Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DirectTV, TiVo, and other mysteries of electronics

I remember when I first saw TiVo in action. I don't remember which house I saw it in, but I vividly recall my astonishment at seeing live TV paused! It was like magic. Finally, we as consumers could control the TV show to allow us more time to use the bathroom!! (I'm ashamed to admit that there were several times in my past where I was sitting on the porcelain throne, yelling at my Mukor to tell me what was going on the TV show while my Mukor was trying to relay the pertinent plot information to me in conjuction with keeping track of said show so he wouldn't miss anything important. Ah, the good 'ole days.)

We've have had TiVo for some time now. As soon as I saw that I could pause live TV, I needed to have this electronic wonder in my home. Now, we can record all of our children's favorite shows and watch them when we want to. When my kids are done with homework, they can watch a pre-recorded program that I have already approved for their young minds.  (A personal favorite is "Between The Lions", especially since LittleMan is beginning to read.)

With the advent of High-Definition television, our TiVo is showing signs of age. Mukor called DirectTV and requested an upgraded DVR (or Digital Video Recorder, which is what TiVo apparently is). Yesterday, a bright, young man came into our home to switch out our aged TiVo to replace it with a new fandangled DirectTV DVR. Four hours later, the man leaves, and I'm holding this new remote that looks like it has enough buttons to control my children. (MUTE!  I'm pressing MUTE!!)

As I try to remember the 40 THOUSAND television shows we watch on a semi-regular basis, AllThingsBD notices that we are only receiving the High-Definition channels. Well, she's right. Something was wrong, and we will be receiving another bright, young man from DirectTV within 48 hours.

I only hope I'm able to record America's Next Top Model...

7 comments:

All Things BD said...

DiVo will get all it's kinks worked out, and you will be able to worship at it's throne in no time. Patience, young Skywalker.

steenky bee said...

Best things I've ever purchased in my life: Tivo, iPhone, Second Tivo, Third Tivo. In. That. Order.

You are blogrolled and followed. Can you feel it??

Don said...

You are marvelous. Technology is your candy store, and you have the ability to digest it.

Me? I'm still polishing my description of the current age, "Technology: It's glorious...or it sucks."

I admire your enthusiasm. I cannot empathize with it, but I amire it.

Tabitha Blue said...

I love DVR!!!! One of the best inventions ever!! If you missed ANTM... you can come over for a visit.. I record it too!

And I agree with stinky bee... I also love my iPhone.

Casey said...

DVR is my third child. And my fourth, we have two. We actually just bought a bigger hard drive for ours since we're lame and we record too many shows. Good luck getting yours working....

gingela5 said...

Love DVR--I don't think I'd be alive today if I didn't have it....love America's Next Top Model too! Hope you got it recorded!

Jannie Funster said...

maybe after our tree-house is finished and we get back to our living-room remodel I shall suggest to my beloved "landlord" it is time to get TiVo or a DVR set-up, yes move into some semblance of modernity.

'Cause I'm tired of yelling from the potty too.