The scenario: You are watching a recorded TV show from your DVR. You end up watching all of it, forgetting you can fast-forward through some parts.
I attribute this to a lack of an indicator actually on the screen. Most DVR boxes will have an indicator, such as "PLA", but often these boxes are not the focus of attention, and are overlooked.
How would you design for this scenario? What would be a great indicator without compromising the experience?
With any design choice, I would include an option to turn the indicator off completely, as this approach may not be desirable by everyone.
Here are a couple of designs I came up with: