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Alas, my DVR won't save me tonight

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 2nd 2009 3:03PM

Chuck, Greg or Sheldon -- which two will you choose?

The networks are cold, heartless bastards.They want us to watch their shows in order to grab ratings and ad revenue; yet, they mess around with their schedules so much that it's frustrating. Eventually, it gets hard for us not to pick up the damn television and throw it out the window. Well, more like get a few people to pick it up and throw it out of the front door. Come on, those flat screens are heavy!

You're probably wondering what I'm ranting about, aren't you? Well, it involves tonight's primetime schedule during the 8 pm time slot. On CBS, we have The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, while FOX has a new House. The 100th episode of House, to be exact. Now, this wouldn't normally be an issue, since I could watch one network and record the other on my DVR. But, NBC decided to bring back Chuck tonight, as well.

This has left me in a bit of a conundrum, you see. My DVR has the ability to record only two shows at a time. Since I have only one of these devices, I had to pick between these shows to determine which ones to record. As I really like the shows on all three networks, this was a hard decision to make. Especially since I am in no way interested in coughing up more money to my cable provider for another DVR box.

Unfortunately, Chuck lost out in this battle. While I enjoy the show very much, I'm a bigger fan of BBT and House, and would not want to miss them. If there's any consolation, it's that I can watch episodes of Chuck online. In addition, I know that this won't always be the way it is for the rest of the season. Come March, I can see a little more flexibility in what I record as these shows come and go with new episodes.

I'd be very interested to know if you are encountering the same dilemma I have this Monday night (Joel faced a similar situation earlier in the season, before House was thrown in to complicate things further). Not only for the 8 pm hour, mind you. I know that there's going to be a casualty for some people at 9 pm as Two and a Half Men, Heroes and 24 go head-to-head-to-head. What have you decided to sacrifice in order to watch or record your other programs? Or, do you have the necessary equipment to record all of the programs at one time?

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QuasiPreneur.com

Uverse from ATT IPTV can record 4 or more HD at once.

February 08 2009 at 4:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

you fool! thats what bittorrent is for!
dweeb

February 05 2009 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

So tell me, Dorv, if you're so smart, just how counter-programming doesn't screw over every viewer who wants to watch all the shows airing at the same time? If you spent a little more time reading and a little less time planning how to be a royal dick, you might've understood my point.

I worded my comment specifically to bait the intellectually-challenged and you were the only one to bite. If you were smart enough, you'd know what that says about you.

February 03 2009 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dorv

My Reply was to Bash... If you're one in the same, then I am mistaken.

I'm not going to respond to you calling me stupid, or a dick (at least I'm not going to respond further than I did in the other reply).

I view it as such: The networks counter program for the purpose of forcing the viewers make a choice. They want viewers to watch their shows rather than another network's. Its not their intention to "screw" the viewers, its their intention to win.

February 03 2009 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mellonmarshall

hey try us Brits we have it so that somedays there nothing on Saturdays, then others it crazy

THursday at the monent
Wednesday before Christmas I wanted to watch 3 channels at once but lucky while I can only do 2 they repeat.

We don't have reruns but about 3 or 4 repeats of half the shows, and +1 channels that show everything an hour later

February 03 2009 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TonyG

I know you aren't really interested in getting a new DVR but I came across this same issue around the same time I was thinking about switching from cable to DIRECT TV. So when doing my reasearch I realized that you can now get your DVR as a Free upgrade from DIRECT TV Sounds like the end to your problems!

February 03 2009 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marisa

Monday nights are a crazy TV night!
I ended up recording How I met your Mother, Big Bang and GG on my DVR, The bachelor on my VCR, watched Chuck Live and scrapped House. Normally I watch House live and scrap Chuck b/c I can Hulu it but I was really hoping the 3D would be cool. Oh well... I'll catch House on Hulu when it shows up a week later.

February 03 2009 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cookie

I wish the networks would run their shows more than onece, like is done with the Closer, Leverage, etc. Then this would not be a problem.

February 03 2009 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

Oh, I feel your pain. Thursday nights are the worst for me, especially since they brought back Hell's Kitchen. Thank God you can watch shows online now (and thank him for the fact that my wife is willing to do that with Grey's Anatomy).
http://www.joeonthetube.com

February 03 2009 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rob

If you are on cable or satellite and subscribe to an HD service then most likely you get the east and west coast channels. So record two shows on east and two on west. I record most everything on west coast channels at 11pm and 12am and leave the tuners free for the wife to watch so you think can dancing with the top model survivor stars. Or porn.

February 03 2009 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Martin

Same problem here, really thought I lucked out when they moved Sarah Conner to Friday nights, but nope they broght House in. Honestly I was stupid and chose Chuck because of the 3d (the begining of the season, Chuck lost out to HIMYM and Sarah Connor). It looks like that is gonna happen this season too, and I just watch Chuck on my computer. Though, The thing about House, USA shows the episodes a week later more or less...

Lesson learned, screw stupid gimicks and stick with your first choice!!

February 03 2009 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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