After getting a TiVo last year, I attempted something I haven’t really done before — watch new shows when they premiere.
In the VCR days, I would catch a new show only when it went into syndication. I never watched the first three seasons of The West Wing till Bravo aired reruns. And I can’t watch Without a Trace at its appointed time since its up against Battlestar Galactica and Brothers & Sisters.
So I watched a whole bunch of the serials trotted out this season and bailed on all of them. I didn’t pick up any of the midseason replacements, but I did add a few shows I hadn’t watched before.
I thought TiVo would be responsible for many hours chained in front of a television set. On weekends, that sometimes happens.
But I think I’m probably watching less TV than before I switched.
I’ve developed a habit with the machine — TiVo will catch it for me, I can watch it later. "Later." That’s the catch, isn’t it?
"Later" sometimes never comes. Last month, I was working on a project that required a number of hours each evening. I ended up watching a lot of TiVo over the Thanksgiving holiday because a three-week backlog built up.
It’s taken me a month of experimentation, but I finally managed to find the right set of tools to create commercial-free DVDs of shows recorded on my TiVo.
And man has it been a tedious process.
Before I recount that saga, here’s what I ended up with:
So, here’s how the story begins.