Do you watch Live TV?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by allan, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

    Apr 6, 2001
    MD, USA
    Combination of limited funds and remote location means no cable or broadband (just an air-card).

    She does get plenty of OTA channels (she lives on top of a mountain) but they can be flaky, so I'm not sure how well a TiVo would work either. Eg. she gets multiple Fox affiliates, and sometimes has to switch between them because one or another decides to start dropping out for no reason. Unless the Premiere is smart enough to switch over automatically(???), she would end up losing a lot of shows probably.
  2. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Well, I find the attitude of those who never watch Live TV a bit condescending and ignorant too. ;)
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    SOP for me to start a night about 30 minutes in so I can skip all the commercials.

    I do however watch sports live.
  4. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    Almost never - the only time I'm watching live TV is when I'm watching sports and catch up to the buffer. Otherwise, I time-shift everything. It's how I can watch so much TV - I can essentially watch 4 "hours" of TV in 3 actual hours.
  5. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    I honestly don't understand why anyone would watch live TV (long sports or live events excepted) when they have TiVo. It's so easy to hit the pause button, flip to the other tuner (or watch something recorded) and then go back when you've got enough buffer to FFF through the commercials.
  6. nmiller855

    nmiller855 Active Member

    Sep 26, 2000
    East of...
    Only when I have to fly somewhere for my job. If I drive, I take one if my TiVos with shows stored on it. I only watch the local news to catch the weather in the area.
  7. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
  8. GoHalos

    GoHalos Registered User

    Aug 30, 2006
    OC, CA
    Never (or nearly never) at home. I do watch tv live at hotels when traveling for work.
  9. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

    Oct 11, 2002
    I forgot one more instance where we find ourselves watching live TV. After dinner and when the kids have done their homework we'll sit in the family room watching something before they go to bed. There isn't alot on our DVR that is kid friendly (ages 5 and 7) except for shows like Iron Chef, Chopped, and Cupcake Wars. So if there isn't any of those on there we'll watch something live that they can watch.
  10. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

    May 3, 2004
    San Antonio
    Sports and news live, mostly. Everything else is recorded.
  11. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Hat's off to you! It would never even cross my mind to take a tivo with me on a trip. Disconnecting all the connections, taking it out of the entertainment center, and reversing all that when I got back wouldn't be worth it to me.

    I would take a trip's worth of shows and spin them to DVD to watch on a laptop however.
  12. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    It would be much easier and faster to just download them from the Tivo to the laptop.

    (I say this as someone who USED to be a total proponent of using a DVD recorder for that,
    and still use my hard drive/DVD recorder as dubee for Tivo recordings, but not "for keeps"
    recordings.. for those, I download.)
  13. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    NFL Football is the only thing I plan to watch live, though I still prefer the RedZone channel which had no commercials and the best part of every game.

    The only other time I will watch live TV is if I want some background noise. This is mostly likely to occur on the weekend when I've run out of recorded stuff I want to watch but I'm too lazy to do something else entirely. I'm goofing around on my iPad but like having the TV on.
  14. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Maybe easier and faster for you, but not for me. I only record HD, and downloading it from my tivo to my PC (I don't use my laptop for downloading) takes quite a bit of time. Then it has to be converted to a format playable on the laptop, then copied to the laptop.

    Easier for me to just record the s-video out into the DVD recorder (it does have a hard drive so I can arrange shows before recording to disc).

    And I wouldn't consider anything I put on the laptop for viewing on a trip "for keeps" anyway. :)
  15. KyleLC

    KyleLC Unregistered User

    Feb 6, 2002
    Sugar Land, TX
    I presume there's something preventing you from doing that? Is it a work laptop? I have TiVo Desktop on both my desktop PC and laptop. If I want to take some shows with me on a trip, I just download them to my laptop.
  16. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    You don't have to convert anything.

    It's MPEG2. You already CAN play MPEG2 on your laptop. (if not, get VLC.. though whatever OS you're using probably has a built in player with a better UI.)

    You just download to your laptop, and play.

    SD versions take maybe 1/3 realtime. I record HD so rarely (since it's so huge), I don't know.

    Premieres apparently transfer a LOT faster.
  17. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Correct. I'm not really prevented from installing on it what I need to download from the tivo, but I'd rather not.

    And I'm not going to record faster-to-download SD versions of everything I already record in HD on the chance I might want to take it with me.

    I rarely go on trips so it's really not an issue anyway. :)
  18. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    No, I was just meaning that downloading the HD versions should be ABOUT the same amount of time as burning to DVD.. and more convenient/better quality/etc.
  19. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

    Apr 29, 2001
    Santa Rosa,...
    With the exception of the occasional coverage of a live event (Challenger, 9/11, etc) I haven't watched any significant live TV since the mid 80's. For me Tivo wasn't a revolutionary new way to watch TV, it was just a technology upgrade (from VCRs).
  20. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Heh, you're one of the few other people I've seen say that. I am a huge tivo fan of course, but have always thought of Tivo as evolutionary rather than revolutionary.. since I used multiple VCRs (to be able to watch one while recording) before that.

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