In today's paper David Carr, the more skeptical of The Times' media desk Odd Couple, has outed himself as a heavy DVR user, forgoing live TV for recorded, commercial-free bliss. "This week, when they ring the bell on the television upfronts, the annual orgy of advertising buying, I hope the industry isn’t counting on my house to lift ratings," he begins his Media Equation column, describing his preference for the recorded show over scheduled broadcasts. Some of us have loved our DVRs for years -- that other Times media reporter, Brian Stelter, as a younger self-proclaimed new-media obsessed person, probably falls under that category. But now the trend has spread to a whole different demographic. Oh yeah, and the stats are there to prove it, too.
Carr points out all the obvious reasons DVR is overtaking programmed television watching, some of which Stelter first explored in his April 19 article about Sunday night DVR:
- Convenience. "I’m part of the cult of 'Community,' but I motor through several episodes on Hulu Plus when I am feeling the need to spend some quality time with Abed," explains Carr, who sets his DVR to watch shows like The Colbert Report and Modern Family on his own time.
- Lack of commercials. "It feels like a sucker’s game just to settle for sponsor-infested spoon-feeding," writes Carr. It's true, the DVR skips all that boring stuff.
- More time to watch good TV. Both Stelter and Carr allude to the ability to fit in more good TV. With too much quality Sunday TV, Stelter finds the DVR can't handle it all. Carr, on the other hand, records a lot of his favorite gems.