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Reality TV for Dummies

February 20, 2010 by · 10 Comments 

You’ve likely discovered that your favorite TV stations are airing increasingly more documentary-style programs. Termed “reality shows,” these types of programs document real events happening to genuine people who find themselves in a variety of scenarios. There is now a reality show about practically anything, from amateur fashion designers contending for the opportunity to launch their own line to single celebrities looking for love.

MTV’s “The Real World” is one of the original reality series to be shown on TV. The program follows the lives of 7 strangers when “people stop being polite and start being real,” as the series’ tagline indicates. And that’s under no circumstances an exaggeration; each season, the amount of drunken brawls involving meatheads or promiscuous Jacuzzi behavior increases. Boasting almost twenty seasons, the show’s popularity seems only to expand.

How real is reality TV? Although the characters are genuine, the genuineness of events portrayed in reality programs is heavily debated. You can find considerable speculation that a variety of reality shows are at minimum partially scripted, with producers and “story editors” prompting cast members to debate explosive subjects or to make an appearance at the same social gathering as their arch nemesis.

Irrespective of how genuine it truly is, what do we find so captivating about reality Television? Movies and sitcoms frequently have considerably nuttier plotlines and impressive special effects. Yet an increasing number of people are choosing to tune in each and every week to “Joe Millionaire, a series in which an average Joe searches for “the one” in a group of women who presume he is really a billionaire mogul. Perhaps witnessing the everyday drama and trials faced by reality show participants are much easier for us to relate to than, say, snakes on a plane.

Numerous reality shows have swiftly developed a cult following. Many reality programs are released on DVD and Blu-ray, enabling fans to enjoy their favorite episodes whenever they want. In effect, reality show DVDs are a piece of history. They document our culture at its current phase, building a record of what was significant to us at that time, be it merely chronicling the airing of dirty laundry on TV or demonstrating how our peers respond under extraordinary conditions.

9 Reasons Why TV is Better on DVD and Blu-ray

January 31, 2010 by · 14 Comments 

More and more TV series and sitcoms are now being released on DVD. Increasingly more people are choosing to enjoy their favorite shows on DVD and it’s no mystery why. Your favorite TV series is more enjoyable on DVD!  Here’s why:

  1. The West Wing on DVD

    Enjoy your TV favorites - or discover a new one - on DVD and Blu-ray

    No commercials! Enjoy your favorite series without interruption. You spend nearly 30 percent of your viewing time enduring commercials, which now take up nearly about 18 minutes of every prime time hour. For a typical 20-episode 1-hour series, that’s a whopping 6 hours saved by watching on DVD. In addition, you’ll no longer have to subject yourself to those annoying advertisements flashing or dancing at the bottom of the screen that many networks like to put on during a show. And you may be surprised to learn that watching a syndicated show means even more commercials, and they come at the expense of the original show, which is cut to allow more commercial time. You won’t have this problem on DVD which preserves the original full length of the show

  2. Watching a series on DVD gives you full control of your viewing experience. No more waiting for a commercial to be able to go grab more popcorn from the kitchen. You can pause and resume your favorite show whenever you want without worrying about missing an important scene. If you don’t have time to finish an episode in one go, most DVD players are able to remember where you stopped and allow you to pick up where you left off the next time you watch it.
  3. Having all of the episodes on a DVD allows you to watch a show at your own pace. Watch an episode a night or see the entire season in one go. If there’s a cliffhanger and you’re absolutely dying to know what happens next, you only need endure a wait if you choose to.
  4. TV on DVD looks and sounds better. Your favorite TV show looks better on DVD. In many cases, they’ve been remastered, cleaned up and the results are stunning. You can see your favorite TV series like you’ve never  seen them before.
  5. In addition to watching whenever you want, you can watch a show on DVD wherever you want. Pop it into your laptop and watch on the plane or watch it on your TV as you lie in bed.
  6. Many of us have a favorite episode of a show — the one we can watch over and over again, without getting tired of it. Owning the show on DVD means you don’t have to flip through the channels in hope of seeing that special rerun of your favorite episode.
  7. See what you haven’t seen. DVD special features or extras, including interviews, commentary, alternate endings, cut scenes and previously unaired episodes you won’t see on TV.
  8. Enjoy what you missed. So maybe you never did have a chance to watch “Felicity” or “Dallas” or “Gilligan’s Island.” DVD gives you a second chance to enjoy those long-gone series.
  9. Enjoy much more entertainment per dollar. Buy a movie, enjoy roughly two hours of video. Buy a TV series, enjoy double or triple that. TV on DVD offers a better entertainment value.

Whether it’s a long-lost favorite TV series, one you missed, or one you’ve seen dozens of times, TV on DVD offers a new way for you to enjoy the best of quality TV programming, on your terms, and at the best quality possible.