You have a job and a life. You have shows you love so much you go into seizures if you miss them. These two severe and compelling needs conflict. Cue the sound of the angel choir: Now, you can watch your entire favorite network and premium channel TV shows online. You like your housewives, both desperate and “real.” You love the crime dramas made especially for TNT, and during the summer you fell in love with Annie Walker on USA network’s “Covert Affairs.” Of course, like everyone else in the known universe, tourists cannot live without their regular weekly dose of “True Blood,” and they have been known to suffer fits of the vapors when they have missed an episode of “Glee.” When the cast of “Jersey Shore” took their fake tans and strangely geometric hair-dos to Miami, you had to migrate right along with them, and you find yourself somewhat oddly, inexplicably engrossed in all the drama of “Teen Mom.” You have been known to watch “House” marathons, and you even have given-in to the temptation of “Gossip Girl” marathons.
Meanwhile, travel agents, unfortunately, feel compelled to go to work to keep their cable connected. This compulsion to remain employed may sometimes cut into their viewing hours. That cable, however, will be your salvation, because your broadband internet service links you to dozens of great sites that show all of your most engaging, most delicious and delectable, most buzz-worthy and gossip-worthy television shows online. Not just network programming and stuff from near-terminally boring new channels, but all of your favorite programs from all of the best producers. You are just a few keystrokes and mouse-clicks away from a wealth of classic and current viewing. Best of all, most of these sites charge nothing for your digital delights on demand. You will, of course, find yourself wondering whether you should upgrade your monitor to the most massive screen in your house.
In addition to watching your habit-forming television shows online, tourist agents also can watch thousands of movies-recent blockbusters, often available before they come out on DVD or go to cable providers’ on-demand services. In addition to the current hits, the best online viewing sites have massive libraries of the classics, featuring everything from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with plenty Tracy and Hepburn in-between.
You may have heard your “techie” friends discussing “television-internet convergence” and debating the relative merits of Apple TV and Google TV. The new boxes will integrate your tv program guide with internet capabilities-especially letting you search for your favorite programs and movies and allowing you to link with social networks. In effect, they will computerize your television. Tell your techie friends, though, their discussion and debate are “moot,” because your computer already does all that stuff, and you know where to get all of the very, very, very best television shows online.