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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Personal Video Recorder

TiVo is the Personal Video Recorder (PVR) or Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that can perform simultaneous recording and playback of a TV signal. TiVo allows the user to “pause” a live TV program, rewind, fast/slow forward, and store hours of TV programs without the use of a VCR. The most impressive features are the ability to skip commercials and to record and playback at the same time. A similar technology is offered by ReplayTV.

The list below is a brief summary of what TiVo can do:

  • Pause, slow-motion (including frame by frame), and instant replay of live TV.

  • Fast forward to choose which program to watch or skip.

  • Simultaneous playback and record.

  • Skip commercials (!)

  • Directly access all prerecorded programs (unlike video tape) ...

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