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    TiVo

    I couldn't decide where to post this, but I really seem interested in getting this and I am just wondering if people could sound off on what they think of TiVo, or other DVR systems.. I am strongly considering getting one mostly for my reality shows, and other shows that come on that I know I won't get to see reruns for any time soon...

    Does it work well? do you have problems with it, if so, what kind of issues occur?

    Is there a limit to what you can program and save? what kind of limits might there be?

    I've seen that there is a monthly fee or I can do a one time fee, which would you recommend?

    and possibly anything else you can think of that is pertaining to getting/owning a DVR system... Thanks, I appreciate any response..
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    A standalone Series2 TiVo can record one thing at a time, while you either watch that thing, something else pre-recorded by TiVo, or with dual inputs on your newer TV, something else on regular cable. The cheapest unit can hold about 40 hours of "basic quality" (i.e. pretty much anything you'd want to see) recording.

    You can pay $12.95 per month, or a one-time fee of $249, for your subscription, and it must be connected to either a phone line or via USB port to your home network at all times (DirecTiVo's have the USB ports disabled, and you must use the phone line).

    If you add additional TiVo units in your house, each additional unit has a subscription cost of $6.95 per month, and you can NOW pass recorded shows across your network to other units in your house. So if you record something on your living room TiVo, but want to watch it on your bedroom TiVo, you can move it. But only with the standalone units.

    We've had TiVo for about a year, and like it. It's much more convenient than a VCR, and the pause-live-TV option has been WELL worth the cost of the unit, when that phone rings in the middle of Survivor.

    If you have DirecTV, you can get a DirecTiVo unit for around $99, which allows you to record TWO shows at once, and with a cheaper monthly subscription, but with some drawbacks: No use of your home network, no passing recordings to other units, and you can't choose storage quality which might increase the number of hours the unit holds. Plus, the DirecTiVo units are a few versions of TiVo software behind the regular Series2.

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    Here's another thread on TiVo with more info:

    TiVo!

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    Tivo is one thing, along with broadband internet, that I couldn't live without. One of the best services ever imo.
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    Agreed.

    Jahim, the technology is really good. It is really worth all the hype it is getting.

    I love my DVR. So much so that I bought 2 more, and upgraded the hard drives so all 3 have 105 hour storage capacity. I hardly watch live tv anymore.
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    Last week, I installed DirecTV (with the TiVo receiver, of course). Because of this, I'm actually going to sell my standalone TiVo unit on eBay. But if you really plan to buy one, I'd certainly be willing to sell mine directly, if you're interested.

    It's a 40-hour unit, in great condition, with all cables, remote, and manuals. And the last episode of Deadwood on the hard drive

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    I have the DirecTV unit. LOVE it. John is right about the pause feature - I couldn't live without it.

    And one of my favorite features is it's ability to find shows to record that you don't even know are coming on! For example, my wife loves shows about sharks. She set up her "Wishlist" to record any nature show about sharks. And it does. The "Season Pass" feature is terrific as well. With a few clicks I can set the unit up to tape every episode of Survivor all season. And if the show is moved to a new day and time, TiVo doesn't need to be reset. There is also a "Transfer to Tape" feature on my unit. I haven't used it because I don't have a VCR set up on that TV. But it allows you to copy shows from the unit to tape very easily.

    Another great thing is the ability to start watching a show that you're taping while the show is in progress. For example, by the time I get my kids to bed, it's usually 8:15pm. If I want to watch a show that started at 8pm, I just set TiVo to record it and start watching at 8:15pm. That allows me to fast-forward through commercials and finish watching the show about the time it would be ending anyway.

    TiVo is honestly a life changing device. I hardly ever watch TV live anymore. Except for SportCenter.

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    The other nice thing about TiVo: It records the last 30 minutes of any channel it's on, even if the TV's off.

    You come home from work, turn on the TV, and see the tail end of your favorite Friends episode? Hit rewind, and watch it from the beginning.

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    Question:
    Can you burn DVDs with Tivo?
    I noticed on American Idol Nicole Richie made a comment
    "while i was on set of Simple life 2, i had this Tivo it and send the DVDs to me" (not exact words"
    is she talking about something else? or is there a certain Tivo model that does this feature?

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    No, TiVo does not have anything to do with DVD's at all. There may be other knock-off units on the market that have this capability, but I have no idea.

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