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16 December 2009 @ 11:48 am
The Hoard Potato: Video Addiction  
In all the sorrow and confusion of my current situation, there are also small annoyances that arise. One such nuisance: I find myself now bereft of a DVR.

I suspect that much of our recent* increase in television viewing was due not just to a plethora of interesting programs, but to the ease and convenience that the DVR provided: for the first time, recording shows and watching them at a later time had become simpler than just turning on the TV and watching a show "live".

As previous posts have mentioned, my regular TV viewing has been whittled down to a handful of shows. However, an annoying number of them air on nights that I work, and the rest are cable shows with unpredictable timeslots.

Several of them have ongoing narratives that I would regret losing track of:

  • Heroes
  • Supernatural
  • Leverage
  • Burn Notice


Anybody out there recording any of those who might want to do a weekly-ish TV Couch Potato Party?

I've realized that much of our recent* increase in television viewing was due not just to a plethora of interesting programs, but to the ease and convenience that the DVR provided: for the first time, recording shows and watching them at a later time had become simpler than just turning on the TV and watching a show "live".


*"Recent" as in "over the last decade", not "over the last season or two", which has seen us dropping shows fairly rapidly, as my journal entries have discussed. It's now come into question just how much of that has really been due to increasing impatience with network offerings vs. increasing impatience with other matters in our lives.

(I also watch Castle and the Mentalist, but those are lighter shows less reliant on narrative, and I doubt anyone else out there's recording them.)

 
 
 
ebony14 on December 16th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
If you can't find anyone to do the Sofa Tuber Party with, you might check the websites for the networks that air those shows. Some of them are showing the current week's shows on streaming format (NBC does this with "Heroes" definitely). Plus, if you don't mind .yarr format, you can always check the BitTorrent sites for a downloadable copy.
leonard_arlotte: Mwa ha hah!leonard_arlotte on December 16th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Heroes is on hulu.com

A little research has shown me that the other three series are all available to watch from the websites for their respective networks.

I know you're a snob about watching Sci Fi on BIG SCREEN, and your reliance on Linux makes it so that flash video is dicey. It comes down to the question of how addicted are you to these series?
Tubetoob on December 16th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
We can hook you up with Supernatural!
KehzaFox: sciencekfops on December 16th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
When we miss a show we find it just as easy (the next day) to grab it via BitTorrent. Plus, when you get the show that way often someone has already cut out the commercials for you!

I generally use Vuze (formerly Azureus) as it makes the search and download motif pretty simple.