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How old are forum members?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by atmuscarella, Jul 15, 2013.

How Old Are You?

  1. Under 20

    0 vote(s)
  2. 20-30

    6 vote(s)
  3. 30-40

    33 vote(s)
  4. 40-50

    64 vote(s)
  5. 50-60

    56 vote(s)
  6. 60-70

    30 vote(s)
  7. Over 70

    7 vote(s)
  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Although that's a big difference, at least for me. In the VCR days, I would timeshift when I had to (e.g., I was out for the evening), because it was a hassle. I would never timeshift simply to avoid commercials. Post-TiVo, I timeshift habitually, because not only is it no more hassle than watching live, it's less (near-painless commercial skipping).
  2. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    For the most part, there's not much difference for me. With my VCR, I did it because I wasn't home or was busy with other stuff, but FFing past commercials was a bonus. With Tivo, my primary reason is still because I'm not home or busy, with FFing as a secondary bonus.

    But, when I am home, I often watch delayed to avoid commercials, which I couldn't with the olde VCR.
  3. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I always watch delayed, even if only by 15 minutes. I schedule everything I watch, even the news (in fact, I record local & national on all three networks, even if I only zip through one of them in 5 minutes; but it pays off when something interesting happens).

    TiVo completely changed the way I watch TV, in a way the VCR never did. (And WHY isn't TiVo in the forum spellcheck?!? :D)
  4. NotNowChief

    NotNowChief Addicted to TiVo

    Mar 29, 2012
    New York...
    Still, this was a great idea for a thread. I expected more 20-30s though.

    My conclusion is that most people buy their first home in late 20s and early 30s, and that explains the result. The "couch potato" phase of life.
  5. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Not with ONE VCR. For a long time, I had two VCRs.. *PARTIALLY* for conflicts, but ALSO so I could watch one thing while recording another.

    That's why I always said a single tuner Tivo replaced VCR + a VCP.

    As this implies, I have been recording the vast majority of what I watch to avoid commercials for jeez, I guess over 20 years now. Even when I watch "live" (even now once in a while), I will watch something ELSE during the commercials on the orig show and use PIP to keep track of the orig show. I even use On Demand relatively frequently to get the HD version of a show, when I recorded the SD version (mostly for disk space reasons -- I like recording a TON of stuff and keeping it, though finally I'm starting to significantly eat into the backlog). Even though the On Demand versions have WAY WAY WAY fewer commercials (after a few days), I still watch a minute of a news show or something I have on my XS32, and then start back when it shows up again.
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I did it with a VCR. I had several VCrs. So for some shows I would start recording an episode and twenty or thirty minutes into the show I would start watching it on one VCR while it recorded the rest of it on another. Skipping commercials was one of the main reasons I time shifted my watching with a VCR. Even when I was home I always recorded the show so I could get back those 15 to 20 minutes of commercial time So I could watch more TV or have more time to do other things.
  7. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Man, I admire youse guys's dedication. VCRs were such a pain, I used them only when necessary (i.e., I couldn't be home). Figuring out what was where on which tape...purely not worth it.
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Since I had a bunch of VCRs each tape was only used for one or two specific shows each week. It would only have multiple shows on it if there was a block of shows that were on the same channel back to back. All the tapes were labeled with the show names and I used a post it for what dates were on each tape at any given time. So I never had any question about what was on a tape when I picked it up. Of course things are so much easier with DVRs now. I don't miss having those stacks of video tapes around.
  9. CraigK

    CraigK (unspecified)

    Jun 9, 2006
    North of...
    I had a whole stable of blank VCR tapes I used and reused. Each one had a 3/4" piece of Scotch Magic Tape over the label on the spine of the tape. I used Flair pens to write the show names and dates because I could wipe it off easily after watching the show.

    My wife wasn't so good at writing the show names on the tapes so some "blank" tapes accidentally got reused before the shows had been watched. Didn't happen if I was the one doing the taping.
  10. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Well yeah, I mean I watch maybe a half-dozen channels regularly out of over 100+ available.

    Problem is, I can never find all the content I watch available easier than with TiVo and those 100 channels. Torrents - unless the show is a super popular one, I get missed episodes (a LOT - especially if weeks are skipped), and quality varies (1080i one day, 720p the next because one group missed it and another group caught it). Or you have to visit some other tracker this week because your usual one didn't carry it, but it's on another one.

    Or iTunes has one, Netflix has another, no Hulu here, but sometimes the channels themselves have it online. Maybe. Sometimes they too forget to post episodes up.

    Either it's intentionally designed to screw up cord cutters, or incompetence.

    And no, I don't watch that much TV. I can usually catch up to a day's recordings the same day (usually just 2-3 hours of TV recorded tops, and that's a heavy day. If there's excess, usually other days like Thursdays and Fridays have nothing recorded).
  11. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I did something similar in that I placed a strip of 3/4" Scotch tape over the spine label and then placed another strip on top of the first with the end folded over to create a tab for easy removal. I'd write the name of the program on the top layer of tape and then simply pull it off and replace it when I finished watching the recording.

    I had a bank of 3 or 4 VCRs going simultaneously, mostly Super VHS with one Beta VCR thrown in for good measure. Back when I had DirecTV I had a Hughes digital VCR and compatible sat receiver that used an interface similar to Firewire for recording the shows in digital directly to tape. It was a royal pain to skip past commercials because the tape would unload and go into fast forward with no way of telling exactly how far the tape had traveled other than using the digital counter. The picture quality was as good as the original signal, but commercial skipping was anything but convenient.

    When I bought my first DirecTivo with dual tuners I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. This was back before they had sent out the update to enable the 2nd tuner so I had to hack it with the infamous 2.5Xtreme image to enable both tuners. Prior to that I had been using both VCRs and a ReplayTV to record shows while I was on business trips. I actually had a 2nd ReplayTV that I took with me while I was away on business for months at a time. The early Tivos (14-hour HDR-112) literally took hours to complete the setup so the ReplayTV was a revelation since I could have it up and running in my hotel room in less than 20 minutes. Obviously, Tivo has vastly improved the setup on their DVRs since that time.
  12. AMike

    AMike Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    Metro Atlanta
    I have a couple of months left in my 40's.

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