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TiVo TCD540140 Series2 140-Hour Digital Video Recorder

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140 Hour
  • Up to 140 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 additional requirement
  • Measures 15 x 3 x 11.5 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

Capacity: 140 Hour

TiVo TCD540140 Series2 140-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 140 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!

Product Information

Capacity: 140 Hour
Technical Details
Brand NameTiVo
Item Weight8.5 pounds
Product Dimensions12.5 x 15 x 3.2 inches
Item model numberR24004A
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002A0206
Best Sellers Rank #195,621 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJune 20, 2004
  
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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1,117 of 1,136 people found the following review helpful By Tarik J. Ghbeish on October 8, 2004
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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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By James A. Cahill on October 4, 2004
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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sean Carter on December 13, 2005
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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