"What about cable" I ask. "Or Netflix? Some TV shows you may have missed?" She’s not interested. Hulu? Nope, nothing she really wants to watch. She opts for a “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” rerun.
All this may sound strange when headlines always talk about the “golden age” of TV, with seemingly scores of quality entertainment on many different platforms.
But the problems run deeper. While there are more quality TV shows than ever before, the glut is threatening the whole TV ecosystem: TV ratings are declining across the board.
And then there is another related concern: TV series discovery. Which shows should I watch? Will network on-air promos be interesting enough to make me check in? Can I count on electronic program guides to entice me?
For many, social media may be a way to find out about shows But that may not be enough -- especially for those who aren’t heavy participants.
Traditional pay TV providers’ video-on-demand TV series would seem to help. But even then, the number of episodes available for a TV series in a given season varies wildly: three, five, seven, or perhaps just one. So consumers don’t really know what’s available from one network to another.
It comes down to this: 46% percent of respondents in a 2014 survey by TiVo’s Digitalsmiths unit spend 10 minutes or more channel surfing per day, and 80.3% still watch only 10 or fewer channels.
TV program discovery still has a long way to go in the new digital age -- and my wife still has nothing to watch.