Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

TiVo is a DVR (digital video recorder) first introduced in January 1999 at CES that allows a user to watch and pause live TV or schedule and record TV programs to watch at a later time. TiVo units use a customized version of Linux as their operating system. They feature a built-in hard drive, and may include multiple tuner cards for recording between 2 and 4 channels simultaneously. The TiVo can also view and content over the Internet, display photos, watch Netflix, watch HBO Go, watch Hulu, listen to music, download Amazon movies, and more. 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

The TiVo is the best DVR for most users and although it requires a monthly fee or big lifetime fee, there is no easier to use and complete DVR. On Apr 29, 2016, Rovi announces it will buy TiVo for $1.1 billion.

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