A Must Read Oral History Of Tivo

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  1. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Videotape format war - Wikipedia
  2. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    I had a early Sony Betamax I paid dearly for. Bought a couple movies for $70.00 each. Later migrated to a RCA VHS portable docking system with camera and character generator. Cost me over $2000.00.

    First DVR I had was a Dishplayer. It had a cool wireless keyboard and you could play You Don’t Know Jack with it. It could only pause live TV at first and a few months later a software download added recording capability. Later added another Dish Network DVR.

    My first TiVo was a DirecTivo. I got two of them for free switching to DirecTV at Circuit City. Later bought the HD version and actually beta tested the HR version they are still running now. When AT&T bought and ruined DirecTV I switched to Comcast and TiVO. Currently running two Bolts and two minis.
  3. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    I am an early adopter. At least in our circle. Our house had Tivos and Replays long before they became part of the culture. It was like our family’s little secret.
    I will always remember vividly casually going over to a local electronics store, asking for a demo, the salesperson changing inputs, and immediately a film’s credits appear (wish I can recall what film.) In about 15 seconds, I said, I will take it.” Took me a few years to find TCF, but just as life-changing for me. G_d Bless Tivo.
  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    My favorite part: the $15,000 43" high-def. TV. My, how the times nicely have changed.
  5. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2015
    Yeah, I think Sony and other OEMs must have paid Rovi a fee to include TV Guide On Screen in their products. But Rovi also monetized it through ads they would sell to place in the guide. (Sounds familiar, no?) But I think that any product with the TVGOS feature had it for the life of the product, as long as Rovi ran the service. I don't think its continuance required ongoing payments or contract renewals between the OEM and Rovi.

    Unfortunately, most (all?) of those devices using TVGOS had no way to connect to the internet, so Rovi couldn't shift the program guide data distribution system from OTA to internet. My Sony DVR didn't even allow the user to manually set the date and clock! It depended on the embedded VBI data signal from my local PBS station to get that info. So once the OTA-distribution system for TVGOS shut down, you couldn't even set up manual date/time-based recordings on the DVR!

    Fortunately for me, by that time, I had moved on to other solutions and the Sony DVR was sitting in a closet. Dish had begun offering a skinny all-HD bundle of channels with DVR service for about $35/mo with no contract, so I had jumped on that and dumped Comcast basic cable and the Sony DVR with it.
  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I am very glad that I fully had entered into the TiVo world before the over-the-air on-screen guide got discontinued--that would have ticked me off greatly. As it was, I didn't notice, lol.

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