TIVO Deathwatch: Money for Nothing and the TIVOs are Free

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

TIVO Deathwatch: Clash with a Titan?

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?

TIVO Deathwatch: A Potpourri of Bad Decisions

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

TIVO Deathwatch: DirecTV Stumbles Around Needlessly

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