If you hate streaming video as much as I do–and, more importantly, if you want to support the artists–I encourage you to buy the complete saga (parts 2 and 3 coming later this week) for a measly $4 from iTunes.
In related news, I also ponied up for a Daily Show multi-pass today–16 new episodes for $10, no commercials, auto-downloaded, and the writers get paid. Me likey. We haven’t been watching for the past few months, but has John Stewart gone a lot more gray recently, or is it just me?
So far, our TV-over-Internet experience has been pretty good. We finished watching the most recent seasons of Reaper and House, and we’ve got My Name is Earl cued up. We don’t really have a lot of free time while we’re traveling, but after we settle down in Portland I’ll probably shell out for Burn Notice and The Middleman (recommended by my friend Raj).
I haven’t done the math yet, but I suspect paying for individual shows will also be more economical than cable or satellite. We were paying almost $80 a month with DirecTV, including HBO and TiVo fees, and even if iTunes or Unbox season passes are $40 a pop, we wouldn’t have time to watch 24 shows a year–even if we could find that many programs we liked.
It’s a little annoying that we can’t download Medium and probably won’t be able to get True Blood in a timely manner*, but we can always wait for DVD. Or make some new friends in Portland.
* Get with the program already, HBO!