By Tyler Sutherland
When they first came out, DVRs (digital video recorders) were frowned upon and were more of a foe than a friend. But with more viewers living busy lifestyles and finding it hard to squeeze in TV watching to catch their favourite shows, DVRs are now almost a necessity.
Numbers released this week and reported in The New York Times say that 33 percent of households — compared with 28 percent in 2008 — use DVRs.
Television studios also say that audiences are watching their shows at a later time than when they originally air. Given the convenience of fast forwarding through boring dialogue and past commercials, watching at a viewer’s leisure has never been more popular.
Although, even with all the conveniences in the world, some people are still down right lazy. Another article published this week claims that half of DVR users are too lazy to fast forward past commercials.
Shaw and MTS couldn’t release specific numbers on how many of their subscribers use DVRs, but a sales rep did say that the devices are being requested more frequently than ever before.