Update 12-21-13: Controversial statements by Phil Robertson puts future of Duck Dynasty on A&E in question.
Why Duck Dynasty? I was curious to see which top rated shows the cord cutter could miss in 2013. USA Today recently published the top 20 Nielsen rated shows for Sep 2-8. The list is an interesting insight in to the viewing preferences of America. Football really takes over in September.
But other than a few NFL games which shows are not free over the air? Number one on that subset is A&E’s Duck Dynasty. A&E Is a true cable channel with no over the air broadcast. Cable channels and “reality shows” like Duck Dynasty are another way cable MSO’s try to hold on to their subscribers.
For cable only channels like A&E the cord cutter must rely on OTT (over the top) methods of viewing. And there are a several options:
Individual episodes cost $2.99 each and assuming 13 episodes are made, season 4 will cost you a total of $38.87. Or if you don’t mind a substantial delay you can pre-order the entire season for much less and watch when it becomes available.
iTunes also carries episodes and entire seasons at the same or nearly the same pricing.
Netflix comes up empty on this one, but they do have the classic Duck Soup by the Marx brothers!
I plan on tuning in for an episode or two. I’m not sure I like the show (I find most “reality shows” get boring) but I am intrigued by the original story: The Robertson family became wealthy by making duck calls . Quack quack.