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TiVo TCD540080 Series 2 80-Hour Digital Video Recorder

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3 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews
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80 Hour Size Chart
  • Up to 80 hours of digital audio/video recording capacity (NTSC); works with antenna, cable, digital cable, satellite, and combinations
  • 2 USB ports offer broadband connectivity and the ability to stream digital music and photos from a computer to TiVo
  • TiVo service includes Season Pass, WishList, program guide, digital music, digital photos, and online scheduling
  • Everything required for installation is supplied; subscription to TiVo service is an additional requirement
  • Measures 15 x 3 x 11.5 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

Capacity: 80 Hour

Product Description

TiVo TCD540080 Series2 80-Hour Digital Video Recorder: Just like VCRs, but without the hassles and poor quality of videotape. Tell it once and TiVo records an entire season of your favorite shows, even if the schedule changes. Pause live TV and find shows with your favorite actor, team, even topic-easy. Record up to 80 hours of shows, saved on a hard drive and listed on-screen for playback in any order. Just buy a TiVo DVR, activate the TiVo service and tell TiVo what you like to watch. It hooks up to your TV and uses your existing phone line. You'll never watch TV the same way again!


TiVo's Series2 DVR delivers plenty of recording capacity in addition to offering entertainment services like digital music, digital photos, remote scheduling, and hassle-free favorites recording. All this and the famed luxury of being able to pause and view instant replays of live television, too.
TiVo DVRs record television programming directly to an onboard digital ATA/IDE hard drive, eliminating the hassles of videotape (imprecise tape searching, head cleaning, steadily degrading picture, fuzzy sound, etc.). This Series2 TiVo, model TDC540080, offers 80 GB storage for up to 80 hours of recording time in TiVo's best-looking chassis yet.

The Series2 has 2 USB ports, offering people with home networks the ability to stream photos and music to their TiVo, or send programs from one TiVo to another. This connectivity also lets TiVo subscribers access exciting entertainment services through the TiVo Home Media Features, which consists of the TiVo Digital Music Player, TiVo Digital Photo Viewer, and Multi-Room Viewing.

The TiVo Digital Music Player lets you enjoy your computer's MP3 collection through your home entertainment sound system. Access and control your entire digital music collection via your TV; shuffle your music library by artist, album, or type of music; and create a custom playlist on your computer or use third-party software to develop playlists for every mood.

The TiVo Digital Photo Viewer accesses digital photos stored on your computer and showcases them on your TV. View photo albums and slideshows on your TV screen, easily navigate, search, and view your computer's entire digital photo library, play and control slideshows of photo albums, and use the remote control to select and view individual photos.

TiVo's Series2 DVR allows users to view photos and listen to music stored on their computer or other peripheral device.

With the Multi-Room Viewing feature, users can pause live TV and resume viewing in another room.

Multi-Room Viewing is designed for households with two Series2 DVRs and allows you to record a show on one DVR and send it to another if your kids are watching in the living room, say, and you're watching in the bedroom. You can also start a program on one DVR and pick up where you left off on your other DVR, as well as access the Now Playing list of a connected Series2 DVR at any time.

You can also find and schedule recordings even when you're away from home. With Online Scheduling, you'll have the freedom to schedule programs from anywhere you have a computer with an Internet connection. Just sign in to TiVo Central Online to access the same recording options you have at home.

The Series2 DVR is compatible with virtually every television available. It also works with VCRs, TV antennas, cable systems, and satellite systems. A patented universal remote control simplifies program recording and controls multiple TiVos within the home (2 devices can share your existing phone line). Connections include: 3 video inputs and outputs (S-video, composite-video, and RF coaxial), 1 set of stereo RCA analog audio inputs, and 2 sets of stereo audio outputs.

TiVo service requires a subscription fee; currently $12.95 per month. Other benefits of TiVo service include but are by no means limited to: Season Pass (TiVo automatically finds and records every episode of a series all season long, even if the network schedule changes), WishList (TiVo finds and records programs that feature your favorite actor, director, team, or even topic), Smart Recording (TiVo detects line-up changes for you and suggests programs to match your interests, if desired), and Showcases (exclusive entertainment plus recording shortcuts from some of the most popular networks on TV). You can even train TiVo to autorecord more shows you'll love when you use the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down buttons on the supplied remote. Parental controls let you lock channels or set ratings limits based on content.

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With Amazon Video On Demand (available in U.S. only) TiVo customers can now instantly watch more than 50,000 commercial-free movies and television shows, including hit new releases and the latest episodes available in HD.

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Using an intuitive interface, customers can order movies right from their couch and enjoy instant playback without waiting for lengthy downloads or annoying commercials. Prices start as low as $.99 and no subscription fee is required
Choose from thousands of movies and TV shows by browsing in the Amazon Video On Demand section on your TiVo (U.S. only). Access and add to your virtual library of purchases via Amazon Video On Demand’s Your Video Library and re-watch anytime on the TiVo Player, your PC or Mac and other compatible devices.
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Renting and purchasing titles is a snap with the power of Amazon’s 1-click purchasing. Order new release movies and the latest TV shows right from your couch and you’re watching within seconds. Prices start as low as $.99.
Using your TiVo Player, enjoy Amazon Video On Demand’s high quality video on any TV. Videos playback instantly, without waiting for a download. Purchases and rentals are added to Your Video Library and stored online by Amazon so you can conveniently watch them on your TiVo Player, PC or Mac, and other compatible devices.

What's in the Box
TiVo DVR, user's manual, 1 stereo analog audio/video interconnect, 1 RJ-11 phone "Y" splitter, 1 dual IR blaster cable, 1 AC power cord, one 25-foot RJ-11 telephone cable, 2 AA batteries, 1 RG-6 coaxial cable, 1 DB-9 serial cable, a user's manual, and warranty information.

Product Information

Capacity:80 Hour

Technical Details

Brand Name TiVo
Item Weight 8.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.5 x 15 x 3.2 inches
Item model number R24004A
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #68 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Recorders
Shipping Weight 12.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available December 19, 2005

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Customer Reviews

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Size: 140 Hour
I read all the other reviews, good and bad before deciding to actually write one myself. TiVo has its problems, and while I'm tolerant, perhaps because of my own software engineering background, I can see how many people might not be.

To summarize my review up front. Despite the problems, TiVo has changed how I watch TV and my wife, very skeptical and tolerant of her 'geek' husband is also a total convert. If our TiVo dies, another one will be on order in 24 hours. We've had our TiVo for over 2 years and we wouldn't be without it.

Now let's get to the nitty gritty. We have one of the first of the Series 2 machines with a lifetime subscription and we did in fact have to exchange it early in it's life. Since then, we've had very few problems. Here they are.

The problems :

* The machine occasionally locks up and need to be rebooted. How often? Sometimes several times a week. Others, maybe less than once every few months.

* The machine occasionally reboots itself without warning. I'm still not sure if this is deliberate. It's never done it while recording or playing back a show, but it has done it while I was watching live TV, which is not necessarily detectable unless I'm time shifting. Things work great after the reboot, but it's a bit irritating if I'm time shifting live TV, which honestly is rare.

* Our first machine's hard drive died. We had decent service replacing the machine, however we did have to pay S&H. TiVo could certainly improve here, but the service WAS very acceptable.

The nits (design issues, IMO) :

* My favorite feature is turned off and hidden. This is setting the skip to 30 seconds. When watching live TV, hit select, play, select 30, select. This has to be reset every time you restart.
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Size: 80 Hour
OK, let me say first that I'm not a Tivo employee. I'm just a Tivo user who can't say enough about this great little machine.

First, Tivo really will change the way you watch TV. Most people have a VCR and do at least some time-shifting. But it is a pain to record the VCR and deal with video tapes.

But with Tivo, you never have to mess with video tapes, everything's recorded on a large built-in hard drive in excellent quality digital video (MPEG 1).

With Tivo, you'll find that you watch what you want when you want (which is almost never when the network programmers want). And you will save a lot of time skipping quickly through commercials. Let me give you an example. Suppose you want to watch a one-hour show that starts at 8 p.m. Now, this one-hour show is really going to have 20 minutes of commercials. And you've got to give the kids their baths and get them to bed. So you start recording the show at 8 p.m., get the kids bathed and into bed, and start watching the show on Tivo at 8:20 (yes you can start watching a show even while it's still being recorded...try that with a VCR). Now as you're watching, every time there's a commercial you can skip through 90 seconds of commercial in about 5 seconds. So the upshot is you can still finish watching the show by 9 p.m. just as Tivo is finishing up the recording, and you've saved 20 minutes that you were able to spend with your kids instead. Multiply that kind of saving over a year, and you've acquired an enormous amount of quality time. And that's just one thing Tivo can do for you.

Another great thing is Season Pass. Like to watch ER every week, or Survivor, or really any series?
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Size: 40 Hour
I'm not going to sing the praises of TiVo, as many others have done so much more eloquently than I can. Suffice it to say, all the good stuff is true, and most of the bad stuff is blown out of proportion. Instead, I'll share some tips for squeezing every last ounce of enjoyment out of your TiVo:

- If you have broadband or DSL, get your TiVo hooked up to your home network. You no longer need a phone line for service updates, you can transfer recorded programs to a PC (with the free TiVo Desktop software), and you can access digital music and photos on your computer from your TiVo. For people who aren't quite ready to shell out for a media center PC, this is a cheap and more than adequate first step.

- As mentioned in the featured review, there are several ways to upgrade your TiVo hard drive without shelling out hundreds of dollars for a new receiver. (...). ***PLEASE NOTE: Opening your receiver will void your warranty, and you need to be comfortable handling internal PC components to perform the upgrade.*** That being said, it's an easy enough process and I've had no problems with my unit since the "operation". Some Google searching will lead you to the directions for this process - try "hinsdale tivo upgrade".

- Be diligent about rating programs, but be careful as well. The more you rate, the more on-point the suggestions are. Just be careful about being too enthusiatic in applying the thumbs-up. I made the mistake of giving two thumbs up to Law & Order, only to come back from a long weekend and find over a dozen episodes waiting for me. That's a little too much courtroom drama for my tastes.

- Don't let the lack of a handy phone line stop you from joining the TiVo revolution.
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