What is TiVo?


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TiVo is a home digital video recorder. As of October 2014, TiVo allows users to record up to six shows at once and holds up to 3,000 hours of recording. TiVo integrates with digital cable, Verizon FiOS and HD antenna, and connects with up to 11 televisions in a home. The DVR comes loaded with apps, such as Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus and Spotify.

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TiVo was developed and marketed by TiVo Inc., and was first introduced in 1999 in the United States. Since its launch, TiVo has become available in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Taiwan, Spain and the United Kingdom.

TiVo, developed by Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay, was conceived as a home network device, but was later redesigned as a digital video recorder. Public trials of the device and service began in the San Francisco Bay Area in late 1998. TiVo was exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 1999, and was promised to ship in the first quarter of the year, which ended on March 31. This date was a blue moon, so the first TiVo unit was code-named "Blue Moon" by the engineering staff. TiVo units have been manufactured by Philips, Sony, Cisco, Hughes, Pioneer, Toshiba and Humax, which license software from TiVo Inc.

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