We only recently found the TiVO in the packing mess, and while we can currently use it for it's pause/rewind capabilities, it has yet to successfully download an update (we've only had it hooked up to the phone line for a few days, having just had the phone line installed), which means that we cant' get schedules (the box doesn't even know what the proper channel affilliations are). I found some info on a TiVo forum last night that I'm hoping will get it back on track. I feel completely hobbled, watching tv as it appears (I'm watching Modern Marvels on Axes, Swords and knives atm), instead of watching what I want when I want. I'm not sure how non-pvr folks manage (or why they even bother). Non-time-shifted tv is a freaking mess!
And then there are commercials. Ugh. Mind you, I actually watch some commercials because they're interesting, even with my TiVo up and running - I'm not entirely anti-commercial. In fact, commercials are the way I learn about the bulk of the movies I go out to see (not that I go out to see a great number of them, but still...). But then there are the commercials that irk me. The current offender is a commercial for Animal Planet's Tiger Kill. The narrator describes the tiger as "stealth-like". Idiots. I also saw one (fortunately only once, and who knows on what channel) that touted the dangers that yoga presents to Christians. I found this both hilarious and annoying. I'm not used to being exposed to crap like that; the TiVo means that I don't usually channel-surf, and I only watch the commercials on programs that I'm already in the demographic for. It's an interesting wake up. Meanwhile, Animal Planet wants to eat my life. I'm a Meercat Manor addict (wow, that happened quickly!) and can't seem to turn off the various shows that deal with criminalizing animal abuse, as horrifying as they are.
I want my TiVo working again, dammit!
Anyone out there have any tips on how to choose an axe?