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Anonymous
April 26, 2005 3:13:52 PM

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Frank Ahrens from the business section of The Washington Post here. For
a story on the future of TV, I'm looking for the ultimate TiVo user,
the leading edge of where the rest of use will be in a few years. The
crux of this story is that viewers are no longer bound to broadcast
schedules and have used TiVo and other DVRs to create their own
broadcast schedules, unshackling them from the tyranny of the networks.
For instance, my friend's son regularly watches "Alias" (broadcast on
ABC on Wednesday nights) over breakfast before school on Thursdays. I'm
looking for a TiVo user who has created their own broadcast schedule of
several shows that we could print in the paper, alongside the actual
broadcast schedule, in addition to allowing me to quote them in the
story. For instance, ABC broadcasts "Lost" on Wednesday night at 8
p.m., but that's when Ted TiVo is at his Tae-Bo class. So he watches it
on Friday nights. Something like that. Also, I'd like to talk to folks
who are using TiVo in ways I haven't even thought about and can give me
ideas about other future uses of TV. Thanks much. I can be reached at
the listed e-mail through this week. (Ending 4/29)

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Anonymous
April 26, 2005 11:07:25 PM

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ahrensf@washpost.com wrote:
> looking for a TiVo user who has created their own broadcast schedule of
> several shows that we could print in the paper, alongside the actual
> broadcast schedule, in addition to allowing me to quote them in the
> story. For instance, ABC broadcasts "Lost" on Wednesday night at 8
> p.m., but that's when Ted TiVo is at his Tae-Bo class. So he watches it
> on Friday nights.

There is no schedule once you get Tivo. There wouldn't be any point in
having a new fixed schedule. I used to tape Johnny Carson on VCR, and I
had to watch it the next day, because I wanted to overwrite that tape the
next night. That concern is gone with Tivo.

You can't hang out at the office water cooler the next day and talk about
last night's episode, but you watch it whenever you want to watch it.

We "taped" all of several series. Sometimes we watch them back-to-back on
a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Sometimes we watch the most recent one,
maybe the week it aired, maybe not.

My wife watches stuff I don't like. I watch stuff that she does like, but
when she doesn't want to watch. I enjoy watching West Wing by myself, and
then again with her.

We have "wishlists" set for various people that might be on a talk show, or
a guest spot on some series that we wouldn't normally watch. We see a
strange listing in the "Now Playing" and check out who's on it.

A friend who doesn't have a TV commented that by using Tivo, you can
actually get something that you want to watch, when you want to waste time
sitting in front of a TV. (I don't understand why it's okay to watch
movies on the computer, but not watch TV, but that's okay.)

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Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA 38.8,-122.5
April 27, 2005 12:17:30 PM

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I do not watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I want to watch something I want
to watch.
I used to be a channel hopper, and burn hours of TV time, never being
satisfied.
Sometimes I would be working on the yard or something and want to take a
break.
I would come in, turn on the TV and flip channels until I felt satisfied
that I had seen something. 5 hours later I would still not be satisfied and
feel like I wasted a day, because I never got back to the yardwork.

Now with DiercTivo, I can come in, watch a 1 hour show in 35 minutes
(discovery channel has looong commercial breaks), and get back to work.
I now feel satisfied and productive.
My wife and I also enjoy a Sunday morning of Mad TV and SNL. We used to fall
asleep after the SNL monologue and wake up to the yelling on Jerry Springer.
(who wants that subliminally fed into their head whilst sleeping?)

Tivo has turned my life around. (tongue in check)


--
Steven
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<ahrensf@washpost.com> wrote in message
news:1114539232.474362.182300@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> Frank Ahrens from the business section of The Washington Post here. For
> a story on the future of TV, I'm looking for the ultimate TiVo user,
> the leading edge of where the rest of use will be in a few years. The
> crux of this story is that viewers are no longer bound to broadcast
> schedules and have used TiVo and other DVRs to create their own
> broadcast schedules, unshackling them from the tyranny of the networks.
> For instance, my friend's son regularly watches "Alias" (broadcast on
> ABC on Wednesday nights) over breakfast before school on Thursdays. I'm
> looking for a TiVo user who has created their own broadcast schedule of
> several shows that we could print in the paper, alongside the actual
> broadcast schedule, in addition to allowing me to quote them in the
> story. For instance, ABC broadcasts "Lost" on Wednesday night at 8
> p.m., but that's when Ted TiVo is at his Tae-Bo class. So he watches it
> on Friday nights. Something like that. Also, I'd like to talk to folks
> who are using TiVo in ways I haven't even thought about and can give me
> ideas about other future uses of TV. Thanks much. I can be reached at
> the listed e-mail through this week. (Ending 4/29)
>
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April 27, 2005 1:04:45 PM

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<ahrensf@washpost.com> wrote in message
news:1114539232.474362.182300@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> Frank Ahrens from the business section of The Washington Post here. For
> a story on the future of TV, I'm looking for the ultimate TiVo user,
> the leading edge of where the rest of use will be in a few years. The
> crux of this story is that viewers are no longer bound to broadcast
> schedules and have used TiVo and other DVRs to create their own
> broadcast schedules,


I don't believe many Tivo users watch their recorded programs on any type of
"schedule". It is more about not being bound to a schedule at all than it is
about creating a new schedule. Tivo ensures that whenever we have time to
watch a program or two we have a choice of several of our most favorite
things ready to go.

In my own particular instance my household schedule sees us turning in each
evening at 8 PM in preparation for our 2 AM alarm clock. That left us out of
the loop as far as any normal "prime time" television shows aired after our
bedtime.
With Tivo we tape all the "late night" shows like the CSI's, Without a
Trace, Shield etc. and make our own prime time for the next afternoon- when
it suits us. With two Tivos networked together we don't miss any of our
favorites, ever.

We also keep an arsenal of upbeat one hour shows available for treadmill
time, and the husband can keep episodes of Time Tunnel and other things I
have no time for and watch them when I'm not around. Ditto ball games- no
longer do I have to hear inning after eventless inning- he's watched it
while I was shopping.
Wishlists ensure that we don't ever miss anything to do with 'orchids' or
other obsessions without our even having to go through the listings.

As far as I'm concerned Tivo is the best thing since sliced bread, and it
has taken television from boob tube status to a tool we use to enhance our
lives.


--
Toni
http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com
Anonymous
April 29, 2005 6:21:18 PM

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Toni (Toni@nada.noway) wrote in alt.video.ptv.tivo:
> <ahrensf@washpost.com> wrote in message
> news:1114539232.474362.182300@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> > Frank Ahrens from the business section of The Washington Post here. For
> > a story on the future of TV, I'm looking for the ultimate TiVo user,
> > the leading edge of where the rest of use will be in a few years. The
> > crux of this story is that viewers are no longer bound to broadcast
> > schedules and have used TiVo and other DVRs to create their own
> > broadcast schedules,
>
>
> I don't believe many Tivo users watch their recorded programs on any type of
> "schedule". It is more about not being bound to a schedule at all than it is
> about creating a new schedule.

That's pretty much right. I'm *weeks* behind on some shows. I watch when
I have the time.

--
Jeff Rife |
| http://www.nabs.net/Cartoons/OverTheHedge/TeriHatcher.g...
Anonymous
May 4, 2005 4:03:19 PM

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"Jeff Rife" <wevsr@nabs.net> wrote in message
news:MPG.1cdc452b39d555dd989ce1@news.nabs.net...
> Toni (Toni@nada.noway) wrote in alt.video.ptv.tivo:
>>
>> I don't believe many Tivo users watch their recorded programs on any type
>> of
>> "schedule". It is more about not being bound to a schedule at all than it
>> is
>> about creating a new schedule.
>
> That's pretty much right. I'm *weeks* behind on some shows. I watch when
> I have the time.

I'm almost ready to start watching this season of 24...

Ken
Anonymous
May 4, 2005 9:30:46 PM

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In article <d5arrk$hf$1@eeyore.INS.cwru.edu>, Ken Alverson
<USENET.Ken@Alverson.net> wrote:

> "Jeff Rife" <wevsr@nabs.net> wrote in message
> news:MPG.1cdc452b39d555dd989ce1@news.nabs.net...
> > Toni (Toni@nada.noway) wrote in alt.video.ptv.tivo:
> >>
> >> I don't believe many Tivo users watch their recorded programs on any type
> >> of
> >> "schedule". It is more about not being bound to a schedule at all than it
> >> is
> >> about creating a new schedule.
> >
> > That's pretty much right. I'm *weeks* behind on some shows. I watch when
> > I have the time.
>
> I'm almost ready to start watching this season of 24...


I am finally getting to last year's run of "Six Feet Under," just in
time for this year's run of "Six Feet Under."
Anonymous
May 4, 2005 11:21:33 PM

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Ken Alverson wrote:

> "Jeff Rife" <wevsr@nabs.net> wrote in message
> news:MPG.1cdc452b39d555dd989ce1@news.nabs.net...
>
>>Toni (Toni@nada.noway) wrote in alt.video.ptv.tivo:
>>
>>>I don't believe many Tivo users watch their recorded programs on any type
>>>of
>>>"schedule". It is more about not being bound to a schedule at all than it
>>>is
>>>about creating a new schedule.
>>
>>That's pretty much right. I'm *weeks* behind on some shows. I watch when
>>I have the time.
>
>
> I'm almost ready to start watching this season of 24...
>
> Ken
>
>

I also find with TIVO I watch TV like I read books. I always have
several books "in progress". With shows, I'll watch a little of this, a
little of that. There are only a few shows I watch in one sitting.

--Charlene


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