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

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Chapter 3. Video IEDs: More Than Just Appliances

Choosing the Right Video IED for You

You’ve decided to take the plunge into intelligent TV entertainment. Now you face the real dilemma: Which video IED do you buy? It’s a much different proposition from choosing a VCR, television, or most other home appliances for these reasons:

  • With conventional appliances, versions have been around for decades, and dozens of brands and models are available from which to choose. Choice is often based on a combination of price, features, and brand name. In contrast, video IEDs are essentially first-generation devices. There are few models to choose from, relatively little differentiation in terms of features or price, and the brand names are mostly unfamiliar. Even ...

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