Sports Day

world_series_2016Yesterday was an all-sports day in our household.  I don’t think that has ever happened before.  First was the Packer game, around 3pm.  Watching this game after having watched the first four World Series Games of this year, that the Cubs are in, was pretty interesting.  I never really noticed how fast-paced a NFL game is until now!  Wow, I was missing great plays all the time, as I got up for quick breaks and did other things during the game.

Prior to yesterday, NFL games always seemed slow and drawn-out most of the time with just a little action and good plays sprinkled in-between.  But after watching 4 MLB Word Series games it now seems so much faster, it’s amazing.  I can do all sorts of things–even run a few short errands–during MLB games and still miss very little worthy of me rewinding the DVR.  I’m not complaining, that’s just the pace of the game I guess, I’m just comparing the two.

It seems kind of weird just to be doing that though–watching baseball and football at the same time… It just seems wrong for some reason.  Certainly watching sports all day, from 3pm to 11pm, can’t be a good thing, but I guess it’s a rarity, so it makes sense.  The only reason I’m watching the World Series anyway is because the Cubs are in it.  With my mom and I having been big Cubs fans “way back when”, I’m sure she’s watching now, just as I am.  The Cubs haven’t been in a World Series in 108 years though, which is also a mind-blower, and shows you just how rare it is for them!

Both games were pretty entertaining, nonetheless.  The Packers ended up losing by one very frustrating point, but the effort was certainly there, especially with an unusually long list of great players out with injuries.  The Cubs did great with yesterday being Game 5 of the Series.  If they had lost, the Cleveland Indians would have won the series 4-1.  Since they won, making it 3-2, we now go to a Game 6, which they play tomorrow evening.  If they win that, it’ll be 3-3, and there will be a final Game 7 to determine the final winner of the Series.  If they lose tomorrow, Cleveland wins the series.  I’m excited to see what happens.

Another DVR Down

Well, we blew our second DVR drive last week. I think we’re getting pretty good at it. This one was the second of the two original DVRs we got when we started using them back in August of 2003. They gave us a new box and we were back up and running again the next day. Except without the 20 or so scheduled recordings we had set. Now we have to wait until the fall TV season gets rolling again to find our shows in the schedule and set new timers. But luckily we didn’t lose any critical saved shows on the hard drive.

And since we got the new box we’ve been enjoying the free “on-demand” channels we now get! I think this is something new (the free ones I mean) because I hadn’t heard of them before. Sandy likes The Food Network On Demand. She gets a list of saved shows and recipes and she just chooses one and there it is, whenever you want to watch it. It’s like having a hard drive already filled with a bunch of shows from each channel and you just choose what you want to watch whenever you want. Kevin likes the Cartoon Network On Demand and PBS Kids On Demand and I like TechTV On Demand, although I’m not sure how long this channel will last, seeing how everything is so up-in-the-air now regarding TechTV these days. Speaking of which, I can’t record The ScreenSavers properly yet since they moved it to the stupid G4TechTV channel. There’s no show schedule on my DVR for that channel! It just shows “No Data” across the entire day for that channel. That kinda takes the Tech out of TechTV, doesn’t it? I haven’t gotten around to trying to create a manual schedule for it yet, but that’s what I’ll have to do I guess. But I can see it already–as soon as I create a custom schedule that works they’ll cancel the show and fire the staff. It certainly wouldn’t be much of a surprise at this point.

Time Warner also gave us 3 free months of HBO On Demand and Cinemax On Demand with the new DVR too. So guess what I’ve been catching up on lately? Season 5 of the Sopranos! This is awesome. I can’t wait until they do this with EVERY major TV show! Just scroll through each episode and watch the shows you missed, or watch the entire season beginning to end!

DVR Paradise

Our two new DVRs have done wonders for us so far. What they’re capable of is pretty neat, and so easy it’s scary. And with the fall television season starting this coming week, I’m afraid I might just overdose on television altogether!

We use the living room DVR to record Kevin’s favorite shows and a few of ours. He was pretty quick to learn the concept. Over the past couple weeks he’s seen a few shows he really likes and says “Daddy, can I get MORE ‘Courage The Cowardly Dog’ or ‘Dexter’s Laboratory?’ I say “Why sure, just a second…’ and with a few clicks of the remote I have a “series schedule” set to record every episode of the show he wants. I tell him I’ll have it for him by tomorrow. So now when he gets TV time he just says ‘Dad, I wanna watch some Spongebob,” and I go through the recorded shows list and put it on for him. How’s THAT for a spoiled kid!

All the options are there too–you can setup any series to ‘keep until manually deleted’ or allow the show to scroll off the list if the hard drive runs out of recording space. Or you can ‘keep the last __ episodes’ of any series, record any occurence of the series on ANY channel or just a specific channel, record all episodes or just ‘first runs’, etc. It sounds complicated, but that’s only when you dig deep down into it. On the surface it’s very simple to use.

It also makes life so much easier for new shows that people recommend to me– “Mahirose” recommended Nip/Tuck to me a few weeks ago, so I setup a series recording and now I’m hooked on it! It’s a great show on FX…

Anyway, as they say, with a DVR you can “Watch TV on YOUR terms, when YOU want to watch it.” You’re no longer bound the the wacky competing prime-time schedules of network television (it’ll even record two shows that are on at the same time!), or the poorly-timed shows that are on when you’re away or working. When YOU have time to watch television you can sit down and load up a show, fast-forward through all the commercials, and pause when you need to use the restroom!

Geez, I should sell these things…