PVR'd I don't watch TV anymore.
I mean that as in sitting on the couch, remote in hand, aimlessly flicking through my 900+ channels.
That just doesn't happen.
1 - My PVR is always full
2 - Finding anything that I actually want to watch on either the Rogers guide, Rogers On Demand or the Rogers Search (yes, it's got a -- very, very broken -- Search feature) is an utter chore.
3 - I'm on the web 6+ hours a day anyway. Why leave my computer to sit in front of a TV? My computer chair is comfy, my monitor's as good as my TV at comparable distance, and I can multitask if I choose to.
Now, yes, this is a heartbreaking personal revelation for someone who wants to be a TV writer.
But it's something that's evolved organically.
It's not like I went 'screw TV!' and fled to the web.
No, like so many things in life, I ended up on the path of least resistance.
I found options that were easier, that suited my needs and allowed me to do whatever I wanted.
Yes, even legally.
I can go to watch.ctv.ca, load up a show, resize the window and edit documents while watching the tiny box off to my left. I can move that window, re-size it or close it at will. I can click through a library and find whatever I want to watch in 3-5 seconds, tops.
Heck, I'm even fine with the commercials.
And the thing is, that's only one site. CBC has... well, a frustrating setup but if you bookmark things it's easy to get back to some of their better stuff.
Global's got a site too.
Add in TED.com, Youtube and a few others and, well, that's time folks.
Simply put: The simple convenience of sitting down on the couch and flipping through channels really isn't all that convenient anymore.
Or, well, less convenient than the next best options (PVR & Web).
That said, you want to know the times I'm most likely to watch TV? It's when I'm relaxing with my wife.
Sometimes we'll chill on the couch, flick through what's on the PVR and be not in the mood for any of it.
Then, in that brief span of time, that's when you can grab me.
That's when we'll trek through the 'Guide' or the (slow as all hell) 'Rogers on Demand'.
Usually we give up and watch a DVD... 'cause, heck, loading a DVD tray is easier than finding something interesting on that hot mess.
What a shame.
Yes, the problem at hand is absolutely freaking complex.
Making TV for the web seems like a money pit at this point (unless you're Joss Whedon or Will Farrell) and making TV in Canada... well, the broadcasters who do it still think it's a lodestone around their neck.
So... I'm not sure what the answers are just yet.
But when I figure it out, I'll meet you at the bank.