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How Much Does it Cost to Watch Your Favourite TV Shows?

We all have a TV series (or 10!) that we just can’t get enough of, can’t miss an episode of and can’t ever forget once it’s earnt a special place in our hearts. I know, it sounds dramatic but admit it! It’s happened to you, too! But once a season has finished, aside from wondering what your next TV fix will be, have you ever wondered just how much time and money you spent watching it?

We came across a cool little website which lets you search for a TV show and find out exactly how much time it would have taken you to watch it. So what did we do? We took the top 50 rated TV shows on IMDb, found out how much time it would take to watch them AND how much it would cost!

To do this we chose one top selling LED TV (Samsung UN55F8000) and one top selling LCD TV (Sony KDL-47W802A) and worked out the cost based on their typical power consumption. Of course, we had to consider that some kind of media player would probably be used so we also worked it out for a Sky+ HD box and a top-selling blu-ray player (Sony BDP-S1100). Surprisingly, we found some quite significant differences between both the TVs and the media players. Here’s what we found!

This is based on the following power consumptions:

Samsung UN55F8000 LED TV: 70w

Sony KDL-47W802A LCD TV: 54.86w

Sony BDP-S1100 Blu-Ray player: 8.8w

Sky+ HD Box: 45w (this is listed as the box’s maximum consumption)

 

Sust-It.net energy calculator, UK - Average Electricity - September 2013

 

Archer – 5 Seasons

Running time: 19 hours 40 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 32.79p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 17.51p

Arrested Development – 4 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 10 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 56.7p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 31.46p

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) – 1 Season

Running time: 10 hours 25 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 17.37p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 9.64p

Breaking Bad Fact

Avatar: The Last Airbender – 3 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 6 hours, 30 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 50.86p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 28.21p

Batman: The Animated Series – 4 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 18 hours, 30 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 70.87p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 39.31p

Breaking Bad – 5 Seasons

Running time: 2 days, 14 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.03
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 57.36p

Cosmos – 1 Season

Running time: 13 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 21.68p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 12.03p

Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey – 1 Season

Running time: 13 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 21.68p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 12.03p

Cowboy Bebop – 1 Season

Running time: 10 hours, 50 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 18.07p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 10.02p

Dexter Fact

Deadwood – 3 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 12 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 60.03p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 33.3p

Death Note – 1 Season

Running time: 15 hours, 25 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 25.71p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 14.26p

Dexter – 8 Seasons

Running time: 4 days
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.60
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 88.81p

Dr. Who – 7 Seasons

Running time: 3 days, 19 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.52
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 84.18p

Dragon Ball Z – 8 Seasons

Running time: 4 days, 11 hours, 46 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.79
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 99.69p

Fargo – 1 Season

Running time: 10 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 16.68p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 9.26p

Fawlty Towers – 2 Seasons

Running time: 6 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 10p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 5.55p

Friends Fact

Firefly – 1 Season

Running time: 14 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 23.35p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 12.96p

Freaks and Geeks – 1 Season

Running time: 18 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 30.02p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 16.66p

Friends – 10 Seasons

Running time: 3 days, 6 hours, 4 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.31
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 72.78p

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) – 1 Season

Running time: 1 day, 2 hours, 40 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 44.47p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 24.67p

Game of Thrones – 4 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 16 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 66.7p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 37p

House – 8 Seasons

Running time: 7 days, 8 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £2.94
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: £1.62

Game of Thrones Fact

House of Cards – 2 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 2 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 43.36p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 24.06p

I, Claudius – 1 Season

Running time: 10 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 16.68p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 9.26p

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 10 Seasons

Running time: 2 days, 4 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 86.71p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 48.11p

Leyla and Mecnun – 3 Seasons

Running time: 5 days, 18 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £2.32
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: £1.28

Life – 1 Season

Running time: 10 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 16.68p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 9.26p

Monty Python’s Flying Circus – 4 Seasons

Running time: 22 hours, 30 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 37.52p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 20.81

The Sopranos Fact

Only Fools and Horses – 9 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 5 hours, 30 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 49.19p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 27.29p

Oz – 6 Seasons

Running time: 2 days, 8 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 93.38p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 51.81p

Planet Earth – 1 Season

Running time: 11 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 18.35p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 10.17p

QI – 11 Seasons

Running time: 3 days, 10 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.37
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 75.2p

Rick and Morty – 1 Season

Running time: 4 hours, 35 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 7.64p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 4.24p

Rome – 2 Seasons

Running time: 22 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 36.69p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 20.35p

Seinfeld – 9 Seasons

Running time: 3 days, 18 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.50
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 83.26p

Sherlock – 3 Seasons

Running time: 13 hours 3 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 21.77p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 12.08p

True Detective Fact

Six Feet Under – 5 Seasons

Running time: 2 days, 15 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.05
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 58.28p

South Park – 17 Seasons

Running time: 4 days, 6 hours, 55 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.71
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 95.21p

The Angry Video Game Nerd – 8 Seasons

Running time: 1 days, 10 hours, 57 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 58.27p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 32.33p

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 19 Seasons

Running time: 52 days, 8 hours, 30 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £20.95
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: £11.62

The Simpsons – 25 Seasons

Running time: 9 days, 14 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £3.83
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: £2.12

The Sopranos – 6 Seasons

Running time: 3 days, 14 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.43
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 79.55p

The Twilight Zone- 5 Seasons

Running time: 3 days, 6 hours, 30 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.31
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 72.62p

Twin Peaks Fact

The Wire – 5 Seasons

Running time: 2 days, 12 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £1.01
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 55.51p

Through the Wormhole – 5 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 10 hours, 9 minutes
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 56.94p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 31.59p

Top Gear – 21 Seasons

Running time: 6 days, 19 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: £2.71
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: £1.51

True Detective – 1 Season

Running time: 8 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 13.34p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 7.4p

Twin Peaks – 2 Seasons

Running time: 1 day, 6 hours
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 50.03p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 33.76p

Undercover (Pod Prikritie) – 4 Seasons

Running time: 2 days
Cost of LED TV & Sky+ HD Box: 80.04p
Cost of LCD TV & Blu-Ray player: 44.4p

 

Can’t find your TV show? Head over to the tii.me website and the Energy Calculator to work it out and then let us know! How much does it cost to watch your favourite TV shows??

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