A digital recording device is now shipping that its creators claim will competely change your TV viewing experience.
The Tivo digital recording device will let you pause, rewind and slow motion live TV. It will also automatically video your favourite programmes and suggest other programmes that may interest you, based on preferences you have entered. The unit can store up to 30 hours of programming based on user preferences.
Tivo uses an Mpeg 2 compression system and stores programmes on Quantum Quickview hard drive technology. Users can select programmes based on any criteria, from specific actors to soap operas.
Subscribers to the Tivo Personal TV Service will receive a Philips receiver which connects between the TV and satellite receiver, cable box or antenna.
Tivo is now taking orders for its $499 14 hour digital recorder or its $799 30 hour model on its website. It is expected to be rolled out to US retailers sometime in the second quarter of this year.
Tivo subscribers also have to pay an additional $9.95 per month for subscriptions, which upload user preferences nightly over a telephone line. Tivo claims that the phone line will never be unavailable for personal use as it will dial automatically and hang up and call later if the phone is in use.
Tivo?s service does not come cheap, but the company believes that the convenience of the service more than justifies the cost. The company believes the service will especially appeal to sports fans.
Replay Networks is expected to release a similar personal TV device this month.
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