Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I Miss TiVo.

Sometime last year, Joe asked if we could get digital cable. I can't remember the specifics, but the NFL Network played a part. I told him he could do anything he wanted to do, as long as he did it without involving me.

Well, much to my surprise, he did it. And although he didn't involve me, he did involve him, but that's another story... We ended up with digital cable, some sports package (I think) and two DVRs.

And a decommissioned TiVo.

But two DVRs! With one in the bedroom, where I could record whatever I wanted to watch in the 20 minutes I'm awake after putting J.J. to bed. And (unlike our series 2 TiVo), I could watch one thing and record another. Or record two things and watch something else that was already recorded.

And yeah, that's nice. But it's no TiVo.

There's no little TiVo guy waving at me from the top corner of my TV screen.

And there's no "bee doop, bee doop bee doop" as I fast forward.

TiVo used to save multiple episodes of the same show in a folder, making it easier to navigate the list of recorded shows. We have 13 instances of The Upside Down Show (J.J.'s fav), which make scrolling to Yo Gabba Gabba a little tedious.

TiVo would let me jump 15 minutes ahead (or behind) to get to "that one part" quickly. Although the DVR has 4 different fast forward speeds, it takes a L-O-N-G time to speed through Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse just so J.J. and I can dance to "Hot Diggity Dog". And I guar-run-tee that before I stop the fast forward before it gets to the end, that "delete recording?" screen is going to pop up.

There's no way to search by keyword, just the show's title. How was I supposed to know "Jack's Big Music Show" was listed as "Big Music Show"? It took me forever to find it listed in the guide where I was able to set a recurring recording. And there's no way I could search "Manilow" to automatically record every talk show he appeared on to promote his latest album CD like I did last time. Yes, I really did. Shut up.

And recurring recordings? If I set one to record "new and repeats" and save "all episodes" and save them until "space is needed", the DVR only records 8 episodes, then records over the first. Not good when there are 13 episodes of The Upside Down Show. Somehow, I figured out if I changed the setting to save them "until I delete", all 13 episodes get recorded.

And, like TiVo, I can set a show to start recording a minute early, and end a minute late, to catch the very beginning or very end of a show that doesn't match up right. Like The Office on TBS. If you don't set it to end a minute late, you miss the last bit of the show. But if you do set it to record a minute late, you're recording that last minute on two different drives when two episodes are on back-to-back. Meaning if there's something else I want to record while my husband is recording two back-to-back episodes of The Office on Tuesday evening, I can't. Because you can't set a show to start recording one minute late. TiVo would have told me there was a conflict and ask me if I wished to start my recording a minute late. The DVR, not so much.

I now THOROUGHLY understand why TiVo threw a hissy fit when people started referring to all DVRs as TiVos (much like how all facial tissue is now Kleenex). DVR, you're no TiVo.

There's more. There's much more. But I'll save them for my "I still miss TiVo" post.


Smed said...

Wow, that's a sucky DVR. I had fear and loathing when our TiVo broke and we had to get a DirecTV DVR, but it had the exact same functionality as our TiVo, and its own funky sounds as well!

peach said...

I feel your pain! Fortunately, I still have my TiVo in my bedroom. That dang DVR for the digital cable in the living room is not nearly as user friendly. Maybe eventually, I'll buy the digital TiVo box. :)