First my disclosure — I actually don’t have a TiVo anymore, I wish I did. But when I switched to HD I had to go with the standard, and very inferior (from a user interface / software perspective), HD cable box DVR. As Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote, ” ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.”
With that out of the way. I find myself converging on a certain usage pattern when it comes to both TiVO/DVR and RSS — and the consumption of new content.
My typical RSS experience with new content:
Step 2) Browse the content, maybe tag an interesting article.
Step 3) If it’s compelling, add the RSS feed to GoogleReader, and tag it
I end up with way too many feeds, so I often trim them back based on GoogleReader’s trends data. I prefer to over consume, knowing that I can skim all day, and ignore many feeds, but come back to them when I’m doing a deep dive ona topic.
My typical TiVO/DVR experience with new content:
Step 1) See a promo for a new show on TV, online, or word-of-mouth.
Step 2) Program a recording / “season pass” for that program
Step 3) Try and find time to actually watch the show :)
Step 4) After watching it, keep the subscritpion, cancel it, or keep it knowing that I will only watch it once in a while.
Where I see the convergence is in a few spots:
- Subscribing and recording are a similar experience
- I prefer to over subscribe as a sampling strategy so that I can always watch things later
- I prefer to subscribe immediately when I find new interesting content. DVR and RSS make that super simple via 1-click ( well actually 1 click with Tivo, and 9 clicks with DVR – but I digress )
- There are many RSS feeds, and many shows that I subscribe/record but only watch occasionally. It’s a “skim” / monitoring approach that works well.