During Covid I’ve somehow convinced myself that I need more things to do – and specifically – more things to watch. As a result I currently have access to:
- Fetch TV
- Amazon Prime
- VPN with BBC Iplayer / Sky TV / UKTVPlay etc
- Foxtel Go
- Optus Sport
- Ultimate Xbox Pass
I cancelled my Kayo subscription until sport comes back. I don’t like to overdo things.
I reason that I’m saving $80 per week on fuel and I’m not going out socially so it’s fair to throw that money at different forms of entertainment. However in reality so far I have watched:
- 2.5 John Wick movies
- A small number of kids Disney movies
- The Mighty Ducks trilogy (seen them before)
- Half of Bumblebee (seen it before)
- 1.5 Transformers movies (owned on Blu-ray)
- 57 half episodes of old Top Gear
- 3 episodes of Sunderland ‘Til I Die
- Bits and pieces of BBC stuff when the internet is fast enough to use the VPN
I have also completed at least one daily on Red Dead Redemption 2 for the last 35 or so days straight and completed 4 races in career mode on Project Cars 2 (and one practice session.)
Worst still is the vast array of ways of watching this stuff:
- NUC (HTPC)
- Xbox One X
- Direct TV apps
Which then leads to a way of trying to simplify the set up. So far I’ve got a universal remote (not programmed correctly) and a wireless keyboard / mouse combo (bit fiddly) and so the quest to make everything talk and everything controllable from one source is ongoing. At the moment is seems as though a new AVR would be the way to go however $591 of new tyres this week has put that on the back burner.
It seems to me that, these days, the choice for digital entertainment is overwhelming and instead of more means more, it’s turning out that more means less and instead of engaging in entertainment, I spend time pro-actively avoiding making decisions about what (not) to watch.