Tivo Timewarp: How :08 Seconds Became a Lifetime

Posted on October 4, 2011

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First Tivo revolutionized the way I watch television.

Then it altered my perception of time.

Seriously. Hear me out.

Tivo has a back button that rewinds the show you are watching by eight seconds.

Look down during the Lion’s miraculous comeback and miss a Tony Romo interception? Hit the back button.

Didn’t quite hear the crucial admission from the murder suspect on CSI? Hit the back button.

Miss a cutaway joke on Family Guy? Eh! Don’t bother. There’ll be another one in about eight seconds.

I’ve become so accustomed to going back eight seconds at a time that it now seems like an eternity.

If I hit the button twice and it takes me back too far — we’re talking eight seconds too far — I get antsy and impatient.

Sometimes even one eight second jump is too far. If it takes me back to before the pitcher begins his motion I can get annoyed waiting.

Eight seconds used to go by in the blink of an eye. Now it’s an eternity.

Remember that the next time you turn on the mic.

Don’t waste your listener’s time. Get to the point and grab their attention.

Thanks to Tivo you’ve got :08 seconds.

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