More than once, I’ve described DVR as my favorite invention of recent years. I love watching TV programs on my own schedule, fast-forwarding through commercials with abandon. I don’t watch TV often though, and more often than not the DVR would be over its limit, forcing me to stay up late watching enough episodes to clear up space or to choose which series I was going to “give up on.”
About a month ago, my cable box died. It wasn’t a big deal to replace it. But when I hooked up the new box, I realized that all the shows I’d been saving to watch were gone.
I was disappointed for a second and then … relieved.
TV watching shouldn’t be a source of stress.
Entertainment need not be stockpiled. There will always be more to see.
If I can’t be bothered to watch it for months, it really can’t be “must-see TV.”
In the weeks since I’ve had the new cable box, I haven’t bothered to set up the DVR. I haven’t even had the TV on more than once or twice a week. My life is too full of interesting things to make time for the CW.*
TV, I think you and I need to see other people.
*But that doesn’t mean I won’t catch the latest season of The Vampire Diaries when it comes to Netflix.