How did I resist this long?

I’m not sure how I managed to resist the allure of Tivo for as long as I did. One of our friends will tell you that it was all her fault that I succumbed to the virus that is Tivo..sometimes referred to as the Tivolution! She is only partially right. Her comment that we should get it was only the last in a series of events that led my wife and I to purchase our first Tivo box a few weeks ago. I had been looking at them for weeks quietly admiring the bright orange box from afar whenever we would visit our local Best Buy.

This isn’t our first DVR (digital video recorder), we owned a DVD recorder from Philips and after that a DVR with a DVD recorder from the same company. The software that comes with the Tivo is what makes it special. Their suggestions feature which records random shows based on information you have provided them about what you like is a fun little adventure every day when you sit down to watch TV. You open the “Now Playing” section and see what surprises Tivo has set up for you. Sometimes you yawn and press the clear button to delete them other times you smile at the treasure that has been located for you, like the perfect gift one that you always wanted but never get around to buying for yourself.

We are now waiting on the delivery of our second Tivo recorder (one for the bedroom with a DVD recorder in it) and I am anxiously waiting on the release of the new Tivo Series 3 which is an all digital recorder. There is talk that my cable provider will be partnering with Tivo in the future so that my cable box will be the Series 3 with a cable card in it to decode the content. To me, a serious gadget junkie, this is almost nirvana.

We are preparing to go on vacation soon and while we are away I know that Tivo will be buy recording all the shows that we have set up and surprising us with many we haven’t set up. I can hardly wait to get back to see what is waiting for us. At its root Tivo seems a little like Christmas morning every day. It will probably wear off eventaully, but until then its a little bit of fun in my day.

If you like television and enjoy technology Tivo is defintely something you should look into. You pay a monthly cost for the benefit of having the tools to search and record shows up to 3 weeks in advance and a suggestion system and a “Season Pass” option that automatically records all of the shows for a series whenever they happen to be on.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.

2 Comments

  1. I never went with TiVo, but it does sound alluring….I have to admit that I was fairly enamoured of digital cable when I had it back in the states…hmmm….

  2. I resisted myself I think because I thought I was getting the same thing without paying a monthly fee for it. But the advantages of the very detailed information (3 weeks at a time) about the shows and the ability to set up wish lists and and record anything that matches and other things makes it worth it to me.

    Others will say that you can accomplish the same thing with a fully loaded Windows Media Center PC and they are right (except for the suggestions) but thats a lot of computing power to be sitting around managing your television. Tivo does the same thing for a lot less and takes up almost no space.

    Oh well enough of the commercial for Tivo. 🙂

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