I've been running an interesting experiment. OK, it's not really an experiment, it's the way I've been forced to live for the past week while waiting for my new TiVo. Here it is: Suddenly, I know when TV shows are on, and my butt is on the couch at certain times. I know what the current "hot" commercials are (if there are such a thing).
How do I feel about it? Well, for one, I hate not having a TiVo right now. Aside from missing its lovable little UI, icon, and bloop bloops, I'm highly inconvenienced. I actually have to be home at the right time so that I don't miss Lost. I can only go to the bathroom and get snacks on commercial breaks. I am a slave to network programming.
To see why I kind of like not having a TiVo, just read more.
On the other hand, I kind of like that I know when shows are on — in the past week I've been able to tell people what time or what channel a show they've asked about is on (so it makes me smarter). And when someone asks me if I've seen that hideously annoying new Comcast commercial, I can say, why yes, I have, about five times too many (see, smarter still). And I confess that I like having established breaks to get up at.
Still, I wouldn't trade it for having a TiVo and being able to watch TV on my schedule. That just feels like the normal, modern way to live for me. But in any case, it's been interesting knowing about schedules, channels, and all that jazz a DVR shields you from. I do feel more in touch.
So what about you — does having a DVR make you feel out of touch sometimes?