The Poor Man’s Tivo. Another online secret.

29 May

So, I live in my own apartment, in Brooklyn, and suffice to say it is an expensive town (yet completely worth it). I don’t have cable and I found my large old-school TV in the basement of my apartment building. I have four channels, and that is fine with me. I am not one to enjoy sitting and frying in front of show after show, with ON DEMAND options and completely sedate activity (unless it was a long ass day, or Sunday and raining). But there are a few favorites that I would love to be able to watch without running home the time it airs. In this TIVO-age, who only wants to watch broadcast television, working your schedule around the idiot box? Not me! Nobody else in this new wave of TV does either.

Hail RedLasso, a wonderful website that lets you search for national network television; free. You can search by network, by schedule, or even use keywords. You can view full episodes, news or popular clips. Right now, I have found a popular television show that I am never home for and I am watching the raw media, just as it was broadcast last night. I can fast forward through any part (i.e. bad commercials) and pretty much catch everything I missed while taking a Funk class at Bally’s last night. Superb!

You do need an invitation to join, which can take a bit of time. Then you set up your preferences (which networks you want to record) and that is it! Leave the rest to the genius of the site. It even has many of the networks I could not even catch in my 4-channel line up; Food Network, BBC, Comedy Central, ESPN! Que magnifique.

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