[The following post is sponsored by TiVo, a company I love and am thrilled to be working with.]
I’ve been lucky enough to work with TiVo for several years now, but my relationship with TiVo goes back much further than that. I remember reading a little article in a magazine – just a few sentences – about a company that was developing a video recorder with memory inside. Someday, it said, I would no longer have to juggle video tapes in order to record my shows.
I had to wait a few years, but when TiVo finally got some products to the market I bought one of their first DVRs. It got its programming information by plugging into a phone line. It was revolutionary.
Fast forward more than a decade, and TiVo has come a long way. My TiVo boxes now talk to each other through the Cat5 wiring in my house (this can also be done with coaxial cable), and I can pause a show in one room and start watching it again in another room. I can control my TiVo when I’m not home, with their app. I can watch all of my shows anywhere in my house on a smartphone or tablet, and I can even transfer some shows to my iPod or computer to watch away from home.
And, of course, I can do what TiVo was originally invented to do: I can record my shows and watch them later, on my own schedule. And thanks to the size of the hard drives of my TiVos, I can record a LOT of shows.
I don’t really do Holiday Guides, unless they’re supposed to be funny. Instead, I like to focus on one product at a time that I own and love. If you want to get a great gift for a TV lover, a TiVo is a fantastic choice!
As someone who has been using cable company DVRs side-by-side with TiVo for years, I can tell you that there are huge advantages to a TiVo. The biggest one is simply better software. There are things that get glitchy with my cable DVRs that simply don’t happen with TiVo. TiVo boxes are the most reliable boxes I’ve ever used.
Another advantage is portability. With TiVo Stream, built into the Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro, I can stream live and recorded shows anywhere in my house and backyard, through my WiFi. I can have my iPad showing Good Morning America in the bathroom as I get ready in the morning. I can watch the episode of The Good Wife that I recorded Sunday night in my basement on Monday morning, while I’m on my treadmill. And I can send the kids to other parts of the house to watch their favorite shows when I want the big TV to watch an awards show.
TiVo also turns your regular TV into a connected TV, letting you access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more. In fact, when you search for a show you don’t just get channel information, you also see if it’s available on those other services!!
Thanks to TiVo’s awesome search abilities I know that I can satisfy my West Wing addiction on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Netflix
And what about people who don’t want to pay for cable? TiVo has you covered there as well with the TiVo Roamio OTA (Over The Air). Connect to your HD antenna and you can record up to four HD shows at once. Connect to broadband and you can access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services.
If you’re looking for a showpiece gift that could make someone very very happy on Christmas morning, TiVo is a great choice. And, if you order from TiVo.com by noon on December 16th you can get free shipping in time for Christmas!! You can also save up to $100 off of a Roamio until January 5th.