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2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

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Was there ever a western challenge? I just bought three DVD box sets of westerns tonight. (All legit studio DVDs at pretty good prices--came out to around $5 per movie--at Entertainment Outlet, one of the last stores in Manhattan where you can find these things.) Thanks to watching the CHISUM DVD on my big screen TV earlier this year, I've been getting a real hankering for more of them. If there was such a challenge, how did it do? If there wasn't, is there a possibility that nobody would participate? Besides me, that is.
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Originally Posted by Mister Peepers
If we did the TV Challenge, I'd probably watch some mini-series. I'd also be up for a Foreign Challenge.
Foreign has been suggested from time to time, but I think the general feeling is that it's too niche for a challenge. The Criterion Challenge, of course, includes a lot of foreign content, but it's admittedly very restricted.

Originally Posted by shellebelle
This would be a cool challenge to do. And my husband could watch with me. He hates the months of July and October since he doesn't care for SciFi or Horror much.
Aside from TV on DVD, what other themes would interest your husband? We're always looking for fresh ideas, you know.

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Was there ever a western challenge? I just bought three DVD box sets of westerns tonight. (All legit studio DVDs at pretty good prices--came out to around $5 per movie--at Entertainment Outlet, one of the last stores in Manhattan where you can find these things.) Thanks to watching the CHISUM DVD on my big screen TV earlier this year, I've been getting a real hankering for more of them. If there was such a challenge, how did it do? If there wasn't, is there a possibility that nobody would participate? Besides me, that is.
Westerns were included in June's Historical Appreciation Challenge, along with War and documentaries. The turnout was respectable for a first-time challenge, I thought--but I shouldn't say anything since I failed to even participate after turning over the hosting duties I'd originally assumed. June was a bad, bad month for us. I'm hopeful that June 2011 will be less hectic and we'll get to participate. If you want to hold off until June, it sounds like you're set!
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

I love Westerns, I just don't have enough to watch for a full month. In fact, I'd be open to some Western recommendations as it's probably one of my favourite genres, but severely under-represented in my collection.

I think I saw mention of a Western Challenge, but if not there's always the "Make Your Own Challenge" Month so you could do it then too.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by MinLShaw
There seems to be some debate in the Challenges Compendium thread about whether TV on DVD is important enough to occupy the month of January. Nearly three in four potential participants favor hosting this challenge then, but I want to go ahead and ask: Is there a challenge you'd prefer for January? Leading contenders are Comedy, Drama (possibly merged as "Dramedy") and Action/Adventure.

I personally am of the mind that the DVD format has really changed TV viewing habits for many of us, and that it's a medium worthy of its own challenge whether TV content is also eligible for other challenges or not. Given that January is a dead month for new TV content anyway, and that all Holiday Challenge-eligible TV content will air or be sold during its run, I don't feel that a TV on DVD Challenge needs to concern itself with coinciding at all with the year-ender.

I also feel that even though those other possible challenge themes represent large parts of our individual libraries, the point of the challenges is to explore beyond the basics. I'm not concerned about Forgetting Sarah Marshall or Casino Royale going un-watched; I'll get to those on my own. I see the challenges as an impetus to explore themes that aren't part of my default viewing habit.

So, how about it: Is TV on DVD a challenge you actually want, or would you prefer something else?
As I said before, I think this is a great idea for a challenge. It's restrictive enough in that it would have to be stuff as part of a series or a television-only special, whatever you/we end up deciding. But at the same time, it is also very inclusive in that you could watch whatever type of television you want - drama, comedy, science fiction, horror, action, animation, etc.

Not to mention, as you said, TV on DVD is actually a pretty big deal, when you think about it. For me, it's what I watch more than anything else. I watch a lot of television and then split it up with movies here and there. Definitely deserves its own challenge as far as I'm concerned.
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I like the idea of a TV on DVD challenge.

And January is better for me.
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It just seems to me that what's nice about a TV on DVD Challenge is that it recognizes the impact that the DVD format has had on TV content. When I grew up, only a few TV shows had a VHS release (and most of those were through Columbia House). Stand-up and concert specials had home releases, but those were a very niche market at the time. In 2010, though, it's pretty common to find whole shelves of such content in any given used DVD shop. Within a generation, people have embraced a concept they once laughingly rejected: paying to own a TV show. That, to me, is the heart and soul of a TV on DVD Challenge.
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One thing that I strongly oppose is any idea to limit it to TV "on DVD". Format should never be a disqualifier in any challenge. I'll be counting stuff whether I watch it on BD, VHS, UMD, OTA, online streaming or whatever.

The beauty of Challenges is that individuals can make things as challenging as they want for themselves. If you want to limit yourself to DVDs only, great. To Italian soap operas on VHS, fantastic. To short cartoons on Boomerang as they air, go for it. Challenge rules should always be inclusive, then individuals can make their own goals and limits to get as restrictive as they personally want.
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Originally Posted by Trevor
One thing that I strongly oppose is any idea to limit it to TV "on DVD". Format should never be a disqualifier in any challenge. I'll be counting stuff whether I watch it on BD, VHS, UMD, OTA, online streaming or whatever.

The beauty of Challenges is that individuals can make things as challenging as they want for themselves. If you want to limit yourself to DVDs only, great. To Italian soap operas on VHS, fantastic. To short cartoons on Boomerang as they air, go for it. Challenge rules should always be inclusive, then individuals can make their own goals and limits to get as restrictive as they personally want.
I couldn't agree more! And I am excited about doing a TV Challenge - was going to do this when the Make-Your-Own-Challenge came around, but this would be great.
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This is the one challenge that I would definitely be up for.
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How about a TV Western challenge?
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by Trevor
One thing that I strongly oppose is any idea to limit it to TV "on DVD". Format should never be a disqualifier in any challenge. I'll be counting stuff whether I watch it on BD, VHS, UMD, OTA, online streaming or whatever.

The beauty of Challenges is that individuals can make things as challenging as they want for themselves. If you want to limit yourself to DVDs only, great. To Italian soap operas on VHS, fantastic. To short cartoons on Boomerang as they air, go for it. Challenge rules should always be inclusive, then individuals can make their own goals and limits to get as restrictive as they personally want.
I voted for the limitation, but that was because I think it would be better to leave out current shows, and there wasn't a better option to make that happen.
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How about a TV Western challenge?
With the current rules, you could do that for either the Make-Your-Own-Challenge Challenge or the Historical Challenge, and I assume you will also be able to do it for the TV Challenge. So you could do three months of TV Westerns (or TV Space Operas, TV Horror, etc.) if you want.
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Originally Posted by Dimension X
I voted for the limitation, but that was because I think it would be better to leave out current shows, and there wasn't a better option to make that happen.
But why do you want to limit others? If I want to watch only current shows why should I be excluded?
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With the current rules, you could do that for either the Make-Your-Own-Challenge Challenge or the Historical Challenge, and I assume you will also be able to do it for the TV Challenge. So you could do three months of TV Westerns (or TV Space Operas, TV Horror, etc.) if you want.
And if we have an Action/Adventure Challenge, that would be a 4th month.

He could make 2011 the Year of the Western.
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The reason I even suggested the restriction to TV content on DVD (or HD-DVD/Blu-ray) is that, as I've already said, I see the heart and soul of this challenge being a celebration of what the DVD format has done for our collective TV viewing habits. To me, it just made sense to focus the scope of the challenge to TV content on disc, in recognition of the significance of the convergence of the TV medium and DVD format.

But again, I say this strictly as a would-be participant and not as its prospective host. I'm perfectly content to defer to whatever the group consensus is. Incidentally, GoldenWheels has enthusiastically offered to sponsor this challenge if we make it happen.

One more thought: Wasn't the one rule for the Make-Your-Own Challenge that you couldn't pick a theme that already had its own challenge? Ergo, if we did establish a TV on DVD Challenge, MYO participants would need to refine their themes in May. It's not a problem with me if someone wants to dip into TV for two different months, but it's something that crossed my mind.
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Originally Posted by MinLShaw
The reason I even suggested the restriction to TV content on DVD (or HD-DVD/Blu-ray) is that, as I've already said, I see the heart and soul of this challenge being a celebration of what the DVD format has done for our collective TV viewing habits. To me, it just made sense to focus the scope of the challenge to TV content on disc, in recognition of the significance of the convergence of the TV medium and DVD format.
That's an awesome thought/desire, but why even consider limiting others?
Originally Posted by MinLShaw
But again, I say this strictly as a would-be participant and not as its prospective host. I'm perfectly content to defer to whatever the group consensus is.
But why would group consensus even come into play in a situation like this? If 50 of 51 participants wanted to watch only their DVD TV sets, but I wanted to watch a series that is only available on VHS, why would there be a "rule" excluding me?
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One more thought: Wasn't the one rule for the Make-Your-Own Challenge that you couldn't pick a theme that already had its own challenge? Ergo, if we did establish a TV on DVD Challenge, MYO participants would need to refine their themes in May. It's not a problem with me if someone wants to dip into TV for two different months, but it's something that crossed my mind.
It was mentioned or possibly even made a rule, but I'd say eliminate it.

Why all this talk of being restrictive? These things should be as inclusive as possible. If someone wants to watch westerns all year long, and makes them fit into the loose rules of the Challenges, let them.

Counting should be done like the Holiday Challenge. Everything counts as one, even shorts. Getting to 100 is a difficult thing. Even myself, with absolutely no life and a desire to watch films all the time, have only gotten to 100 films a few times in my entire life. But 100 shorts or TV shows, that's easier, but still difficult for anyone with a family or demanding job. I thought more and more of us were getting to this more lax counting rule, and any new challenges need to be done the "Holiday way" imo.

We want to encourage more participation and get the rest of the DVDTalk community involved. We already have the less than 1% hardcore Challengers, and we are welcome to personally make the goal 100 long films or be as restrictive as we want in our individual participation. But to even consider restrictive rules or 100 film goals is wrong imo.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

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But why do you want to limit others? If I want to watch only current shows why should I be excluded?
That just seems too much like a "what are you watching this week?" kind of thing to me. Like there's nothing special about it if you're just listing the shows you'd normally be watching anyway (and, yes, I say that as someone who has included episodes of shows I'd normally be watching anyway in the Holiday Challenge).

I don't think VHS, LDs, Netflix, etc. should be excluded, just current broadcasts.
Originally Posted by MinLShaw
One more thought: Wasn't the one rule for the Make-Your-Own Challenge that you couldn't pick a theme that already had its own challenge? Ergo, if we did establish a TV on DVD Challenge, MYO participants would need to refine their themes in May. It's not a problem with me if someone wants to dip into TV for two different months, but it's something that crossed my mind.
You're encouraged not to duplicate an existing Challenge. You can narrow the focus down though. So they could watch one show, or one genre (assuming that the TV Challenge will not require participants to focus on one show or one genre).

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It was mentioned or possibly even made a rule, but I'd say eliminate it.
The MYOC has "guidelines" not "rules," but I'd kind of like that one to be a rule because I don't want to subtract from participation in any of the other Challenges.

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Originally Posted by Trevor
Why all this talk of being restrictive? These things should be as inclusive as possible. If someone wants to watch westerns all year long, and makes them fit into the loose rules of the Challenges, let them.
There's a very simple reason why talk of exclusion arises with any given challenge: those are the boundaries that help define the nature of the actual theme. For instance, if we simply allowed anything that has ever been broadcast on TV, that would allow for movies since there are movie channels. That doesn't seem to fit the spirit of the challenge.

As for the formatting restrictions, it came up early in this discussion. The intention was to guard against the idea that DVD viewers would be competing against people just vegging out with DirecTV all day. The result may be the same, but doing so ignores half of the equation: TV on DVD.

Counting should be done like the Holiday Challenge. Everything counts as one, even shorts. Getting to 100 is a difficult thing. Even myself, with absolutely no life and a desire to watch films all the time, have only gotten to 100 films a few times in my entire life. But 100 shorts or TV shows, that's easier, but still difficult for anyone with a family or demanding job. I thought more and more of us were getting to this more lax counting rule, and any new challenges need to be done the "Holiday way" imo.

We want to encourage more participation and get the rest of the DVDTalk community involved. We already have the less than 1% hardcore Challengers, and we are welcome to personally make the goal 100 long films or be as restrictive as we want in our individual participation. But to even consider restrictive rules or 100 film goals is wrong imo.
Personally, I don't care how anyone counts in this challenge. I've already decided that any prizes (which GoldenWheels has graciously offered to provide) will not be awarded based on final view totals anyway. I really like the trivia question approach Chad has used in the Horror Challenge, and I think I'll take a crack at something like that.

As for the idea of any given challenge having a milestone objective, that's really more a topic for the compendium thread. I'll only say here that the nature of a TV on DVD challenge, by design, is not one where the typical approaches really apply. I don't believe participants should feel they are in competition with one another, so much as against the calendar.

Just what is it you're hell bent on watching that isn't on DVD, anyway? We've already agreed VHS format is allowed as an alternative for those who happen to have such content in their library.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by Dimension X
That just seems too much like a "what are you watching this week?" kind of thing to me.
Why didn't I just wait five minutes and let you save me the hassle? Well put.

You're encouraged not to duplicate an existing Challenge. You can narrow the focus down though. So they could watch one show, or one genre (assuming that the TV Challenge will not encourage participants to focus on one show or one genre).
So far as I'm concerned, any series regardless of genre is allowed for this challenge. I would suggest that participants keep in mind that they can view select content for other challenges and not overlook the opportunity to watch other fare here, but that's up to each participant to decide. Let's say we do this in January (which is what 75% of poll respondents favor), and someone gets the Batman Beyond complete series on DVD for Christmas. I'm not gonna be the one to tell them they have to wait until August for the Animation Challenge. If you want to be patient with it and instead watch 30 Rock for this challenge, that's up to you.
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Originally Posted by Dimension X
That just seems too much like a "what are you watching this week?" kind of thing to me. Like there's nothing special about it if you're just listing the shows you'd normally be watching anyway (and, yes, I say that as someone who has included episodes of shows I'd normally be watching anyway in the Holiday Challenge).

I don't think VHS, LDs, Netflix, etc. should be excluded, just current broadcasts.
That's fine for you, or me, but again, I see no reason to limit others.
Originally Posted by Dimension X
The MYOC has "guidelines" not "rules," but I'd kind of like that one to be a rule because I don't want to subtract from participation in any of the other Challenges.
But keep in mind that not everyone can participate in every Challenge. If I'm going to be out of the country in August and want to watch all animation in May, there shouldn't be a rule against it.

Sure we can make guidelines and encourage people to use all the Challenges, or to do a certain Challenge a certain way, but we should be as inclusive as possible.
Originally Posted by MinLShaw
There's a very simple reason why talk of exclusion arises with any given challenge: those are the boundaries that help define the nature of the actual theme. For instance, if we simply allowed anything that has ever been broadcast on TV, that would allow for movies since there are movie channels. That doesn't seem to fit the spirit of the challenge.
So there is only one definition of spirit of the challenge?

I'm all for guidelines obviously, but within reason. Obviously movies later broadcast on TV shouldn't count, no one would think of that, but a TV show is a TV show, no matter how it is viewed.

If you watch season 3 of Seinfeld on DVD and I watch it on TBS, I say fine.
Originally Posted by MinLShaw
As for the formatting restrictions, it came up early in this discussion. The intention was to guard against the idea that DVD viewers would be competing against people just vegging out with DirecTV all day. The result may be the same, but doing so ignores half of the equation: TV on DVD.
When did this become a TV on DVD Challenge?

I proposed a TV Challenge for November, and the two most important aspects of my plan have been changed. I'm not upset, and will obviously play along with whatever a challenge lead puts down for the most part, but just find it odd how it's changed so.

I just don't get why you or anyone would care if someone just vegged in front of DirectTV all day. As if that is somehow worse or different than vegging in front of a DVD.
Originally Posted by MinLShaw
Personally, I don't care how anyone counts in this challenge. I've already decided that any prizes (which GoldenWheels has graciously offered to provide) will not be awarded based on final view totals anyway. I really like the trivia question approach Chad has used in the Horror Challenge, and I think I'll take a crack at something like that.
Yes, that's a great change made to the Challenges a couple years ago when people were accused of "cheating" to win. The most number should never be encouraged.
Originally Posted by MinLShaw
As for the idea of any given challenge having a milestone objective, that's really more a topic for the compendium thread. I'll only say here that the nature of a TV on DVD challenge, by design, is not one where the typical approaches really apply. I don't believe participants should feel they are in competition with one another, so much as against the calendar.
Exactly! I prefer no number goal at all. But you mentioned using the TV show counting rules of the Horror (and other) Challenges, and I just wanted to put a bug in your ear against that method. If we're going to have counting of any kind, I vote for the holiday way.
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Just what is it you're hell bent on watching that isn't on DVD, anyway? We've already agreed VHS format is allowed as an alternative for those who happen to have such content in their library.
Nothing. I'll probably do just DVD. I was speaking for the people.
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So far as I'm concerned, any series regardless of genre is allowed for this challenge. I would suggest that participants keep in mind that they can view select content for other challenges and not overlook the opportunity to watch other fare here, but that's up to each participant to decide. Let's say we do this in January (which is what 75% of poll respondents favor), and someone gets the Batman Beyond complete series on DVD for Christmas. I'm not gonna be the one to tell them they have to wait until August for the Animation Challenge. If you want to be patient with it and instead watch 30 Rock for this challenge, that's up to you.
See, we do agree on a few things!
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Originally Posted by MinLShaw
So far as I'm concerned, any series regardless of genre is allowed for this challenge. I would suggest that participants keep in mind that they can view select content for other challenges and not overlook the opportunity to watch other fare here, but that's up to each participant to decide. Let's say we do this in January (which is what 75% of poll respondents favor), and someone gets the Batman Beyond complete series on DVD for Christmas. I'm not gonna be the one to tell them they have to wait until August for the Animation Challenge. If you want to be patient with it and instead watch 30 Rock for this challenge, that's up to you.
Sounds good to me.
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That's fine for you, or me, but again, I see no reason to limit others.
It just seems to me that without some limitations, you've removed any "challenge" and made it nothing but a monthly viewing diary.
Originally Posted by Trevor
But keep in mind that not everyone can participate in every Challenge. If I'm going to be out of the country in August and want to watch all animation in May, there shouldn't be a rule against it.

Sure we can make guidelines and encourage people to use all the Challenges, or to do a certain Challenge a certain way, but we should be as inclusive as possible.
Good points. But it still bothers me that someone might watch a certain genre during the MYOC and then feel "burnt out" on it when the "Official" Challenge comes around, and skip it. It'll probably never happen, but I think the guideline should stay (if you really want to drop it, we can discuss it in April).
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If you watch season 3 of Seinfeld on DVD and I watch it on TBS, I say fine.

Originally Posted by Trevor
I just don't get why you or anyone would care if someone just vegged in front of DirectTV all day. As if that is somehow worse or different than vegging in front of a DVD.

Originally Posted by Trevor
Exactly! I prefer no number goal at all. But you mentioned using the TV show counting rules of the Horror (and other) Challenges, and I just wanted to put a bug in your ear against that method. If we're going to have counting of any kind, I vote for the holiday way.
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It just seems to me that without some limitations, you've removed any "challenge" and made it nothing but a monthly viewing diary.
I understand your point, and think that most people will stick to pre-recorded media. But if someone wants to participate and doesn't own any TV on media, or has a broken player, or just prefers OTA, I think we should welcome them.

Sure, a "guideline" could be that it is a challenge to get through your TV season sets, but all TV viewing could be encouraged.

The vast majority of site visitors never participate in any Challenge. Tons of people aren't interested in Horror or Animation or Sci-Fi, etc. But if they see threads about a genre or type of viewing that they are interested in, like TV, then the phrasing of the guidelines and the very title of the Challenge itself should be as inclusive as possible.
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Good points. But it still bothers me that someone might watch a certain genre during the MYOC and then feel "burnt out" on it when the "Official" Challenge comes around, and skip it. It'll probably never happen, but I think the guideline should stay (if you really want to drop it, we can discuss it in April).
Understood as well, and I'm all for you keeping the guideline to encourage avoiding other Challenges. I'm just saying that personally, I'd prefer it to stay a guideline and not a rule.

There are several circumstances where I see one could want to "duplicate" another Challenge in the MYOC. Lots of people only watch a certain genre. If a horror hound finds DVDTalk and wants to participate in the Challenges, I wouldn't want to steer them away from hanging out with us in May listing their horror viewings (same for all the other challenges); people being busy a certain challenge and not wanting to wait a whole year to watch what they want; etc
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Understood as well, and I'm all for you keeping the guideline to encourage avoiding other Challenges. I'm just saying that personally, I'd prefer it to stay a guideline and not a rule.

There are several circumstances where I see one could want to "duplicate" another Challenge in the MYOC. Lots of people only watch a certain genre. If a horror hound finds DVDTalk and wants to participate in the Challenges, I wouldn't want to steer them away from hanging out with us in May listing their horror viewings (same for all the other challenges); people being busy a certain challenge and not wanting to wait a whole year to watch what they want; etc
I think we're more or less saying the same thing here. It is just a "guideline." So if someone wants to watch horror stuff in May, they can "duplicate" the Oct. Challenge if they want, but they're encouraged to follow the guideline and narrow their focus, and watch just Japanese horror, or just zombie films, or just lesbian vampire movies, or something more specific like that. Heck, even the start and end dates were "guidelines," so you could still be doing your May MYOC now if you wanted.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

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Heck, even the start and end dates were "guidelines," so you could still be doing your May MYOC now if you wanted.
That's awesome.

And sorry for another derail, but since it looks like November will be free, perhaps a mini MYOC: Electric Boogalo could fill the void.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

In regards to the viewing on TV debate, I view the challenges as having 2 main goals:

1. Providing a guided viewing experience for the duration of the challenge
2. Provide a communal viewing experience among challenge participants

I'm all for being inclusive as it relates to goal #2, but it feels like we might be sacrificing some of #1 if we open it up to standard TV viewing. I would venture to say that anyone participating in this challenge watches TV anyway, so allowing any old TV viewing isn't really guiding their experience at all. As someone else mentioned, it would be basically just a diary of what you would have been watching anyway. For it to be a "challenge" there has to be some meaning behind it.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by WallyOPD
In regards to the viewing on TV debate, I view the challenges as having 2 main goals:

1. Providing a guided viewing experience for the duration of the challenge
2. Provide a communal viewing experience among challenge participants

I'm all for being inclusive as it relates to goal #2, but it feels like we might be sacrificing some of #1 if we open it up to standard TV viewing. I would venture to say that anyone participating in this challenge watches TV anyway, so allowing any old TV viewing isn't really guiding their experience at all. As someone else mentioned, it would be basically just a diary of what you would have been watching anyway. For it to be a "challenge" there has to be some meaning behind it.
Allowing OTA content doesn't violate your two points at all.

Every other Challenge allows OTA content.

Every other Challenge allows counting stuff that you would have watched anyway.

Every Challenge is what one makes of it. Half the participants of every Challenge we've ever had have only watched a few things, largely stuff they would have watched anyway. Do we throw them out?

My plan for the TV Challenge was to explore stuff I've never seen before, mainly my DVD sets, but also some cable channels I've never seen before. Cleaning out my DVR is going to be fun.

Somebody may make a personal challenge to explore the top shows on 31 different TV stations that they rarely watch. How is that not an incredibly valid challenge just as appropriate as anything we would do with our TV sets?

Challenges have to be diverse and allow individual expression. If it's limited to just DVD season sets you might as well just log it in the already existing unwatched and viewing threads.

I could watch 100 episodes of my various DVD sets, and a different person could watch the exact same episodes OTA. Why discourage them?

Some people don't own TV season sets, but they have cable.
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Re: 2010 TV on DVD Challenge Discussion Thread

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Allowing OTA content doesn't violate your two points at all.

Every other Challenge allows OTA content.
Yes, but TV content is allowed in based on its genre. This challenge would be based upon its medium. I view it similar to the Academy Awards or Criterion challenges, where the genre is not the theme, but rather another underlying factor. In this case, it just happens that the factor is that the content originally was intended for broadcast on TV.

Every other Challenge allows counting stuff that you would have watched anyway.
Not true. The episodes of Psych I watched anyway in August didn't count for the Animation Challenge. And they shouldn't have counted because they didn't meet the one piece of criteria for that challenge: that the content be animated. And even that was pretty flimsy, since the Star Wars movies were allowed in based on the puppets in the OT and CGI in the PT. I think you've got a very exaggerated sense of how exclusionary these suggestions really are. I'm all for the devil's advocate helping to refine things, but this is starting to become a chore.

How about this: OTA content is eligible so long as it has a DVD release? So if you want to spend hours on end watching sitcom reruns on TBS, go for it. But you can't get credit for watching the 6:00 news. As others have expressed, without some exclusions, this is nothing more than a month long "what are you watching" thread and not a challenge.

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