Dish Is Nuking Its Hopper DVR's Magical Ad-Skipping Feature for Disney

Dish's Hopper DVR is awesome precisely because it makes it so easy to skip ads. The WSJ reports that the company will be scaling back the awesome auto-skipping feature on some Disney programming. It seems that consumer choice Dish has been claiming to protect for years goes out the window, presumably when it gets a… » 3/03/14 6:25pm 3/03/14 6:25pm

The Secret Method to Skip Commercials with One Button on Your DVR

DVRs have made all our lives better, that's a verifiable fact. But fast forwarding through our DVRs is an inexact science, sometimes we skip too far and have to slowly rewind with awkward button combinations. Other times we're too fearful of faster forwarding that we cut it off with too much left to go. No worries.… » 10/03/13 7:23pm 10/03/13 7:23pm

Why Your DVR Hates the Last Few Seconds of Shows So Much

There's nothing quite like missing the very last seconds of that show you so painstakingly DVRed. Especially if that show is a live sporting event, and you explicitly told the damned box to keep going for an hour or two afterwards. It shouldn't have to be that way, though. And as Slate explains, there's a better world… » 6/22/13 1:00pm 6/22/13 1:00pm

Best Buy and TiVo Tie the Knot, Insignia TVs to Get DVR Software

In marketing parlance, this is a strategic partnership by which TiVo, with the help of Best Buy store placement and aggressive advertising, will increase its market share, and Best Buy, through advertising placements in TiVo DVRs, will develop long-term relationships with its customers. In irritating child parlance,… » 7/09/09 8:22am 7/09/09 8:22am

Supreme Court OKs DVR-In-The-Cloud Concept

Hollywood apparently tried to make a federal case about Cablevision launching a virtual DVR, a cable box with no local hard drive that still lets you "record" shows to watch later, and even fast forward through commercials. Hollywood studios got mad because they deemed it unfair re-broadcasting of content. The Supreme… » 6/29/09 8:15pm 6/29/09 8:15pm

TiVo Gets Another Huge, Court-Ordered Gift From a EchoStar

Satellite provider EchoStar has been ordered to pay TiVo $103m for lifting some of their DVR software technology. (Again.) This is great news for TiVo, who hasn't been doing so well lately. Not so much, though, for EchoStar customers, who might end up losing DVR functionality in their set-top boxes for a while. [… » 6/03/09 7:49am 6/03/09 7:49am