As long time readers know, my TIVO cycle went from deep and abiding love, to concern as the horizon darkened, to anger at DirecTV for abandoning TIVO, to a cynical Deathwatch and, finally, to irritation at what I saw as irrational death throes. Well, there have been recent signs that, like Dracula, TIVO may soon … Continue reading Can TIVO Emerge from the Grave?
Do I have a TIVO box? You bet I do. A bunch of them, ranging from my first 14 hour one to the now obsolete HR10-250s HD units I paid a grand a piece for. Obsolete, because they don’t do MPEG-4. And because DirecTV greedily killed them off in favor of its inferior PVR. I sound bitter, only … Continue reading Do Unicorns Watch TIVOs Too?
This heart of mine could never seeWhat everybody knew but meJust trusting you was my great sinWhat can I do, you win again – Hank Williams DirecTV and TIVO made an announcement today that at first blush sounds like great news. At first blush. In the wake of DirecTV abandoning TIVO in favor of some … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: DirecTV Wins Again
I haven’t written in a while about my beloved and soon to be obsolete TIVOs. Recall that TIVO was number one in my Top 50 Gadgets list, but that I believe DirecTV for all intents and purposes killed TIVO when it abandoned TIVO in favor of its own digital recorder line. Since then, TIVO has … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: Money for Nothing and the TIVOs are Free
I saw a note at PVR Wire that Jim Cramer, who I generally like, has said that he believes TIVO’s stock price will “flatline now.” While this should not be surprising to anyone who has watched DirecTV abandon TIVO and TIVO flail around wildly looking for a lifeline, it’s another sign that TIVO continues its … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: Flatlining?
Variety reports that TIVO, through its new deal-a-day CEO, is moving towards a showdown (cue Archie Bell song). Seems the TV networks, who presumably are the requiring force behind the DRM functions TIVO has been experimenting with, are all a tither about the forthcoming feature (or maybe it’s already here- I have a $1000 HD-TIVO/doorstop … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: Clash with a Titan?
Every time I promise myself to abandon my TIVO deathwatch, something else ludicrous happens. Since it’s been awhile, let me say again that I love my HDTV DirecTIVO. Even though many of them fail early and often (one of mine included), TIVOs are great. But once DirecTV needlessly abandoned it in favor of its own … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: A Potpourri of Bad Decisions
File under the surveying the obvious category. A survey has determined that TIVO is losing its buzz. Ya think? Yup Maybe the fact that 1) DirecTV has abandoned it, 2) the HDTV boxes we paid a grand a pop for are either dying of a bad hard drive or about to be obsolete since they … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: A Survey Says the Sky is Blue
When you’re sinking, if you’re still conscious you start throwing ropes and hope someone grabs the other end. TIVO seems to be throwing them all over. PVRblog reports that TIVO and Yahoo may be about to announce a deal that will embed “record to TIVO” buttons in the Yahoo TV section and add some sort … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: Throwing Ropes
There’s an interesting post on Thomas Hawk’s page about DirecTV’s difficulty in putting together its TIVO replacement boxes. DirecTV has selected LG Electronics to make the DirecTV branded PVRs and has hired another company to help support MPEG-4. We have no reliable idea when we’ll see the HD PVR replacement. A lot of work just … Continue reading TIVO Deathwatch: DirecTV Stumbles Around Needlessly