While out cruising I didn't have a TV until the last few years, and it rarely got used other than to watch an occasional movie
. It does depend where one is: Croatia
broadcasts lots of shows in English
, Spanish, Russian, etc so that made a nice treat. These days, living aboard
during a major refit
back at home, a TV is great for the news and the few good shows available.
Many cruisers do share digital copies of movies, with portable hard drives and USB sticks (some pirates are loved by cruisers).
Most folks have given up on carrying their CD libraries around and store their music libraries on iPods and similar MP3 players. A quality car stereo with AUX or iPod input can easily fill the boat with music. Personally I am a fan of TEDtalks (free) when on watch - the 18 minute talks are an interesting way to stay awake on watch (I use a video iPod to watch them in the cockpit).
a car stereo look for models that can be switched between US and European broadcast standards for best stereo reception
everywhere. My new JVC does that, as well as having the iPod and AUX inputs. Edit: And available for about $200.
Other than the TEDtalks while on watch, and news on the radio
or (rarely) TV, I don't use entertainment electronics
much while cruising, but more during winters, etc. Exchanging books with other cruisers provides many hours of pleasure.
And yes, far too many hours are spent on the internet