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High-Tech Toys for Your TV: Secrets of TiVo™, Xbox by Steven D. Kovsky

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Chapter 1. The Revolution in Your Living Room

Why Buy an Interactive Entertainment Device (IED)?

Let’s face it. The new array of digital video, gaming, and audio devices now being offered for your entertainment pleasure will take their toll on you. Apart from the “wasted” hours spent gleefully watching, playing, and listening, the cost alone is enough to make most consumers shudder.

Take video IEDs. These include UltimateTV, TiVo, and ReplayTV designs, none of which have been seen for less than $199 MSRP, even after $100 rebates. A fully configured UltimateTV, including a satellite dish and wireless keyboard, represents at least a $500 investment. And don’t forget the cost of dish installation (figure at $100 to $200, conservatively), and the monthly ...

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