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Old 07-15-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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How old are forum members?

I have seen some articles indicating younger people watch TV differently than use old fa**s so I was wondering how old the majority of the people posting on this forum were.

For the recorded I still have a few months of my double nickel year left .
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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I'd say nearing 53 puts me in the old fa** category.
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I am in my last year of the 25-34 year old male demographic, and I am very upset about it.

I may have to start preemptively looking for my midlife crisis car.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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I'd say nearing 53 puts me in the old fa** category.
Man, I can't even remember what it was like to be nearing 53!

(Which is unfortunate, since I'm nearing 53...)

I notice the poll results are turning into a neat Bell curve, heavy on the downward slope.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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I just celebrated the 34th anniversary of my 29th birthday last January. I also prefer "Seasoned Gas Passer," thank you.
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I am in my last year of the 25-34 year old male demographic, and I am very upset about it.

I may have to start preemptively looking for my midlife crisis car.
Me too. Will hit 35 next month.
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I am in my last year of the 25-34 year old male demographic, and I am very upset about it.

I may have to start preemptively looking for my midlife crisis car.
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Me too. Will hit 35 next month.
Take it from one who is well past that stage and been through it: save your money.
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Poll fail.

Somebody on the 10s are members of 2 different choices.

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Old 07-15-2013, 02:15 PM   #10
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I just celebrated the 34th anniversary of my 29th birthday last January. I also prefer "Seasoned Gas Passer," thank you.
As did I in May! And I like your moniker....I think I'll adopt it as well....
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A couple of years ago, I said "I just turned 17! For the third time..."
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What's with the overlapping age groups? do 40 year olds choose 30-40 or 40-50?
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What's with the overlapping age groups? do 40 year olds choose 30-40 or 40-50?
Let's speculate to correct the error:

If you were born on or before June 30, choose the 30-40.

If you were born on or after July 1, choose 40-50.
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I'd change the poll, but I might screw up the results depending on how those people with 10s voted.
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I am in my last year of the 25-34 year old male demographic, and I am very upset about it.

I may have to start preemptively looking for my midlife crisis car.
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Me too. Will hit 35 next month.
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Take it from one who is well past that stage and been through it: save your money.
Geez, what's with us all being of the same year?

I suppose that explains why I've been eying some fairly expensive things lately - individually, you can buy a not very appealing car with that money, but together the entire list can get a pretty nice car, I think.

No, I don't want the car. I want those things.

As for TV? I see the appeal of "cord cutting" and all, but really, the systems to do it have a lot to be desired, especially those shows which must be obtained via other means and from what I can tell, those other means have been extremely unreliable.

I like my TV to be simple. It's why I got TiVo to begin with. I don't want to mess around with RSS feeds and auto-downloads and auto-stops and 10 different streaming services just to see the content I get right now. Yeah, it's great to be flexible. It's also great to be able to just sit down and actually use stuff as it was meant to be used and not mess with stuff just for the sake of messing with stuff.

Sure, I'll tinker with things, but I want to do it on my own terms. I love tinkering, but I also love being able to not tinker with stuff and being able to use it for what it was designed for.
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Poll fail.

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What's with the overlapping age groups? do 40 year olds choose 30-40 or 40-50?
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Let's speculate to correct the error:

If you were born on or before June 30, choose the 30-40.

If you were born on or after July 1, choose 40-50.
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I'd change the poll, but I might screw up the results depending on how those people with 10s voted.
Sorry about the mess up. I don't know how to change the poll, but my intent was 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, etc.
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In any event would do people think the age of forum members tells us (if anything)? Do people think this age spread also reflects TiVo's users?
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No idea but how are people watching TV differently in different age groups? For me, I think my big difference is I watch less TV than I did ten or twenty years ago. And I've also been time shifting my TV watching since the mid eighties. The only difference now is it's much easier to time shift watching content than it was in the 20th century.
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No idea but how are people watching TV differently in different age groups?
My understanding is that the under 30 crowd tend to sub to pay TV less, use OTA less, tend to stream more, and watch more of their "TV" on a computing device (versus a traditional TV) than older groups.
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I don't want to mess around with RSS feeds and auto-downloads and auto-stops and 10 different streaming services just to see the content I get right now. Yeah, it's great to be flexible.
Part of cord-cutting is the realization that you're probably getting too much content right now.
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No idea but how are people watching TV differently in different age groups? For me, I think my big difference is I watch less TV than I did ten or twenty years ago. And I've also been time shifting my TV watching since the mid eighties. The only difference now is it's much easier to time shift watching content than it was in the 20th century.
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).
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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).
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.
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But, when I am home, I often watch delayed to avoid commercials, which I couldn't with the olde VCR.
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?!? )
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Sorry about the mess up. I don't know how to change the poll, but my intent was 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, etc.
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.
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But, when I am home, I often watch delayed to avoid commercials, which I couldn't with the olde VCR.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Part of cord-cutting is the realization that you're probably getting too much content right now.
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).
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