Written by Umang Saini
MediaI had bought a TV (jointly with @singhyuvraj, @kwlvarun and @puneet3010) in 2006 for $190 to watch the World Cup. It was sold 3 years later for $100. Since then, I often get asked what do I watch? Here's the generic list -
iTunes Podcasts - ~6 hours a week
- The Economist - ~1 hour a week
- TED - 1.5 hours a week
- Brookings Video Podcast - 10 minutes a week
- SALT - 1 hour a month
- NYtimes Book Review - 30 minutes a week
- Twit / Twig - 1.5 hours a week
- 60 minutes - 30 minutes a week
- Misc - 30 minutes a week
- YouTube - ~1 hour a week (L)
- Vimeo - 0.5 hours a week
- Google News, NDTV, Misc Live streams - ~2 hours a week
- Google Reader + Twitter + Buzz - 1 hour a week
- Misc-Misc-Misc - 1 hour a week
I pledged to minimize watching mainstream movies last year, primarily because there's much better content online. However I still ended up watching ~9 movies this year. Thus main-stream movies still caught ~30 hours of my time in last 12 months.
- 40% on iPod Touch 2nd Gen
- 45% at Desktop on VLC / iTunes
- 10% on TV at my Parents / Relatives place
- 5% in Theaters
- 0% on the TV I sold in 2009
All this adds up to roughly 12 hours per week online and 2 hours mainstream (Theater / TV). This is much less than average media consumption stats which are typically around 28 hours a week on TV alone.
I do have to spend about an hour a week to organize, downlad, manage the content. However this overhead is welcome than watching the n-th rerun of Friends on n-th TV channel.
Online / On-demand media essentially frees up a lot of time to read, browse than traditional linear medium. I do miss the 9pm news and the serendipity TV offers. Some of this is replaceable by something like this, somethings are not.
What media are you watching?