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There are so many options available when it comes to finding a perfect holiday gift. How the heck do you know for sure people will actually enjoy what you end up buying for them? I’ve found something that you can grab for pretty much anyone on your list – and it’s something they will enjoy all year long! Buying a TiVo Premiere has never been easier or more affordable than it is right now.
Thanks to a special holiday offer, the TiVo Premiere box is only about a hundred bucks when you sign up for a one-year service plan of $19.99 per month. If you think TiVo is only a DVR, then you have much to learn. Not only does it record your favorite shows, it offers you many other services. Access movies and TV through the world’s largest on-demand video store. TiVo has partnered with Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand, and more.
The device itself is simple to use and looks fabulous. You won’t have to worry about whether it will fit in with someone’s room decor – it’s made to work well with all color schemes and decorating styles. Your gift recipient won’t need to switch inputs and remotes or clutter up their house with multiple devices, either!
At this price, I’m thinking you’ll probably want to treat yourself, as well.
The best news of all is that you now have a chance to win a TiVo Premiere and one year of free service right here! Simply leave a comment on this blog post between now and December 23rd, and you’re automatically entered to win. Please see the official sweepstakes rules to make sure you meet all requirements.
What are you planning to buy for your loved ones this year?
When Apple first announced their Apple TV product, I was interested but not excited. Years later, that interest has completely warn off – largely because of the lack of updates and killer features. Admittedly, I do already have a TiVo (and a few Comcast DVRs to boot).
Still, why has Apple seemingly abandoned the Apple TV? There’s a new report suggesting that Apple is working on a connected television. I’m not so sure that’s even interesting to me. Who knows? Maybe they’ll knock that one out of the park.
Do you have an Apple TV, or do you feel like you’re missing out because you don’t have one? I asked my Twitter followers, and some of them responded:
After I blogged recently about wanting to try TiVo, I was sent a unit to review for a few weeks. I’ve been wanting to try it out, so this was a great opportunity. With certain software, you can take programs you record on TiVo and transcode them on your computer. You can then turn them into videos you can watch on pretty much any device. All the DVRs I’ve had are boxes unto themselves, they couldn’t be networked in any way. By networking my TiVo, I can then do as I described, to create videos I can play on my computer, iPhone or any other device I wanted to use. Here are a couple of programs you can use to accomplish this.
TiVo Butler is an application that can track programs from multiple TiVo devices that you have on your home network. It’s free, and allows you to browse the recordings you’ve made on your TiVo. You can download them, encode them and much more. TiVo Butler is only available for Mac OS X.
TiVo Playlist is the Windows equivalent. Everything that you could hope to do with your TiVo, you’ll be able to do with ease using TiVo Playlist.
Retrieve TiVo Now Playing lists over an ethernet connection and calculate total recording time and disk space used
Support for multiple TiVo units
Estimate free space remaining given the capacity of the TiVo hard drive(s)
Display either full List View or Folder View
Mouseover Title shows description of recorded show along with Year Released/Air Date, Actors, Director, etc.
View graphical representation of disk free space and space used by either recording status or recording quality
Export of Now Playing lists to CSV files for use in other programs such as Microsoft Excel
Batch downloading of recordings to PC (even from multiple machines)
Tested to run under Windows 2000 and XP Pro and reported to run under Windows 98/ME, XP Home and Vista
Works best at screen sizes 800×600 or larger if running 96dpi, or 1024×768 or larger if running 120dpi
Downloads to FAT32 partitions support up to 4Gb filesizes, NTFS partitions support files > 4Gb (Windows 2000/XP/Vista only)
Access via HTTP/HTTPS and requires TiVo software version 7.1 or newer
You know how to email me, if you have other DVR or TiVo software or tips to pass along to me! I’ll be glad to check them out and share them with the community.
I’ve never really had a TiVo, though I’ve been using DVRs for years. The new TiVo HD looks nice, though – and I should be able to grab shows / convert them after connecting the unit to my home network. Kevin does it all the time, and he also recommended that I get my TiVo through some place that does hard drive upgrades for me. Other friends have told me:
I like TiVo, but I'm not all about paying a monthly (or even a 1-time lifetime) subscription for it. Try the Comcast DVR. – Spinn
(I just realized the fail in my statement – chances are that Comcast now charges the DVR. Probably $5-10/month? If that's the case, go for a TiVo. The smooth menus and overall better interface is worth the money, if you're going to have to pay it anyway. – Spinn
TiVo is very nice to have but for the price, it may be worth it to stick with comcast's dvr – Grant
I have Comcast DVR but you can only record like 15 hrs of HD content at a time. Definitely interested in exploring options. – Brian Daniel Eisenberg
if comcast charges for its DVR then go ahead with the Tivo – Grant
Chris- I love my HD Tivo. It's also nice to get rid of the Comcast cable box. The dual tuner PCMCIA cards are nice. I bought the 3 year prepaid. – Ryan
we have Directv DVR in my home and what sucks is you can only record 2 shows in the same time frame but you can't change the channel. so if you're recording A&E and USA at the same time, you can only switch between them two. i was told TiVo is almost the same thing. – Outsanity
Just do it. Been a Tivo owner since '01 on DirectTV. Last year I moved house and switched to comcast. I suffered the comcast DVR box for 1 week before buying a Tivo Series 3. Spousal approval and my sanity returned… – Steve Lacey
TiVo is uncomparably better…but isn't TiVo supposed to built into Comcast boxes at some point? – George Lee
Luckily I got my HDR212 TiVo in 2000-2001 for $150-200 with a $249 lifetime subscription. $13/month x 7 yrs = would have been $1,170 by now! Awesome deal. Totally changed the way I watch TV. The fast-forwarding is much cleaner than with VCRs and scanning 1 hr in 1 min (60X) is very easy. Look into the after-market upgrading of HDs websites (Image your HD first!) and buying someone's used TiVo with a lifetime subscription. E-mail me if you want more details. – Mitchell Tsai
I have the HD DVR from Time Warner and hate it. Keep thinking about TiVo, but the price always gets me. Though at almost $15/month to "rent" the DVR from Time Warner, I might switch, I'm just not sure of the way it will interact with Time Warner. – Blake
I have the TiVo Series 3 HD and it's a great box. Never fails. You can stream audio/video from your Mac with the software you get with Toast, you can download shows to your Mac and burn them (if they're not flagged to not do it) and I've even burned Blu-Ray compatable DVDs with Toast 9. You can download podcasts and videos, but I found that entering in podcast RSS feeds doesn't always work. – Starman
My house is filled with Comcast DVRs – I like what they do, but I can’t stand how they do what they do. I won’t really miss VOD with a TiVo, either. Ponzi likes VOD, but I think she’d appreciate the networkability of a TiVo even more (though she’s using Windows Vista, and I’m primarily on OS X). There’s gotta be good desktop software for TiVo / TiVo data management, I’d only assume.