I love my TiVo®...I hate my TiVo®

Saturday, February 24, 2007

I have had TiVo® for over two years now and am hooked. I rarely watch anything in "real time" unless I am on the computer in the office (no TiVo®there). I love watching a 60 minute show in 40 minutes. I love pausing a show when I need to do something, or I get a phone call. I love having a backlog of shows to watch when I want to watch them. But most of all, I love not worrying about missing my favorite shows, thanks to the Season Pass feature.

In addition, mine is connected to DirecTV and I can record two different shows at a time...and while I can't watch a third station, I can watch a previously recorded show while it records the other two.

That said, there are a couple of flaws with
TiVo®. The first flaw was discovered when a football game pushed my Sunday night shows off by almost an hour. Imagine my dismay when I went to watch my TiVo®'d show only to discover the end of a game. Managed to catch 10 minutes of my show....grrrrrr.

Okay, fixed that by changing my recording option to record for two hours for Sunday nights during football season. Phew!

Next flaw is a variation of the above. I'm merrily watching a
TiVo®'d show, getting to the last couple of minutes, fast forward through the last commercial break....to hit the end of the recording! What the...? It may be caused by a show running late but I have found that some shows don't seem to be quite on the same time schedule as others and a show may actually go 1-3 minutes past the hour.

Humph! Fixed that....set all my shows to record an extra 5 minutes.

Then one day a favorite show wasn't recorded.....trying to figure out why, I discovered that adding that 5 minutes sometimes created a conflict with a third show which was scheduled to start on the hour, thus it was skipped completely! So here I am back at square one, all my shows set to record normally with no variations.

I love my
TiVo®. I hate my TiVo®.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Froggi/Donna