Saturday, 30 January 2016

Streaming TV, you just saved my mind

We've never had any pay-per view tv services, so either used good old Free View or DVDs. However, we found that we were spending money hand over fist on dozens of kids films only for Toy Story 2 or Frozen to ever be watched/provided background noise whilst we all kipped on the sofa. It must have been about the tenth time of playing Frozen I actually managed to see it all the way through. And, no my life does not feel complete as a result. 

When I found out we were going to have our second I was determined I would not be stuck downstairs doing the last feed whilst everyone else was asleep, to be left watching repeats of EastEnders and Corrie. Or even putting the Shopping Channel on and seeing the Insanity Workout routines and Nutribullet sales pitches (subliminally mocking the Dad Bod).

So with wanting to save space from piles of scratched DVDs, and to keep myself sane through the long winter nights of feeds, nappy changes and fixing broken toys, 'we' opted for Amazon Prime. My eldest also enjoys it as the classic infant catnip of; Pepper Pig, Fireman Sam, and The Land Before Time, (currently this months favourites). Plus there's the music streaming options, or the TV screen saver of an open fire, with sound effects for when those winter evenings really draw in (wishful thinking).

So you may be wondering where those DVDs are now? In the garage waiting to be boxed up and sent off to Music Magpie. That'll no doubt be the summers task when I can't get the BBQ out for all the junk.

My top TV shows with plenty of series and episodes to get through the tough nights are:


The Walking Dead
Ray Donovan
Suits
Black Sails
Mad Dogs
The X-Files















12 comments:

  1. Gilmore Girls got me through the first few months. Guessing that's not your thing though! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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    1. Hi Claire, thanks for commenting. I must admit I've never watch Gilmore Girls. Will take a look at IMDB. With the return of the X-Files, I think a trip down memory lane will be in order for the next few months of night feeds =:0)

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  2. Penny Dreadful has been pretty good, Game of Thrones (obviously...) and Making a Murderer have all been on my watch list recently... We did a Music Magpie cull recently and got the princely sum of £40 for a LOT of DVDs, they probably cost us about £500 in total to buy originally! The digital age eh?! I'm so old... 😭

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Life is Knutts. I must admit I need to get around to watching those. A few people in the office have been talking about them as well. There's simply not enough time in the night to watch them all =:0) I know what you mean about Magpie ours were coming in at 25p a DVD with one being worth £1.50. It was like being on the Antiques Roadshow.

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  3. X-files!! Brilliant taste! I love watching while waiting for youngest to fall asleep too. Thank goodness for fab shows! #coolmumclub

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  4. Thanks AS. It certainly helps with those long nights. But also when I get into a series it's difficult to turn it off, so I'm my own enemy sometimes.

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  5. Aargh, Music Magpie...we have the do we don't we discussion regularly...whilst our DVDs rot in the shed!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub enjoy your new TV nights!

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  6. Thanks MMT. Out of sight out of mind. By the time I get round to it, I'll have to pay Music Magpie to take them.

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  7. You know what, we've only just discovered Netflix. Add in a Google Chromecast and.....Boom! Our televisual entertainment has improved massively. If you don't have a Chromecast, btw, get one. They only cost £30 and you can beam what's on your PC straight to your TV (Prime may do something similar, I don't know, not familiar with it). Personally, though, the main benefit for me is the fact Netflix doesn't feature any of those truly shocking kids TV adverts. #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  8. Hi John, will have to take a look at Chrome, that sounds excellent. I tried Netflix also, but it didn't have Peppa Pig or Fireman Sam =:0( but we got into Prime for its Music streaming also. Never a dull moment now, whichever platform we use.

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  9. Sounds like a god plan. When my son was a tiny baby, I spent most of the night feeds watching some seriously dire late night channel 5 fodder. I wish I had invested in some decent box sets! #bigpinklink

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    1. Thanks for the comment. It certainly helps with the feeds for the second son. But our eldest now enjoys Fireman Sam =:0)

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