Does anyone ever watch "live" TV anymore, aside from Football games? With today's busy schedules, and active people, I am willing to bet a lot of us record our shows, such as ER or CSI or Law and Order, and then view them at a comfortable time and date. Today's gadget folks have a DVR, like TiVo; others use the old VCR. Either case, we both get burned when the networks run a show "overtime", and when they move it to a "special date and time".

TiVo, a leading DVR service, has designed into TiVo 7.2.1 software the ability to keep recording a show, and run it to completion before switching to the new show. For example, if you were recording a show, and it ends at 7:32, but you have a new show starting at 7:30, you can use the Season Pass manager to determine a priority for which one should be recorded.

A better fix would be simple: force the TV networks to start their shows on time, and end them on time. But we all know the real truth -- the commercials are the name of the game, and if a commercial is long, we need to air that at the expense of meaningful programming. We also know that TV networks don't really care if we watch the show -- I have seen several shows now get moved, clobbered, cancelled and no real notification to let us know. I lost track of Star Trek Voyager for that very reason: I could never find it!

Thanks to the guys at TiVo for building some decsision-making abilities into their software.


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With the DVR service from Cox Communications, you don't have to worry about that because their DVRs come with two tuners.


Please tell us more about your DVR service. I don't have a unit yet, and am thinking of one. Thanks.


I have Directv with TiVO, and I love it!! Once you get one, and start using it you begin to ask yourself "how did I ever live without this?" It does have the ability to record two shows at once, which eliminates the problem you described above. I would recomend getting one.

Great post.

I would like to point out that like the Cox DVR mentioned above, you can now run dual tuners in Windows Media Center. Some cards like the Hauppage PVR-350 have dual tuners on one PCB, so you can install one card, yet record multiple channels. :cool:

I have a TV but it's packed in the shed somewhere.

I have not had a TV in my house for any length of time for over 7 years now. I did dig it out to watch 911 unfold, but 2 days later I switched it off and dumped it back in the shed.

I browse the Sunday paper for 20 minutes, and that's it for me as far as keeping up with current news goes. I learn all I need to know through my computer.

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