This is my personal thoughts, opinions and musings place. I will also rant about things, especially politically-correct things that irritate me. And sci-fi. Did I mention sci-fi? There'll be lots of sci-fi stuff here. And movies, too. Mmmmm... Movies

Thursday, November 17, 2005

It should be illegal, but it's not!

In October of this year, I finally gave up the wait and got a Rogers PVR(Personal Video Recorder). The damn thing is only a single-tuner(meaning you can't watch one channel while a program on another channel is recording) and is ridiculously expensive($20 per month), but dear Lord! how did I ever get along without it?

True, you can only record one program at a time, which puts a bit of a crimp on recording The Oblongs and porn at the same time, but you can watch previously-made recordings while something new is recording. You can pause your live tv feed to go to the bathroom. You can wind the current program back to catch something you just missed because some moron outside gunned his engine at the wrong time. You set future recordings directly off of the digital guide. You can tell it to delete recorded programs automatically when it needs more space. You can watch late-run movies and sick, disgusting(though much-loved) cartoons on a weeknight without being late for work next morning.

Is there anything you can't do?

I can now not worry about missing new episodes of Stargate: SG1 and Atlantis. I can wind past commercials. Dear Middle-of-the-road-Deity! I can watch TV the way I want to! I sacrificed a domain name to pay for it!

All hail PVR! Bow down before its greatness! Eliminate time-shifting!

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3 Comments:

At Thu Nov 17, 11:32:00 PM AST, Blogger The Talking Mute said...

Welcome Back! Now I can visit your blog to remind me that there are things that I can rant or rave about, which I would have not thought of otherwise. Just kidding!

You just have a different perspective on things,which I appreciate.

 
At Fri Nov 18, 12:16:00 AM AST, Blogger utenzi said...

I've got two DVRs, a ReplayTV unit that I've had for 4 years and one from Panasonic that I got last year. The Panasonic has both HD and DVD writing capability.

You're right. Having these totally changes the way you watch TV. There's no way I'd ever go back to just having a VCR.

 
At Fri Nov 18, 01:35:00 PM AST, Blogger SOH said...

Well, you know how we love the gadgets....so I might just as well publicly admit that we have three PVR's. Don't freak out! We keep one at the cottage, so it's really one one at home. PVR's are the most amazing invention EVER! I agree..how did we ever live without them?

 

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