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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by timckelley, Jun 3, 2003.
I think that discussion belongs in a separate thread
Or you could eat less for dinner and then eat popcorn!
Oh, sure it is. Right now I only have about 2000 videos, some of them only 22 minutes long, and it fills up 13T. If most of the files were not h.264, that number would be closer to 18T. I've watched almost every video on the system at least once, and some of them many times. A 99T array is only about 5 times that size - perhaps 10,000 or so videos. Watching one movie and one series episode a day on average would run through 10,000 videos in only 14 years or so, and many people watch considerably more than one series episode and one movie a day on average.
An entire movie a day is a LOT of media consumption, but you need enough media stored for 14 years?!?!? There's always going to be new media to acquire!
an entire movie/day is a lot of media consumption? Even using a long estimate, that's 2 hrs/day. The average TV usage is MANY more hours than that a day of TV.
I might average an hour a day of actually sitting down and watching TV. Probably less. And even that seems like quite a bit.
You're on the very low end of the Bell curve.
I can think of a lot of people who have the TV on a lot like I sometimes do, but not many people who actually sit down in front of the TV that much...
I'm sure you do, but that really is on the far end of TV viewing.
Even with the continuing decline of TV viewership, people still watch a LOT of TV every week.
I thought the Bell curve measured telephone usage.
Is that counting when the TV is on, or when people are actually actively WATCHING it? If you count TV on, that would triple or more my count. And the line really starts to blur when you're downloading or streaming cable TV content on a computer, which for me is almost all secondary usage, like while folding laundry.
It's not the amount of media, it is the variety. Hypothetically, if one watches 8 hours of video a week, one could get by with only 8 hours worth of media for the week, but it would not allow for anything reasonable in terms of a selection from which to choose. Indeed, even with nearly 2000 videos, when my brothers, sister-in-law, and sister are visiting, it can be difficult to find even one that everyone likes and wants to watch.
Not so much, really. Most of the stuff coming out is crap. The peak year in my collection was 1984, and by a very wide margin, most of the programs came out before 1990.
I don't watch anything like the 40 hours listed in the posts above, but I surely usually watch more than 7 hours a week, most weeks.
I don't ever turn a TV on without watching it.
Oooookay. There's Netflix, there's rentals, or there's maintaining an expensive and cumbersome hoard of content....
What about news shows or Daily Show/ Colbert Report? Those shows don't really need to be watched... you can do other things while listening to them.
Which has almost nothing of interest not already on my server, and costs money.
The content on the server cost a great deal less than renting, and rentals are rarely of interest. They are also a pain.
It's not in the least cumbersome. The only maintenance occurs when the content is recorded and cataloged. Admittedly, I do at that point have to decide on the appropriate genres (comedy, drama, western, etc.) and I do choose to get the cover art at that point in time.
I don't watch those... or listen to them. Even if I did, I would not attempt to do two things at once. That merely results in a poor outcome of both endeavors.
Sorry to break the news of math to you, but even if you expect your NAS to last a very, very generous 5 years, you'd have to have spent less than $8*60mo = $480 on your whole thing, which clearly is not the case. So that one's busted.
Where did all that stuff come from?
You should try being more engaged in what's going on in the world... heck, watch the evening news if you want the boring version geared towards old people. Any of those aren't that interesting to sit there and watch, and it is easy to absorb everything they are saying while doing something else. Believe me, I wouldn't be sitting in from of the TV watching TWiT, John Stewart, Steven Colbert, Rachel Maddow, and Bill Maher every week. I don't have that kind of time. But I watch them while I'm doing laundry, dishes, preparing food, making lunch for the next day, etc.
IIRC my NAS, including its 6 TB, cost somewhere around $400, and I would hope it lasts considerably longer than 5 years.
If a show isn't watched for more than 5 years, do you honestly think your wife is going to go back into the archives on the NAS and watch it? Really?
What did she say when you asked?
I think you might want to update to note that you are talking about TB, not GB.