Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
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TiVo is a DVR (digital video recorder) introduced at the January 1999 CES (Consumer Electronics Show). It allows a user to pause or rewind live TV and schedule the recording of TV programs to be played back later. The system also analyzes your viewing habits and recommends shows to watch and record.

The TiVo units run a custom operating system based on Linux. They feature a built-in hard drive and may include multiple tuner cards for simultaneously recording between 2 and 4 channels. The TiVo can also view content over the Internet, display photos, watch Netflix, watch HBO Max, watch Hulu, listen to music, download Amazon movies, etc. A user can also schedule recordings of TV programs over the Internet when the TiVo unit is connected to a network.

The picture below is an example of the TiVo Premiere, one of the latest TiVo boxes introduced.

TiVo DVR box with remote

TiVo is arguably the best DVR for most users, and although it requires a small monthly fee or a larger lifetime fee, there's still no easier to use and more complete DVR. On April 29, 2016, Rovi announced it would buy TiVo for $1.1 billion. The company became known as TiVo Corporation.

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