THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION
I went downstairs to see what awaited me on my TiVo. The redundantly-named but otherwise excellent Navy NCIS* had been recorded. Dan Rather was on at the beginning with New Hampshire coverge and my guess is the show will be either interrupted with (now outdated) New Hampshire updates. The show turns out to be a repeat, so no biggie. But two questions arise:
1. Given that a.) only the political junkies such as those who read and maintain this blog care enough about the results of the New Hampshire primaries to need intermediate results and b.) there are all manner of 24-hour news stations, blogs, other Internet sources, etc., why do the major networks bother to cover relatively routine news like this anymore?
2. Given that TiVo (at least the DirectTV version that I have) is satellite driven, why can’t it recognize that the program in question isn’t on and adjust itself accordingly–including continuing to record ballgames or other shows that are running over the scheduled timeslot because something preempted it?
*The “N” in NCIS stands for “Navy.”