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December 11, 2008


Steven Hoober

Oh my! You said /P/vr. Everyone now seems to call them DVRs. With a D. For Digital. I think that's silly.

Sure, sure. They only work due to our understanding of digital technology. But their key attribute is they are /personal/.

Anyway, which one do you have? We sorta hate TiVo, and cannot abide most CableCo giveaways, but love our Dish Network one. I have no idea what's available in HK, though.

Dan Thornton

I have exactly the same experience - watching television via my laptop using tools like iPlayer to watch when I have time.

The only things I make an appointment to watch at the allotted times are those which are event based - football, motorsport, etc, which I tend to talk about via Twitter.

The main reason is that football, and in my case, motorcycle racing, is a tribal passion, and unless you're at the event or a venue showing it, you lose a lot of the atmosphere - but social networks can make up for this to some extent.

It's also about being able to connect to people who share you interests, even if the real world around you doesn't - for instance, sharing my disappointment that the BBC remade Swedish show Wallander in English, but with Swedish locations, props and captions. Outside of my Swedish fiancee, the only other Swedes who might share that interest are all on Facebook or Twitter, so that's where I went to see if anyone shared my thoughts.

And online viewing means I can indulge interests in more obscure sports which aren't generally shown on UK television, like classic 1980s rallycross for example!

graeme wood

I used to record live football on Sky+ to watch later, but now that would mean avoiding using Twitter until I watch the recorded game as too many of my Twitter community will be watching live and I'll find out the score - now struggling to be without Twitter for that long

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi Steven, Dan and graeme

Thank you for the comments. Will respond to each individually

Steven - PVR, ha-ha, yes perhaps i should use the more common DVR. I guess its one of those vocabulary things, I first learned of it as "TiVo" and then that it was a PVR, but the DVR seems to be the most used today..

As to what I use (now), here in Hong Kong we don't have the fully integrated dual-digital-tuner DVR's as I had in the UK, so I have a simpler hard disk drive equipped DVD recorder, made by TeleDevice. Its only for analog broadcasts here in Hong Kong and the programming for recordings is obviously then takes much more effort (channel, start-time, end-time etc). But far better than nothing ha-ha..

Dan - yeah, totally. Its that social experience while watching TV. And yeah, Twitter would work well too.

graeme - ha-ha, yeah I hear you. I had that happen once with a Formula One race that I had recorded (this was a few years ago) and was at the airport when a friend sent an SMS message from which it was obvious who had won, and it of course then pretty much ruined the excitement of the race. Since then, I have a strong rule never to travel during the races, and even if I travel on a qualifying session, in that case (as I've recorded it), I will not turn on the phones on my journey home from the airport, and thus can't get messages until I've watched the recording.. We live and learn :-)

Thanks for the comments, clearly we're all having somewhat similar experiences, and its kind of nice to notice you're not alone..

Tomi Ahonen :-)

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