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Are boxsets the future?

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

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WITH the thrust of a sword, more than a few crossed words and an army of undead skeletons, the latest season of Game of Thrones ended with a stunning finale.

However, despite the anticipation and build towards the excellent last episode, the of the series means one thing and one thing only for fans - a near year long wait until the likes of Jon Snow return to our screens to do battle.

While not the best season ever, Game of Thrones is top notch television and often super seeds many things seen on the big screen these days.

But the end of the current season did throw up an interesting question to me - is the advent of the internet, digital streaming and DVD boxets ruining the way that we now consume television programmes?

I will be the first to admit that I have sat and binged on shows such as the Wire and Scandal.

But, after doing this, I do think that it does impact the way in which you view television.

Let me take Scandal for example.

I did not watch the show when it originally aired on More 4 and only caught up when it appeared as a boxset on Sky.

In a matter of weeks, me and my girlfriend had watched the first and second series and could not get enough of the show.

However, once we had finished we have had a near nine month wait until the next season (which begins next month) comes to our screens.

I think because we watched it on such an intense way, we lost the suspense of having to wait a week for the next instalment and also had to wait a lot longer for new episodes.

But it also has its advantages.

If a series has finished, you have the entire collection of episodes right there in front of you to watch at your leisure, which can be a good thing.

I think that streaming and boxsets have pros and cons but, if I am being honest, I much prefer watching things one week at a time.

I think boxset viewing is perfect years down the line when you want to watch an entire show you have never seen before or want to mix it up with one of your old favourites.

On that note, I think a rewatch of Lost is in order.

Bring on the poler bears.

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