2013-09-27 / Columnists

Slice of Life

By Beth Hanning

I love television. I am DVRing almost every new show in case I get a chance to watch it eventually. People ask me how I watch so many shows and I respond, “DVR.” Before the storm I even had a television in my kitchen. When my kitchen is complete the small TV will be right back up, so when I cook or clean I can watch a quick sitcom. To me it is the greatest invention of our time. I remember 20 years ago being up with a newborn and hoping an old episode of Law and Order was on to keep me awake. Now if I have a bout of insomnia I can just go to the DVR and pick what I would like to watch. It makes it very easy to watch a lot more programs.

My second favorite invention involving my television viewing is the On Demand function. In case I get into a show too late, or I forgot to DVR something I can easily go to my On Demand section and catch up on my shows. Of course, some of the channels do not have the feature. I have to do some research tonight to see if the new show Sleepy Hollow will be repeating. I do not know how I missed it, but I would like to watch it and Fox does not have On Demand.

The interesting thing is now I actually feel like there are things on television. Before DVR and On Demand I would flick around the many channels I subscribed to and state “There is nothing on TV.” Now I have my choice of programs when I have time.

And I can watch shows on after my bedtime. I always have been an early bird in relation to my bedtime. Now I can watch the 10 p.m. or even the later shows. If I know my favorite celebrity will be on Leno or Kimmel, I just record it.

You might be thinking that this all sounds like a lot of work. In fact, in the beginning it is a bit hard, but like many other tasks, organization is the key. I take a few minutes each week to review the recordings and make sure I am set for the week.

My favorite addition in the last decade is the cable channels having series. What did we do before summer cable programs? I probably watched repeats all summer. Now I get to enjoy twisted shows that could not have previously been aired on network television without fear of an FCC fine.

The negative is I have to stay off of Twitter when I am behind on my shows. People love to spoil the plot for others. Oh well. I will just have to DVR more things to keep me off of Twitter.

Let me know your favorite new show this season: Beth81772@aol.com. Have a great week. I cannot wait for November sweeps. I will be super busy with the DVR.

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