Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The DVR

Back in November I purchased a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for our satellite system. As Mark likes to lament, I'm an early adopter.

I don't know about you, but it can be a real challenge to sit down at an appointed time to watch a show. And I was getting sick of finding a show I loved then missing it so often that it was pointless to keep watching.

A good friend said, 'why don't you just get a blank tape and set-up the timer on your VCR.' For the same reason I don't expect my dirt devil to vacuum my living room. Get the right tool for the right job. Does a VHS let you rewind LIVE TV? Does a train fly?

So with my shiny new object lovingly installed I called Star Choice to get it activated. Only to find out that they actually have to send someone to do it. A tech will call us. We wait. No call. Mark figures, he has opposable thumbs he can do it. Skip forward to two weeks ago. The DVR still isn't working.

I now have what appears to be a very expensive dirt devil. So finally, I call Star Choice again, get an extremely helpful lady and a person comes by 3 days later and sets it up. So I program in all the shows we want to record.

Last night was the big payoff, Mark was listlessly shuffling through the channels looking for something to watch, when I remembered! We had recorded shows. And not just any recorded shows, we had Engineering an Empire. Jealous, much?

5 comments:

Mark Fournier said...

In my defense, it did not work because we needed to add a piece to the dish, no one at starchoice said anything about an extra piece they just told us to run in an extra line (which I did with both skill and finesse)

Heidi Schempp Fournier said...

Actually, I hate to break this to you, honey, becaue you HAVE become much handier; the install guy said we didn't need the part and I should ship it back rather than pay for it.

But I appreciate the effort!

Mark Fournier said...

The install guy LIED!

Tasha said...

Of course he did Mark! For crying out loud, the last time I was at your house I'm pretty certain I saw you dragging a deer corpse into the kitchen with one arm! You are the Hunter, Gatherer and fixer of ALL thing electronic for goodness sake!

Muffy said...

Get a PVR I told you!