I don’t watch very much “regular” television. I do watch IDEAfitTV whenever I find a topic that interests me. I watch while I work out or any down time that I have. I have found that many of the topics are very well presented. A few have been dated or unproductive. But I use those as learning experiences on what not to do when I am presenting to groups.
There is a free CEC option. But CECs have never been a problem for me. If I am interested in a course and it is within the budget, I take it.