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Why Buy a Second TiVo?

Recently, I have circled back with many of my fellow TiVo-ers and discovered that, like me, many have opted for a second TiVo for their household. While anyone who has discovered the DVR phenomenon will certainly understand how two TiVos can be better than one, it may surprise even TiVo advocates just how many different -- and good -- reasons there are to double up.

I own a High Definition DirecTV Tivo

I have been a TiVo fanatic for many years. I have personally purchased five separate units, and three are still in very active use even as I write this. I love the DVR concept so much that I also built two "homemade" versions using products from Snapstream Media (BeyondTV) and El Gato (EyeTV). Getting on board with TiVo, or any digital video recorder, is easy - it's when you try to leave that world that things get tough.

I'm not talking about the trip to a friend's house or an extended hotel stay where the pleasures of time-shifted programming are irritatingly absent. There are some fine remedies for those scenarios. No, I'm talking about upgrading to high-definition, the inevitable next step for any serious TV watcher.

Saving Tivo Programs on the VCR

Many new TiVo owners have little difficulty making the initial connections, getting the cable or satellite signal into their unit, and then connecting it to the TV and/or stereo for viewing. Oftentimes, this simple setup is sufficient for months of enjoyment as the new user gradually becomes oriented to the new television viewing experience.

But then it inevitably happens. There is either too many programs taking up valuable space on the internal disk, or the owner wants to share a program with someone outside of the home. In both cases, the solution is the same -- and one that the TiVo folks have encouraged the use of by including it in the on-screen menu.

Slingbox Personal Broadcaster Editorial Review

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The Slingbox Personal Broadcaster

Since the inception of television, every TV watcher has always had one thing in common... they're always sitting on a couch or chair in front of a TV screen. Sure, watching TV on the go is possible if you head to your favorite sports bar, restaurant, or cafe, but even there the TV seeker is bound by what the establishment puts on, whether it's what they want to watch or not. Has anyone really ever had a problem with this? I would venture to say that it's a fact of life that everyone has grown accustomed to. If you want to watch one of your favorite TV shows, you better be at home on your sofa to watch it.

What is TiVo?

Since the invention of the VCR, TV viewers have been blessed with the ability to record a television show and watch it at a later time. However, VCRs have never been perfect, since setting up recordings on a VCR isn't always intuitive, and using a removable medium like a tape makes them inefficient.

A VCR is a dumb box. It has no idea what it's recording, but only that you told it to record a channel at a certain time. Today, recording devices are getting smarter and more efficient.

Millions of people have replaced their VCRs with a hard-disk drive recorder (also known as a DVR, which stands for Digital Video Recorder) that time-shifts programming by compressing your shows in real time and saving it on a hard-drive, which is similar to how your computer stores files, web pages, and documents. This means that you no longer have to bother with tapes, or fast-forward and rewind, to find your previously recorded show.