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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

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None - pure abstinence.
  4807 votes / 35%
Less than 5 hours
  3270 votes / 24%
5-9 hours
  2289 votes / 17%
10-19 hours
  1502 votes / 11%
20-39 hours
  534 votes / 3%
40 or more hours
  153 votes / 1%
I never turn it off
  221 votes / 1%
Oh, you mean of *my* time?
  654 votes / 4%
13430 total votes.
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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's in SI, so seconds, right?

    • by Zocalo (252965)
      Dunno. This is Slashdot where the use of unusual units is common. I picked a random unit from the obligatory XKCD [xkcd.com] and voted based on that. People apparently care more about Netflix that abandoned dogs... :'(
      • by mjwx (966435)

        Dunno. This is Slashdot where the use of unusual units is common. I picked a random unit from the obligatory XKCD [xkcd.com] and voted based on that.

        It may be that cars are different in the US, but isn't Randal's turn signal blinking a little slow. If he's got an old car, he might want to check the bulbs are all working correctly.

        I'm not sure, when I drove in the US I only saw about 2 others use their turn signals at all.

        • Dunno. This is Slashdot where the use of unusual units is common. I picked a random unit from the obligatory XKCD [xkcd.com] and voted based on that.

          It may be that cars are different in the US, but isn't Randal's turn signal blinking a little slow. If he's got an old car, he might want to check the bulbs are all working correctly.

          In most older cars, the turn signal relays are designed in such a way that if a light goes out, the remaining lights actually blink faster, not slower.

          At least, that's been my experience, though I admit that my knowledge to this end is pretty much exclusive to American cars.

          • by mjwx (966435)

            Dunno. This is Slashdot where the use of unusual units is common. I picked a random unit from the obligatory XKCD [xkcd.com] and voted based on that.

            It may be that cars are different in the US, but isn't Randal's turn signal blinking a little slow. If he's got an old car, he might want to check the bulbs are all working correctly.

            In most older cars, the turn signal relays are designed in such a way that if a light goes out, the remaining lights actually blink faster, not slower.

            At least, that's been my experience, though I admit that my knowledge to this end is pretty much exclusive to American cars.

            Conversely, if there's another power draw, they'll blink slower. Which why I said working correctly, not blown.

            But I suspect its just a design flaw on his car as Japanese and European cars changed the design of the circuits changed decades ago to alleviate this.

            • Regardless, my curiosity has been piqued as to just what kind of car the author of XKCD drives...

        • He might want to check his heart. It only flashed once. So did all the others. A better title for that comic might be "period".

    • by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot

      Hours!

      Mea culpa -- edited to fix ;)

      Tim

  • None so far (Score:5, Funny)

    by slinches (1540051) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @06:27PM (#46413451)

    I don't think any time has been sucked into Netflix thus far. They do have a lot of hard drives, but they're spread out far enough that the density is nowhere near enough to form a black hole.

  • by Adrian Harvey (6578) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @06:34PM (#46413535)

    I'm not sure it counts as abstaining when there isn't an similar service available to me...

    • by amiga3D (567632)

      I've got more stuff to watch on my DVR than I have time for now. I have to actually make time to watch Game of Thrones.

      • by metlin (258108)

        No cable, so my TV is used for playing video games and watching Netflix/Amazon videos.

        So, it comes to less than 5 hours a week -- usually, I watch an occasional movie or an episode or two of some of my favorite shows.

        With a full time job that entails travel, wife and a newborn baby, and school part-time, I am lucky if I get more than a couple of hours a week of "down time".

    • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @11:30PM (#46415739)

      I'm not sure it counts as abstaining when there isn't an similar service available to me...

      Coincidentally, the average Slashdotter could say the same thing with regard to sex.

  • Like watching DVDs I own or renting DVDs or something more like watching Hulu maybe.

    Nope. Don't watch Netflix or Hulu or any on line streaming video other than the occasional music video or guitar instruction video.

    My time is spent working on computer projects, learning/playing guitar, and reading books with occasional DVD watching.

    [John]

  • missing option (Score:4, Insightful)

    by alta (1263) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @06:50PM (#46413671) Homepage Journal

    None - Not interested. Abstinence implies that I'm fighting off the urge to view. We have cable at home for the wife and kids.

    • I got sucked into a lot of urgent network administration for the ex-wives and the kid, so I guess w/travel time I lost quite a few hours.

    • by gmuslera (3436)
      It goes to similar then. Your cable company is streaming movies to you.
      • by alta (1263)

        You said "YOU" that's my point. I personall lose no time staring at the glowing "TV" box. They do. Now the glowing "Monitor" box is a different story.

  • by antdude (79039) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @06:51PM (#46413681) Homepage Journal

    Like YouTube, Hulu, etc.?

    If so, then yes a lot and daily. Who needs a TV unless you use it to watch there? ;)

    • by globaljustin (574257) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <labolgnitsuj>> on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @10:43PM (#46415473) Homepage Journal

      Does free video servers count?

      heh...it should...*all video* should count in these surveys...if people answered honestly the average time per week would be around 30 hours.

      people dont want to be thought of as the "type who watches alot of TV"

      i have had good friends claim they "never watch TV" or "don't even own a TV" but bing-watch season after season of shows on Netflix, Project Free TV, youtube, hulu.com, etc etc

      apparently, to some people it doesn't count as "Watching TV" unless its delivered via Coax Cable or OTA Antenna...

      • by msobkow (48369)

        I download about 30 hours a week, but I don't actually watch any of it. I just archive it in case I'm ever bored so I have something to watch should I ever actually want to numb my brain.

        And most of what I actually do watch isn't new material, but stuff that's been off the air for a few years -- like Red Dwarf.

        • how much would you say you actually watch, averaged out?

          for me it depends on which shows are in new episodes. i'm mostly 'caught up' to where all i am interested these days is new stuff

          right now, we have daily show, colbert, workaholics, girls, broad city, new girl, parks & recreation, AND community all in new episodes so...that's 7 hours for me

          plus i watch rachel maddow usually every weeknight so that's 8 total

          8 plus random stuff i might watch...

          so right now I'm probably in the 10-15 hr per week if i'm

      • I do want to make that distinction for sure. I do watch a lot of movies and series but I don't do it on TV.

        So don't think of me as the "guy who watches a lot of TV" but the "guy who plays games a lot and watches stuff on netflix more than the average TV user". ;)

        So your friends are right.

        • dude, you watch an *average amount of TV*

          just own it

          stop lying to yourself & others about who you are...i think its time to come out of the entertainment closet.

          your friends/loved ones already know about your habits...all you're doing is holding yourself back from what you enjoy & being a wimpy bitch

          why be ashamed & hide who you are???

          • Nah I consume movies and tv shows but I can't in any way call it watching TV.
            I don't pretend what I do is any better, just that there is a difference.

            Reason I care to call them different is because I don't pay to get all programs I don't care about on TV but pay for the movies and shows I do want to watch.

  • by haydensdaddy (1719524) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @07:04PM (#46413837)
    ...and lunchtime doubly so...
  • by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @07:24PM (#46413995) Homepage Journal

    And when I feel like watching I pop one in and watch as much as I feel like, turn it off and finish (or not) later. Currently watching some Three Stooges single-reelers after Amazon dropped the price of the entire collection to $30. Quite amazed how good the production quality of these series was.

    I may go months between watching DVDs and then go through several in a short time span. Paying for a service I wouldn't use often doesn't seem to be a good move. Besides, having my own discs means I can decide I want to watch something right now and there it is. It's an adequate solution to a non-existent problem.

    • Now you made it so I need to make another purchase. Another series I got a while back was the old black and white Addams Family, which has aged fairly well even if it isn't as dark as the comics, or movies, it is still good.
  • I spend at least 5 or 6 Time per week on these types of services.

    Usually a whole time per day.

  • by ctrl-alt-canc (977108) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @07:49PM (#46414195)
    You, insensitive clod!
    • by asmkm22 (1902712)

      I'm really getting tired of this phrase.

  • by Scowler (667000) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @09:25PM (#46414923)
    Great combination if you have an interest in anime. Both services are robust, high quality, no ads, great content selection, and all for very reasonable monthly sub prices. (Crunchyroll does not carry dubs, FYI)
    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Yeah... yet another useless, ameri-centri service. Just like that much-hyped and even more useless Netflix.

      Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region.

      Why Netflix more useless? Well because at least thanks to Crunchyroll we got HorribleSubs. And over the past few years, CrunchyRoll's subs actually have reached the "good enough" level.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So, sometimes I babysit a sweet 4-year-old girl. Remembering being young, and bored as hell in a car, I have a tendency to give her my cell when going from place to place as there's only so much value to staring outside at the same thing over and over again. My cell is outfitted with apps and some media for her age. Apps like Endless Alphabet, Monkey Lunchbox, The Math Tree and so on alongside Pixar and older Disney shorts.

    Thing is, my phone also has Netflix and Netflix is set to allow cell data use...

    So I

    • by Whorhay (1319089)

      Haha, my suggestions list always goes something like:
      Action Adventure movie, My Little Ponies, Horror movie, Super Why, Adult Comedy movie, Thomas the Train and on and on and on.

      • by psyclone (187154)
        That's why you setup "profiles" -- they're like the old sub-accounts (that had separate queues!), so you choose a profile when watching. You can "maturity-limit" profiles.
        • by CastrTroy (595695)
          Yeah, I set up profiles as soon as they added the feature. I'm still getting recommendations for Bubble Guppies and Team UmiZoomi even after months of not watching any kids shows.
        • by Whorhay (1319089)

          The profiles are a fairly recent feature and while we took advantage of it as soon as it was added my profile still influenced by the time preceding profiles. Additionally the application for the device we use didn't have a search feature enabled when using the childrens profile so for a long while my profile still got used for the kids.

  • I recently broke my leg so I can't go to work. This leaves me with a lot of free time so I watch a lot of Netflix at the moment.
    Boy am I glad that I didn't break my leg last year. Netflix isn't here that long. Finally I have time to watch some shows that I just didn't get to previously.
  • So at first I thought, nah, not that much. But then I really thought about it. It adds up quick.

    If every night during the week I watch 1 1-hour show with my wife before we go to sleep. Then a movie on each day Sat and Sun, that's already like 10 hours! I didn't realize I was spending so much time watching TV (or at least the modern equivalent of TV). I could easily see someone who is NOT a TV-a-holic put in 20 hours. All you have to do is watch a movie a day, maybe two on weekends, and you're already up there.

    That being said, its not like I sit and stare at the screen blankly. Usually my wife and I will converse about whatever it is we're watching, and frequently the weekend shows get interrupted with kids, games, phone calls, reading a magazine, or heck sometimes even sex.

    But yeah, I was a little shocked and disappointed in myself when I realized the hour count was so high, because I'll bet its even higher for my kids. I'll have to look into that.

    • by asmkm22 (1902712)

      I wonder what my "average" would be. I generally binge on a TV show, where I do something like 4 to 6 hours a day for a week or two, then I don't watch anything for a month. And before anyone decides to create an actual average based on those numbers, keep in mind I pulled them straight out of my ass.

  • Since I missed the original run when they had Babylon 5 streaming I watched 3-5 episodes a day. It was pretty neat to see the entire arc in a matter of a few weeks and how the characters evolved. Same with Red Dwarf. Now I'm just finishing up X-files But other than that there isn't much there that interests me... wish they would do the entire Dr. Who series, or at the entire set of Tom Baker episodes. But in between interesting series my usage drops pretty low and I spend more time streaming Linux Action Sh
    • by TWX (665546) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @10:17AM (#46418439)
      They can't do all of Doctor Who, the BBC literally doesn't have all of it anymore due to a series of purges of their collection of old content in the seventies.

      If you're into British TV and are willing to try sitcom-type dramas, look at As Time Goes By. Judi Dench is at the top of her game and it's very amusing, and not nearly so implausible as storylines go as many other sitcoms. I also recommend the Granada Television version of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, the vast majority of the episodes are quite good. We've also found a liking for New Tricks, Inspector Morse, and Inspector Lewis.
      • by CQDX (2720013)
        Oh yes that version of Sherlock Holmes is very good. I've watched many episodes but haven't finished it yet. It actually motivated me to read the original stories and I took a detour off of television for awhile. And there's Cadfael, another good series (I actually picked that one up when I first saw Sir Derek Jacobi as The Master on Dr. Who). I also watched all the Black Adder episodes too. But I was hoping for more British SciFi, or at least some Dr. Who with Daleks. There are some older pre Eccleston e
        • I also watched all the Black Adder episodes too.

          Not sure if you saw, but they added the Black Adder Christmas Special a month or two ago; not as funny as the series, but still worth a watch.

      • by jedidiah (1196)

        > They can't do all of Doctor Who, the BBC literally doesn't have all of it anymore due to a series of purges of their collection of old content in the seventies.

        They can do everything from Pertwee forward. These were all shown on PBS stations in the 80s and 90s. Anyone that wanted too could have taped them all (I did).

        It's only the first two doctors where lost episodes are a problem.

        The selection of Classic Who on Netflix is pretty worthless.

  • So I put "netflix" in Google, get the first link which seems to be related to a company calling themselves Netflix, and then I realise how unimportant they really are.

    Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet.

    Enter your email & we'll let you know when Netflix is available.

    No thanks, enough spam already.

    • So I put "netflix" in Google, get the first link which seems to be related to a company calling themselves Netflix, and then I realise how unimportant they really are.

      Has it occurred to you that it's not netflix that's unimportant, but your country?

      • by wvmarle (1070040)

        It seems that for Netflix, most of the world [thebestofnetflix.com] is unimportant. Population-wise they cover only a small fraction. And as long as most of the world is unimportant to them, they're unimportant to most of the world.

        But then, to me, the part of the world where they have their stronghold is pretty unimportant anyway.

        • Netflix isn't interested in people, they're interested in money. The USA is larger in terms of economy than it is in terms of population.

          People make it sound like their decision to target the American market is totally arbitrary. That's being willfully ignorant.

          Cue the accusations of American exceptionalism.
        • by CastrTroy (595695)
          But they seem to have a pretty good amount of the land are covered. Looking at that map, it's pretty interesting that most of Europe doesn't have access. I would think that Germany and France would be quite profitable markets. Also, can't figure out Australia. They speak English there, so much of the content from the US version would be easily transferable. I hear they have slow internet, but is it only bad downloading from offshore? because they could set up a datacenter there to fix that problem.
          • by idontgno (624372)

            I'm guessing it's differences in copyright regimes. At the very least, negotiating streaming rights with major rights-holders in one country must be exhausing and traumatizing. Having done that for one major country (your own home country and primary market), I could understand being hesitant about doing the whole damn thing over and over again in one tiny* country after another, in the face of borderline-chauvinistic media-corporation protectionism (not to mention "cultural protectionism"... I'm looking at

  • by TWX (665546) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @10:11AM (#46418371)
    You can have my Laserdiscs when you pry them from my cold, dead hands!

    Seriously, we collect media and have for a very, very long time. We have about 800 titles on VHS, close to 550 on Laserdisc, several hundred DVD, and probably 80 Blu-Ray. We also have a smattering of S-VHS stuff that I recorded from broadcast that we occasionally watch. We're somewhere over 1500 titles once redundancies across formats are eliminated from consideration.

    As much as I wish that I could simply subscribe to a service to get all of the content that I want, there are too many conditional things going on, like a content provider having content seasonally blocked (recent issues with Grinch come to mind) and having titles withdrawn after awhile. Sorry, I want to be able to watch what I want to watch, when I want to watch it, with no revocation or special conditions upon my watching. Similar reasons are why I'm hesitant to hostile to medialess books and music. I don't want my music collection to go away simply on account of a hard disk drive failure (a'la iTunes) or for my books to go away because the reader croaked, and I don't want a company being able to censor me (like the irony in the withdrawal of 1984 from readers) because of some company-to-company dispute.
    • Re:Online?! (Score:4, Funny)

      by NoImNotNineVolt (832851) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @02:32PM (#46421177) Homepage
      Sir, you are a model citizen. Keep up the good work.

      Love,
      The MPAA
      • Sir, you are a model citizen. Keep up the good work. Love, The MPAA

        Not at all. Remember, in addition to buying all that media, he explicitly said this:

        We also have a smattering of S-VHS stuff that I recorded from broadcast that we occasionally watch.

        Sony v. Universal pretty clearly indicated that building a library of tapes recorded off the air (as opposed to purely time-shifting) was not a fair use. So it's probably more like, "Sir, you are a model customer. Keep up the good work. Also, you will be hearing from our lawyers shortly. Love, the MPAA."

        After all, there's hardly anyone the content industries love to sue more than their customers!

  • Was zero - but then the kid got a Wii, we piped Amazon Prime through it, and I discovered "Fringe." Since I am part-way through season 4 my viewing time will drop to next to nothing in the not too distant future...on this timeline anyway.
  • The rest of my family? Well, I'm pretty sure we're responsible for about 40% of global bandwidth usage during prime time.

  • Netflix is one of the primary sponsors of Encrypted Media Extensions, [w3.org] also known as DRM for the Web. [fsf.org]

    Therefore, I consider Netflix an enemy of the Internet. Since they do nothing other than distribute DRM media, it's easy to boycott the company.

  • TPB and EZTV: about 10 hours/wk
    PBS shows online: about 2 hours/wk
    Other streaming: Zero
    No cable
    1/2 hour a day of "over the air" television (Jeopardy)

    Total Cost for Media / Month: $0.00

  • Not the crap they have now.. Much like 'regular' tv, there is nothing worth watching.

  • by Roogna (9643)

    I mean, I watch Netflix fairly regularly during the week, but at least for everyone in our household, turning on Netflix rarely means stopping doing everything else. So does it classify as being sucked in?

  • Now there is a new born in the house, this creates hours in the evening where all you do is hold the baby and watch Netflix.
  • I watch 3-4x as much TV since I got a DVR and could actually watch things on my schedule intead of theirs. Online video in various forms just ads to it. For once, I'm really glad of Sturgeon's Revelation - even 10% is too much!

  • I will watch turn right machine works, or ox tool co, or eev blog a few times a week to see tricks of the trade, otherwise nah

  • I had the nielsen ratings person come to my house, he asked if I have a TV I said yes (I have a PC connected to a 20" and a "TV" (720p 32") sitting about 3 feet away). I told him I watch Hulu, play video games the like on my "TV" and that is all. After about 20 minutes on the phone he tells me that it does not count as a TV and thank you for my time.
  • I'm not really sure since I've never used Netflix and am not up to speed. I watch TV 1-2 hours a day. I've downloaded series I like to watch. I record programs for later viewing.
    Does that count as similar?
  • Roughly 5 hours. Between Job (part-time webdev), Coding/Fiddling with FOSS on my own time, Eveningschool (A-Level GED), Sewing (currently mending/pimping pants and sewing a pouch for my MacBook Air) and Tango Dancing there's not much time. I like to wind down during the weekdays with a movie though, even if it's late. Just watched Limitless (great one) and Contagion (dito) last week.

    Last Weekend without planning to, I wound up dancing on friday, saturday and sunday. ... It get's quite adictive, especially w

  • by blixel (158224)

    Most of the time I feel like my Netflix subscription is a waste of money, even at the lowest $ amount. I often go a month or more without using it. But every other month or so, I'll go on a Netflix binge and watch an entire TV series all at once.

  • On the 'plus' side, my family hasn't had "TV" for 5 years, so Netflix/Hulu/etc., are our "TV". If's amazing how much bandwidth you can get on the same budget if you don't waste money on cable TV or land lines! :-)

  • I remember saying that paying for cable TV would end up pushing paid television with commercials as the only TV available. Now people are popularizing DRM loving privacy pillaging commercial filled paid online versions of the same poor quality entertainment.

  • We usually don't watch a series until it's complete (The Tudors), or if we decide we want to start watching a series that's currently playing (e.x. Breaking Bad & Walking Dead), and we need to catch up. Then we can binge watch it for several hours a night for about a week straight. Other times, we won't watch it for weeks at a time.
  • I don't subscribe to Netflix

    Does Amazon Prime count as 'similar' enough. I have that for the 2 day shipping, but haven't used the video part of it much.

    But "The After" was a pretty good pilot - I wonder if they are going to continue it.

  • The histogram looked so much like an exponential that I plotted the duration midpoints and votes.
    hours votes
    0.0000 4420.0
    2.5000 3066.0
    7.0000 2114.0
    14.500 1388.0
    29.500 488.00
    45.000 141.00

    fit: votes= 3935*exp(-0.0732*hours) R^2=0.976

  • I don't watch TV, there's too much violence.

    I was just reading Dickens.

  • I currently view no broadcast, cable, or satellite. I used to time-shift to be able to view what little there was worth watching on cable and broadcast at a time convenient to me, not them. When my VCR finally died, I decided they simply wasn't worth my time and trouble anymore to set up something else.
    I need network anyway and a $7.99/mo Netflix account supplemented by YouTube and whatever works just fine.

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