Timeshifting TV Habits Continue to Grow

Only a year ago I learned a new word, “timeshifting.” It’s the practice of watching a television show at a different time from its actual air time. This is done by recording it, watching it through “on demand” or going to a website to view it.

I quickly realized that much of what I watch is timeshifted. I like watching shows through On Demand because there are almost no commercials. In essence, I buy myself 20 minutes of time. I also watch at other times because it’s more convenient to my schedule. I’m completely addicted to NCIS and NICS: LA but the night the shows air, I’m often not available to watch. So I catch them later.

I love the convenience and I’m not alone. According to a new study from The Nielsen Company, almost 100 million of us are watching timeshifted television. That number is up more than 18 percent from a year ago. 

TV Usage Trends (Monthly Reach of Overall Users 2+ in 000s)
   Q2 2010 Q1 2010 Q2 2009 % Diff Yr to Yr
Watching TV in the Home 286,648 286,225 284,306 +0.82%
Watching Timeshifted TV 97,914 94,599 82,677 +18.43%
Source: The Nielsen Company, November 2010

The research also indicated that the average person watched more than 143 hours of television per month. Fortunately, I can say that my viewing is much less than that. If I watched that much television I don’t know how I would find times for books or blogging (or fitness).

In fact, I’m seriously considering giving up cable. Not only will I save money, but I’ll regain time. And I can still catch my favorite shows – only I’ll watch them timeshifted.

Are You Due for a Tune-Up?

I spent a good part of my Thanksgiving holiday napping. And it wasn’t because I ate too much turkey.

My body said, “Enough!”

At first I was frustrated. I wasn’t going to have time to bake a pumpkin cheesecake. And the holiday decorations wouldn’t be up when I wanted them up. I wouldn’t catch the extra movie I wanted to see.

And then I realized, it didn’t matter. All of these were self-imposed “shoulds” and not “have-tos.”

As I awoke from my naps, I realized that I was working longer hours again. I wasn’t making time for grocery shopping and cooking, let alone going to the gym.

It was time for a tune-up. Usually my tune-ups occur in January (New Year’s resolutions), June (start of summer) and September (back to school time always refocuses me).  Clearly, though, I needed an extra tune-up this year.

I made a list of everything I thought I had to get done in my life. I crossed out those things that weren’t necessary, but simply “would have been nice to do” items. Yep, no holiday party hosted by me this year. I’ll do better to have a quiet weekend at home reading.

I scheduled the items that needed to be done, even scheduling directly after work to keep me from working those long hours.

Suddenly the month of December looks a lot more peaceful and relaxing.

I may still take a nap but now it will be because I have “visions of sugar plums dancing.”