Tivo – If you don’t have one you are missing out.

We got one of these when they were first released in Australia after I had been following them in the US for some time.

Why I think they are great?

  1. Very high WAF (wife acceptance factor) .  This is really important.
  2. Expanding functionality.  Because it is internet connected it just keeps getting better as they roll our more new features like Blockbuster on demand movies etc.
  3. Seasons pass.  This is probably the bit that really matters.  Basically we have enough good content on free to air TV and if you can capture the bits you want you will never be short of something to watch.  We have seasons passes setup for things like.  Record the news every night and only keep 1 days worth (what is the likelyhood of watching 2 day old news).  Record Top Gear every week regardless of timeslot of channel it is on and keep 2 of them (sometimes takes me a while to get to it).  Record and keep 3 episodes of Play School (Maya), Thomas (Jay) and Little Princess (Charli).  I think you get the idea.

Before I owned a TiVo I tried an AppleTV box.  It was good but a low WAF factor killed it.

In Australia TiVo’s are sold via the big retailers like Harvey Norman, Good Guys, JB etc.  Elsewhere click on the image below.