How TiVo Works - 7 Ways TiVo will change your life

TiVo was on the market several years before I finally got my hands on one. My first TiVo was a refurbished model standalone unit that I bought online. It had 40 hours of recording time on it. Less than six months later, I was thoroughly captivated by my addiction to the device and decide to upgrade from cable to Directv so I could get the dual-tuner DirecTiVo model. I think that one had 60 hours.

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, within a couple of months the hard drive went bad on that one, so I bought a brand spanking new drive for the TiVo with about 120 hours of programming time on it. It is a wonder I ever leave my house! And now, my current TiVo features over 200 hours of recording time!

So here are the top ways in which TiVo has changed my life and will likely change yours. This should give you a pretty good idea of just how TiVo works. And don't even think another DVR will have the same effect on you. It won't. Every other model I've seen is a horror to use compared to the model of efficiency made by the TiVo folks. In fact, I'm planning on swapping out the new Directv DVR I bought for my parents for a DirecTiVo off Ebay. I just can't stand the idea that they are not getting the same experience from their unit as I get from mine. Plus the TiVo makes cute noises.

Without further ado...

1. Watch more great television on TiVo

If you were thinking that one of the first ways I'm going to suggest that TiVo will change your life is that you will watch less tv. Surprise! Guess what? You will actually end up watching more television. My evidence is purely anecdotal, but everyone I know who has eventually succumbed to the lure of the TiVo watches more television today than they did the day before they installed it.


2.) But isn't watching more tv bad? Pish! Posh! No, it isn't. Watching more bad and boring tv is bad, but once TiVo is in your life it will revolutionize the way you watch television. There will be no more settling for that crap episode of the half-hour comedy with the laugh track. You know which episode I'm talking about, right? Your least favorite episode, and also, naturally, the one that repeats most often just as your are sitting down to relax. The one you've already seen 16 times. TiVo will allow you to banish repeats from your life with a flick of a finger to select "Record New Episodes Only".

3.) And what will you do with all that spare time not spent watching repeats? Well, you could go out with your friends or spend some quality time with your family, but we know better. You're going to spend it watching more television instead. But now you'll be able to catch up with all the shows that you missed in syndication the first time around. Did you totally miss Homicide Life on the Street during the seven years it struggled to stay on the air. You can now catch it on the Sleuth channel.

Are you suddenly enamoured of Julian McMahon due to his performance on Nip/Tuck? Set up a wishlist and catch him on Profiler. Never quite understood the fuss about Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or some other cult show, but now you feel like you are missing out? Set up a season pass just as its syndicated run is restarting with the series pilot and you can see it all.

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4.) Which brings me to my next point - you will spend less money buying DVDs, renting DVDs and going to the movie theatre. You can invest that savings in upgrading your TiVo hard drive, adding the premium channels to your satellite tv or cable subscription and still have plenty of money left over to host your Superbowl Party or invite your friends over to watch the season finale of Lost so you can all gnash your teeth over the fact that NOTHING HAS BEEN RESOLVED. AT ALL!

WARNING: SPOILER FOR SEASON 6 of 24 AHEAD!

5.) Harrumph! Where was I? Ahh yes, Lost. Speaking of Lost, do you have a diffult time with long hiatuses between episodes? Does worrying about Jack Bauer's latest predicament leave you on tenterhooks from week to week? With a big enough hard drive on your TiVo, you can avoid the pain and misery by letting it store all the episodes for you. All 24 of them. And then you can call into work sick on the Friday after the season finale airs and catch up with Jack on a glorious 3-day television bender. Just remember to stick your fingers in your ears and sing "nananannana" when someone at work starts talking about the show, otherwise you'll learn that Audrey is alive even before you knew she was "dead".

6.) You can even use this method to deal with the pain of becoming attached to yet another show that Fox has just cancelled after only 3

episodes. Go ahead and record the pilot and set up your season pass, but wait four weeks to start watching. If the show is still on the air you just might be safe. And if it has already been summarily yanked from the schedule, just delete those episodes unwatched and you'll never again have to agonize over another brilliant show's potential that has been unrealized by the masses.

7.) And finally, having a TiVo will allow you to always trump your friends when it comes to awesome gadgetry, especially if they've been suckered into advertising that suggests that any old DVR will do, even one from the cable company. Get used to saying, "My TiVo can do that too, only better!" Relish it!

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livelonger 9 years ago from San Francisco

Great stuff. I signed up for Joost last night, and tried to watch an episode of Stella (Comedy Central), but their buffering hasn't really gotten good yet.


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embitca 9 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks for the comment! Is Joost already up and running or are they still in invite only mode? I have to say I'm a bit surprised they don't have the buffering issues sorted out. There's really not much excuse for that anymore. Are they a pay per show service or a pay by the month deal?

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