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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by timckelley, Jun 3, 2003.
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It's not really the same at all. A DVR is not the be-all-end-all to "on demand" video.
Watch stuff on TV, enjoy it, and delete it. I just did my weekly cleanout, and I'm down to 2 hours on my DVR.
Because if you keep getting farther behind, you're never going to actually watch them. At some point, you have to realize it's pointless, and just delete them. I pretty much use a 2-3 week rule. If I haven't found it interesting by that point, I'm not going to, and I nuke it.
The point of a DVR is to time shift and zap commercials, not create a massive stockpile of TV shows. So that tonight's ep of Finding Bigfoot, I can watch it tomorrow or the next day or the next. But if I don't watch it by next weekend, I can be pretty sure I don't really want to watch it, and I should probably delete it (I will watch it).
The point of my DVR is to do what I want it to do, not for me to do what it wants me to do.
And the point is certainly not for either of us to feel compelled to adhere to someone else's idea of what we should be doing or how we should be doing it.
And to all the others...
In our most recent example - we relocated to another city & state. I stayed behind selling the house and packing while hubby started a new position and worked for a few months while also scouting for new homes to purchase.
We have multiple shows we like - so I archived them via Tivo - and when the Tivo got full - I archived them over to an external HDD on the network. We are slowly but surely catching up, but it will take months as he only has the time to watch 1-2 shows a day at the most.
Meanwhile, we'll never have to watch a commercial. It's all time shifted for as long as we like. Periods of the year contain big black outs in shows/networks we enjoy - so we'll have plenty saved up to fill the gaps.
Sometimes we go away on business or take vacations too - another need to archive shows. Sometimes only one of us wants a show and the other is not interested - so we have our "own" individual recordings as well - saved for use as we see fit, at a later time.
Get it now?
And if the shows ever do completely run out on the Tivo - we also have Netflix.
Bottom line = we HATE LIVE TV and almost never ever ever ever watch it - due to commercials.
Sounds like too much TV.
Don't be jealous.
Not the be all and and all, but CLOSE.
Yes, I have used Cable's On Demand from my Tivo and appreciate it being there.. But I can't skip commercials on that.
IF I had infinite storage, I'd just record everything with buffers on both ends. Recording MORE than you can watch ends up giving you new shows all summer long, where there are fewer new shows on
(More in the past ~10 years than previously, but still less than during the main first run season.. and most of the summer stuff is reality, which some [not me] hate.)
SOME things I record for keeps.. not much, but I just like having a HUGE variety of what to pick.. I have "gotten into" something I had a season or more of, then caught up on.
(There is also a downside, yes, your drive can go bad.)
The other downside is, you're watching too much TV.
There's no such thing as too much TV.
At some point though stuff gets deleted. I have many terabytes of HD content that I've recorded since Summer 2001. I did recently delete around 4TB of that content from one of my unRAID servers since I had not watched it in a long time and most of it is available now from BD or from a streaming service in HD.
Although I still have more terabytes of HDTV content left than I deleted. But at least I'm making progress. I'm sure I'll delete more soon since I'm keeping getting close to the storage limit of 99TB I have between my WHS and my two unRAID servers.(unless I buy more hard drives and external eSata boxes to add to my second unRAID) And most of the content Ive been putting on them the last few years has been BD content instead of broadcast recordings.
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A google tv device like the logitech revue allows you to watch free online video on your TV.
I think it would cause your hard drive to fail sooner than if you only recorded what you can watch.
You're joking right?
HOLY ****. 99TB? It's not even possible to watch that much!!! And, while I'm commenting, I have to ask what stopped you from crossing the 100TB mark just to say that you did it?
Wow, so that's almost .001 times as much as Data's (from Star Trek Next Generation) brain. (which supposedly holds 100,000 TB of memory).
I have some more hard drives lying around that I could use, but I would need to buy more 4-bay, eSATA, eclosures that are port multiplier capable. So instead of spending more money for enclosures(I'm already using twelve enclosures with my WHS and unRAID), at some point I'll end up taking enclosures from my WHS and adding them to my second unRAID setup. Since the WHS with duplication only gives you 4TB of storage from 8TB of space(I use four, 2TB drives in each enclosure). But if I move them to my unRAID, I would have all 8TB in each enclosure available to use for storage.
Although another option would be to take the 4 bay enclosure I use with my TiVo Desktop server and use that with my unRAID instead. But then I wouldn't have dedicated local storage for TiVo Desktop.
I'm starting to have a new problem with my own TiVo. Over the course of many years, I've been gaining about 1 pound per year, but over the years that can add up.
One thing that contributes to it is that most nights, after my son goes to sleep, I'll watch TV while eating popcorn. Well one week ago today, I was walking to the Grocery store to buy more popcorn, and as I passed by the library, I could see my reflection in the glass wall, and I didn't like how big my stomach looked. So I turned right around and aborted the trip and told myself I would no longer eat anything after dinner.
Even though I may feel a little hungry, I tell myself that soon I'll be asleep anyhow, wake up, and it'll be breakfast time. It's been working, and I'm already losing weight, but a side effect is that I seem to have lost the desire to watch TV. I've watched no TV at all since one week ago. Undoubtedly my TiVo is probably backing up. I really don't have many SPs, so it shouldn't take long to catch up if I so choose. I just need to decide how interested I still am in those SPs. I'm into the shows, so I'd like to see how they continue to develop, but nighttime has always been when I have time to watch TV. I think even when this thread started, about 10 years ago, I said as much.
Oh a great side effect though is that all my nighttime heartburn has vanished. I feel like I could live long term with this new eating strategy; I just hope that three months down the road I don't fall to temptation, but really I think I have a decent chance of sticking to this. I really don't think it's that big a sacrifice. (Even though popcorn is my most favorite food that exists on this planet - well when I go to the cinema, which only happens a few times a year, I bet I'll supremely appreciate the popcorn there.)