It’s nothing it did or didn’t do. It’s me.
I’m breaking up with my DVR.
The passion’s gone and we just don’t connect any more. The truth is, I’ve moved on – to Netflix, to my laptop, my iPad and well, even my phone. That special something the DVR once offered just isn’t there any more.
In the beginning, I couldn’t wait to set my DVR to record my favorite shows and I loved the sense of freedom that bought me. Hell…I could stay out all night if I liked, knowing that the faithful DVR was always there at home, recording so I could catch up when it suited me. Selfish perhaps, but I loved that feeling of being catered to.
And I really loved its ability to zap out the commercials – a thing I’d never thought possible before.
But, fickle wretch that I am, I have to say that’s all over. Video on demand means I can have everything my DVR offered without having to hand over an extra $10 payment to my cable company for the DVR service. And the truth is, I’m not going to miss trying to figure out start times for my favorite shows or worrying about overflowing my video cache.
According to media-research firm Magna Global predictions, by the end of 2017, 61 percent of all U.S. homes will have VOD access via their cable, satellite or telco systems. I’ll be one.
The hard truth is that I’ve grown spoiled. I can’t and won’t wait for the programs I want to watch. Once, I was thrilled by recording shows to watch later. Now, I want what I want instantly – no waiting. Thanks to Hulu Plus, Amazon and Netflix, my internet-connected television and the fact that cable and satellite distributors are vastly increasing the VOD offerings, I can have it. Whether I want movies or regular television programs from CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, FX and AMC, they’re all available.
Even the DVD’s commercial zapping feature – a thing I once loved – has lost its luster. The mega corporations, having realized that the peril that feature placed them in, are making their ads bigger and better. Now, I kinda like them.
So what will happen to the DVD? No worries. There’ll always be a place of honor for it on my shelf, right next to my pogs and my Nintendo 64.