I’ve been a Degrassi fan since the summer of 2004. It’s really bizarre that the overwhelming majority of my viewing habits with this show for the last 8 years have been me watching the show online.
My parents had The-N when I first started watching the show, but during that time I was also in the middle of college, so viewing of the show on an actual tv was limited. And even if I’d had unlimited access to the network it wouldn’t have meant much; those were the days when CTV and The-N aired Degrassi on completely different schedules. Canadian viewers would get the episodes months before they’d air here in America. I was (and still am) adamant about watching the episodes when they initially air, regardless of which country airs them first, and I was able to do so with the likes of Degrassi: The Next Generation Hangout and in recent years, CableTVTalk.
Degrassi’s approaching it’s 300th episode and I’ve only watched a handful of episodes live on their first-run. I started blogging regularly here on DegrassiBlog.com in 2009, a year and a half after TeenNick switched to a channel in the digital tier. Excluding the occasional livestream that I’d give up on halfway through because the connection was too spotty, I’ve had to cover the massive amount of episodes they’ve churned out in Seasons 10 and 11 without watching them live. This morning we switched service providers and I noticed TeenNick was on my TV. Yeah it’ll make blogging easier to extent (especially this summer), but I’m more excited about being able to react to things at the same time as everyone else.