Marathon viewing: a new New Year’s tradition

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Streaming television service providers and on-demand services offered by cable and satellite companies have opened the door for television fans to engage in marathon viewing sessions of their favorite shows.

Such sessions are now routinely characterized as “binge watching,” in which people spend hours on end watching popular series such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things,” often watching multiple episodes in a single session.

The concept of marathon television programming is, perhaps surprisingly, not all that new. Television marathons have been broadcast on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for decades. Many people include television marathons as part of their plans for the New Year, perhaps as a way to unwind after all of the festivities.


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