Fade to Black

Now that the boy’s done gone and moved himself to an apartment that’s dog-friendly, 3 blocks from the beach, and cuts my daily commute in half, I find I’m spending most nights over there instead of in my own neglected abode.

This is serious people. Not only do I have a toothbrush there, I moved my COFFEE MAKER in. That is a Big Step. And I’m only the teensiest bit neurotic about it (mostly because further progress involves moving more of my self and my stuff, which I loathe to the very core of my being).

Thankfully, the change of venue hasn’t been too painful. He’s got wireless internet and I’ve got my laptop, so I can still get to all of my email, etc. My home phone is set to simulring to my cell as well, so it’s like I’m not actually gone at all. Add to that the bonuses of his insuite laundry, the daily strolls along Kits Beach with the dog and the fact that he still brings me coffee in bed every morning, I’d really start to sound crazy to not be spending as much time there as I am.

So guess what I do miss. If you said my TiVo, you’d be right! For goodness’ sakes people, my man doesn’t even own a TV! (In all fairness, he did until someone broke into his old place and stole it, but that was MONTHS ago!) We honestly don’t spend that much downtime at home, and when we do we read books or watch movies on his laptop – but I find myself absolutely CRAVING television.

Thank god for TiVoToGo – I think it’s time to put some regularly scheduled trips back to the homestead into the ol’ calendar so I can pop in and download shows to bring with me. It’s not quite the same as channel-surfing and pausing live TV, but it’ll do for now.

And yes, I have thought of just moving my TV over to his place, but one thing at a time people! I did just move my coffee maker over there, and there are only so many steps toward shacking up I can handle at any one time.

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7 thoughts on “Fade to Black

  1. Tara

    TiVo in Canada? What the heck… I have been waiting to get my hands on one of those for years?

  2. peechie Post author

    Indeed! The service is available in Canada, though you have to buy your box in the States somewhere and import it.

  3. Mark

    Slingbox. They’re available in Canada now, too. I put one in at my parents house when I was home for a few days in February and now I “sling” all the Shaw channels 3000+ miles to my laptop, desktop, or anywhere I plug my USB drive in. There’s a PocketPC and a Windows Mobile 5 version if you have one of those things, too.

    Plus it has multiple IR emitters, so you can plug in an emitter and mount it in front of your tivo and REMOTE CONTROL YOUR TIVO from wherever you happen to be watching from.

    Might as well run a couple ethernet cables out to the living room now, instead of the wireless usb adapter for the tivo, since you’re never there to trip on them anyway. 🙂

    This is running on Shaw cable internet with 512kbps upstream speed. I’ve been thinking about getting them to upgrade to 1mbps, but 512kbps is good enough, just is a little bit chunky/grainy for Hockey… but for that there’s Legendz. 🙂

  4. Gwen

    What’s the difference between TiVOs and the PVRs that you get with Bell ExpressVu. PVRs are pretty darn sweet, too.

  5. peechie Post author

    Mark: I’ll probably just suck it up in a few weeks and move the whole TV setup anyway. It’s the eventual plan, but I’m mostly lazy.

    Gwen: TiVo is just a brand of PVR. I could be wrong, but I think it may be the original – before the providers started building them in. It’s also got some extra features/software (profiling, bonus content) that I don’t think other providers or MythTV can offer.

  6. Tara

    I am using StarChoice these days and don’t really want to switch.

    As far as I can tell the PVR’s are not what I want because the main things I like about TiVo are not available/included.

    Peechie… so as far was you know your TiVo works here just the same as it does in the US? Are you paying a monthly fee?

    I have been led to believe that it wouldn’t work here because the shows aren’t id’d the same as the States.

    Thanks for your advice 🙂 I have been listening to people in the US rave about TiVo for way too long!

  7. peechie Post author

    Yep – TiVo works just fine here. You enter your postal code and it looks up your provider, gives you local access numbers to call (if you’re not using broadband) and ba-da-bing, you’re golden.

    I’m using Shaw, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work with StarChoice, as long as TiVo can download your program information from them (which, if they offer a PVR, should exist).

    I do pay a monthly fee – $12.95USD, which comes right off your credit card. If you do have any other questions, drop me a line!

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