For a long time, I was hoping something similar to Netflix would hit our shores, and I wouldn't have to watch my favorite shows through other means (or wait for them to be telecast here months later). But we got something better recently in a channel named Star World Premiere HD that telecasts most of the famous shows at the same time as their US counterparts. For example, Louie S5 begins on 9th April in the US and it will be telecast here beginning 13th April. The same applies to shows like Mad Men, Agent Carter, Castle, Blacklist, Agents of Shield, Revenge, among many others.
However, the problem is that there is still no way to catch up with shows in my tremendous backlog. So I decided to get myself a Netfix subscription, which I can access through a VPN connection. This isn't illegal by the way. Netflix allows access through VPN because it understands that the licensing policies that deny access to these shows for most of the world are plainly stupid. Given that our speed here is not pretty great, I still get a decent 720p stream, which is good enough for me.
Thanks to you folk mentioning Breaking Bad at every turn in this page, I've decided to make that my first viewing on Netflix. I've been told the first two seasons move pretty slowly, which I've found to be true so far. The first couple of episodes feel like 90mins when they're really 40--45mins. They're still pretty involving and great so far, but the pace is definitely slower than what I'm used to on TV.
In general, I'm not a huge TV-nut, besides watching valueless entertainment such as HIMYM (Fuck the writers of this show!) and Castle. I did begin seeing Blacklist and Agents of Shield last year, but both grew boring pretty quickly. Even Castle, arguably the only show I used to watch religiously has gotten boring nowadays. I've not even caught up with what's happened in S7 so far and will do so only because I have to.
I've also decided to stop focusing on some of these shows targeted at general audiences, where every episode seems to feature the same cliched writing, and start watching more of stuff like Breaking Bad, Louie, True Detective, Mad Men etc. that actually make proper use of the medium of television.
Right now, my primary focus is going to be on Breaking Bad and Louie. I'm a huge Louis CK fan and have bought all of his shows from his website. He's arguably the greatest working comedian right now, and it bothers me that I haven't really caught up with Louie yet. I might even binge-watch the first four seasons over the weekend just to get the premier of S5 here, who knows.
Also I enjoyed reading the premise of Amazon's Transparent. It sounds really intriguing. Anybody seen it yet? I'm thinking of giving the Amazon Prime subscription a go just to watch that one. Jeffrey Tambor is a solid actor and won the Golden Globe for this performance. I might give that a shot at some point in the near future.
One of my friends also tells me that Netflix's Daredevil is going to be incredible. It's gotten rave reviews everywhere so far and holds a 94% approval rating on RT, with reviewers comparing it to stuff like Batman Begins. I've been told it's nothing like junk such as Gotham (which I've not seen, going by other's opinion here). It premieres today, and I've decided to give it a shot (having not read Miller's Born Again, which I've also been told is awesome.) So I'm excited for that one, which also means I can put my Netflix subscription to good use as well.