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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Sportztyme!: The Real Super Showdown

As Geek-in-Chief, it's my job to edit (when necessary), but I never censor or alter content to jibe with my own views. So even though I have major disagreements with portions of Uncle Buster's Sportztyme! this week, I'll let you guys voice them for me, especially my fellow TiVo owners, who will surely find fault with his argruments.

This Sunday will bring together the biggest competition know to American's today. Millions will gather 'round their TVs to watch two of the country's most powerful forces go head to head, in a battle that could have repercussions for decades to come.

Eagles vs. Patriots? NOT!

Try TiVo vs. Super Bowl commercials.

This will be an interesting struggle to watch. The Super Bowl is the most watched television event each and ever year. And, a big part of that viewership is there to see the new commercials debuting during the broadcast. Viewers who couldn't tell a quarterback from a quarterhorse plunk down in front of their tubes, awaiting Madison Avenue's latest and greatest selling symphonies.

And don't think it's not a big day for the Fortune 500 either. At $2.5 million per 30 second pop, this kind of exposure doesn't come cheap or easy. Companies are only too happy to shell out major dinero to get their products in one of those prime spots... usually during the game's first quarter. When the game ends up being a yawn-fest, the predominant Monday morning talk concerns which ads had the biggest effect or the biggest laugh, not which team put up the biggest numbers.

Therein lies the controversy for TiVo owners. A major part of the fun for these people is being able to omit commercials from the viewing experience, thereby turning an hour program into 35 minutes of compressed entertainment. A 4 hour football game could go by in less than half that time, when the obligatory time outs and play stoppages are passed by.

But, do you skip the part of the show that half the room finds the most entertaining? Let's momentarily skip the fact that watching a live program on TiVo is just plain ludicrous. There are people who actually start watching a live program 10 minutes later than it begins, just so they have the power to skip what they deem as insignificant. These people have self-esteem issues, but I digress.

Folks, just for one day, give the TiVo a vacation. Go old school to watch this one... commercials and all. Your TiVo will thank you in the morning.

OK TiVo owners... speak out and be heard! Post a comment now!

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2 other geekspeak:

  • i actually agree with uncle buster, i am a tivo owner who will be watching the entire game and all the commercials. in fact, i'll use the tivo to go back and look at commercials again that i found amusing. see network execs? - tivo can be used for good and not evil. i won't be "recording" the game for my archives though - i mean, this superbowl, who really cares?

    By Blogger joevideo, at 8:25 AM  

  • No way Jose.

    It's Tivo all the way for me. Replaying interesting moments in the game as well as the ads is the life of the party!

    And, now, I can pull the whole program over to my PC and Burn 2 DVD's. One for the football audience with only the game, and one for the ad watchers with nuthin' but ads. Too Cool!!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:43 PM  

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