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Of course I knew that I was not the only one who did this:
We attended the "Pre-Bowl" party at one son's home and then proceeded to the airport during the game to provide a ride for another son coming into town for the week. Then we started watching the game as it was winding down in "real time."Super Skip::DVRs Are MVPs for Super Bowl Watchers
Everything is big about the Super Bowl. Advertisements cost $2.6 million for 30 seconds. The average audience was estimated at 90.7 million viewers. And a few bad calls by the referees were magnified to epic proportions.
While network executives are clinging to the idea that they are still in charge of what you watch and when you watch it, they are losing their grip. Even the Super Bowl -- the game to end all games, the Big Enchilada, the one where we all gather around our sets simultaneously in festive guacamole-eating splendor -- has lost its appeal as a pre-programmed TV show.
Case in point: I was invited to two different Super Bowl parties and both of them were going to be shown later on TiVo or a DVR (digital video recorder). While the point of time-shifting is usually to skip the commercials, in this case, the idea was to be able to watch the good commercials (and controversial football plays) over and over. Plus, being on the West Coast, we'd rather enjoy the nice Sunday afternoon outside, and watch the game at night later.
Of course, there are downsides to TiVo'ing the game. No one in the group can find out what happened ahead of time and ruin the ending for the rest of us. Any mistake in the recording could also ruin it -- if we record the wrong channel or don't record long enough, for instance. Or maybe a lightning strike could erase our TiVo's memory. (You think this way when you're a big football fan and not as much a fan of technology...)Then, as you start watching the opening ceremonies, the real parlor game begins. Some people shout out to skip over all the past Super Bowl MVPs being presented. Others want to skip the lengthy analysis by the announcers. Eventually it's time to weed out the bad commercials that repeat. And if someone misses a good commercial or there's talking over the beginning of a commercial, you can just replay it.
Shhhh. Don't tell me the score.
UPDATE: Now watching one the oldest rock bands in the world.... It must be hard to find a good show for the Super Bowl. Nice lights, though.