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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDERS (PVRs)

Personal video recorders (also called digital video recorders) are set-top boxes that let people record, store, and playback television programs. For the most part, they are sold through retail outlets but some cable and satellite TV providers distribute them. The feature that most users find attractive is the ability to fast forward through commercials. In addition, each night the PVR downloads the next day's television listings. Users can selecte shows and have them recorded through a remote control device. They can be used with satellite TV, cable TV and over-the-air broadcast television.

When they first appeared in 2000, the two main brands were TiVo and Replay TV. In september 2000. Replay TV took its harware ...

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