Over at Slate the normally amiable Josh Levin is lighting torches and sharpening farm implements, trying to foment a revolution — and he needs your help! All it takes is a few minutes of your time to hector your cable company into offering you a basic service that such benighted Podunks as Ireland and Australia already enjoy: the ability to set a DVR to record all of a television show, even when that show outgrows its predicted time slot.
Why, after all, should plebes on islands that didn't produce the likes of Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs be able to watch the final six seconds of a triple-overtime Stanley Cup Final tilt while this poor S.O.B. misses out, even after he generously guesstimated the length of this live televised sporting event? Because American cable companies and cable networks aren't particularly in a rush to undercut the value of live TV, it seems. The technology exists. If you want a DVR that records a program to its actual conclusion, rather than its imagined conclusion, that can happen. But it's going to take agitators. Levin writes: