On March 14, “Dr. Drew” was moved to another time slot. So, for all of us who can’t watch him at 4 p.m. or DVR his show, there is the option of using an “on demand” feature. Unfortunately, watching on demand can be very fickle (at least when it’s Time Warner Cable On Demand).
Dr. Drew’s March 14 episode should be called “A Dr. Drew Mystery: The Half Hour Hex.” On March 15, your faithful writer attempted to watch Dr. Drew’s March 14 episode using TWC: On Demand. Almost thirty minutes into the program, the “half hour hex” came into effect. The show was abruptly cut off. It was awful, because Dr. Drew was just transitioning into a hot topic: the Duggar family. The writer tried again and again to watch the segment but to no avail. A day later, she made another attempt to figure out what the panel thought about Josh Duggar, his exit from rehab, and the rest of the family. The same problem happened at about 26 minutes into the show. The screen went black, and she was kicked off the program.
That is the problem with TWC: On Demand. It’s not as reliable as streaming. For instance, this column has covered many episodes of “American Horror Story,” but covering the Hotel season was the most difficult of all. It’s not difficult to stream past episodes of the show on Netflix. You can binge watch them all day if you like. But when a new season hits, TWC: On Demand is how the writer is able to watch and review the show.
When Hotel aired, it would often be days before it became available on TWC: On Demand. Once, it was nearly a full work week after an episode’s air date before that episode became available to the TWC: On Demand audience.
Here is an excerpt from an article written by this writer in Nov. 2015 about the horrific situation. Coincidentally, the same problem had also occurred with a “South Park” episode:
The latest episodes of “South Park” and “American Horror Story: Hotel” aired on Nov. 11 but were not available on Time Warner Cable: On Demand until Nov. 15. That’s a long wait for a fan. The Hotel episode was actually available in high definition on TWC On Demand prior to Nov. 15, but all who use only standard definition had to bide their time.
Streaming provides power. You’re not limited on Netflix or Amazon.com when you don’t want to stream in HD. In fact, both companies charge more for watching in HD. Netflix has this statement in their help section on streaming: “Not all content is available in HD.” You’re actually more likely to be able to stream something using SD rather than HD. In other words, these sites really do want you to watch their stuff when you want to watch it. This can’t be said for On Demand.