Basic Information on Tivo DVR's

Tivo is a brand of digital video recorder that functions similarly to a standard VCR, except that the recording of TV programs for playback later on, is done on a hard disk rather than to tapes. It is combined with Tivo service, which automatically finds your selected TV programs so you can record and watch them at your convenience. The Tivo user can program to record by airing time, program title, genre, or actors, and can be set ahead to record a season's worth of specific TV programs. Additionally, you can watch a program live and rewind to a specific scene, without missing any of the remaining program. These features and more make Tivo DVR's and service worth the cost if you or your family are big TV viewers and frequently record programs for playback later on. Read on for more information.

Tivo Features

Season Pass recordings gets every episode of your favorite TV shows recorded with no more effort than telling it which shows you'd like to record. Looking for a show on a specific subject, such as sewing or home improvement? Enter these words and the Tivo search engine will find programs to meet your criteria, delivering them right to your Tivo DVR. Tivo Online Search will schedule your "one time only" program such as a TV Special or movie. Home Media Features will deliver weather and traffic, movie times and tickets, allow you to share digital photos, and more.

Sources For More Information

  • Tivo.com is the official home page for Tivo DVR's and their service. Of course you should stop here first for more information on digital video recording.
  • Circuit City sells several models of Tivo DVRs, and will often have sales and rebates so you can save even more money. They also sell a Tivo Wireless network adaptor so you can eliminate use of a phone line for updates.
  • BizRate has the lowest prices and best customer reviews for tivo in Electronics. Compare prices, find store ratings and read Electronics reviews before you buy.
  • WeaKnees features Tivo DVRs and upgrades for all Tivo models. Their site also has a FAQ, buying guide, troubleshooting, instructions and more.

What Do I Need So Tivo Will Work For Me?

Tivo works with virtually any program source: Cable box (digital or analog), satellite receiver, cable (with or without box), rooftop antenna, and even "rabbit ears." Tivo is compatible with most TV's, as well as any VCR or DVD player. You'll also need a standard phone line or broadband during initial setup, and for the daily updates. If you have broadband already, you can use this for your connection instead of your phone line. Tivo service claims it will never tie up your phone line, and will not interrupt if you are on the phone when it comes time to update. For those without a land line, Tivo can update through broadband connections.

More Tivo Features

You get more from Tivo than from your cable or satellite DVR service. Here's some of the features we haven't already named that most of the other TV services can't provide.

Tivo will work with all kinds of TV sources, including the old-fashioned rabbit ears. Cable DVR will only work with digital cable, satellite DVR will only work with satellite TV, DirectV DVR will only work with DirectTV. Tivo will search on title, actor, genre, or keyword. DirectTV DVR with Tivo will also, but cable and satellite are more limited. You can do your Tivo scheduling online, something none of the other services offer. Tivo lets you easily burn the program to DVD or download to your laptop, which is not available with the other services.

With Tivo, you can make use of most online services such as weather & traffic reports, purchase movie tickets, digital photos and music, while cable and satellite are more limited in what they can do.

Tivo service pricing begins at $16.95 per month with the 3-year plan, and goes up to $19.95 for a one year plan. Additionally, you can prepay for a year or more and save a little more money. You can get your Tivo DVR through Tivo when you sign up for the plan, or buy one from a retail source such as Circuit City. Tivo DVR's are pretty pricey compared to standard DVD players, but if you purchase one through the Tivo service, you'll find some pretty good savings on the standard models. Watch for sales and for rebates to save even more money.

Resource Index

Plasma TV, LCD TV, MP3 Players, TIVO, Satellite TV, Dgitial Cameras, Digital Camcorders, Bose iPod Speakers, Multimedia Projectors, GPS, Blu-ray Disc

Computer and Accessories:
Choosing a Laptop Computer, Computer Memory Upgrade, Copying a Hard Drive, Dual Monitors, Networking Computers, Microsoft Office, PDA's, Cheap Ink/Toner, Color Laser Printers, Multifunction Printers, Scanners, USB Flash Drives, Wireless Printers, Dell computers, Wireless Routers, Wireless G Routers, Wireless N Routers, Laptop Carrying Cases

Computer and Video Games:
Age of Empires III, Battlefield 2

Online Gambling, Poker, Routlette, Blackjack, Craps and other Online Games, Online Casinos, Movies, Online DVD Rentals, Home Theater Systems , Home Theater Components, HDTV, HDTV Buying Tips, HD Radio, Portable DVD Players, Magazine Subscriptions

Tropical Fish, Aquariums, Scrapbooking, Rubber Stamping, Geneology, Geocaching, Soap Making, Candle Making

Criminal Defense Attorneys, Tax Attorneys, Lemon Law Protection, Structured Settlements, Investment Fraud, Bankruptcy Attorneys, Personal Injury Attorneys, Family Law

Cell Phones, Cell Phone Carriers, Prepaid Cell Phone Plans, Cell Phone Ringtones, Headsets, VOIP, Cheap Long Distance, iPhone, Blackberry, Bluetooth Technology, SmartPhones

Online College Degrees, Business Degrees, Home Schooling, Drivers Education, Job Resumes, Online Job Search
Cybercrime Prosecution, IE Security, Affordable Web Hosting, Web Hosting, Domain Name Registration, Search Engines, Web Site Design, Internet Mailing Lists, Blogging, Internet Serive Providers, Free Email, Clip Art

Finance and Insurance:
Auto Insurance, Car Insurance Quotes, RV Insurance, General Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Basic Guide to Consolidating Student Loans, Cash Advance Loans, Federal Student Loan Consolidation, Debt Consolidation, Debt Management, Credit Card Debt Consolidation, Free Credit Reports, Home Mortgages, Home Equity Loans, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Rates, Mortgage Companies, Second Mortgages, Mortgage Brokers, Health Insurance, Insurance Quotes, Term life Insurance, Mortgage note buyer, Renter's Insurance, Household Budgeting

Home improvement, Outdoor Lighting, Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Countertops, Espresso Makers, Food Processors, Coffee Makers, Coffee Grinders, Slow Cookers, Popcorn makers, Blenders, Cutting Boards, Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers & Dryers, Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen & Bathroom Faucets, Bathtubs, House Windows, Closet Organizers, Window Treatments, Hardwood Floors, Carpeting, Home Security, Water Heaters, Water Filters, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Bamboo Flooring, Portable Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Siding, House Cleaning Services, Home Organization, Vacuum Cleaners, Cannister Vacuum Cleaners, Handcheld Vacuum Cleaners, Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Stick Vacuum Cleaners, Wet-Dry Vacuum Cleaners, Furnaces, Fireplace Inserts, Electric Space Heaters, Pellet Stoves, Wood Stoves, Heat Pumps, Buying a used car

Discount Office Supplies, Home Office, Office Furniture, Copiers, Home Business, Business Cards, Business Brochures, Mailing List Companies, Affiliates, Franchises, Business Telephone Systems, Employment Agencies, Call Centers, Fax Machines
Health and Wellness:
Fioricet for Migraine Relief, Online Pharmacies, Phentermine for dieting, Tramadol for Chronic Pain Relief, Mesothelioma, Mesothelioma Lawyers, Acne Treatment, Contact Lenses, Drug Rehabilitation, Cerebral Palsy, Hair Loss, Hair Loss Products, Human Growth Hormones , Diet Pills, Treadmills, Fragrances, Reducing Cholesterol, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Acid reflux, Cialis, Understanding Depression, Unraveling Diet Plans, Erectile dysfunction, Lipitor, Sleep Loss, Viagra, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Living With Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Gift Ideas, Corporate Gifts, Gift Cards, Wristwatches, Replica Watches, Sunglasses, Wholesale Jewelry, Jewelry Boxes, Wedding Gifts, Food Gifts, Books, Music, Flowers, Gift Baskets, Candles & Candleholders, Chocolate & Candy

Health Clubs, Home Gyms, Treadmills, Golf, Golf Vacations, Golf Schools, Golf Clubs, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Basketball

Railroad Train Travel, Greyhound Bus Travel, Moving Guide, Rental Cars, Luxury Cruises, Maui Vacation, Spain Travel, Panama Cruise, Mexico Travel, Europe Travel, Disneyland Vacation, Disney World Vacation, Airline Tickets, Las Vegas Vacations, Las Vegas Sights, Las Vegas Entertainment, Las Vegas Dining, Lake Tahoe, Reno Vacations, Grand Canyon Vacation, Alaska Vacation, San Juan Island Vacation, Seattle Vacation, San Francisco Vacation, San Diego Vacation, SeaWorld Vacation, Yellowstone Park Vacation, Los Angeles Vacation, Bed & Breakfasts, Las Cruces New Mexico Vacation, Texas Hill Country Vacation, Columbia River Gorge Vacation, Albuquerque Vacation, New Mexico Vacation, Utah Vacation, Denver Vacation, Carlsbad Caverns, Branson, Missouri, Arizona Vacations, Jackson Wyoming, Skiing Wyoming, Skiing Oregon, Skiing Utah, Skiing Colorado, Skiing California, Skiing Washington State, Skiing Idaho

Lawn Care, Patio Furniture, Hot Tubs & Spas, Gazebos, Fences, Decks, Barbeque Grills, Greenhouses, Patios, Sprinkler Systems, Landscape Design, Backyard Ponds, Bird Baths, Hedge Trimmers, String Trimmers, Wheelbarrows and Gardencarts, Lawn Mowers, Lawn Mowers, Lawn Care Tools, Lawn Edgers, Leaf Blowers, Now Blowers, Rakes