Remembering the Hardships of TV Before Streaming Was a Thing

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Now that streaming and pausing live television are second nature to most of us, it might be really simple to forget what life was like before technology revolutionized how we consume our entertainment. Anyone who was raised in the Netflix era of programming has no idea of the hardships the rest of us faced growing up. (And don’t even get me started on life before remote controls…)


Recently some good people took to Twitter to reminisce about the days when you had to catch your favorite show at the time that it aired (or somehow figure out how to set your VCR to record) in order to watch it at all. There was no DVR, there was no streaming, and there absolutely was no pausing — which, as we will see, often caused a boatload of problems.

Yep, there was a time when you had approximately 90 seconds in which to get things done in order to not miss a moment:

Now we can binge watch just about anything. You want to know what happens next? Click on the next episode. But back in the day? Nope.


If you happened to be an unlucky viewer during a storm, you risked missing a key moment due to a blackout. And then guess what? You didn’t get to see what happened until the network decided to air that episode at some point in the future!

Similarly, you couldn’t risk skipping a week:

Anyone ever host a viewing party for a season or series finale? How about for an important Ross and Rachel episode of Friends?



Life back then was dangerous:

Those were the good old days, right? Actually, they don’t seem so great after all… I’ll binge watch my favorite content, thank you very much.



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