So we’ve developed a mini-ritual of watching a little of the U.S. Open with the Tuned In Jrs. before bed. Last night, we started watching the beginning of the Federer match on TiVo. Meanwhile, I checked my Twitter feed, where people were Twittering in real time about Federer having having made an amazing shot at the end of the match. We fast-forwarded so the Jrs. could see the shot before bedtime, but it came just after 7 p.m., and we hadn’t padded the TiVo recording. Alas!
Minutes later, however, I saw on my iPhone that a Facebook friend posted the video of the shot, which had just gone up on YouTube. We watched it. It was awesome. It looked like this.
In summation—thanks to online video, iPhone, TiVo and two social networking systems—we were able to catch the highlight of that night’s U.S. Open semi, investing only about 20 minutes’ total viewing… and seeing absolutely no commercials.
And that, my friends, is why Jay Leno has a new TV show at 10 p.m. tonight.