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 Friday, 21 January 2005
Friday, 21 January 2005 09:08:03 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

I absolutely love Tivo. It is a life-transforming technology on the same level as the telephone, at least for me. The fact that I can watch my shows when it is convenient for me rather than when it is convenient for some network executive makes all the difference in the world (especially given the amount of traveling I do).

But Neil Gaiman has a slightly different take on Tivo that I found very amusing:

“... Now, many years later, I have a DVR TIVO thing. It's wonderful. It automatically records things that I think I might one day want to watch, while also, just to be helpful, recording things it thinks I might want to watch but I don't. And then – and this is the good bit – I don't watch any of them. But I no longer have the vague feeling that I'm missing out on things. Tivo: it's watching TV so I don't have to...”

What amazes me to no end is that Tivo is struggling to exist. They are losing money left and right. And yet they are the most widely known and widely used DVR out there. How can this be? Worse yet, what will I do if Tivo collapses at some point?

Of course in reality they'll just get bought out by someone and the service will continue. This idea is way to good and valuable for it to go away just because the primary player can't figure out how to make a buck.

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