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…About What Happens When the DVR Breaks

by The Momma on February 17, 2012

The Daddy: Losing Everything on the DVR- Dire Situation or Wow, We Sure Have Relied on Television a LOT Lately…?

The Momma: Can’t it be both? We’ve absolutely been using the TV more lately, true. Which is what makes it so dire!

D: Ha, that was what I was thinking. For all our talk about how much we weren’t going to let him watch too much television, it certainly seems to have become indispensable.

M: 6am on a Saturday morning in particular, I have ZERO problems acquiescing to the cries for Superwhy or Woody or Megamind (I’m crying now thinking of those all being gone! GONE! Damn DVR erasing all our shows).

D: Seriously, maybe it took losing it all to make us realize how addicted we’ve become to having it on, but at the same time, I still don’t think we’re overindulging the kid. I still stand by my belief that he’s gonna grow up with more screen interaction than we ever will. And while we need to monitor how much is happening at this early age in terms of brain development, I still maintain that it isn’t too much of a problem.

M: I also think it’s really interesting how suddenly his television watching is MUCH more interactive. He sings along, he answers (as best he can) the call and response, he dances, he looks for answers, he empathizes. It’s definitely not just a lump on a log watching.

D: No, I agree. It isn’t a passive brain dulling experience, especially when during dinner time, he’ll reiterate the Yo Gabba Gabba “try it, like it!” in his awesome little way. He’s retaining and learning the stuff, which is why I almost feel like there’s nothing wrong with, if not an added bonus for him to watch the educational shows that he does. It’s weird, 100 years ago, educational television as an interactive learning aid would have been marveled at, but we’re stuck with addressing the over-abuse stereotype of parents that just plop their kid down in front to go drive to the store or smoke crack or whatever.

M: Seriously. This is one of those things I really don’t worry about anymore. Plus, you KNOW our kid isn’t in danger anytime soon of not getting enough physical activity, so we can ignore that argument as well. The TV is less and less something I worry about, in general terms. We’ll have to deal with content appropriateness stuff as he grows up, but let’s save that fretting for another day.

D: No, indeed the problem lately is losing the shows he wants to watch to the failures of a cable company. I do find it interesting how fixated he’ll get on a particular show. He’ll be all hardcore for something after watching it a few times, and then you go and suggest his other favorite, and he’ll lose his mind to want to watch the brand new show. The next day, something totally different. Of course there are the sticky faves, Pixar’s Cars and the like, but the individual shows seem to be sporadic, and for some reason, this is comforting to me. Dunno why though.

M: I like to see that his tastes change and flux, that it’s not just the same thing over and over. Until it is, of course.
M: And I’m royally pissed that the DVR has left us without ANY of his favorites as backup. Grumble grumble.

D: One more reason to consider moving straight to all internet-based on demand TV. Maybe as the kid’s evolution of television consumption evolves, so too should our delivery system. Last thing we want is to be behind the digital curve!

M: True. We’ve been discussing it more, and maybe this is the push we need to really consider it. But until then, Saturday morning is gonna HURT.

D: Luckily, the weekends are the days he gets his “uneducational” TV shows remember? The Cars DVD to the rescue! We’ve got a temporary reprieve for the moment.

M: Thank goodness for Cars!

D: Amen!

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TechyDad February 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Netflix is definitely great for kids’ content. They have Super Why, Yo Gabba Gabba, and a bunch of others completely on-demand. As for other content, we used to use Netflix’s DVD rental system, but went to streaming only when we realized we just kept the discs lying around for weeks. We go to the library to borrow DVDs and buy DVDs every now and then. (At one point, I ripped a few to set up an in-home media streaming system. Might go back to that as we have a big stack of DVDs that are hard to leaf through.)

As far as the DVR goes, we rely on it too. At one time, our DVR had a “Copy to VCR” function that let us export the recording to a VCR or computer. They took that away, though, and now there seems to be no way to export them. I live in fear of our DVR dying and losing a ton of things that we either haven’t watched yet, or watched but kept because they are sentimental favorites.

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