May 17, 2004

Once again this week, Michele noticed that the Sopranos had not been recorded to Tivo on Sunday night. WTF? This happened two weeks ago as well and was a pain to get a copy.

We've been noticing that several shows that we have on Season Passes for are missing shows that should have been recorded. I was a bit baffled as to the problem and started checking the To Do List to ensure that everything was scheduled correctly.

This morning Michele and I realized what the trouble was. It's the kids.

We've known for a while that the girls can drive the Tivo remote like pros. What we've figured out is that the girls can be watching TV and the "Tivo wants to change the channel to record * " dialog box comes on screen. Since we have season passes to a variety of shows it's usually OK if an episode of Good Eats or The Saddle Club is missed. The trouble is that the girls are willing to cancel and kill any show that tries to get recorded when they are watching TV.

The girls also know how to record a show they are watching and are will to tell Tivo not to record the previously scheduled show. Damn smart kids...

I'm not sure how to deal with this situation, but I have named it.

Passkilling is when someone cancels a Tivo request to change channels and record a Season Pass show.

A Passkiller is someone who cancels an in-progress Season Pass recording or cancels a channel change request.

Can anyone else share passkilling stories? What essential TV have you missed due to passkillers?

Posted by michael at May 17, 2004 05:54 PM