Family TV used to be finding a movie we all wanted to watch and arranging everyone’s schedule around it. Blockbuster movie coming up on TV? It may be two years since it was released in the cinema, but hey, it’s finally on TV, Saturday night at 8 pm, so that is when we will watch it. Who cares if the kids fall asleep and never see the end.
Now we have Netflix, and we can watch as individuals or as a family at a time, and in a place that makes sense for us. If the little ones are worn out running around like mad things all day, I let them recuperate and sneak in some learning with The Peabody and Sherman Show on the TV while I make dinner. If the teens are feeling teenagerish and want to hand out in their room, it’s Netflix all the way on a laptop or streamed through the X-Box onto the TV.
One of the boys favorite features is being able to download and watch select content through the Netflix app. James is especially fond of this as he has a long transit journey every week to watch his favorite soccer team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, play.
Out of curiosity, I kept track of our families viewing and here are the averages for the who, what, when, and where of our viewing habits. I was unsurprised by the fact that our teenage and young adult sons were the biggest viewers in the house as they often stay up and watch Netflix in bed, whereas my husband & I do not have a TV in the bedroom and we only view on the tablet in bed on occasion.
I wasn’t surprised either to discover Netflix original programming formed the bulk of our viewing. With more and more original programming being added all of the time we rarely watch anything but – except for documentaries. There are so many fabulous PBS/NOVA shows on Netflix that are perfect for our homeschooled kids that this is the only area where it is nearly 50/50 between original and non-original programming.