Some day I'll learn that technology isn't my friend. I hadn't used the DVD player for a while (except to play music CDs), but I wanted to watch a movie yesterday, and not one of the movies on my 200 channels. It took me about an hour of wasted energy to realize I wasn't going to be able to watch The Matrix.
Or rather, I could watch, but I couldn't listen. No sound from the DVD. Great digital picture, but no sound. I checked the settings and connections. I dug through a box of manuals to find the one for the DVD player. When I looked up "no sound" in the troubleshooting section, it told me to check the settings and connections.
I put in a CD and got perfect sound, but the DVD was still just a silent movie. I had to face the fact that, now that the player is out of warranty, I have nothing more than an expensive CD player with fewer features than even a cheap CD player is supposed to have. And I still couldn't find a movie I wanted to watch on the 200 channels, at least not one that started at the time I wanted to watch it.
So I ordered TiVo. I know, more money for technology, and who knows whether it's going to work any better than anything else I've spent money on. I should spend it on clearing the weeds off the property. I don't have the money to throw away on something I don't really need, something that'll feed my TV habit.
There were all kinds of reasons not to order TiVo service. But the dish and receiver will be here in three days, and then an installer will call and set up a time. Then I'll be committed to TiVo, and it'll take over my life. It'll record shows I want to watch, and shows it thinks I might want to watch.
I'll never have to miss another episode of Leave It to Beaver or a Katharine Hepburn movie. If there's a Sade concert on Trio, I'll know ahead of time (or TiVo will), instead of with only five minutes left (like last night). I'll have to give up reading and going out and listening to music, just to keep up.
Either that, or it'll be a colossal waste of money. It'll be a cute accessory that lets me pause live TV when the phone rings and rewind through something I missed. Like DirecTV itself, which I use about half the time just to listen to music, I'll be paying for way more features than I'll ever use. TiVo could turn out to be another black box that sits on an entertainment center shelf alongside the dead DVD player. I have no idea.