I think my husband has taken the DVR thing a little too far. I know we, as an entire family, are spoiled by it. If we’re watching TV at camp, one of us will inevitably say “pause it because I have to pee”, and everybody else will laugh. The lack of an onscreen guide also perplexes us. How do people know what’s on and on what channel? We’ve forgotten how to watch television without one.
Of course, one of the biggest perks is being able to fast-forward through commercials when you’re watching a saved show. It’s nice, I admit. But my husband has taken commercial-avoidance to a level that’s starting to annoy me.
In order to be able to fast-forward through commercials, he’ll pause the show we’re about to watch at the beginning. Then…we sit. It’s hard to see in the picture, but we turned on a show at 9pm. Then he paused it. I think it was 9:16 when I took the picture and it was another few minutes before he hit play.
So we sit in silence with a paused screen until enough time has passed so he thinks we can watch the entire episode without suffering a commercial. In the meantime, I get bored and pull up Twitter, where I inevitably stumble across a spoiler for the show I should have been watching. Plus I miss any movie trailers.
I wish our cable company would come out with a remote app for my phone. The battle of the DVR would be epic.