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Tech Support? : TiVo

Nov 11, 2000, 14:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Seth H. Bokelman)

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"It's basically a stripped down computer, or a VCR on steroids, take your pick. It's a hard drive, modem, computer chip, TV-Tuner, and an MPEG processor, all in a nifty box running a stripped down version of Linux. All of that is completely transparent to the end user, however. My grandparents could use this thing, it's easier to use than your VCR, and it sets the time all by itself...."

"TiVo has literally changed the way I watch TV forever. When you have a TiVo, there is no incentive to watch TV live. If it's recorded, you can simply fast-forward through all of the commercials, saving yourself a lot of time. The fast-forward function rewinds a bit when you hit play, so if you're scanning through the commercials, you see your program, hit play, and it backs up a bit before it starts playing, so you don't miss the start of your program. This is such a useful feature, especially if you're weren't God of the Nintendo, and your reflexes are a bit lagging. I can't believe I haven't seen this feature on a VCR before, it just makes so much sense...."

"In conclusion, the TiVo is a great device! You'll have to pry mine from my cold, dead hands. It's opened up a lot more of TV to me, now I watch what I want to watch, not what happens to be on at the moment. I get to see shows like Politically Incorrect, which are on after my bedtime. I can watch Star Trek again! I get to watch more TV, in less time, and see more of what I want. I don't have to worry about missing a show, as I've programmed TiVo to grab everything that I generally watch. If you've even thought to yourself that a TiVo might be nice, don't fight the impulse any longer, buy one, you will not be disappointed."

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