The_Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Tivo

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of
Tivo

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Summary:
You may have heard the buzz about T
ivo lately and how easy it is to re
cord your favorite television shows
. So what exactly is "Tivo" and wha
t are the benefits?!
Keywords:
tivo, dvr, digital video recorder, p
ros, cons

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The World_s first, best and easiest
 to use digital video recorder _ th
at is TiVo in a nutshell. When it w
as first introduced, TiVo quickly g
ained popularity and became a smash
 hit in the world of home entertain
ment. Millions of American househol
ds are now enjoying the convenience
 and freedom that TiVo offers. In a
 huge way, TiVo has revolutionized
digital video recording and made it
 more accessible to the public. Thi
s article discusses what TiVo is, a
s well as the advantages and disadv
antages it offers.

<b>What is TiVo?</b>

TiVo is a brand of digital video re
corder or DVR that allows user to c
apture television programming and r
ecord it to internal hard disk stor
age for later viewing. The TiVo bas
ically functions just like video ca
ssette recorders or VCR. The big di
fference is that TiVo uses a high m
emory, non-removable hard disk stor
age and has much more sophisticated
 software to record programs. In ad
dition, live programs can be paused
 or rewound to repeat a sequence an
d unlike tape based recorders, a pr
ogram that is on the process of bei
ng recorded can be viewed from the
beginning. TiVo is powered by a 50
MHz PowerPC chip, IDE controller an
d specialized MPEG encoding and dec
oding hardware. A Quantum 13.9GB ID
E hard drive (14 hr) provides the m
emory used for recording programs.
There are newer units that offer 20
, 30 and 60 hours of recording time
. Meanwhile, TiVo software is Linux
-based which has encouraged some to
  hack TiVo.

<b>Advantages of TiVo</b>

Convenience _ Now, you have total c
ontrol of your entertainment. With
TiVo, people will no longer have to
 schedule plans around a favorite T
V program. Instead, they can set Ti
Vo to record that particular progra
m for later viewing and can be watc
hed over and over again. With TiVo,
 you can select your favorite progr
ams to record either by time, speci
fic program title, as well as by ge
nre, actors, directors and many oth
ers. The TiVo memory is massive all
owing you to accommodate all your p
referred programs which remain inta
ct for viewing until you manually d
elete it.

Excellent User Interface _ The TiVo
 interface is easier to use in many
 ways compared to a VCR. Even techn
ophobes can easily get the hang of
TiVo and will soon consider TiVo as
 a best friend. One great feature t
hat TiVo has is the thumbs up/thumb
s down button which is basically a
user rating system that allow viewe
rs to score television shows. Users
 can rate TV shows in a scale of th
ree thumbs ups and three thumbs dow
ns. These ratings are then used to
determine the user_s preferences to
 suggest some shows and programs th
at are similar to the user_s intere
sts.

Great Features _ Aside from the gre
at convenience and ease-of-use, TiV
o offers a host of other exciting f
eatures TV addicts will love. Seaso
n Passes allow TiVo to record a sho
w each time it is aired regardless
of when the show begins. TiVo also
feature Wish List searches and onli
ne scheduling which have made the T
iVo a household necessity. All thes
es plus TiVo_s various home enterta
inment innovations make people wond
er how they went for so long withou
t this exceptional piece of home en
tertainment.

<b>Disadvantages of TiVo</b>

Privacy Concerns _ Some users are c
oncerned that TiVo_s capability to
collect usage data may intrude into
 the privacy of its subscribers. Ho
wever, TiVo assures its consumers t
hat no information about individual
 viewing habits are being collected.

Ads _ TiVo began including pop-up a
dvertisements to explore it as an a
lternative source of income. Appare
ntly, as the user fast-forwards thr
ough certain commercials, instead o
f seeing a blur of broken video str
eam, they will see a static image.
This drew negative response from it
s subscribers who have previously e
njoyed TiVo_s ad free viewing exper
ience.

				
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