Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Instant Sports

For some time I've been watching large parts of races (particularly NASCAR) on TiVo's double speed function. This has serveral benefits -- the long slow bits where cars drive in circles but not much happens are shorter, the double-speed has really good picture quality, so you can spot the events (good passes, pit stops, "racing incidents") and slow down to watch them carefully, and the sound is turned off thus blocking the announcers. Now I read that Gizmodo does the same thing with World Cup Soccer.

But at the same time he talks about new software that analyzes sports events and only records the interesting bits. Now that could be a time saver. Combining it with NFL Sunday ticket, you could watch an entire weekend of football (all 16 games) in about 2 hours, and probably see all the action!