15 years later and most homes still don’t have a DVR

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It’s been almost 15 years since I got my first DVR. If you follow a lot of TV media coverage like I do, nobody could fault you for thinking that DVRs are in nearly 100% of homes. That’s almost certainly the case for TV media professionals.

But heading into the 2013-14 television season, nearly 14 years after the dawn of DVRs, Nielsen estimated that slightly less than 47% of homes* were equipped with DVRs.

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Myth: It’s hard for Nielsen to measure out-of-home viewing

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Don’t blame Nielsen.

Compared to, say, curing the common cold, it’s relatively very easy for Nielsen to measure out-of-home viewing. But easy does not equal “cheap” or “free” so more accurately one could say “it’s easy, but  expensive to measure and nobody wants to foot the bill.” 

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Why does Comcast SportsNet Bay Area hate its best viewers?

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I love the San Francisco Giants. I just love baseball in general, but I’m a big Giants fan. I’m the kind of  fan who watches some/most/all of the TV coverage for pretty much all 162 games.  I’m the kind of fan who watches the pre-game and post-game coverage. It’s great pre/post coverage especially when the A-Team of Greg Poppa, Bill Laskey and Vida Blue is assembled. That trio has great chemistry.

I love Willie Mays as much as the next 50+ year old, but I loathe CSN Bay Area’s “Say Hey Tuesdays” when they do the pre/post game coverage for  Giants Tuesday night home games from a live shoot at 24 Willie Mays Plaza and encourage people to yell and scream behind the telecast. Yep, they even give fans signs to hold up (see picture above).

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TV for the hard of hearing – using iPhone earpods with your TV

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Though my hearing tests normal for someone my age, several years ago I began to notice some occasional difficulty when watching dramatic television or movies. I don’t have any problems with sports, news, talk shows, etc., but programming with a musical scores and sound effects was  problematic.

To get the volume loud enough where I could comfortably hear dialog, the music/special effects were uncomfortably loud resulting in constantly turning the volume up and down.

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If I wanted to wear a (smart) watch it would probably be this one

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I’m not  a huge fan of the quantified lifestyle but I like to walk a fair bit so I’ve been using fitness trackers for the past two years. I started with a FitBit One and liked it just fine but lost it after about a year. I replaced it with a FitBit Flex which is worn on the wrist.

There are definitely a couple of advantages to wearing activity trackers on your wrist, but after nearly a decade of not wearing anything on my wrist I didn’t love wearing something on my wrist. So I replaced the Flex with a FitBit Zip. The Zip is a downgrade from the One since it can’t track steps climbed and a downgrade from both the One and the Flex since it can’t track sleep.

But I lost the Zip after a few months and replaced it with a WiThings Pulse*. I found the Zip about two weeks later and usually carry both it and the Pulse.

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