We have cable, sattelite or just ordinary ariel, plus all the broadband stuff like Netflix etc.
You can pay as much or as little as you like, really. From the most expensive, all bells and whistles packages right down to paying nothing.
Me? Several years ago I realised that I was paying Rupert Murdoch a fortune for thousands of hours of predominantly crap TV, which I didn't have time to watch, even if I sat there grazing for 24 hours a day.
So, we cancelled Sky (Murdoch) and purchased a set top box which got the signal from our sattelite dish.
It's called Freesat (there is also Freeview, which gets its signal from an ariel.....antennae) and cost me about £120 to buy.
Once plugged in and tuned, it gets about forty channels, including all the main Brit ones, all for FREE!
To be honest, with so much good stuff on our four or five main channels (BBC1, 2, ITV1, 2, CHANNEL 4) there is never enough time to watch all the stuff worth viewing anyway, so why pay for an extra ton of moron TV.
If a new series starts that is good, I simply press the record button and it asks me whether I want to record just the one episode or the whole series.
I invarioubly click whole series, and it does it all for me for however many weeks that the series is on.
It gets stored on the hard drive in the Freesat, and I can record roughly 500 hours of programmes.
It frees me up to do other stuff and come back to watch the quality programmes when I want to. I find that the moron TV takes a total back seat nowadays, because as soon as we realise that there is nothing worth watching, we open up the recorded log and pick a series or film to watch.
As far as House of Cards is concerned, I haven't seen the American series but can say that our original version went down a storm here when it was televised all those years ago. People keep mentioning that it seems dated.
Well.....when was it on? The 80's was it?
Another series worth watching......
The Returned.....A French series with subtitles, about dead people suddenly wandering back into town. Totally weird and wonderful, as only the French can do so well. Second series due early next year and I can't wait.