Check it Out: Borrow to gorge on your favorites

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My husband and I watched the TV series “Longmire”. The crime drama is based on author Craig Johnson’s popular mystery series starring Walt Longmire, a Wyoming sheriff. Since 2020 (we guess why), we have watched many series. The funny thing about our binge-watching is that we’re always behind the TV. “Longmire” ran from 2012 to 2017. We just watched it. And that’s not all. We enjoyed many “new” series, including “The Sopranos”, “Breaking Bad” and “Downton Abbey”. Clearly, we’re not staying on top of current small-screen entertainment. Well guess what? In that case, we’re happy to be late. One of the benefits of aging, I suppose.

I mention our TV habits because there is something that irritates me in the current access to television programs. When I was growing up, there were a handful of TV channels to choose from. Then cable television arrived, and if you were willing to pay for the service, watching the tube became much more entertaining and expensive. Fast forward to 2022 where subscription streaming services intersect with traditional TV programming, and suddenly viewers have more options – at a price.

This is where the library comes in. Streaming services such as Netflix or HBO Max (among others) are not free; viewers must pay to view the content. But if you have a DVD or Blu-Ray player, you have access to thousands of movies and programs available in the library. No matter the weather (hot, cold, or otherwise), the library’s DVD collection can keep you company while you isolate yourself indoors. And it’s priceless.

  • “Breaking Bad” distributed by Sony Pictures.
  • “Downton Abbey” distributed by PBS.
  • “Longmire” distributed by Warner Bros.
  • “The Sopranos” distributed by HBO Video.
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