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Finally joined the Tivolution

We finally got a Tivo. I bought an 80hr model off of eBay for $150. It arrived about two weeks ago, and I finally installed it last weekend. We set up some of our favorite shows as Season Passes and put Bruce Campbell in my actor wishlist (hey, I forgot that he was an extra in Darkman!).

We’re just starting to get used to it. One of Susan’s favorite features is the Guide (“You mean I don’t have to watch that stupid TV Guide Channel anymore? If I had known that, we would have gotten Tivo years ago.”), and we’ve taken advantage of the ability to rewind live TV shows a couple of times.

The next big step will be getting it on our home network. Then we could use listen to music, do online scheduling, view photo slideshows, or use TivoToGo to copy shows to our laptops for viewing while out of town. I’m also hoping that we can get a second unit for our family room one day, and then we’ll be able to use the multi-room viewing features.

Then the next thing after that is to get a better television. Our current TV sucks a bit. The image isn’t bright enough, and we can’t seem to get it any brighter, and I can’t get the Tivo remote to talk to it. So, maybe we’ll pick up something bigger and better at the big after-Thanksgiving sales.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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11 Responses to Finally joined the Tivolution

  1. Marc says:

    Welcome to the Tivolution! Yep, get it on the network with a USB adapter (wired or wireless – just make sure it’s on the TiVo-approved list) and then you can do all the things you said as well as get a bash prompt and install more software like TiVoWebPlus (a web server that lets you schedule programs and such – more powerful than TiVo’s remote scheduling), ftp server, yac, etc. Also, one you have it on the network you can use HME apps – see and

  2. Dougal: For your USB device, don’t go for the Linksys stick TiVo recommends most—it breaks easily. [It’s sized like a thumb drive, with a fragile pop-up port that allows you to access the network. It broke the first time I tried to rearrange stuff on that TV’s AV setup.] Go for a dongle that has a flexible cable and a standard RJ45 female socket.

    If you want a P/N, I’ll dig up one for you.

    [I also recommend the dueling TiVos bit. I do it myself, and it’s worth it to keep from having to choose between shows. :D]

  3. chrys says:

    That this was the last piece of tech that I ever wanted – BUT – they come in handy!

  4. Alex says:

    TiVo is great! I hope you enjoy your TiVo as much as I enjoy mine!

  5. logtar says:

    Welcom to TiVo Addiction… ahh, you are going to miss your life!

  6. Raymond Day says:

    I got a TiVo for my mom long ago because she just could not work a VCR good. I liked it so I got my slelf one too. My guess is people just don’t know what they are missing. Thinking it’s only a little better then a VCR.

    -Raymond Day

  7. Another great thing to do is to upgrade the HDD. I went from a 40 hour to a 160+ hour Tivo by simply adding a new HDD. Detailed instructions are on the web. πŸ˜€

    Welcome to the Tivo club. πŸ˜€

  8. jeff says:

    I love my TIVO.



  9. keith says:

    I have six. Five are 140 hour units and one is a 40. I never miss anything. Have you used “Select, Play, Select, 3, 0, Select” yet? It’s the 30-second skip.

  10. luvtim says:

    This was fun and informative to read (your blog). I just so happened to come across this site. But about the Tivo (even though I’m late on responding), get DirectTV. DirectTV no longer sell the brand name “TIVO” hardware anymore (which invented the technology), and got thier own DVR (digital video recorder) service for DirectTV customers. The new DirectTV DVR PLUS will allow you to do all that you dreamed of doing with DVR and more. You will be able to record any digital wireless home security system, watch it on any tv monitor or computer monitor, or back it up to your larg USB hard drive for travel later. It’s great to have. For only an additional five dollars a month. PIECE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

  11. Paul says:

    I just cant stand the “doot doot doot” noise – anyway to remove that?

    – Paul

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