The DVR is King

| 7/3/2008 3:10:33 PM

There are guffaws and mouths agape when I explain my television/video setup, and more than one person walks away, shaking a head, as if to say, “Crazy person!”


At one time, I had three VCRs hooked up to one TV. Nowadays, since my cable company has gone all digital, I have a DVR and two VCRs. With the federal mandate for all over-the-air television channels to be digital by February 2009, many cable companies have followed suit. My provider offers three tiers of service, all digital and many high definition, and one tier of analog channels (converted from the digital). All of which means I can record two digital channels at the same time, record two analog channels at the same time, and view a fifth live.

So I actually now have more recording capacity than I did before the digital revolution. But if anyone had told me that a couple months ago, it would have fallen on deaf ears. I was more than a little resistant to the DVR craze, despite assurances from two of my sisters that I would love having a DVR.

Digital television is changing my viewing habits. I find myself watching TV through the DVR more often than not, though I’m not recording as much at the moment as what I have in the past. That will change in the coming weeks, though.

The writer’s strike earlier this year definitely affected what I watch, and no longer watch. After shows began appearing again, I made a conscious choice to drop several network shows from my regular viewing/recording. That decision, however, doesn’t affect some of the cable shows I enjoy.

Jean Teller
7/18/2008 4:35:54 PM

Oops, messed up the links! Hope this works! Tim Goodman over at the San Francisco Chronicle is at and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences's listing is at

Jean Teller
7/18/2008 4:31:21 PM

Thank you, Jenn - glad to be here! Hey, Kate, I've heard of Madmen. And it's done well for itself, being one of two best-series nominees from basic cable - a major first. Check out the Emmy nominations (Tim Goodman over at the San Francisco Chronicle has this report,, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has a listing for this year's awards at I'll check out Madmen this season, thanks!

Kate Will
7/18/2008 3:10:12 PM

Jean, I am waiting anxiously for the second season (starts July 27 I think) of Madmen. It's a terrific show set on Madison Avenue at the dawn of the Kennedy era. The sets are divine, and the costumes and plots a reminder of those good old/bad old days in the 60s. I was a kid, but I recognize it all--and the writing is excellent.

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