Ode to ReplayTV
I don't watch a lot of TV--Raptors games and Scrubs are my only "must wach" TV shows. That being said, the beauty of ReplayTV lies in its ability to let me watch television much more efficiently. It provides for efficient TV watching by enabling me to do things like automatically skip commercials (a feature no longer offered in new versions), record programs via the web, fast-forward through boring parts of a show, and watch a show when I want to watch it.
It is a killer app for sports: by fast-forwarding through free throws, timeouts, and halftime, ReplayTV enables me to watch a basketball game in a little over an hour, less than half of the time it would take without a PVR... and I get all the slow-motion instant replays I want.
ReplayTV, however, is quite like the cellphone: friends raved about it, but I did not truly understand its benefits and how it made things so much easier until I got one. Amazon has 'em for $150 right now, which is a fantastic deal. Do yourself a favor and get a PVR... as cheesy as it sounds, it'll change your life for the better.