Do you watch Live TV?

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

  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I used to watch a lot of stuff on VCR as well. But mostly watched live back in the day and recorded shows where I had a conflict or had to go out and miss the show. But TiVo/DVR really changed the way I watch TV, to the point where I watch almost nothing live outside of sports anymore.
  2. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I watch live and I watch my TiVo recorded shows. It depends on the time and my mood.

    I actually don't like to watch a show with a buffer, I would rather watch something else live. Sometimes it's watch one I have already recorded and then go back and watch the other show just after it's over.
  3. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

    Apr 6, 2001
    MD, USA
    I tried using VCRs for TiVo-like functionality, but it never seemed to work right. Too many shows meant swapping out tapes, and if I didn't keep up with my shows I'd lose them and maybe even get the tape out sequence causing more problems...
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Back in the VCR days, I only recorded if I absolutely had to, and opted to watch live Tv rather than go and do things. TiVo liberated me ad made recording easy, at least until I got HD.
  5. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

    Apr 29, 2001
    Santa Rosa,...
    Every Sunday had "the ritual". I'd go through the Sunday TV section and find all the shows to record that week. The VCRs we had only had four slots for recordings, so it always meant some re-programming mid-week. Tape management was critical to the process so shows stayed in-order, and you didn't re-use a tape before watching everything on it.

    But the benefits were worth the hassle.

    Tivo removed all the programming and tape management work, but retained all the benefits. It was a huge improvement to the time-shifting method.
  6. steve771

    steve771 Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Las Vegas
    I'll sometimes start watching a live TV show, and if it holds my interest for a few minutes, I punch the record button and watch it later. Gotta love that Tivo! :)
  7. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Wow, that's REALLY old VCRs, right? I sure thought that even 10-15 years ago, VCRs had
    what, I think 8-12 slots.

    (My XS32, which is a non-guide-based hard drive/DVD recorder, does pretty much the logical extensions to "VCR-like" programming that I would have paid extra for in the VCR days -- being able to turn on/off programming slots without deleting them, manually giving names to the programming slots so e.g. my 5:30-6pm recording says 'nbc news <date>'.. and a few more options I can't think of at the moment... I totally wish there were a clear-QAM recorder with multiple tuners that had the feature set of the XS32. I'd pay a lot for it, to augment Tivos.)
  8. kimsan

    kimsan underling

    Jan 23, 2002
    I did that for nights out when on cable. Then can DirecTV and east/west coast feeds so could even record west coast to cover conflicts...and the D* receiver ran the VCR. DTiVo was easy to adapt to, but I didn't jump until they enabled the second tuner.

    All that said, we still watch some things live or very near live.
  9. nexter

    nexter New Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Only shows I occasionally watch live is ones that are on HBO/Sho/Starz .. all the rest I either wait 15/20 mins or watch later in the week
  10. Rkkeller

    Rkkeller Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2004
    The only thing I ever watch live is a couple minutes of the news when I am laying in bed in the morning waking up and that's just to see the weather really.

    I have 122 SP's split over 2 TiVos with over 500 HD hours of recording available between them. I record anything and everything I think I might ever want to watch and set them to keep 2 episodes each.

    Like others have said before me, if I ever switch on the TV or see something live between watching recordings I might want to watch, I press record and watch it when its done.
  11. Ashalon

    Ashalon New Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Sometimes I'll queue up a nature documentary on the buffer to watch, to keep around for background noise. Otherwise, I record everything. Season passes are my friend.
  12. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

    Apr 29, 2001
    Santa Rosa,...
    I started time-shifting in 1981 with a Sony Beta machine that only had one program (as I recall). That's over 30 years ago. Over the years replacement VCRs had more slots, but I remember the days with 2 VCRs each with 4 programming slots the best.
  13. Sadara

    Sadara huh?

    Sep 27, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Rarely and only if I didn't plan well... or it's something I can't wait 20 minutes to start watching.

    I am usually impressed with Advertisers who can make their add so good, I stop fast forwarding through it and rewind to watch. Otherwise, I typically loath commercials.

    I started to suffer through the recent JCP commercials during some show I decided to watch live. Mute became my friend. Stupid stupid commercial.

    I avoid Live TV if I can absolutely help it!
  14. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    Virtually never. A breaking news story thrice a year otherwise never. Even sports I always dvr.

    I can get through an nfl game where I have no vested interest and see all the action in less than an hour. I watch basketball games and ff through commercials, timeouts and free throws. Fred throws are almost never interesting. Only time I watch them is down the stretch in a close game.

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