A $50 Linux box with a 200 MHz CPU and a 40 Gb hard Drive? Mark Jones brought in his Series 2 TiVo box and connected it to his laptop, the internet, and the KLUG SVGA [InFocus LP335] projector.
We went through the "TiVo Central" main menu: - Now Playing List - Watch Live TV - Music, Photos, and More - Showcases & TV Guide - Pick Programs to Record - Messages and Settings
Mark showed us how he uses his TiVo box and how simple it is to operate. TiVo services can be contracted in three ways. Lifetime, yearly, and monthly. The current yearly fee is $155. Mark demonstrated the basic functions and described many more. The TiVo remote runs the system and it is also programmable for other devices. Mark stressed that you can operate this system without technical expertise.
[from the TiVo web site] "Only TiVo® is so smart, it's simple to use. Just choose a TiVo box and activate the TiVo service to get all the entertainment you care about. TiVo automatically finds and digitally records up to 300 hours of programming you want —your favorite show, every Coppola movie, home improvement programs, Dora cartoons, whatever you choose —all while you're out living life. Plus, pause, rewind and slo-mo live TV.
Offers award-winning features like Season Pass™ recordings, WishList™ searches, and TiVo Online Scheduling to easily record your favorite shows. Offers features that work like a search engine to find the shows you want (by title, actor, director, category, even keyword). Offers home entertainment innovations that go beyond TV with features like digital music & photos. TiVoToGo™ lets you transfer shows to your laptop or easily burn them to DVD** Works with any TV setup so you can take it anywhere: cable, digital cable, satellite, even combinations." http://www.tivo.com/1.0.asp