Virtually everything I watch on television, I watch via my TiVo. Network schedules these days seem to be full of time changes, date alterations, and all manner of oddities, TiVo makes it easier to navigate such issues. However, TiVo also does another interesting thing – it demands that I watch the shows it tapes.
I go in to my Season Pass Manager before the Fall season gets underway and add all the various shows I've decided to watch that year. TiVo then grabs all the shows and I watch them as they come in – almost always that night, but never at the moment they start recording. When I was younger, I used to be oh-so-proud of never having missed an episode of a given series, such a commitment took dedication – I was there every week at a specific time to watch a show. With TiVo that dedication isn't required, the show just appears in the Now Playing list.
Thus, I found myself for the past two weeks in the midst of an experiment that I hadn't intended. I was out of town, away from my TiVo, and therefore away from my Season Passes. Anything I watched I saw only because I was in front of a TV at that time or remembered that it ought to be at CBS's website or on Hulu. It made me reconsider my Fall shows in a way I had not intended. When I had to actively search out content instead of having content delivered to me, I only searched out that I was most interested in, I didn't sit and watch the rest.
What did I actively consume? The Office, 30 Rock, The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town all ranked highly. I made sure I saw House, Amazing Race, Stargate Universe, Dollhouse, and FlashForward too. I even managed to sneak in a Simpsons, Glee, Desperate Housewives, and NCIS episode. I was acutely aware of not watching Mad Men and looking forward to seeing it on my TiVo once I got home.