Best of TiVo Video Downloads, September 8

After spending a weekend engrossed in the return of NFL Football and the release of ‘Spore,’ I had a bit of a realization: I am not the demographic for everything. I know, this doesn’t seem like a big revelation, but when I’m overloaded with a great new video game, lots and lots of great football games and the return of Entourage all in a single day, I feel like it’s my duty to highlight some great video download programs that don’t exactly appeal to me but definitely appeal to a lot of other people. Video downloads on TiVo aren’t all about tech reviewers getting interviewed in a shed and a school bus doing a wheelie, so here’s a list of great shows you might like but might not know are available through Video Downloads.

  1. Pixel Perfect: Feel at Peace with a Pastoral Scene. If Bob Ross was the king of the painted Happy Tree, then Bert Monroy is the Bob Ross of the Photoshop Happy Tree. Each week, Bert teaches another lesson about everyone’s favorite photo editing software. It’s a useful and fun way to learn all the little tricks that will help you edit your ex out of all those pictures.
  2. Nickelodeon: iCarly Don’t be Lame. If you’ve got kids, they probably watch a lot of Nickelodeon. Even though Nickelodeon doesn’t have all my old favorites like Danger Mouse or Double Dare, they’re still cranking out a lot of great original programming. Each week, our Nickelodeon Video Download channel highlights a behind-the-scenes look at one of the shows that the House that Green Slime Built is producing. It’s a great quick break for kids to watch instead of commercials for cereal, toys, or other things they want you to buy for them.
  3. Days of Our Lives: Dena Hagley. The folks at Days of Our Lives provide the bigger kids with the same kind of behind-the-scenes look at all the different pieces that go in to making one of television’s longest-running soaps. While I don’t spend a lot of time in the afternoon watching the stories since ‘Passions’ was canceled, this should be on your Season Pass list if you like Days of Our Lives or just want a backstage pass for the making of a soap opera.
  4. Vogue.TV: Models.Live Episode 4. One of the biggest hits of the last few years has been Tyra’s fierce America’s Next Top Model, but for a more realistic view of what it takes to become a fashion model, you should check out Vogue’s new Models.Live series. A real life look at what it really takes to be a model (even once the lights have turned off), this should be required viewing for everyone who’s got The Hills, 90210, or One Tree Hill in their Season Pass list (and I know you’re out there).
  5. Zen Living: Aromatherapy. While I know I’ve talked about Zen Living before, it’s just not something I’ve been able to connect with. While lots of people I know are really into massage and therapeutic teas, it’s just always been a bit high and outside for me. That being said, I find the Zen Living series interesting, entertaining and a great way to learn about things that otherwise mystify me. This is a great show to help take the ‘um?’ out of ‘ohm’….which may be the best pun I’ve written in a year.

So that’s what I’ve been pondering this week…what are you watching that everyone should know about?

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