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… » 6/22/13 1:00pm 6/22/13 1:00pm

The New Tivo Elite Lets You Simultaneously Record More Shows Than…

Though it has already been spotted before, the Tivo Elite is out from hiding, and will let you record an ungodly four shows at once, with room to let you watch a fifth. I feel overwhelmed already. » 9/07/11 9:16am 9/07/11 9:16am

Our Set-Top Boxes Suck Up $3 Billion In Energy Every Year

A new study released by the Natural Resources Defense Council showed that the 160 million set-top boxes installed in 80% of American homes consume more than $3 billion in annual power costs. Mostly from after we turn them off. » 6/15/11 11:40am 6/15/11 11:40am

TiVo's Big Announcement Could Just Be Full HD Support and UI Overhaul

We know that TiVo's hyping a major announcement on March 2nd, and now a tipster over at CrunchGear has provided some additional insight. It's all still just a rumor, but the details about the UI and HD menus make sense: » 2/11/10 3:13pm 2/11/10 3:13pm

TiVo's Got Something Major Coming March 2nd

TiVo's leaked product manuals and product shortages have had us expecting something new from the company for weeks now. Today, invites went out for a March 2nd launch event, and if you trust TiVo, it's a big one. » 2/11/10 11:34am 2/11/10 11:34am

TiVo HD Disappears, Making Room For _______

TiVo's website is listing the TiVo HD—the company's core product—as completely out of stock. This isn't a retailer we're talking about here: TiVo is official out of TiVos. Is TiVo clearing the way for new models? Basically, yes. » 2/03/10 3:17pm 2/03/10 3:17pm

Behold! The Terrible, DVR-Proof TV Ad

Watching this ad for Grasshopper phone systems, you might not notice anything amiss. Watching this ad for Grasshopper phone system while fast forwarding, you still probably won't notice anything amiss. And that's the whole point. » 1/19/10 1:53pm 1/19/10 1:53pm

Giz is on #TeamConan, But Does a TV Show's Time Slot Matter Anymore?

Conan O'Brien just released a statement saying he will not host The Tonight Show if it's pushed away from the local news. He also says the show's historic timeslot is essential to its integrity, despite DVRs and streaming video. » 1/12/10 8:26pm 1/12/10 8:26pm

TiVo Is Slowly Dying

It's always strange when a company that's become synonymous with its market—like Kleenex to tissues, or Xerox to copiers—starts fading. And that's exactly what's happening to TiVo, whose subscriber level has dropped to where it was in 2004. » 11/25/09 11:03am 11/25/09 11:03am

TiVo Sues Verizon and AT&T

Dave Zatz brings to our attention details from the TiVo earnings call. First, they lost more subscribers. Secondly, they're suing Verizon and AT&T for DVR patent violation. Doesn't seem like a good business strategy, but what do I know? I still like TiVo. I just hate most of what's on TV. [DaveZatz] » 8/27/09 1:14pm 8/27/09 1:14pm

Moxi HD DVR Gets 6TB Drive Support, Spawns "Moxi Mate" Media Extender

The Moxi HD, everyone's favorite not-TiVo, has been joined by a media extender box, alongside a fresh software update, which among other things allows the Moxi to offload video to Lacie's 6TB drive clusters. That's over 1000 hours of HDTV. » 8/04/09 1:35pm 8/04/09 1:35pm

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

Court Grants Stay On EchoStar Injunction (Translation: Dish Network…

Yesterday EchoStar, makers of Dish Network DVRs, was ordered to pay over $100m to TiVo for lifting parts of the company's DVR software. Again. Worse still, the companies were told to strip the offending capabilities from customers' DVRs. Or not! » 6/04/09 4:23am 6/04/09 4:23am

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

After a Short Break, TiVo Gets Back To Losing All Its Money

First quarter results are in for TiVo, and they're not great: revenue is down 9% from the same quarter last year, forcing the company to report a hefty loss just a few months after recording their first year of profitability, ever. » 5/28/09 8:30am 5/28/09 8:30am

Moxi HD DVR Now Available for $40 a Month

If you were tempted by the Moxi HD DVR but $800 was too much to pay up front, you can get it in 20 monthly payments of $40 at the end of the week, including the service. » 4/22/09 2:57pm 4/22/09 2:57pm

Moxi Steps To TiVo, Adding Rhapsody Music and PlayOn for Netflix, Hulu…

Digeo today brings its Moxi HD DVR in range of TiVo with some capabilities it was sorely lacking in a big way, including DLNA 1.0 for home streaming, and PlayOn for grabbing major net video. » 4/09/09 8:00am 4/09/09 8:00am