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Slashdot: CmdrTaco's Week with Tivo

Mar 22, 2000, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Over the last few weeks I've been playing with a piece of consumer electronics that has the potential to alter the way that we think of television. Its step between the inevitable future of on-demand television, and todays "ya better be home sunday at 8pm tuned in to channel 11 or you'll miss The Simpsons. Although you'd never guess it (except from the diffs on the website) it runs Linux. The device is the TiVo, and you can click below to read my review of whats good and whats bad about this thing."

"The TiVo is supposed to be a Digital VCR. Instead of inserting tapes and programming your box to capture channel 11 from 9-10, you say program it to 'Record the X-Files'. And if you opt for a "Season Pass", the device will record The X-Files whenever its on: syndication on FX? The official sunday night show on Fox? It doesn't matter: the TiVo allows you to forget what channel you're watching and what time your show is on."

"Its also pretty useful for watching TV in real time: the device is always recording whatever you are watching. You can pause/slo-mo/or rewind whatever you're watching."

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