For the last two years I have been recording a few of my favorite TV shows on an old Macintosh with EyeTV. The cool thing about this is that I didn’t have to remember to switch videotapes. I could quickly copy the shows on to my laptop to watch anytime, anywhere. Plus I could burn it to a VCD for archiving, taking up much less space than a videotape.
During this time I’ve been very curious about Tivo but my computer-based system really did everything I needed it to do. In fact last year just before the new TV season, I almost bought a Tivo. But at the last minute I decided not to invest the money.
This year, I couldn’t help myself. I think it was the $100 rebate and fact that the Tivo plus DVD-R are finally at what I would consider to be a reasonable price. I can’t copy my shows to my laptop like I could before, but burning a DVD is quick and easy.
And the other benefits I get with Tivo are pretty damn amazing. Those of you who already have one already know this. I’m preaching to the choir. But those who haven’t tried it, you’re really missing out. My single favorite thing is that it makes TV fit my schedule instead of the other way around. It doesn’t matter what time I finally get home from work, I can sit down and watch my favorite shows. It can be tough for me to regularly watch shows that come on at 8pm—I’m often not home in time. And if I’m working long hours, late night shows like “The Daily Show” or Adult Swim are now at much more reasonable times.
Wishlists are awesome. I was able to tell my Tivo to record any movie that is directed by Alfred Hitchcock or Akira Kurosawa. It just finds them and records them. I don’t have to do any searching. Also, by spending a little time to rate shows with one or multiple thumbs up or down, I can teach it the kinds of shows and movies that I like. Then it suggests other things that I might like and records them for me. Very, very cool. And all I have to do is be willing to give up my right to TV viewing privacy. 😉