I know what you mean, I am cheap too. Now that I have a dvr, I am in the "what did I do without it" group.
Exactly. One might as well go back to the pre-VCR days of the early 1980s, because without a DVR, television is almost too much hassle to keep up with. Life is busy, and it's simply too easy to get interrupted while watching something.
If I'm interested in a show, I'm going to watch the show. I bristle at the fee, but the utility is truly undeniable.
My wife and I are the same way. It's getting so we hate to stay in hotels because we can't pause the programing. I look forward to the day when DVRs are a lot more common away from home.
Yeah, a television in a hotel room is almost completely useless. Maybe catch the local forecast but otherwise, not much. I want my recordings!