TiVo

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TiVo (pronounced /ˈtiːvoʊ/, TEE-voh) is a digital video recorder, developed and marketed by TiVo, Inc. and introduced in 1999. TiVo provides an electronic television programming schedule, whose features include "Season Pass" schedules which record every new episode of a series, and "WishList" searches which allow the user to find and record shows that match their interests by title, actor, director, category, or keyword. TiVo also provides a range of features when the TiVo DVR is connected to a home network, including film and television show downloads, advanced search, personal photo viewing, music offerings, and online scheduling.

Since its launch in the United States, the TiVo has also been made available in New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Newer models, however, have adopted the CableCARD standard, which is only deployed in the United States, and which limits the availability of certain features.

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History and development

TiVo was developed by Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay through a corporation they named Teleworld which was later renamed to TiVo, Inc. Though they originally intended to create a home network device, it morphed into a device that records digitised video onto a hard disk. They began the first public trials of the TiVo device and service in late 1998 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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