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Would getting a TiVo make me watch

MORE TV, because it would be storing up a lot of things I would otherwise be unable to watch? or

LESS TV, because it would allow me to more efficiently block time for TV-watching, and let me pick what I really am interested in without having to resort to that aimless channel surfing to "things that I don't really want to watch, but I feel like watching TV, so this'll do" thing.

That and I'm torn between getting what sure seems to be really excellent and useful technology, and being mindlessly acquisitive because everyone else has one.

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jonroma
Feb. 5th, 2002 02:42 am (UTC)
To TiVo or not to TiVo
I suspect that, in the long run, a TiVo won't make a significant difference in the amount of television you watch. I'm not a TV viewer myself; however, it's rather compelling to have the power to watch programming that appeals to you rather than whatever happens to be dished out for you at the times when you have some slack in your schedule.

I tend to only watch TV when I'm on the road and cooped up in a motel room late at night with nothing better to do. But I have definitely encountered some very engrossing programming (mostly on Discovery, the History Channel, and the like. These encounters wind up being complete happenstance, and there are times where I wish I could follow a series where I caught the first part but won't be near a TV for the remainder.

A TiVo allows someone to focus their TV viewing to programming that is most satisfying to them in the time they have available.
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