Since the Tivo was released back in the last century, there is NOTHING I view as linear. This includes "live TV". The great beauty of a recording is that you can skip through it and ignore the fluff. This includes commercials. This includes commentary. This includes tedious aspects of some sports.
I even know someone of the older generation that specifically likes to watch his baseball games like this now.
It's GREAT to start a "live" event far enough long that you will never catch up to the commercials.