As part of the new job, I have been given “free” tv. I put free in quotes because I have just a couple of bits I have to pay for, like having a DVR, but I am getting all the equipment, television channels, premiums like HBO and Showtime, all for “free”, so what I am paying now is a ridiculously small amount. Like, a 13th of what I used to pay for cable. (That’s probably not accurate. I hate math. But it’s a fraction. A small fraction.)
Also, I have a DVR now that records so much content, I couldn’t possibly watch it all. Yet, being the tv-head that I am, I want to watch it all. And that’s not good. In fact, it’s a time suck. I have better things to do (like write). I’ve equated it in my brain to giving a crack addict a big ol’ bucket of crack. Worse, a crack bucket of holding that is constantly refilling every night.
I am a fan of DVR’s. I wanted a TiVo from the moment I heard about them, and around 6 years ago, finally got one. It had 2 tuners and HD. What that means is: you can watch or record 2 channels at the same time. Or, you could be recording 2 channels simultaneously while watching something you’ve already recorded. The new DVR has 3 tuners, but 1 of those tuners can be set to record ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, all 4 networks, every single show, during primetime hours.
Shows that I considered watching but chose not to – those are now available to me. It’s easier to click ‘play’ and veg out than it is to flip open the laptop and write (sadly). So I find myself having to be more disciplined. Remind myself of what is, and isn’t, important. Like writing.
Saying this, I had someone call me and ask to be setup with 9 tvs. He wanted 9 tvs so he could have 9 tuners for recording. “I never want to miss anything or have any conflicts.” It reminded me of Mr. Universe. Can’t stop the signal, Mal… Imagine sitting in a dark room with a wall of televisions, each one tuned to a different channel, all of them recording… Ack.
…I never want to be that person, so invested in television that I have to record EVERYTHING. Watch EVERYTHING.