What can a sports fan do when a DVR goes kaput?

This may seem like a petty issue, but for a sports fan, on a weekend, having your DVR crash could be quite devastating, especially when it holds programming that has true value.

For the second time in less than ten years, we’ve had our DVR at our house just die; no warning, no way to retrieve saved programs, and no way to nurse it back to health. This is a very frustrating thing when you are ready to sit down and watch a Major League Baseball game or an NHL playoff game, and your only access to your satellite programming is this DVR.

Part of the issue lies in the fact that so many of the major sports leagues and individual teams have exclusive rights deals with cable sports networks and these games are not available on the over the air channels. Without access to your satellite channels, you don’t have access to these games. In a way, this has become a good thing, as many more games are now available on a regular basis than were available 30 years ago. You can watch a game any day of the week. No longer are you limited to the “Game of the Week” or Saturday- and Sunday-only sports programming.

However, for those folks that are still holdouts and don’t subscribe to cable or satellite service, they have a very limited amount of sports programming available to them. I would venture to say, hardcore sports fans would not be in that category.

So not only was my weekend television viewing derailed by a dead DVR, but the fact that I had some very meaningful programming stored on that DVR that I now can’t retrieve, made it even more frustrating.

One of the most recent shows we recorded with hopes of watching over the weekend was Ken Burns’ documentary on Jackie Robinson. I’ve been a fan of the story of Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers and Robinson for many years, having done a term paper on the subject in high school. Thus, I was looking forward to watching this four-hour special.

Also, I had recorded several of the Harlem Globetrotters television appearances, including the team’s appearance on ESPN the past two years. Having worked with the Globetrotters, and being a big fan since I was a kid, I have quite a collection of the team’s appearances on television from over the past 40 years. Several of these programs are now gone with the DVR.

Obviously there were also various nonsports programs on the DVR that my wife and I wanted to watch, but haven’t had a chance to yet. Some of the shows were our weekly favorites that we’ve fallen behind on watching, and some were movies we just haven’t had a chance to see yet.

On a more personal note, other programs I lost on that DVR include some of my time on FOX 23 Morning News, as well as some commercials I’ve appeared in and an interview I did on KTUL Channel 8. But, the biggie is my appearance earlier this year on the FOX program SuperHuman. UGH! I had not copied that onto a DVD yet, so that is gone; very frustrating.

The lesson I’ve learned from this, that I should have learned the last time we had a DVR crash, is to buy an external hard drive to store the most important programs that I want to save for the long term. Plus, I certainly should have put the more valuable shows on DVD a long time ago, and not risk this ever happening, but it has…again.