Best of TiVo Video Downloads, June 10, 2008

[I’m a bit late in posting John’s list this week, sorry!]

In a week that saw the return of The Mole and the reinvention of Password (congrats for the originality, TV!), there was even more great stuff available through Video Downloads. Here’s the best of the best from last week:

  1. Super Deluxe turned to The Daily Show’s Rob Riggle for a look at the often-ignored casualty of novelty basketball exhibitions like the Harlem Globetrotters. Riggle, as coach of the Colonels, asks the question we’ve all been wondering for years: What kind of ref allows a tiny trampoline onto a basketball court? (Although we’ll have to wait to find out why the Globetrotters made a movie called The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island where they fought robots….)
  2. The New York Times‘ resident tech guru David Pogue reviewed three great voice-activated cell phone services on this week’s Circuits, including Goog-411, Cha-Cha, and Jott. All three are great additions to my already geeky Blackberry. Soon I won’t have to talk to real people at all!
  3. Speaking of socially awkward, this week’s “Best of 65” show included a clip of a young man attempting to teach his aunt to lock her back door…by popping out of a cabinet wearing a hockey mask and wielding a butcher knife. (Next week, motivation techniques requiring a chainsaw.) The best part of the clip though is watching his aunt attempting to climb over the railing of the deck to escape instead of using, I don’t know, the stairs. Maybe slasher movies have been more accurate than we give them credit for.
  4. Cali Lewis from GeekBrief.TV brought us the awesome news that Starbucks is now offering two hours of free WiFi service to their latte-drinking customers. This brings me one step closer to permanently relocating my cube within scone-throwing distance of a barista. Viva la free internets!
  5. And finally, The Onion’s headline explains it all: “New Wearable Feedbags Let Americans Eat More, Move Less.” Thanks, Onion. You just crushed the hope/dreams of some R&D scientist deep within the bowels of McDonald’s or Burger King.

One Response to “Best of TiVo Video Downloads, June 10, 2008”

  1. Davis Freeberg Says:

    I just figured out that the New York Times is publishing their circuits TiVocast and their wedding vows TiVoCast separately now. This is very exciting because I really like David Pogues show, but the wedding vows program is a little outside my demographic. For awhile I was just deleting the extra content, but eventually unsubscribed because I got tired of seeing them. Now I can watch my Circuits without having to worry about feel good love stories sneaking in there (although some of Pogues videos might be classified as tech love stories)

    So far the Onion has been my favorite show on the service with the clips coming in second place, but there is probably close to 40 minutes of content per week that I’m watching now through the TiVoCast program. I added a bunch of new shows to my season pass last night so we’ll see how good those are, but it’s neat to see the service adding so much content over a relatively short period of time. It will be interesting to see how the WB content integrates their shows into the program. I’m hoping that they’ll release their upcoming shows early like CBS did last fall with their pilots. It’s fun to be able to get the early access just for being a TiVo member.

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