We used to have Sky and we mainly watched traditional linear TV, both Sky and FTA. We have an antenna for UHF, but reception is sometimes iffy at our location, so we mainly used satellite, also for Freeview after we cancelled Sky.
Our RBI Internet was also sometimes iffy so we couldn't always rely on it. Some things we streamed or downloaded, but Freeview still came mainly over satellite. We also had a data cap so tried not to waste it.
Then we found a WISP and acquired perfect Internet. Suddenly we could stream anything at any time with no buffering or drop-outs. There was also no data cap. Yippee!
Since then I have noticed that we now stream everything. We haven't used satellite or UHF for months. We watch a lot of overseas on-demand, but we also still watch linear TV, except now we use @Apsattv's brilliant FTA IPTV playlists. We rarely watch NZ TV anymore, except for the news and a few programmes like Country Calendar, but we do watch a lot of Australian FTA.
IPTV is a lot like traditional linear TV, except it has a lot more choice. But it is easy to zap through channels, just like granddad did with his good old-fashioned remote. From the viewer perspective, the experience is almost identical.
Streaming has now become so easy and reliable for us that we no longer bother with other methods. Evening comes, TV goes on, we watch the local news and The Drum on ABC, then some Scandinavian drama, then CNN or MSNBC, sometimes something from an overseas library, then to bed with the international news on the bedroom TV. Life is good.
Our streaming devices are Android boxes running Kodi. It works well for us. What strikes me, and the reason for this post, is that the way we watch TV is a lot like the way we used to, except the choice is much greater. But we still turn on the TV, zap through the channels, and sometimes just watch whatever happens to be on. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Which brings me, finally, to my question: How many still sometimes watch linear TV in the traditional way, but only over the Internet? No UHF, no tuner, no satellite, just IPTV?