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Ultimate Geek

# 41490 17-Sep-2009 08:29
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This article in NZ Herald :

Rather a small sampling to make conclusions from but I am surprised at some of the results. For example, 'Movies are the most time-shifted genre, news and current affairs the least.'. Does 'time shifting' for the purposes of this survey, mean recorded, or simply paused and then viewed immediately after that interrupting phone-call?

Personally, the most recorded things in our household are those documentaries on Discovery and National Geographic similar to 'Destroyed in Seconds' (just love that program, especially the old footage of nuclear explosion testing!) that clash with prime-time viewing.

What are your thoughts about this survey and how does it compare to your own habits using MySky?

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Master Geek

  # 256392 17-Sep-2009 09:47
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Must admit I was a little disappointed to read the article's findings, I thought we would have all jumped at the chance to skip adverts!

I'd say we are early adopters and fully engaged in this time shifting phase. During the working week everything we watch has been recorded and we watch the shows in the order we like. Only at weekends do we use real-time TV and that's for music channels really.

We do line up with the habits of shifting movies the most, some have been recorded for a month or two now! Soaps and doco?s are usually watched same day or 1-2 days after.

Only problem I still have is the number of programs that start at 8:30PM and how many I can record! If it said when the rerun / repeat episode was, I could go searching for it. But the main channels TV1-3 aren?t as repetitive as Sky channels.

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Uber Geek


  # 256394 17-Sep-2009 09:53
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Quite often i'll start watching the news about 6:10-6:15pm to allow a window to fast forward through the ads.

I don't actually use live pause all that much, but the rewind function is well used. It's great to double check stuff.


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Ultimate Geek

  # 256398 17-Sep-2009 10:11
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my wife still watches tv the conventional way but I record all my shows and watch them 1-4 days later.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 256401 17-Sep-2009 10:15
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Our whole family very rarely watch anything live - ads are just brain draining. Rugby always watched live, and never watch anything off free to air TV. Having two HDi STBs is just great, things can sit on them for ages before viewing . Don't record the news channels as every half hour the news is repeated or updated anyway.

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Master Geek

  # 256411 17-Sep-2009 10:35
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I would say we watch <30% live, last night watched two programs from planner and one 10 minutes after it started.

The news we will often flick on if it is around 6ish but wouldn't record it and sit and watch.

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Uber Geek


  # 256415 17-Sep-2009 10:43
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No need to record the news as TV3 Plus1 is there if you really need it and then TVNZ7 has news at 8.

We also don't watch much live TV any more due to having the Mediportal TV Server setup.
It's awesome to be able to set something to record, say Fringe at 8.30, then start watching it at about 8:45-8:50 then be able to skip through the ads and finish at around the same time as normal - 9:30.

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Master Geek

  # 256417 17-Sep-2009 10:49
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tv3+1 is freeview only and can't see sky bothering with it.


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  # 256421 17-Sep-2009 10:56
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I would infer from the article that time shifted means fully recorded to be viewed at a later time. Well, that's how it fits in with the way I use the older S1 Tivo. And with the FTA channels playing some reasonably decent movies of late, I don't even has a subscription to Sky Movies. Most of it was dross anyway. And repeated dross ! Arrghh ! If I didn't think I would like it at the cinema, I certainly wasn't going to make an effort to watch it on a subscription channel ! And there are bloody adverts on subscription channels. ! Bugger that.

Doco's seem to be kept for ages - months worth loaded up ready to view. Yeah, I'll get around tuit .. some partially watched ... stuff like the Apollo moon shots, that weapons series with the bald guy, etc. Sometimes I'll flick thru the doco channels and if I see something that looks interesting, I'll book it in for later - bloody marvelous !!!

Live sports events, like League, Union, motor sports, etc I tend to start watching 15 - 30 minutes after they have started playing - that way I can skip stoppages, the boring adverts during half-time, boring bits of play - the 30-second skip in the Tivo seems to fit just right with the leagues sets !

News and current Events - usually 10-15 minutes after they have started, or live pause while I mess around doing something else - check e-mail, wash dishes, and then get back to viewing - anything to skip adverts !!!!

Any TV series are usually watched the next day or two - I don't like to leave them too long. The series Lost I had the whole of a recent season recorded. I did a quick look thru on a couple of episodes, and then deleted the lot... I got fed up with it. Ditto with Heroes. Maybe I'll catch them the next time round ,.. but that's the advantage - not being sucked into something hoping that it will get better, and then doesn't.

My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government

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  # 256425 17-Sep-2009 11:01
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Dont watch anything live. Always at least 30mins after start so I can skip the ad's

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Wannabe Geek

  # 256620 17-Sep-2009 19:40
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We use all the mysky features all the time and its all great. Series link is the favorite and live pause or live rewind (esp during the news - "keep quiet you kids" then Rewind.) It has became a very necessary part of TV viewing in our house.

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