My DVR was really pushy. It controlled my life. On its own, the DVR decided what shows it would allow me to watch. On Wednesday evenings, I have both Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU set to tape at eight o’clock CST. However, once college basketball season started, there were often games that evening. I have a first world problem: I can tape only two shows at the same time. For that reason, I had to decide that I wouldn’t tape Criminal Minds so I could tape basketball.The DVR disagreed. As soon as I set the timer, the DVR would change it so I was taping Criminal Minds and SVU was put on the conflict list. Every time. Often fifteen times a week. FInally, I had to wait until eight, delete Criminal Minds, and record SVU.
Last night, the DVR said, “Not so fast, lady,” Yes, being a very polite unit, it always calls me “lady”. It took me seven minutes to stop Criminal Minds and start recording SVU
And it seems that my particular box has a time limit: I can only keep programs for forty-eight hours or they will be erased–unless I do a six punch process to save the program until I can watch it. For that reason, when I taped something Friday evening and planned to watch it Monday, it would be gone when I was ready. In fact, between Friday evening and Monday morning, the DVR usually deleted fifty percent of the programs I wanted to save to view on later. Perhaps the DVR felt as if it were helping me, telling me I should be writing, not watching television
Other than the efforts of the DVR, there were other problems with the machine. Dana–the woman I talked to–told me to go to the the business office and pick up a new box. I did. It took me ninety minutes, but I got a new DVR and rushed home to hook it up. Took fifteen minutes for it to download everything and get itself ready.
And the first thing I saw was a black screen. Printed on it was this message: Your recorder has not be cleared for use. Please call the cable company at 800 xxx-xxxx. Found the phone and dialed. I reached the State of Utah DIvision of Higher Education. Twice. I was not happy. Yes, the Utah Department of Higher Education.
Well, all in all, I got it fixed, have tried to remember the programs I watch and have set them. Was it worth the time and energy? Yes, I must confess, I’m addicted to television and do love my DVR, unless it overrides my choices.
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