Binge-watch: What is it & how do you do it?

Everything you need to know about 2015's Word of the Year.
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Binge-watch: What is it & how do you do it?

Today binge-watch was made Word of the Year 2015 by Collins English Dictionary, but what does it mean and how on earth do you do it?

What does binge-watch mean?

This is how the Collins English Dictionary defines binge-watch:

"Binge-watch; verb; to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession."

How do I binge-watch?

Binge-watching has become a thing because of apps like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, All 4 – all those places that have entire series of shows ready and waiting to be watched, often without adverts.

So if you want to waste a lazy day getting in on the binge-watching craze, you just need to follow a few simple steps.

  1. Get a smart device

The first thing you need to do is grab yourself a smart device, like a smartphone or tablet – the bigger the screen, the better. If you really want to enjoy binging on your favourite shows, you’ll want a smart TV. Buying a new TV could be expensive (although well worth it in our humble opinion) so why not check out the new Chromecast and make your old TV smarter.

  1. Download an app

If you’re binge-watching on your phone, tablet or through Chromecast, download some streaming apps that have your favourite shows on from your app store. Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Now TV have a great choice of programmes and movies, but they all need subscriptions. BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and All 4 give you free TV, but have less choice and even adverts.

  1. Start binge-watching

Now that you’ve got the right app for you loaded onto your smart device, it’s time to close the curtains, open the snacks and shut out the real world for a few hours. Simply find your favourite show, press play and don’t stop watching until the series ends or you run out of episodes.

Recommended shows to binge-watch

Breaking Bad - If you haven't seen this yet, where have you been? Get in a binge-watching session and catch up in one sitting.

24 - The great thing about binge-watching 24 is that it's all in real time, so you can tell the time by looking at Jack Bower's watch.

Fawlty Towers - If you're new to binge-watching, Fawlty Towers is a great starting point. There aren't many episodes of this comedy gold so you won't accidentally lose three days in front of the TV.

Binge-watching might not be the healthiest thing to do, or the most sociable, but it is one of our favourite uses for our phones and tablets. Tell us what you binge-watch in the comments below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

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