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The Dangers of DVR with Live Television

By Brian | May 25, 2007 | Share on Facebook

We recorded the American Idol finale last night on our DVR, and watched it back about a half hour after it started. Great show. Excellent musical acts, such as Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, and Smokey Robinson (who, I’m sorry, looks like he went to a plastic surgeon one day and said, “I’d like to look surprised for the rest of my life.”). Anyway, the show ran it’s allotted two hours. At the end, they went to commercial, and when the commerical was over, the recording ended! They didn’t announce the winner!!!

Turns out the show ran about 6 minutes long, so anyone who DVR’ed, TiVo’ed or otherwise recorded it using some automated, Guide-based system entirely missed the announcement of the winner. We had to go out on the web & find out who won (for those who still don’t know, it was Jordin Sparks).

Of course, through the wonder of YouTube, I can watch those last 6 minutes at my convenience. And now, so can you:

First of all, it’s worth noting that more people voted for this year’s American Idol than voted for George W. Bush for President in 2004. About 10 million more!

Given the final two, I think it was the right choice. I also think it doesn’t matter much at all. Last season produced three big stars (Taylor Hicks, Katherine McPhee, and Chris Daughtry) and two smaller ones (Elliot Yamin and Bucky Covington). This season will produce four big stars (Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle, and Lakisha Jones), two smaller ones (Chris Richardson and Phil Stacy) and one bizarre one (Sanjaya Malakar). The winner has a small advantage with promotion, but not that much.

That said, if you ask me who the best singer was, though, I think my vote would have gone to Melinda. C’est la vie…

Topics: Primetime TV | 1 Comment »

One Response to “The Dangers of DVR with Live Television”

  1. Anonymous says at May 25th, 2007 at 6:44 pm :
    I highly doubt Chris Rich will be a small breakout star of the show. It’s a very safe bet he’ll be bigger than Lakisha. He’s going fit into todays music scene better than anyone, including the winner.


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