Digital video recorders, also known as DVR’s, have been around since 1999. Replay TV and TiVo were the first two digital video recorders launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. DVR’s have become increasing popular because it allows you to record your favorite shows or movies and watch them later when you have more time. Now there is no need to rush home or stay up late just to catch the news or E! True Hollywood Story. DVR is changing how we watch television. With DVR on everyone’s mind, cable companies have created apps so that their users can set their DVR’s to record even when they are not home. Another feature of DVR that has caught many people’s attention is the fact that you can fast forward through the commercials. People can enjoy their favorite shows without interruptions. This has made it difficult for advertising companies to get the viewers to watch their advertisements.
With the development of DVR and television show recording programs, companies have to find new and effective ways to market their products to their target markets. Television viewer’s ability to fast forward through commercials is thought to be affecting buying habits of consumers. Companies and marketing experts have to peruse other means of getting their products out to the public. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and especially Pinterest are effective ways for companies to market their products in a way to get consumer attention. Through this marketing hardship, integrated marketing communication is very important to gain and retain interest.
-Kelsey Bendig, Brooke Keller, Andrea Blanton, Brian Burch