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TiVo HD XL now shipping: 1 terabyte storage, THX certified, $599.99

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TiVo HD XL

We knew it was just a matter of time before our friends at finally released something a little more, robust, to take the place of the discontinued TiVo Series3 DVR. While the TiVo HD is a nice unit, it just wasn’t the premium product that the Series3 was. The TiVo HD XL is all about taking that premium spot, and it certainly looks like a worthy replacement. The unit ships with a 1 terabyte hard drive, which means it can record up to 150 hours of HD programming, HDMI cable, along with a premium Series3 backlit TiVo remote. The TiVo HD XL features dual tuners, which lets you record two programs at the same time, and is even THX certified (something that the TiVo HD can’t brag about.) The one jarring piece here is the price, as the TiVo HD XL is selling for $599.99. If it’s worth it to you, you can order one right now at the TiVo website, or you can wait a few days and check your local retailer. We have the full press release for you after the break.

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TiVo to incorporate Amazon shopping into menu

Way out of left field, has announced that customers are going to be able to browse and purchase from Amazon’s huge inventory, from the comfort of their living rooms. You know, because shopping a store that has tens of thousands of items to choose from, using just your remote control, is all kinds of awesome. To take part, you need to have a broadband-connected TiVo Series 2, Series 3, or TiVo HD (seriously, is anyone still doing dial-up on these things?).

Starting today, TiVo will launch the new service to consumers by merchandising products related to several high profile shows, including but not limited to The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Colbert Report, and Burn Notice. Consumers will also be able to use TiVo’s Universal Swivel Search to easily explore and buy products associated with their favorite shows, movies, actors, and directors, directly from the television set

I don’t know about you, but these images showing Amazon shopping on TiVo don’t look that enticing. In any event, you can get your shop on starting today.

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Technology Battles Primetime, Networks Don’t Give Up

Cast of ABC's Dirty Sexy Money

Thanks to tape recorders, DVR, video on demand, webcasts, and more, statistics have revealed that not only have the 27 series that premiered last year bombed, but nearly 9% of viewers went M.I.A. since last year.

Okay, okay, so maybe it’s not completely technology’s fault. After all, studios do allow their episodes to be streamed online, and yeah, there was that little itty-bitty writer’s strike that went on for 100 days. Either way, network executives are always battling /DVR systems, although no one knows for sure just why they stream their own episodes online. Thankfully, they haven’t given up on us. Instead, they’re getting a bit more creative.

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Charger DVR Aj-DVC01

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Misc. Tech,

Charger DVRIt looks like a charger, but hidden inside is a mini-cam to catch someone in the act that is probably innocent to begin with, but you never know. At a size of 2.4 x 1.74 x 1.31-inches, the Charger DVR Aj-DVC01 records 15 F/S in 3GP video format (176 x 144 ,QCIF.) Playback is possible on your PC or cell phone. The digital audio/video recorder can hold up to 66 hours data using a 2GB Micro SDcard (not included) and a lion lithium battery. Contact Ajoka for price.

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Can TiVo Predict the American Idol Losers?

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Does your DVR know something you don’t?

According to TMZ, insiders at TiVo claim they have accurately predicted the losers for the past four weeks in a row.  How?  By monitoring how a sample of owners have used their systems during the broadcast.

Those performances which have been rewound are considered favorites (because people for some reason like to watch those things more than once) while songs that have been fast-forwarded through are deemed less viewer-friendly.

Interested in finding out who might be sent home this week? Read on!

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Best Buy To Emphasize Blu-ray

Best Buy logoRound two. In a “no surprise” move (since Netflix is doing the same), Best Buy said that it will recommend that its customers choose Blu-ray when purchasing a DVD Player/Recorder.

“Because we believe that Blu-ray is fast emerging as that single format, we have decided to focus on Blu-ray products,” said President and CEO Brian Dunn.

You will notice the hardware and software change by March, although they will also carry HD products. We suspect you will find them in the mark down aisle and, while you are there, check out the bargain DVDs.

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Catch Up On Your (Classic) Oscar Films

If the February sweeps period hasn’t offered you enough to watch on TV, here is a surefire way to fill up your DVR.  For the next few weeks, will be honoring -nominated films.

The cable channel will devote one day of each week to a different era (e.g. Tuesdays/1940’s, Fridays/1970’s).  This, of course, all leads up to the ceremony on Sunday, February 24th.

Although we are already one week into February, TCM still has many films left to cover.  (Approximately 4-6 movies will be show on any given day.)  Here is a list of some of those upcoming selections:

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  • MONDAYS (1920’s and 30’s): It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Comes to Town
  • TUESDAYS (1940’s): The Red Shoes, Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • WEDNESDAYS (1950’s): Vertigo, Roman Holiday
  • THURSDAYS (1960’s):  2001: A Space Odyssey, Easy Rider
  • FRIDAYS (1970’s):  The Goodbye Girl, Apocalypse Now
  • SATURDAYS (1980’s):  Raging Bull, Ordinary People
  • SUNDAYS (1990’s and 2000’s):  Mr. Holland’s Opus, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

To use their fantastic interactive site and schedule your own recordings, click on the link below.

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CES 2008 Video: TiVo Desktop 2.6 First Look

takes some time at Digital Experience from to show us their latest iteration of TiVo Desktop, version 2.6. Version 2.6 includes some very cool features, including the ability for users to automatically push web-based video and podcasts (like like ours) straight down to their TiVos automatically. We talk about availability and what else to expect coming down the pipeline from TiVo in the near future in this video.


Bleeding Edge TV 196: My DVR Expander TiVo Storage Booster

We know that everyone could use a bit more storage capacity in thier Series3 or TiVo HD units. Luckily, Western Digital has released My DVR Expander - a 500GB eSATA disk that is perfect for bumping up your TiVo’s storage capacity. We show you how it works in this episode.

As for the My DVR Expander unit itself, here is an overview from Western Digital:

Instantly add up to 60 hours of high-definition TV or up to 300 hours of standard-definition TV to your eSATA-enabled DVR. You’ll have plenty of room to save your programs longer and never miss your favorite shows.

Key Features

Easy to set up, easy to use - Just plug it in to the external SATA (eSATA) port on your DVR and start recording even more TV shows, sporting events and movies. eSATA port must be active.

Compatible - My DVR Expander has been tested for compatibility with Scientific Atlanta 8300 Series, and has been TiVo verified compatible with TiVo® Series3 and TiVo HD DVRs. Check with your cable service provider to confirm compatibility with their system.

Quiet and Cool - A unique no-fan passive cooling system and special hard drive design makes it quiet for the living room or bedroom.

Low-intensity LED - Designed with a soft amber LED indicator, ideal for the living room or bedrooms.

As we note in the video, once you hook up and activate the My DVR Expander, if you ever choose to disconnect it from your DVR, you will lose all the content that is stored on it.


Nickelodeon Gets Kids Off the Couch

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Kids, Cable,

Nickelodeon SplatBefore I get into this post, let me first say that I’m absolutely giddy (yes, I said giddy) because I just finished watching My Name is Earl and The Office. How great is it that the fall season has started? Pretty darn fantastic… and I also can’t wait to watch the Ugly Betty premiere that I recorded on the DVR. Of course, it’s late and I won’t be able to get to that until tomorrow. But anyway… kids’ network Nickelodeon is doing their annual bit to get kids away from the TV by offering three hours of dead air on the channel this Saturday. From noon to three, kids are supposed to use the time to get out and play, rather than watching the tube. I think this is an admirable effort, but really… if there’s nothing on Nick, don’t they have a sea of other channels to choose from? Just being a naysayer, I suppose. Then again, I limit the amount of television my kids watch and they’d much rather play outside than watch the TV. Video games, however, that’s another story. I’ve had to literally implement a timer system or else they never want to stop playing!  So, folks, take Nickelodeon’s lead and get your kids off the couch and active!


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