This blog chronicles my life as I try to balance healthy lifestyle habits with my husband's penchant for pizza rolls and my daughter's desire to watch iCarly 8 hours a day. It contains a mostly humorous, kind, and somewhat spiritual look at everyday life and the people who live it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Grace #19 TiVo and Grace #20 Netflix

I admit it, I am a product of technology. I love my laptop, my cell phone, the internet (all previous Graces you may recall), and now I am here to wax poetic first about TiVo and then about its companion Netflix.

Prior to TiVo I had to watch commercials. I had to watch whatever was on at the network's convenience, rather than my convenience. I had to remember channels and schedules. I had to be aware of when new shows were starting. If I missed an episode of my favorite show then I had to wait several years for the show to go into syndication before I could see the episode I'd missed. I actually planned my daughter's activities to ensure that she could take some "down time" while watching The Berenstain Bears or Clifford the Big Red Dog. If we weren't home between 3-3:30 in the afternoon our only other option was to put in a DVD.

I was living in the dark ages, I tell you!

Now I have none of those concerns. I am blissfully unaware of what networks carry what shows. They can change their schedules weekly and it doesn't affect me. I don't have to watch reruns or commercials.

I initially resisted TiVo coming into our home. I was afraid that having it would make TV more important in our lives. I was completely wrong: the TV became dramatically less important. Knowing that our favorite shows would be available whenever we wanted to watch them enabled us to forget about the TV and do other things. And now that TiVo can stream Netflix movies directly to our TV...well my friends, it nearly brings a tear to my eye.

Netflix is the greatest invention since sliced bread. When I was at home for a day icing my foot, I watched Wedding Crashers. When I was home all week with my sick daughter we watched Beethoven and Air Bud. When Steve and I feel like watching TV and learning something we watch a documentary. Comedies, dramas, children's programming, documentaries, and musicals old and new - Netflix has them all and can stream them instantly and in (almost) perfect format directly to my home.

Hard to believe all this entertainment, freedom, technology, and convenience costs only $9.95 a month isn't it?

Life is good.


Krista said...

Is your TiVo through DirectTV becasue I have not been informed and our service is actual TiVo

This will be huge


Beth said...

We have Comcast cable and one of the options on our TiVo menu is Videon on Demand OR a list item in our Now Playing list is Netflix. We simply go online to Netflix, choose Watch Instantly, add something to our Instant Queue and ta-daaaa, it magically appears in our Netflix folder on the TV. Just typing this brings a tear to my eye..

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I am with you on this one, Beth. I have a DVR and just LOVE it. I still watch way too much TV. I record so much, I feel like I have to watch the programmes to keep from filling up my roster. I record a lot of series.

Good luck with the move.



Beth said...

Thanks SB! I just hope we have better luck with our cable guy timeliness than you did with yours. I can't imagine the pain you must have felt when you didn't have cable. It makes me shudder just thinking about it!