A little while ago Comcast dropped its customers in our local area and ran like a little girl, abandoning us to the mores of Time Warner Cable. One of TWCs first acts was to deny its non-digital customers the TV Guide channel.
I wasn’t exactly glued to the box before I lost the guide, but the absence of a guide meant that I was even less aware of what was on the box than the capricious twists and turns of the TV-schedulers already had me. (My grandma and parents always referred to TV as the ‘google box’, and that was the spelling I used as far back as I can find. So Google’s use of the word has always somehow just made sense to me)
I’ve only had my TiVo for 3 days now, but its already done a horrible thing to me – I discovered that there are actually quite a few shows on TV that I’m happy to watch.
I only bought the Series 2 TiVo ($79 with rebates! 80 hours, dual channel recording) and am already wishing I’d bought the Series 3 TiVo ($659; no prizes why I settled for a Series 2). Not so much for the recording capacity, but for the ability to record two channels and watch a third.
What the hell? I don’t watch this much TV!
To be honest, the effect will wear off in a couple of weeks when BattleStar, Lost and Smallville have run dry and TV is a desolate wasteland again, and I’ve already seen the shows that Discovery and History Channel are showing repeats of.
I think the best show of the weekend had to be History Channels “The Last Stand of the 300“, even if you haven’t see 300 yet. Its just so nicely done :) The only negative was that the show is only about 20 minutes long, and they abuse the recap to the very edge of tolerance – the last few segments seem to be verging on 5 minutes of recap and 3 minutes of story advancement. I hope, if they show it in the UK, they’ll just show it as a simple 28 minute BBC show.
But regardless, I can see that TiVo is going to be a good buy (for the cat, who will see a distinct increase in available lap time) and a buy buy (for me, who is going to be gaining skill increases in couch occupation)