TiVo, surrogate parent?

Perhaps it’s just me, but I found the following excerpts from this NY Times article fairly disturbing. I found it equally disturbing that someone would admit this sort of thing.

Before we got the TiVo, my son was getting C’s and D’s in school because he was staying up late to watch his shows and going to school half-awake, said Mr. Cambron, a television engineer in Kansas City, Mo. Now that the Cambrons can time-shift programs, his son is getting enough sleep and his grades have risen to A’s and B’s.

Now we watch TV together as a family after dinner, he said. And my son even has enough time to get a job. So it’s improved his sense of the value of time. And it’s improved my relationship with him.