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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by allan, Jan 31, 2012.
Sports and news are about the only thing I watch live these days.
Sports. Even though I KNOW I can delay watching the game and time shift, It STILL doesn't feel right watching recorded. That said, if there's a game I want to watch and I have to go out, I will record it. Sometimes, if I have a few minutes and don't want to start watching a recording, I'll watch something live, or if I'm doing something else and the TV is on for background noise (I do this a lot with Paladia concerts.) But I would say that 85% of what I watch is recorded, including all the series I watch. It's gotten to the point that I don't even know the day and time some of the shows I watch are on live.
I only watch live TV on the bedroom TV. Which is used mostly for morning shows or news while getting ready for work, and the Daily Show or a bit of channel surfing after crawling in bed.
On the main living room TV where the TiVo is: just about never.
I, too, watch the nightly news but I record that with a "keep 1 episode" setting.
Maybe that's the difference. I can't think of a single time that I've ever been solely watching TV. I've always got something else I'm doing at the same time. For really good TV, I'll set it aside while the show is on, but I'll pick right back up during the commercial; for mediocre TV, I'll continue working on it while the show is going. I'm never just "twiddling my thumbs" during the commercials.
Semi-live occassionally. Since I usually wait five or so minutes, I can skip commercials.
I was going to give that very same example.
Exactly this. I would rather sit there with the TV off for 20 minutes and catch up on The Internet than be interrupted every ten minutes for 3 minutes at a time.
I don't watch sports, and I TiVo with a keep 1 morning and evening news so it's always there if I want it. I just have an antenna so there are no 24h news stations.
I watch Glee live, and usually sports.
With Glee, it's on the night before the housekeeper comes, so I watch live and use the commercials to get ready for her. Usually, the house is in good enough shape that the 15 minutes of commercials is about perfect. Commercial break one: unload the dishwasher from dinner. Commercial break two: gather up any errant shoes and put them in the shoe cubby. Commercial break three: deal with any empty soda boxes that need to be torn down and put out for recycling. Commercial break four: gather up cat toys and return to hearth.
I try to also watch sports live because I am someone that will cheat and check the score if I can. I don't like the tension of a tight game...and will spoil the end every time if I have the option.
Most other things I watch on 'tape', but that's because I don't watch a lot of TV. Most nights I'd rather be doing something else, so even the shows I love get backlogged. We usually get caught up on rainy Sundays.
Typically when I do watch live TV, I am watching 2 shows at once by pausing and alternating tuners so I can skip the commercials.
I couldn't watch a pro football game live (well I could but I won't). The 30 second skip is what makes the time between plays bearable.
I have tried to do that but always end up screwing it up.
Only at my gf's house (no dvr )
Does your girlfriend live in the past? Is it disorienting going through time portals?
When I'm at my desk or in the kitchen I watch live TV. That is because I just have little 15" TVs in those locations and they don't have Tivos.
When my husband is in the living room with me I mostly watch live tv because he usually talks through everything and I don't want to miss what I've recorded during all the blah blah blah.
Otherwise, I mostly either watch semi-live or recorded content. I enjoy mixing semi-live with recordings as it is a good use of my viewing time. I can't record every little thing as I only have small, pretty old, Series 2 Tivos.
We even record the news so that my wife can fast forward to the weather or what ever she is interested in. Since they have news twice in a row where we are she has both copies so that she has an updarted version to check.
Same with sports, I'll let it buffer up some before starting to watch. If I catch up, I'll usually go off and do something else OR watch something already recorded.
I love that TiVo optimizes the TV experience for me so that I can focus on the parts that I enjoy and minimize the rest.
Almost never...some shows I just can't wait to watch weekly like the Mad Men's and Dexter's of the world I watch live-ish. In Dexter's case yes live, Mad Men I give it 15-20 minutes to skip commercials.
I watch hockey games "semi-live." If I start watching about 45 minutes after face-off I get the benefit of speeding through commercials and intermissions, but I still finish watching more-or-less in real time. This way I don't risk finding out the final score from some other source before I sit down to watch the game.
Believe me, I'm never twiddling my thumbs. I have so many things to be doing I am never sitting around. Why would I sit in the living room "not watching" commercials when I could be doing something productive and/or interesting?
We only have the one TV. While I could take my laptop in there and work, I don't like to multitask like that. I usually don't watch any show that doesn't engage me enough to pay attention full-time, and also when I'm on the laptop I'm not just surfing, I'm working which tends to distract me so I'm always missing things. With the kids getting older and cutting into our evenings we are lucky if we get to watch one show a night, so it's not hard to pick shows that really bring the entertainment. I never got into the habit of just having the TV on in the background; I find it very distracting.
I find this attitude a bit condescending and ignorant.
Yes, quite a bit, simply because I have HD, but no HD-DVR, nor am I really willing to invest in one at this time.