Monday, May 28, 2012


So, what's on my mind this time around? Well, I'll tell you what's on my mind.

Have you ever set your DVR to record shows, and then when you're checking out what's to be recorded, you find that three shows you want to watch are on at the same time, but only two are recording? And you can't watch the third one live, because if you have two shows recording at the same time, you can't watch another channel, but you CAN watch something you recorded previously?

Does this make any kind of sense whatsoever?

See, here's the deal... in February, we had new episodes of House, 2 Broke Girls, and of course the second season of The Voice. Now, we've been watching the first two shows all season long... and the Voice was something that my wife really liked (I like the basic idea of it, but think they start eliminating people too fast). Well, on our DVR, since all three of those shows are on at the same time, 2 Broke Girls doesn't get recorded.

Now, here's the real twist: We figured we were probably going to be okay, we'll just watch the show On Demand later. Except that it's not available On Demand. And going to isn't any help, because they only have clips available there (I'm guessing there's a problem with the studio or something).

In the past, I've written about how House doesn't show up On Demand for eight days after it airs. Of the three shows, only The Voice is available right away. So yes, we could cancel recording The Voice and record the other two shows -- there is a solution there -- but really, with today's technology, we can't figure out how to make this work?!?

Maybe there's some inherent problem with the DVR itself that only allows two recordings at the same time (I don't know if non-Comcast DVRs have this limitation). I don't know what the problem is with getting all network shows available On Demand right away, either -- it's like someone doesn't want ratings?

And speaking of ratings... is there even a need for Nielsens any more? Shouldn't the cable companies be tracking what we actually watch (even if we just record it to watch later) through our DVRs? It shouldn't take much more than a small software update to make it happen, and then we could have *gasp* accurate ratings!

They could also use the same information to go back to networks and studios and point out that they have shows not being watched because they are up against too many other shows and aren't available On Demand.

Does anyone out there think I'm asking too much of my cable company? Because I don't believe I am... if they want people spending the kind of money we spend each month, I think we need much more service than we're getting. Although I sometimes wonder if we're even looking at things the right way... House episodes are $2.99 each on iTunes... oh, but 2 Broke Girls isn't on iTunes, so that doesn't work at all (and if the average TV show is three bucks on iTunes, that would add up to much more than we spend on cable -- although we could always just wait for full seasons on DVD, which are much cheaper, but that's getting to an earlier Rant-Itorial from this month).

So, what to do, what to do? Oh, wait... there's always getting the episodes we've missed illegally, by downloading pirated files or watching streaming video.

Yes, that's the only way for us to watch the episodes we missed, other than changing the settings on the DVR to record all, new and reruns, and hope we don't somehow miss something.

And how stupid is that? Don't these people WANT their shows to get watched? It's ridiculous. Someone needs to step up and offer what the customers need! And it should be the TV networks and the cable companies!

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