Today, though this time of the year remains being top full of replays and cheap filler television, gone are the days of needing to head out to the video store, or turn off the television altogether.
With the miracle of modern technology, it is now possible to watch quality television, 24/7, 365 days a year, all without much effort at all, or without the added expense of pay TV!
For the last couple of years I have been making the most of delayed free to air programs, via station computer networking through my internet connection. I simply go to the ABC's 'Iview', or SBS' 'on demand' services. Less often do I resort to the offerings of the commercial stations, reflecting my general pattern of television viewing.
Moreover, I am devotee of documentaries and foreign films and to a lesser extent, lifestyle and cooking programs. A good comedy never goes astray, particularly if I need to lift my mood.
These "freeview" services offer me all the quality entertainment I could ever wish for, without actually leaving home and heading to the cinema, gallery, concert, or travelling abroad.
I am a child of the television age and I continue to relish quality television. I use it as a means of relaxing, for entertainment and information.
Thanks to "freeview services", those awful times, where I had to tolerate second rate programs through the "festive season" is hopefully gone forever. When there is nothing worth watching I simply turn to "freeview"!
What's more I don't even have to bother with networking in my computer, or watching these programs on my tiny computer screen. Instead I have a wonderfully simple little gadget, compatible with the brand of my telly, that simply plugs in and then is tuned into my broadband service, synchronising the freeview servers and services to my television and its big screen.
The $100 I spent on that little gadget has paid for itself many times over with the amount of pleasure and quality entertainment it has delivered to me these past years. I bought the gadget at 'The Good Guys'. I can think of no better gift for anyone who adores television and uses it as their prime medium of entertainment!